There is an ongoing shortage of nurses, which along with emotional stressors, is said to be the cause of burnout among nurses. It has made nurses fearful of patient safety because of the inadequate staffing. The most common source of burnout among nurses is the work overload. The problem of inadequate staffing causes nurses to have an increased workload. Nurses can end up working long days and nights, overtime work, rotating shifts, and weekend work.
This in turn exposes not only patients, but also nurses to a significant amount of noise and alarms, ultimately leading to the clinical problem called alarm fatigue. As defined by the Joint Commission, alarm fatigue is known as the desensitization of medical staff as a result of sensory overload. This overload ultimately results in a delay of an alarm being answered, and sometimes someone completely missing the alarm altogether (The Joint Commission, 2015). Alarm fatigue has been recognized as a contributing
Topic Proposal NUR/598 XXXXXXX University of Phoenix Patricia Dehof XXXXXXX Poor job satisfaction is an issue being faced by many health care organizations. Nursing retention and inadequate staffing can occur as a result of job dissatisfaction. This paper presents a proposal to educate physicians and nurses on methods of improving collaboration and relationships. . There are many factors that can cause job dissatisfaction and turnover rates.
Jackson. According to Maslach and Jackson, “human service professionals are often required to spend a considerable time in intense involvement with other people, centering around the client’s current problems (psychological, social, and/or physical and is therefore charged with feelings of anger, embarrassment, fear or despair” ( p. 99). Due to the nature of the profession the individual often experiences chronic stress which can be emotionally draining and poses the risk for burnout. Maslach and Jackson define burnout “as a syndrome of emotional exhaustion and cynicism that occurs frequently among individuals who do ‘people-work’ of some kind” (p. 99). Three aspects of burnout are emotional exhaustion, negative, cynical attitudes and feelings about one’s clients and the tendency to evaluate oneself negatively with regards to one’s work with clients.
The environment in an ICU is extremely chaotic and stressful; prolonged exposure to ICUs make health care professional susceptible to burnout. In addition high-pressure environment, dysfunction within an organisation has been correlated with burnout amongst employees (Leary et al., 2013); dysfunction was defined as the use of avoidance and coercion tactics by supervisors. Leadership styles that are forceful and lacks clear direction create confusion, stagnation and stifle creativity. n this way dysfunctional leadership may cause the perception of lack of productivity, desensitisation and exhaustion or
According to the literature reviewed, there is a direct correlation between turnover of nurses and CNAs to the quality of patient care. Hunt (2009) gives a concise explanation of the correlation of staff shortage on patient care: Staff shortages caused by nursing turnover are associated with significant decreases in the general quality of patient care, increases in the length of patient stays within hospitals, and greater numbers of hospital-acquired patient illnesses and conditions that do not qualify for Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement (p.3) Another report published by the American Association of College of Nurses’ stated the same thing that there is a correlation between nurse to patient ratio and the quality of care given. As a result many organizations are left having to do major damage control externally, to prevent a bad reputation. Instead of external PR, organizations need to start taking a hard internal look at their staff management. Reasons for Staff
According to Ulrich and Zimring there are 600 articles that explain that the healthcare design can influence patient outcomes are published. When a hospital has a stressful environment to the patient’s healing process with loud intercom systems and machinery, long hallways that echo, bland colors and cramped rooms, it contributes to the patients stress level. These things will hinder a patients healing ability. Promoting and allow the patient to experience their spirituality and assisting them if needed will promote healing by allowing them a feeling of control and familiarity as being at
There are many theories of what causes stress and techniques that can be employed to try and lessen the effects of stress. This paper will explore the various types of stress, causes and solutions of stress, and the financial and managerial implications stress has within organizations. Stress has become an epidemic that businesses have to cope with daily in order to maintain their employee health and morale. “Occupational stress has been recognized as a major health issue for modern work organizations. Conditions of the workplace have been shown to lead to negative emotional reactions, physical health problems in both the short term and the long term and counterproductive behavior at work” (Spector, 2002).
Ethical and Legal Issues in Nursing NUR391/Professional Nursing Zachary Medler January 9, 2015 Dr. Susan Johnson Ethical and Legal Issues in Nursing Two issues that Nurse’s face in Healthcare are Malpractice and End-of-Life considerations. Malpractice is professional negligence by the facility or staff whose actions have caused emotional, physical and financial damage to a client under care. In order for negligence to be considered, four elements must be fulfilled, and they are a duty, breach of duty, damages, and causation (Morales, 2012). End-of-Life considerations are prominent in the field of nursing as everyone eventually passes away. It becomes burdensome when the terminal client, has no advanced directive and the loved ones that are to make decisions are in disagreement with each other.
a Associate Level Material Stress and Illness in the Workplace Matrix Use the following table to describe the relationship between stress and health in the workplace and to identify ways to reduce stress in the workplace. If you use additional sources, include citations consistent with APA guidelines. |What is the relationship between stress and health in the workplace? |Being stressed by the environment in which we work in has a direct effect on our health. Stress caused by| | |work can lead to headaches, high blood pressure, anxiety, loss of appetite, sleep deprivation, and many | | |other things.