This chapter provides a background of nurse burnout and their effect on quality of care
The idea of how nurses can conduct themselves in a daily basis for some can be viewed as they have it easy or least make it look easy and for others it’s world’s best job. The truth is being a nurse is very difficult job and it can be very labor intensive and very rewarding at the same time. Just think every time you go into the doctor’s office or have an overnight stay in the hospital what all to do your nurse during their shift? In an ideal world and scenario nurses have the perfect amount staff with all the proper equipment readily available. The truth of the matter is that in most cases nurses are short staffed and must maximize their time effectively and effortlessly unbeknown to patients.
What was once thought of as a profession driven by compassion and the desire to help those in need has now become filled with weary burnt out nurses who have lost sight of their purpose. Stress has caused them to distance themselves from the principles nursing is built upon. Our health care system needs to be revamped to improve the quality of care being administered. Nurses can be proactive and take steps to avoid burning out but, our health care administrators have to take matters into their hands because they have the capacity to initiate change. They must realize the gravity of the situation and take an offensive position to make a stand against the crisis of nursing
My concept is compassion fatigue. Compassion fatigue (CF) as it relates to nurses working in an emergency department dealing with secondary trauma causing symptoms of compassion fatigue. The measurement tool, which I will use, is the Professional Quality of Life (ProQOL) scale. This scale has been in use since 1995 and has had several revisions, the last one updated in 2010 and it has been translated into 17 languages. The ProQOL measures compassion satisfaction (CS) and CF and its subcategories, burnout (BO) and secondary traumatic stress (STS). It is a pencil and paper Likert scale with 30 questions with 10 questions each reflecting CS, BO and STS. It was used by Potter, Deshields and Rodrigues (2013) in a pre-post test to establish if the resiliency program was successful and it was used more recently by Hunsaker, et al (2015) and Flarity, Holcomb and Gentry (2015) to measure the prevalence of compassion satisfaction and compassion fatigue among emergency room nurses and pre/post test to measure whether the intervention of a resiliency program had an impact on the nurses, respectively. The scale is readily available and easy to use and easy to self-score.
A personal health inventory for spiritual and emotional assessment is important especially for health care workers to combat burnout. Overtime, caregivers especially nurses can build up anxiety, stress, and even depression due to exhaustion. Care giving work is physically, spiritually and emotionally exhausting (Grand Canyon University HLT-310V, 2015). This paper will explore the spiritual, emotional, compassion fatigue, and burnout inventory of this author. In addition, discussed will be ways to promote spiritual, and emotional growth while combating burnout.
The role I am playing in the Annotated Bibliography Project is a timeline coordinator, who is responsible for monitor the whole progress of the project to make sure that we would complete every part before due dates. We should be supposed to submit Memo one by Friday class time last week. However, since I did not read the instruction carefully, I failed to remind my group members to finish this assignment on time. Fortunately, Professor Hemstrom extended the deadline for our work delayed due to my carelessness. Although this is an individual work instead of a group work, I am a time line coordinator and I have the responsibility to remind my group members. This week I have read the instruction very carefully to make sure that I fully understand
Key search terms included compassion fatigue, interventions for compassion fatigue, compassion fatigue in nurses, compassion fatigue in emergency room nurses, and measurement of compassion fatigue. Search filters used were English language, within the past 10 years, and full text, where applicable. The search was then open to all years, so as to gather additional, generalized data to define compassion fatigue and its interventions. A Google search using the term compassion fatigue and Professional Quality of Life (ProQOL) was also completed for additional resources. Further information regarding limitations within specific searches is included in Table
The course readings have helped me better understand why I have resisted and not learned Bengali. Kohl (1994) talks about his experiences of not learning Yiddish, which similarly relates to my situation. Kohl (1994) argues that he did not want to learn Yiddish primarily because of his mother. Kohl (1994) talks about how his mother could not speak Yiddish and was not included in the conversations at their family parties (p.3). I also believe I resist learning Bengali because I know that my family and friends cannot speak it. In other words, if I learn Bengali my boyfriend and his family will always speak to me in it, while leaving out my family and friends.
Shapiro, Jordan. "Education Is the Key to All Global Development Goals." Forbes 3 Oct. 2015. http://www.forbes.com/sites/jordanshapiro/2015/10/03/education-is-the-key-to-all-global-development-goals-qa-with-julia-gillard/. Print. An interview proposing that education should be available to all areas of the world. Julia Gillard, the interviewee and also former Prime Minster of Australia, has invested her time in the Global Partnership of Education. An organization dedicated to developing education, technology, and resources to those that need it most. In this interview Gillard talks about what works for education and where education focus has failed.
However, burnout is only one of the two factors to determine the vulnerability of health care workers in experiencing a bigger problem: compassion fatigue. For the researcher, nurses enter the profession because they want to make a change to the lives of their patient. According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, compassion suggests inherent regard and respect for the other as a fellow human being. But due to
Compassion fatigue is probably more common in nursing then is acknowledged in health care. According to Todaro-Franceschi (2015), many nurses do not realize they are experiencing compassion fatigue (p. 53). Compassion fatigue or burnout slowly develops over time which results in emotional exhaustion (Todaro-Franceschi, 2015, p.53 ). However, many nurses pushed through this moral distress to care for their patient. Nevertheless, the quality of care decreases because they become task oriented and their zeal for caring diminishes. Todaro-Franceschi (2015) describes the process as a natural defense mechanism to prevent overexertion of the individual (p. 53).
Nurses play an essential role in the healthcare industry. The nurse workforce is made up of licensed nurses: registered nurses (RNs), licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) and licensed practical nurses (LPNs), along with nurse aides. Registered nurses are responsible for assessments of patients’ needs, development of care plans, medication administration, and treatments, while licensed vocational nurses perform specific care under the delegation of the registered nurses and supervisions. Nursing aides perform activities of daily living (unskilled attention) to the patient. Adequate nursing staffing is essential to both patient care and outcomes, also to the retention of nurses while inadequate staffing creates problems for both the patients and
The purpose of this paper is to discuss stress as defined by theorist Selye, the meaning of nursing burnout, its detrimental effects, and the implementation of spirituality as a stress mediator.
According to compassion fatigue expert, Francoise Mathieu, between 40% and 85% of health professionals develop vicarious trauma also known as compassion fatigue. There are lots of attempts to justify the absence of compassion in healthcare settings. Examples as such would be staff shortages and lack of resources. However, compassion is a trait that must be intrinsically possessed by every doctor, nurse, or health professional. Compassion in any healthcare environment has been subjected to a continuous discussion in the media and literature where studies have reaffirmed that being compassionate is an important aspect of this field of work. According to Laurie Squillaci, an RN MSN, and an instructor in the Medical Specialities program at California
Berman, A., Kozier, B., Snyder, S., & Frandsen, G. (2015). Kozier & Erb 's fundamentals