(Abdulla, Al-Qahtani, & Al-Kuwari, 2011). One study revealed that burnout syndrome is common among critical care nurses, because they work with more critical and traumatic patients burnout syndrome is not only affect the nurse but extend to their quality of care that delivered for their patient. (Moss, Good, Gozal, Kleinpell, & Sessler., 2016). Organizational and environment factors such as excessive workload, staffing shortage, lack of empowerment lead to burnout which compromise nurse’s ability to provide high quality care. ( McHugh, Kutney, Cimiotti, Sloane, & Aiken., 2011).
Nursing Shortage is a problem we all should be aware of. There are many factors that may lead to a nursing shortage, such as having stressful and unsafe working environments, and our nurses are being overworked. This is a problem we should be aware of because it is affecting the patient care. Nurses would not have enough time to stay with a patient if they have more patients to worry about. Nurses play a big role in our hospitals and communities, “Nurses play significant roles in hospitals, clinics and private practices.
(2017) mentions the effects of nursing burnouts on the patients. When nurses suffer from these burnouts, it does not only affect themselves and their family, but it follows them to their working environment. It is affecting their coworkers and the patients. This leads to poor quality of care for the patients, increase patient falls, medication errors, increase in hospital acquired infections, and other factors that affect patient care (Gómez-Urquiza, et al.,
Violence against healthcare providers is a significant problem that has been receiving growing attention. Incidents of workplace violence are experienced by nurses and physicians on a day-to-day basis, especially in emergency departments. The corollary of this phenomenon has become a significant matter due to the psychological stress it is placing on healthcare providers, hence affecting their efficiency and productivity. We may often undermine the consequences of workplace violence, but studies show that it may cause distress, apathy, rage, disappointment, helplessness, anxiety, self-doubt, and insecurity of healthcare workers. (Öztunç 360-365)Hence, their entire job performance is decreased and absenteeism is increased.
Since the beginning of my nursing journey, I have heard about the nursing shortage. It seems unreal to me simply because of how competitive nursing school is and the amount of people that try to become nurses. So why do we have a nursing shortage? “The persistent nursing shortage is challenging the values and beliefs of the nursing profession and causing nurses to ask how they can fulfill their ethical responsibilities to patients when there are an insufficient number and a maldistribution of nurses” (Erlen, 2004, p. 289). As a result nurses are expressing burnout and job dissatisfaction, moral distress, and the inability to provide quality care to their patients (Erlen, 2004, p. 289).
Meliza Hernandez 1-24-18 Period 6 Mr. Hancock Nurse Shortage There is no secret that the United States faces a vital shortage of registered nurses. Nurse shortage refers to a situation where the demand for nursing professionals exceeds the supply locally, nationally, or globally. There are multiple issues that contribute to nurse shortage like, burnout, an increase with incomplete education, limited resources, job dissatisfaction, and many more. Although nurse shortage gives incoming nurses an opportunity in the workforce, many patients and current nurses are suffering. The demand for more nurses is to prevent current nurses from future burnout.
Nurses often face ethical dilemmas and moral distress throughout various levels of direct and indirect patient care. According to Moon and Kim (2015), patients often die in the intensive care unit, and ethical conflicts frequently occur due to a variety of factors, such as verbal abuse, poor communication between health care providers, and increased incidences of end-of-life issues. I think this is a very important subject to think about, especially when these conflicts can significantly impact job satisfaction, burnout, and ultimately threaten the quality of care for patients. Furthermore, a qualitative study conducted by Henrich et al. (2017) shows that healthcare providers often experience negative emotional repercussions from moral distress in the ICU, and patient care is frequently perceived as being negatively affected.
As all know, the incidence of patient falls will be the big thing in every health care centre. I also worry if Madam Y experienced any complications, I might not be able to forgive myself. This critical incident made me feel sad and disappointed in myself. After this incident, I started to blame myself for the fall and this affected my nursing practice until the end of my shift. I still being uncomfortable and not confident on that day while performing my nursing skills and felt sad throughout the day.
The Nursing Career and Stress and Work-Related Burnout Working in the healthcare field can be overwhelming because of the continuous exposure to stressful events such as illnesses and death. Additionally, healthcare workers may suffer from high work demands such as long working hours, healthcare team relationship issues, and shortage of staff. To contribute with tension, these workers may also be exposed to daily unrelated work problems such as lack of personal time, family and financial issues. Many nurses are often exposed to these stressors and consequently are troubled with job dissatisfaction and burnout because of an imbalance between their work environment and personal life. The nursing profession alone can be very demanding and due
After much study Cooper and Swanson concluded that workplace bullying is a significant, under-reported, and under-recognized occupational safety and health problem. The nurse is in a work relationship with a more experienced nurse that is not mentoring, guiding or supporting the new nurse. According to Weaver (9), nurses who bully are those who feel the power imbalance associated with restricted autonomy and autocratic leadership. The nurses are expressing negative behaviors toward the next in line in due to the nurse’s power disparity from the dominant control by physicians and administrators. Other factors pointed out by Rocker 2008 may have their origin in individual mental illnesses and drug and alcohol habits.
“While working at a hospital as a Registered nurse, I was being bullied every day at work I became withdrawn, severely depressed, I would break down and cry every day after work. It was a nightmare,” explained Nurse Jackie. Horizontal bullying should not be neglected it is a life-threatening problem affecting the healthcare. Nurse to nurse bullying in the workplace can have an impact on new nurses, the treatment of the patients, and lack of job satisfaction. Imagine being a nurse and additionally feeling nervous about taking care of a challenging patient or meticulously achieving all of the medical records.
Healthcare systems may not be aware how much nurse burnout is really costing them. As cited by Chang and Chan (2015) emotional exhaustion, a cynical attitude toward others and a decreased sense of personal achievement at work can alter a nurse 's ability to perform his or her job duties at a high level. These symptoms can therefore negatively affect patient care, as nurses critical thinking, and problem solving capabilities may be compromised. This shows that nurses suffering from compassion fatigue may not be giving effective patient care. Nurses experiencing compassion fatigue are also more likely to have an increased number of sick days due to feelings of fatigue and inability to care for others.