According to an article by Charanjit Singh, gender, level of qualification, and age contributes to the risk factors of burnout (Singh, 2011). A nurse does not become burnt out easily, it’s a process and as it gradually becomes worse then it will lead to a burnout (Smith, M., Segal, J., Robinson, L., & Segal, R. June, 2016). Negative Consequences Nurses who are often suffering from burnout typically have a lower quality of life. There are indeed consequences to a burnout. Some consequences can lead to cardiovascular problems.
In America and around the world being a nurse is a stressful job. Too much or continued stress can give rise to anxiety, fatigue and even ill health for the individual (Wright, 2014). Working in the nursing environment can expose employees to numerous stressful situations, demands, and pressures, causing a host of health, and safety problems not only for the nurse, but also for their patients. This is why it is important to identify, why nurses are becoming stressed, the consequences of these stressors, and how to effectively apply stress management strategies to reduce work related stress. During the last 10 years there has been an increase in stress levels for hospital nursing staff.
Critically ill patients admitted to an ICU experience, on average, 1.7 medical errors each day, and many patients suffer a potentially life-threatening error during their stay (Rothchild et al. 2005). According to Pronovost, Thompson & Holzmueller, (2005) medication errors are the most common type of error and account for 78% of serious medical errors in the ICU. There is evidence in the literature that although nurses may be capable of administering medication yet their performance in practice may be affected by factors of medication errors. Literature may determine the contributing factors of medication errors (Al-Syara’, 2012).
Nurses are exposed to multiple stressful demands and pressures from workplace, family, and other factors as represented by Ostelle in the transactional model of stress and health and are therefor at very high risk of an array of safety, health and other issues. Nurses confront a range of occupational health and safety (OHS) risks in their roles of providing care and comfort to the sick and aged. While much has been done to identify and control the physical risks associated with nursing work, such as manual handling, ergonomics, chemical and biological hazards, not much has been achieved in successfully recognising the very real psychological risks encountered by
Medication administration is the nursing task that carries the highest risk, and the consequences of an error can be calamitous for the patient and the nurse (Evans, 2009). There are six main types of medication error that can occur: prescribing faults, prescription errors, transcription errors, dispensing errors, administration errors and ‘across settings’ (Cheung, Bouvy & De Smet, 2009). According to a study done by (Cheung, Bouvy & De Smet, 2009), out of 106 interviews, the most common cause of medication error were: being busy (21%), being short-staffed (12%), being subject to time constraints (11%), fatigue of healthcare providers (11%), interruptions during dispensing (9.4%) and look-alike/sound-alike medicines (8.5%). On the whole, this essay will look into the management of dispensing medication error with a high alert medication, digoxin and strategies to prevent further incidents. Case scenario (Appendix A) depicted.
Buchan and Aiken (2008) stated that the nurses shortage problems may be due to the nurses that not willing to work as a nurse under the current conditions in working environment. A real shortage is circumstances where experienced people are not available for a certain vacancies due to some reasons (Wildschut&Mqolozana, 2008). A news article written by Salma Khalikin in Straits Times stated that according to current situation Singapore may not be able to create enough nurses for upcoming years. The impact of nurses shortage may causes increase work load for nurses which subsequently may increase the risk for nurses made errors in clinical, the risk of increase hospital acquired infections which cause by viral, bacterial, and fungal pathogens. More over the impact of shortage of nurses may also increase death rate, and also increase the risk of occupation injuries and exposure in working environments.
As Figley (2003) concluded after five research projects that, ‘those who work with the suffering suffer themselves because of the work’. Therefore, it is can seen that ‘suffering’ probably one of the causes that lead to compassion fatigue. In the email message (see in Appendix 6) from Uyen (28 August 2014), she wrote that compassion fatigue could be due to overworking such as working without taking break or maybe dealing with too many traumatic cases at once. So, the second reason could be is job burnout and overexposure with patient. Due to the high frequency or number of appeals, in this instance are the traumatic cases, resulting in
Moreover, depriving nurses rest time throughout a long work day does not allow them to cope with stress, which results in critical declining of function. Michelle Burke states in her study an important point to remember, “supporting both existing and future workforce is pivotal to ensure high-quality autonomous care.” (MANAGING WORK-RELATED STRESS IN THE DISTRICT NURSING PLACES). This negligence of employers towards employees need adjustment because the healthcare field is in incessant
1.5 Significance Foundation of the demographic, way of life and co-grim components that are connected with low back agony can prompt better arranging and execution of precaution measures against low back torment among medical attendants. 1.6 Limitation This study is limited to students and faculty of institute of nursing DUHS. 1.7 Definition of the key terms Prevalence Prevalence is the total number of cases of a disease present in a given population at a specific time. The prevalence of lower back pain among the nurses was determined by the number of nurses affected by lower back pain per hundred nurses, in this
The Nursing Career and Stress and Work-Related Burnout Working in the healthcare field can be overwhelming because of the continuous exposure to stressful events such as illnesses and death. Additionally, healthcare workers may suffer from high work demands such as long working hours, healthcare team relationship issues, and shortage of staff. To contribute with tension, these workers may also be exposed to daily unrelated work problems such as lack of personal time, family and financial issues. Many nurses are often exposed to these stressors and consequently are troubled with job dissatisfaction and burnout because of an imbalance between their work environment and personal life. The nursing profession alone can be very demanding and due