Nurses fatigue is growing problem nurse face each day in the healthcare environment, and he can be caused by long hours, sleep deprivation, and possibly by accepting extra assignments can be dangerous for both nurses and patient. These inadequacies can result in major implications for the health and safety of registered nurses and can compromise patient care which can lead to fatalities. (American Nurses Association, 2014). In my experience, being fatigued from working much 12-hour shifts consecutively was very difficult as I felt extremely tired, resulting in lack of focus, missing important details during the handing over the process with impaired cognitive functioning. This I found was detrimental to the patients and myself as it impedes quality and has a deleterious effect on patient safety.
Jaax was a veterinarian and scientist for the U.S. Army during the 1980’s. She was working on an experiment involving Ebola. While she was at home making dinner she accidentally cut herself leaving a huge gash on her palm. Later that day when Jaax was working on an experiment that involved a contaminated dead monkey, the glove on her hazmat suite protecting the cut on her hand tore and Jaax was almost exposed to the contaminated monkey blood. However, Jaax made it safely through the incident.
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.
Nurses often face ethical dilemmas and moral distress throughout various levels of direct and indirect patient care. According to Moon and Kim (2015), patients often die in the intensive care unit, and ethical conflicts frequently occur due to a variety of factors, such as verbal abuse, poor communication between health care providers, and increased incidences of end-of-life issues. I think this is a very important subject to think about, especially when these conflicts can significantly impact job satisfaction, burnout, and ultimately threaten the quality of care for patients.
This meant that a change needed to be implemented within the facility, so that the nurses can do their job as caretakers. The study reported that the nurses had occupied themselves with the work of others, such as housekeeping and paper work. The patients who sought nurse-patient relationships argued that they did not have the time to sit and talk with them but they were too busy doing other hospital work. The findings also indicate that nurse need to be made aware of the patients expectations so they may deliver exceptional care. This can be achieved by interacting with the patients more and taking the time to understand them.
Introduction Nursing shortage and nurse turn-over compromise the quality patient care, resulting increased medication errors, patient deaths, staff burnout, and disappointment among workers and their patients. This issue is becoming more critical due to the increase in aging population with chronic diseases (Krans, 2015). Finding and retaining quality nurses is an ongoing challenge to the nurse leaders and mangers. This paper will discuss the effective approaches of nurse leaders and managers to resolve the nursing shortage and nurse turn-over issues, using relevant theories of leadership and management. Nursing Shortage and Nurse Turn-Over
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.
According, to the research, many refuges suffer from PTSD and other mental disorders. Because of the lack of knowledge surrounding the older population and PTSD, symptoms of trauma may be misdiagnosed as other medical problems. This is an issue because it effects the treatment and wellbeing of the person. A common triggering symptom for both PTSD and getting older is the feeling that you lost control. 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.
Professional Nursing Practice I believe that I as a nurse will have to use critical thinking skills, communication skills and the nursing process to provide care to patients. I have to understand that these skills will be tested from time to time because of the variety of settings that I will be in. I need to realize that I am not just there to help my patients get better. I am there to be a promotor of health maintenance, disease management and prevention. One of the more crucial roles that I will have to take as a nurse is being an advocate for my patients when they cannot.
Reasons for safe staffing ratios From the early beginnings of nursing to present day, safe nurse staffing ratios have been a heated debate. High patient to nurse ratios have been the norm for over a century throughout the United States. As time went on nursing care, technology, cost containments and patient acuity changed drastically further fueling the need for safer staffing levels. Safety in numbers has been the battle cry of nurses across the United States since the 1990’s when cost containment strategies changed the way hospitals managed costs by regulating patient admissions, lengths of stays, patient acuity and training requirements for patient care.
Nurses are constantly in a position where they are challenged by encounters with people from different backgrounds. Within this reflection, explanations will be provided on the reasons for picking the papers and the content that has stimulated an emotional response. Furthermore, how it will enhance my nursing practice such as incorporating respect, reflection and awareness of self and the community when caring for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people will be discussed.
lead change, promote health, and uplift care in various roles and settings. A master’s education program prepares nurses for leadership and critical action within a changing health care system, including educational, health and organizational systems. The essentials of master’s education has designed through advanced nursing knowledge and higher level leadership skills for improving health outcomes and have an important value in the current and emerging roles in health care delivery. This preparation give nurses a fuller understanding in nursing and engage them in a higher level of practice and leadership in a variety of setting along with commitment to lifelong learning.