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).
OVERVIEW OF THE STUDY 1.1 Introduction The background, problem statement, research questions and objectives, paradigmatic perspective, research methodology and ethical considerations of this research will be discussed in this chapter. 1.2 Background and problem statement Nursing is a nurturing profession and caring is an essential component of its practice (Peery, 2010:53). Due to increased complexity of job description, the unpredictable changes in one’s daily work routine, unrealistic expectations from patients and their families, and common encounters with ethical and end of life issues, hospitals are seen as stressful places of employment (Mealer, Burnham, Goode, Rothbaum & Moss, 2009:1118). Nurses have a duty to compassionately care for the sick, wounded, traumatized, and the weak in their charge, which personally exposes them to patients’ pain, trauma and suffering on a daily basis (Knobloch-Coetzee & Klopper, 2010:235). Within the daily interaction with patients, nurses are confronted with deep emotions like fear, frustration, stress, anxiety and disappointment (Trewich, 2008:16).
Nursing is a strenuous job that demands physical and emotional resilience. Nurses juggle may different aspects in health care, from sick patients, worried families and stressed out doctors. The hours they log in are long, often requiring nights, weekends, holidays, with shifts lasting up to 12 hours and sometimes more. While many strive to become great healers, the fact remains, that the shortage of nurses is becoming a nightmare for hospital management and administration. Doctors, Hospitals, out-patient/ in-patient centers and even schools rely heavily on their nursing staff.
One of the most important things in life would be good health. When it comes to the topic of health, everyone becomes attentive. It is important to understand the meaning of having a good health, and the systems that are put in place in order to provide treatment for the wellbeing of are Floridians. Healthcare is described as “the prevention, treatment, and management of illness and the preservation of mental and physical well-being through the services offered by the medical and allied health professions” (). The biggest issues that many Floridians face today are not being accepted or able to afford the unbearable cost of health care.
Patient centeredness is no stranger to nursing discourse, however, adopting this element to care and compassion is challenging in today's healthcare arena, especially when treating massively increased numbers of patients" (Bramley and Matiti, 2014). Being the patient's advocate, participating in their care, encouraging independence, and pushing them to be the best that they can be to return to normal health are all important aspects of compassion. When I was working with my patient I felt since I had a smile on my face, a positive attitude, a calming demeanor, and the drive to help her with her care she accepted my help and wanted to get better and participate in
Nursing is unique as a profession because a nurse is in a position of authority and care over patients. Nurses decision could have serious consequences on the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of clients. Because of this, a nurse must be a representative of their patients. Nurses must learn the causes of a patient’s pain and suffering and be willing to
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.
Due to overload, nurses and practitioner experience reoccurring errors, which place patients and healthcare workers’ life, at risk. As a result, the healthcare system and practitioners become aware of the need to review patient care. Some countries have seen the need for a change but focus on external factors rather than caring. However, Watson implies, that the state of been different is to focus on competent, compassionate, knowledgeable, and caring nurses and health practitioners. (Watson.p.471).
Good quality care depends on effective communication between the care givers and the clients. Providing quality of care can improve the patient’s satisfaction during hospitalization. (The Importance of Clear, Effective Communication in Healthcare, 2016) For the second reason, communication is the main role for every profession, however it is the most crucial in health care setting. Ineffective communication or lack of communication leads to unnecessary problems and misunderstanding in clinical setting such as medical error because of error in diagnosis and treatment. In some cases, lack of communication leads to the patient death.
3.3 Application in current job I really do know and understand the benefits of a good nurse-patient communication. It is a vital tool that guides the nurses to providing effective nursing care and making good clinical judgments. Some factors that affect communication with my patients at place of work include; inability to understand some patients’ languages, shortage of nurses, lack of time, assumptions, inadequate environment etc. These factors pose dangers to patients’
SDLA 4: Activity 1 Palliative care continues to evolve in providing better end-of-life care and so does nursing care. Thus, nursing practice is enhanced to satisfy the demand of the palliative care. A nurse provides complex care and fulfils the needs of the patients. Nursing involves in caring work, which focus on patient experiencing agony in palliative and haematological cancer care. Nurses worked in a taxing environment, that can be highly stressful, and often they experience physical, psychological and spiritual exhaustion.