Research has focused on negative rather than the positive patient outcomes for the simple reason that adverse outcomes are more likely to be documented in the medical record. This is important evidence because it gives us conditions and results of what can happen if patients get lower quality care. Patients’ are not having enough time getting checked up by a nurse, and nurses would miss some diagnostics. Patients are getting sick because of the poor care they are receiving from nurses. The care patients can get is affected by a nurse shortage, “Nursing workload definitely affects the time that a nurse can allot to various tasks.
There is a sharp impact of unsociable hours of work on the health and performance of nurses who are partner of 24 hours working society since ages. It is important for the policy makers of health service organizations that personal, socio-cultural and environmental perspective of the nurses be given due attention. Shift planning should be arranged in such a way that it does not create any physiological and psychological stress. Policies should be worked out for effective napping techniques and to improve the environment. The provision of effective facilities as given below can help the shift workers to cope
The duration a patient spends in the hospital also have a major role in affecting effective staffing in allocating staff in the ward, the head nurse have to check the type of patient in the ward. There are times when one patient will seem like eight patient because of the condition of the patient. The patient will require complete care and this will necessitate more number of staff on duty. Example, if there is a patient bleeding profusely and another patient having difficulty with breathing and still there are two or more patient who were just wheeled from the theatre. If the number of staff on duty are three and the total patient in the ward is twenty four, it will be very difficult for the staff to cope and this will be seen as inadequate staffing.
One such example would be, nurses have to frequently assess any change on patient’s condition and notify doctor immediately if there are changes. Delaying may increase the complication and makes it harder to treat. Other than that, nurses must document down all the information in accordance to approved standards of practice which includes evaluation of how treatments work, assessment, compliance, reaction of patient and communication. Evidence by charting can help to prevent liability in a malpractice suit. Lack of documentation can alter the nursing intervention, such as in the scenario which stated medication was not discontinued when the resident was at high risk for bleeding.
Due to the high demand, nurses become such a valuable asset to any healthcare industry. However, at the same time worldwide there is a severe shortage of nurses. Healthcare industry does face a great challenge in requirement and retaining talented, competent and skilful nurses. Shortage of nurses is indeed a critical issue, and it has a great impact on patients’ care and will certainly compromise patients’ safety and their needs will not be able to be met (Omar, Anuar, Majid & Johari,
The safety of nurses from workplace-induced injuries and illnesses is important to nurses themselves as well as to the patients they serve. The presence of healthy and well-rested nurses is critical to providing vigilant monitoring, empathic patient care, and vigorous advocacy. Although nurses are known to be a high-risk subgroup for these events, nursing students may be at even greater risk due to their limited clinical experience. Nurses play an important role in medical community. They are the frontlines in administering and evaluating treatment given to every client and always ready to provide emotional, psychological and spiritual support (Oz, 2016).
Stress leave is becoming more necessary and sick calls are a daily occurrence on hospital floors. While there are various resources being looked at to increase the number of our nurses, what can you, as individuals, do in the meantime? Nurses’ daily contact with patients allows them to promote and educate regarding health and wellness. If asked by a patient what you do to improve your health, what would the response be? Isn’t it ironic that many health professionals promoting wellness to patients are totally overwhelmed by their own demands of balancing career and family?
I have personal experience working in the medical field I get to assist Registered Nurses both novice and experienced. Working with an inexperienced nurse can be tense sometimes. Novice nurses tend to overlook important details of a patients evaluation because they are not experienced enough to pick up on the subtle clues and signs exhibited by the patient to get the full detail of the patients true condition. According to the article Do educational outcomes correspond with the requirements of nursing practice: educators’ and managers’ assessments of novice nurses’ professional competence, “.... nurses working in practice complain of novice nurses insufficient clinical and patient management skills” (Holland K et al). For this reason in obtaining a baccalaureate degree, the novice nurse may get a more comprehensive understanding of caring for their patient.
The factors that will play a big role in the study will be the nurse’s flexibility and acceptance to change, complying to the change and environment. Other risks that is involved in this study was price of the equipments to be used such as the do not disturb signs and vests, the orientation costs that is needed to orient the staffs, bulletin boards and posts that will inform patients, staffs and other people in the vicinity to adhere to the policy of not disturbing nurses that are wearing signs. The benefits of this study will outweigh the price through decreasing the rate of medication errors happening. Before implementing the proposed change, feedback from the staffs was obtained through anonymous paper survey rating the important contributors to medication errors. The survey showed that interruptions has the highest point and is the number one cause of medication errors as stated by the staffs.
It reduces the risk of not recognizing any deterioration in physiological status which prevents the nurse from acting in timely manner. It helps in minimizing adverse patient event. 4. THE HEART Through cardiovascular assessment will help the nurse to identify factors that can predispose to cardiovascular disease such as diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol. Assessment helps the nurse to be focused and precise in doing the physical examination and in arriving at the diagnosis correctly.