Being exposed to patient's pain and suffering on a daily basis can influence a nurse's capacity to give compassionate care (Knobloch Coetzee & Klopper, 2010). Working in an emergency department, nurses continue to show compassion when their own well of compassion is
Nursing is a calling that is professionally satisfying and rewarding as nurses set out to give care to other people. However, the hard work can become emotionally and physically challenging due to the tension and turmoil that comes within the profession. Nurses may start feeling frustrated due to common nursing stress or something more serious, such as compassion fatigue and burnout. It is thus important to watch out for the warning signs for burnout and compassion fatigue, which put both the healthcare workers and their patients at risk. Compassion fatigue affects job satisfaction, emotional and physical health of nurses as well as productivity and turnover in the nursing profession.
Furthermore, personal stressors such as age, family and marital issues negatively add to the nurse’s angst. The health care environment is a high demand, high stress professional pathway and employees need to find a balance between their career and their personal lives in order to prevent and manage burnout, which is an adverse outcome from accumulation and exposure to multiple stressors. Fortunately, there are a variety of coping mechanisms that can be utilized by nurses for sufficient recover. The adoption of healthy behaviors and other positive strategies such as maintaining an optimistic mental vision, practice of physical activities, and adequate rest and sleep were shown to support and improve an individual’s health and stress coping skills. These tactics should be daily employed by nurses to diminish stress and reduce risks of
Introduction Burnout syndrome is common in the healthcare field. Burnout syndrome has been research by many, many of the research has been geared towards nurses to determine how prevalent burnout syndrome is. Emergency care nurses face vast challenges related to the care that is demanded by the patient. The amount of stressors and burnout syndrome are linked, the more stressors the nurse is exposed to the higher the risk for burnout syndrome becomes. Burnout syndrome has an adverse effect on the organization, the nurse, and the patient.
The impact of nurse fatigue resulting from extended work hours, sleeplessness and accepting extra assignments can lead to numerous problems; some of these problems include but not limited to the following; inability to focus, reduced motivation, impaired or lack of communication, delayed reaction time to a critical event that can occur, example, code call. Personal injury can occur that poses an occupational hazard for nurses since serious injuries can occur of varying degree. The nurses’ duty can be physically demanding which can have a negative effect on patient safety and workforce health (Repique,
The declining cognitive function and unpredictable behaviour of dementia sufferers makes caring for them a difficult and challenging task. As a result, caregivers providing care for dementia sufferers face high physical, emotional and psychological stress . This causes caregivers of dementia sufferers to be at high risk of developing burn-out and other health complications. Thus, it is essential to understand the challenges and burden faced by caregivers of dementia and the resulting effect of caregiving on caregivers’ overall well-being. Objectives • Understand the burden felt by caregivers of dementia sufferers in the Singapore community • Identify the socioeconomic factors associated with different levels of caregiving burden perceived by caregivers of dementia sufferers • Assess the effect of caregiving on caregivers’ overall well-being and health Methods A.
Incivility defines as “a rude or unsociable speech or behavior (Merriam 2010). The types of behaviors that constitute between nurses can be due to stress, heavy workload, bullying, harassment and aggressions. Incivility and bullying in nursing are complex problems that have garnered much attention in recent years (Felbinger 2008). Emerging evidence suggests that incivility in the workplace has significant implications from nurses, patients, and health care organizations causing a high turnover rate. Design This study uses a descriptive qualitative design the aims of the study are to describe the factors
Emergency nurses treat patients that are in a state of an acute illness or trauma. They deal with many critical situations and have to deal with doctors, family members and other healthcare workers (Johnson & Johnson, 2014). The environment of an Emergency Department is stressful and nurses often observe many tragedies, which can lead them to experience symptoms of compassion fatigue (CF) (Duffy, Avalos, & Dowling, 2015). CF has been called the cost of caring and is a side effect of helping others who have experienced some form of trauma (Figley, 1995; Boyle, 2015; Yoder, 2010). The symptoms attributed to CF are often physical as in headaches, stomach upset, insomnia and chronic fatigue; or emotional as in apathy, cynicism, irritation,
CF affects the physical, behavioral, emotional and spiritual aspects of a nurse 's life (Aycock & Boyle, 2009). The nurse experiencing CF may complain of physical symptoms such as frequent headaches or generalized aches and pains. The nurse may also show behavioral symptoms such as detachment, frequent call outs, and transfers to other departments or other hospitals; emotional symptoms may include irritability, moodiness, and anger, and show spiritual self-doubt and doubt in beliefs (Bush, 2009). Other symptoms may include medication errors, or performing skills incorrectly, which can harm the patient and/or themselves (Braunschneider,
Stress and fatigue are related to the type of work that nurses do, and it directly affects a their health. Occupational stress can have harmful effects on nurses’ health. Short-term stress can lead to disorders such as “chronic fatigue to depression” (Donovan et al., 2013, p. 969). Long-term stress can lead to psychological issues and increases the likelihood of engaging in unhealthy behaviors such as smoking, drinking, poor diet and little to no exercise. New nurses are especially susceptible to experiencing stress and fatigue as they get adjusted to the demands of the job.