Our nation has displayed its greatness in thousands of different ways. It has overcome many obstacles and solved many problems, but it seems to have gotten caught up on a select few over the past hundreds of years. One hardship that the U.S. is having difficulty solving is the nursing shortage. Although many, including myself, have seen this as a crisis that the nation faces, others seem to see a silver lining in the fog. Because of this, I believe that my thesis, the nursing shortage is a major concern that needs to be acted on soon, is a great thesis for the final research paper.
The study found that reducing turnover from high to medium levels was associated with increased quality, but the evidence was mixed regarding the quality improvements from further lowering turnover to low levels Conclusions: In conclusion, the turnover rate for nursing home staff is high. The 1-year turnover rates identiﬁed in this study were 59.4%, 37.0%, and 36.1% for NAs, LPNs, and RNs, respectively. These results add to a rather large body of research over the past 30 years also showing high rates of caregiver turnover. Most important, the study shows that, in general, high rates of turnover are associated with worse quality of care. Application: I plan to use the article to show negative impact of high turnover of
Nursing burnout is the major cause of patients that have died from acquiring infection during hospital stay. The risk factors of burnout lead to cognitive detachment in nurses, resulting failure to perform adequate hand hygiene and other infection preventive measures. The study presented that for every 10% increase in nursing burnout, the rate of catheter associated urinary tract infections increased one per 1,000 patients, and surgical site infections increased more than two per 1,000 patients every year. Over 1/3 of the nurses surveyed, estimate that reducing the burnout rate of 10% would prevent over 4,000 infections per year, and also eliminate the associated monetary cost of these infections. (Dr. Cimiotti,
Furthermore, nursing burnout has costly effects on an organization, causing poor retention rates, reduced productivity, increased absenteeism, difficulty recruiting, and high turnover rates, along with increased medical errors and reduced quality
The severity of these wait times has adverse effects on the morality of the hospital staff as well as those who seek care. Currently, wait times for both complex and minor conditions appear unbearably long. Looking at the Ontario Ministry of health and long-term care it is evident that there are incredibly long wait times. The provincial targets are at a total time of 8 hours for complex conditions and 4 hours for minor conditions. One can search the site for wait times in the past month (ED Wait Times).
Research has found that the growth is not caused by more crime but by policies that send inmates to prison for longer periods of time. One of the consequences of this is the increase of older inmates in prisons. Unless dramatic changes come to sentencing and the parole policies the number of older prisoners could soar over 400,000 by 2030 posing a tremendous threat to state and federal budgets. Cost For instance, inmates over 55 are more costly than their younger counter parts because of their increased medical needs and special treatment . It has been said that inmates over 50 spend more than twice as much time at a medical facility and it is also estimated that an elderly inmates suffer from three chronic illnesses The average cost for a prisoner over 50 is 68,000 a year
Every decade our population gets older and a whole new generation of seniors comes along with a new set of attitudes and expectations as to what they want from an assisted living facility. And now that people are living longer, there is a much greater need for these facilities. They can provide a refuge to many family members that may become severely burdened by the arduous task of taking care of a loved one who can no longer take care of themselves. When simple tasks such as bathing and feeding become near impossible to manage alone, not to mention driving to the store and shopping, decisions about placement into a home become paramount. Most important to the family members is the ability of the facility to provide the adequate care that is needed for their loved ones.
The aging population play a major role in healthcare cost in the US. People are living longer than ever before in history. This is of huge significance because the elderly population receive services through publicly funded programs such as Medicaid and Medicare and although many adults are living longer, they usually have chronic and multiple health conditions which require frequent and longer visits to health establishments. This demographic is expected to double in population size by the year 2050, approximately 20% of the population will be 65 years and older. It affects the entire climate of healthcare, providers are concerned with the reimbursement rates which seem to keep decreasing and not keeping up with inflation, and with over half of the workforce in retirement, the people working pay most of the taxes which affects the amount available for funding these programs.
Henderson goes on to explain “burnout as a syndrome characterized by emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and lack of personal accomplishment.” (Henderson, 2015). Burnout may have been one of the leading cause of the staff shortage in my stressful situation, where times I did not want to work because of exhaustion both physically and mentally. Ribeiro et al. (2014) definition of “Burnout syndrome: long-term work stress resulting from the interaction between constant emotional pressure associated with intense interpersonal involvement for long periods of time and personal characteristics”. (Ribeiro et al., 2014).
Thank you for your post. Working as a registered nurse can be exhausting and challenging, leading to frustration and unhappiness which can equate to burnout. The cause of burnout can occur in response to disruptive patients, beleaguered by direct and continuous contact with clients, mounting desk work, excessive workload, and shift work (Kar & Suar, 2014). Therefore, nurse burnout has been demonstrated by studies to have adverse consequences regarding patient care and safety. Burnout can affect the overall organization by increased turnover, decreasing the productivity of employees regarding increased absenteeism, and reduced quality of service (Nantsupawat, Nantsupawat, Kunaviktikul, Turale, & Poghosyan 2016).