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.
Truly, nurses do not think that they are substances disorders. Therefore, the impaired nurses may harm themselves as well as their patients and the colleagues. What is the cause of burn out in nursing field? There are more than one factors effect nursing profession included work-load, overtime, rotation shifts, 12 hours shift, bullying, ill patients, death,
Facing the fight with a struggling will and a fading hope, some of these children were not going to win against the massive enemy they had been thrust into the ring with. I then began to think of the nurses that dedicated their days and nights to these vulnerable victims and how much power they held within their hands. In the most susceptible times of their lives, these patients are very malleable and nurses hold the tools to shape them, for worse or for better. Then I thought, why not me? Why not be one of the nurses who can help bring light and hope to those that can’t seem to find any?
One ethical obligation nurses are required to fulfil during their shift is to ensure no harm is done to their patient. Due to nursing shortages and too many patient’s, nurses are finding this hard to do. Ethics help nurses make the right decisions with the guidance of their morals, but due to shortages and overworked nurses they tend to feel dissatisfied with their jobs. This results from unsafe work environments, lack of time for communication and quality care of patients. “Understaffing and overtime hours have been associated with increases in patient mortality, hospital-acquired infections, shock, and bloodstream infections” (Kane et al., 2007b).
Ethical Issues in Nursing: Nurse-Patient Ratios Megan Harvey, Katie McKelvery, Erica Robbins & Cassandra Tingley St. Johns River State College March 2018 Ethical Issues in Nursing: Nurse-Patient Ratios Every day nurses are faced with ethical dilemmas. Challenges in these situations are becoming more and more complex due to increasing workload and sicker patients. When a nursing unit is understaffed not only are nurses more likely to become burnt out, but their patients are far less likely to receive the quality of care they deserve. The problem is that the Federal regulations require hospitals who participate in Medicare to “have ‘adequate’ numbers of licensed nurses (RN, LPN, CNA) to provide care to all patients as needed,” but the regulations
There are consequences of inappropriate or inadequate documentation. A care provider could face loss of employment or suspension from his or her workplace. No doubt, there would be personal stress, possible loss of income and perhaps legal expenses. Since nurses are team of health care provider, one of the most serious situations could involve a severe injury or death of a client due to inadequate or inaccurate documentation. The use of uncommon abbreviation can also lead to undesirable impression and interpretations.
Nurses in the nursing homes can be biased by giving bad treatments compared to the others. It is very difficult for people to understand that the elders are being bullied and abused very often nowadays. As elders grow older and weaker in mentally and physically, their hearing and sights tend to be weaker as
I vividly remember a particular question in multiple tests going through both CNA and LPN school: “How should you dress for work?” The answer was always something along the lines of “dress like you enjoy and have pride in your job as a nurse”. This is an unequivocal form of professionalism! If a nurse goes into work dressed in dirty scrubs, messy hair and just looking rough, it will be hard for both patients and other health care professionals to take them seriously. This also conveys that they don’t really care about the job and the comfortability of everyone around them. I usually feel uncomfortable if my counterparts aren’t dressed up to par.
Nurses have identified that, the busy nature of their work environment, the lack of time, privacy and resources prevent the development of therapeutic relationships with patients. Emergency department nurses have to continuously care for patients within four hours of admission (NHS 2013). The busy nature of this environment, understaffing and time constraints may result in nurses not identifying and addressing the reasons for patients’ self-harming behaviour. This could potentially lead to repeated admissions at a time when emergency departments are already under pressure. It is crucial that nurses in emergency department have to be compassionate, empathetic and effective in assessing and treating some patients, especially due to the associated risk of repeat episodes of self-harm and suicide following an initial
They can result from the various processes involved in treatment: prescribing, dispensing, administering the medication and monitory of treatment. In addition, there are several factors contributing to medication errors in hospitals. They include individual staff errors and system errors. There are many dangers resulting from medication error on the patient. They include deterioration of health status of the individual, increased financial expenses (as there is possibility of longer stay in the hospital) and development of medical complications.
Have you ever been so tired that when you are conversing your train of thought completely derails, and you don 't recall what you were even talking about in the first place? In the field of nursing, nurses are known to endure long work hours, some up to 12 hours a day, and perhaps sometimes longer. According to NANN, "Current evidence regarding effects of working long shifts on nurse performance, cognitive functioning, and patient outcomes is inconclusive" (Samra, 2015, p. 311). However the National Association of Neonatal Nurses acknowledges that adverse effects may develop when nurses are fatigued, enervate, and exhausted. NANN recommends that nurses take careful measures to decrease safety risks to both patients and nurses.