Nursing Ethics In Nursing

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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 conflicts are work can lead to physical and mental burnout for nurses. According to…show more content…
Nurses with too many patients leads to poor-quality care and poor patient outcomes. Healthcare delivery is inadequate when staffing, and the work environment becomes unsafe. “Higher registered nurse staffing was associated with less hospital-related mortality, failure to rescue, cardiac arrest, hospital acquired pneumonia, and other adverse events. The effect of increased registered nurse staffing on patient’s safety was strong and consistent in intensive care units and in surgical patients. Greater registered nurse hours spent on direct patient care were associated with decreased risk of hospital-related death and shorter lengths of stay. “(Kane, Shamliyan, Mueller, Duval, &Wilt, 2007) Unsafe staffing and nurse patient ratios hinder patient care. If the law was passed to have a set nurse patient ratio in hospitals this could improve care. Nurses would be able to provide quality care. Patient safety would not be compromised, and the work environment would be a safe place. Nurses would no be over worked and exhausted. Mentally they would be able to handle their assignment. “Continuing to believe that nurses can meet every single patient-care need put before them and do so at the appropriate time is insane. When individual nurses are left to manage excessive workloads alone, the only light at the end of the tunnel may be legislated nurse/patient ratios” (Shindul-Rothschild et.al.,…show more content…
Unsafe nurse patient ratios make my job as a nurse harder. Each patient requires a certain level of care, some patients requiring more than others. When you have 6-8 patients your time with them is limited and you may not be able to deliver the high-quality care your patient’s need. This issue also creates an unsafe work environment. According to Robin Hertel (2011) “Understaffing and overtime hours have been associated with increases in patient mortality, hospital-acquired infections, shock, and bloodstream infections (Kane et al., 2007b).” Unsafe staffing levels are leading to low RN staffing levels and nurse shortages. Nursing burnout is likely to happen due to being overworked. There are many ramifications on your own nursing license related to this topic. When you have too many patients your license is being put at risk. The quality of your work would be poor due to lack of time. My communication and listening skills would suffer due to lack of time to talk to and listen to my patient’s. Unsafe staffing issues and patient ratios leave room for error. If an error occurs, you could potentially harm a patient or even kill them. Unsafe staffing then leads to unsafe working conditions. Nurses need to stay within their scope of practice and avoid putting their license at
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