One downside to nursing is that you will often have to work long hours. I think every second of your shift would be worth it knowing that you are helping a sick child. Another downside is the current pay gap between nurses and doctors. I believe that nurses have the tougher job and they should be making equal or more pay. The nurse spends more time with the patient and has the tougher workload.
(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. In addition, the same study reveals that nurses and other health care providers in the intensive care unit are more likely to leave their job due to moral distress as compared to other hospital settings. Research has shown that moral distress and ethical issues can have profound impacts on health care providers, such as patient safety, workplace dissatisfaction, and emotional suffering. As a practicing ICU nurse, I also have my fair share of
(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).
Good critical nurses possess the critical thinking ability to handle emergency situations and equipment but also are compassionate, helping patients and family members through stressful circumstances (Kirpal, 2004). It can be difficult for HR professionals and health care managers to screen potential critical nurse candidates that encompass both critical thinking and empathy characteristics. In addition, many experienced critical care nurses experience burn out from dealing with multiple previous stressful patient encounters and long hours, causing them to leave the nursing profession (Kirpal, 2004). Moreover, to increase efficiency many hospitals expect their nurses to float to other departments to help fill temporary staffing shortages—increasing the stress levels of nurses to learn new skills in unfamiliar environments in short periods of time (Kirpal, 2004). As previously mentioned, younger individuals are not choosing to become nurses, creating an age disparity among nurses in many hospitals (Kirpal, 2004).
Cultivating Healthful Environments Incivility in the workplace was once a remote issue; however, it has increasingly shown concern in the workplace and how it affects nursing staff as well as patient care. Workplace incivility is identified as a behavior with a vague intent to harm someone while having no concern for workplace standards or respect for others (Laschinger, Wong, Cummings, & Grau, 2014). Incivility negatively impacts interpersonal and professional relationships, diminishes nurses’s care provided to patients, and provides more room for medication errors and patient dissatisfaction (Abdollahzadeh, Asghari, Ebrahimi, Rahmani, & Vahidi, 2017). Prevention methods need to be warranted to limit workplace incivility to provide nursing staff with increased self-esteem, and to provide quality of care that is safe to all patients. Organizational outcomes are also negatively impacted when it comes to incivility.
(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.,
Research has proven over and over again that using evidenced-based practice (EBP) lowers the cost of healthcare, provides for better patient outcome, and for best work satisfaction among nursing staff. Yet, there is disagreement among nurses about the real value of doing research to change and initiate better nursing practices. The lack of enthusiasm to generate knowledge from research has many different facets, depending on who is questioned. Moving EBP into the clinical practice is complicated by time constraints, increasing demands on nursing care, and the inability to incorporate into the organization’s policies and procedures. For years, nurses have followed agency protocols for patient care some that based on research and others that
Michelle Burke states in her study an important point to remember, “supporting both existing and future workforce is pivotal to ensure high-quality autonomous care” (Burke, 2013). This negligence of employers towards employees need adjustment because the healthcare field is in incessant
Administering medication is a fundamental role in a nurse’s daily routine in the ward. This process happens at least twice daily and on average takes up to forty percentage of nurse’s time. It is also this skill that is higher risk, it is a step that is very susceptible to errors that can lead to consequences in patient safety. Medication governance has been put in place to prevent errors and promote patient safety. However, medication errors are still recurrent and persistent.
Mostly everyone chooses their career when they are in high school. It is a very important decision that can affect one’s life. One might want to take on a career that affect people's lives, such as a nurse, doctor, and more. Although a nurse anesthetist career requires good education and skilled workers, it is a challenging career because of the skills and qualities a person needs, but the salary, benefits, and the experience are wonderful rewards. A nurse anesthetists is fairly new career with great potential and with an abundance of responsibilities and unusual work hours (depending on work place).