Many factors influence the nurse ability to provide safe, effective, and high quality patient’s care. Among these factors, nurse fatigue. Nurse fatigue occurs generally as a result of a lack of adequate sleep, working extended shift hours, 2-3 back to back 12 hours shifts with no inadequate time to sleep. As a soon to be novice nurse, we need to be aware of the impacts that fatigue can have on the delivery of our care and most importantly the safety of the patients, coworkers and self. In fact, fatigue greatly decrease the nurse ability to provide safe care through increased likelihood of medical errors (e.g; administration of the wrong medication or dose to the wrong patient) causing harm.
NEGATIVE CONSEQUENCES AND RISK FACTORS The most significant consequence of nursing burnout is patient care. Insufficient care increases a patient’s hospital length of stay. Nosocomial infections are mainly caused by nursing mistakes such as not monitoring adequately or failing to keep a procedure sterile. This tends to happen when a nurse is assigned too many patients. When a nurse is burnt out they’re not performing their duties to the best of their ability.
Being placed in a nursing home will make that feeling worse because the person could be losing their freedom, house, social life, and many other things. It is especially dangerous that nursing homes are lacking in treatment for PTSD because the older population is more prone to depression, and suicide ideations. Without proper treatment and
Incorporating Theory Nursing theories affect our day to day nursing practice. Nursing theory is defined as “ a set of concepts, definitions, relationships, and assumptions or propositions derived from nursing models or from other disciplines and project a purposive, systematic view of phenomena by designing specific inter-relationships among concepts for the purposes of describing, explaining, predicting, and /or prescribing” (Nursing Theories, 2012, p.1). Most nurses use theories by choosing one theory exclusively because it helps to focus on one and employ good nursing care to the patients. This paper will focus on one theory that fits the topic of choice which is the physical activity in patients with or without Alzheimer`s helps
As a result of bipolar depression, her decision-making and overall judgment has become affected, creating harmful outcomes in her life. Jamison’s compulsive spending habits along with her various encounters with lithium embody her illness controlling her existence. Furthermore, her career and desire to belong with the social norm create obstacles when seeking treatment and counseling. Ultimately, Jamison refused to acknowledge her illness because she could not fathom that she was the juxtaposition of her profession: a
With the high rate of turnover resulting from high burn-out rates, managers are focused more on hiring and retaining staff, and not on implementing policy changes. In this nurse’s practice, many nurses would love to research and apply evidence to practice, but complain that lack of time is the biggest issue. Combined with the lack of encouragement from management, this has a devastating impact on the ability to perform this vital part of
For lack of control nurses believe that no matter what mistakes doctors make its always falls back onto the nurses and it is there responsibility. Sometimes nurses feel as if to much control is put onto them and it increases their workload which results in nurses feeling burnout as they are stressed and tired. For reward nurses felt that this was a common factor of burnout. (Freeney and Tiernan, 2009). Nurses argue that the salary is quite poor and that there are no incentives to invest deeply in work.
For a nurse, effective discharge planning is important. According to BMJ (2008) discharge planning is a process that’s focuses on the coordination of services and care after a patient’s discharge from hospital. In Ian and Judi’s case the discharge planning they received left them in fear and desperation. AHRQ (n.d) express that effective discharge planning involves the client and family by giving them adequate preparation as this reduces unplanned readmissions, improves client outcomes and increase client satisfaction. It is evident in the article that Ian and Judy’s experience with discharge planning was less then optimal.
Since this study was limited to only two clinical hospital settings, it is hard to say if the study can be transferred to various clinical settings. In an early study, Skei (2008) nurses working with an orthopedic surgeon reported difficulties collaborating with the physicians, which makes them feel powerless, by contrast nursing in hospital settings reported working with physicians well. The researcher mentions a need for a continuing study in the area of sociopolitical understanding. Once the level of competency has been assessed, the weight of a given nurses voice can be adequately applied. The study contributes meaningful evidence to nurses’ practice by promoting nurses to feel powerful.
Trying to suppress the feelings associated with the death of a patient can take a heavy toll on the caregiver and can lead to compassion fatigue and moral distress. This can affect proficiency of care, customer service, costs to the hospital, nursing morale and ethic and maintaining the nursing staff. Mourning over the death of a patient is often not a part of the norm and is somewhat taboo due to the high amount of people they serve. Nurses, therefore, rarely talk about their grief and often do not feel they have a right or role to grieve over their patients who pass or suffer while in their care. Brosche (2010) believes this behavior is linked to “moral distress and, if not addressed, can lead to the loss of the best and the brightest nurses” (pg.