This essay will examine the methods of pain assessment and whether nurses tend to underestimate patients’ pain or lack of adequate pain management is provided due to the medical orders for pharmacological means. The essay will also discuss the physiology of pain and the effect of different pain management strategies in relation to pain physiology along with the issue of effective pain management in adults and children and how effective pain management will be achieved. Pain assessment is an essential method to providing effective post-operative pain management and in the general promotion of patients’ comfort. However, despite the increased awareness and knowledge of pain assessment, Horbury and colleagues (2005) suggest that nurses continue to underperform pain assessment not only in the post-operative patients but also in other hospitalised patients. Moreover, this is indicative to be one of the most problematic aspects of achieving optimal pain management (Nash et al, 2001, p.180-189).
Problem Statement Nurses play an important role in preventing pressure ulcers. The development, progression, and regression of pressure ulcers are linked to early prevention and awareness of the nurses caring for the patient. Previously conducted studies have identified a break in the care trajectory of the patient. The article, “Factors of Importance to the Development of Pressure Ulcers in the care Trajectory: Perceptions of Hospital and Community Care Nurses” discusses the weak point in the care trajectory using a qualitative design study. Understanding this weakness through the perception of the nurses can improve patient outcomes; this is the research problem in the study.
In addition to independence and mobility, stroke patients may also experience loss of memory, speech, or thought processes. These losses can lead to the patient feeling helpless and useless. A clearer understanding of loss will assist nurses to develop better interventions to help patients and their families cope with loss. Definitions A review of literature on loss revealed many definitions and uses. The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) defines loss as “(a) the fact or process of losing something or someone, (b) an amount of money lost by a business or organization, (c) the state or feeling of grief when deprived of someone or something of value, and (d) a person or thing that is badly missed when lost” (OED, 2013).
With the nurse being tired she could potentially mess up a service users notes and provide them with the wrong medication, putting the service user at risk of dying. If the nurse is grouchy she might be very rude without knowing to a service user and make them feel upset or then put them in a bad mood. If the nurse is stressed she might snap at her colleagues or a service user. Then making everyone that the nurse has come into contact with dislike her or make service users complain about the service of the hospital, just because the nurse didn’t get a break during her
It is accepted that a trigger is required for psoriasis to develop and this can be a throat infection, injury to the skin, certain drugs and, importantly, stress of some kind. Research has found that very often there is a significant emotional factor in the triggering of psoriasis, which is why hypnosis has proven so helpful in many cases. Psoriasis can have a negative impact on one’s quality of life, interfering with many different areas. Sleeping may also be a problem. Many people with psoriasis tend to persist with a poor self-image, always thinking negative thoughts about themselves and feeling they “deserve it”.
Abstract Stress in nursing is prevalent in healthcare system; the impact on patient care and other important aspects of nurse’s life is serious. Cognitive strategy was claimed to be the effective intervention toward the problem but evident did not reflect its validation. Stress management 3 Introduction Stress in nursing places patients at risk and threatens nurse’s wellbeing. Various strategies were revealed to have positive outcome on managing the issue but cognitive technique was claimed to be the effective one among the rest which is unlikely to be the fact as it has no concrete data to its validation. Background Stress in nursing is problematic as it affects the quality of patient’s care and, the impact of nurse’s burnout could be serious.
A nurse who lacks knowledge about cultural, psycho-sociological, and linguistic differences is likely to make inaccurate assessments for patients from different cultures. Cultures develop norms, values, and behaviors that are suited to that environment (Fernandez, 2012). When the surroundings or situations are changed, traditions very often stayed the same, because early conditioning is very hard to overcome. Physical sensations and ideas about what makes one sick vary from culture to culture. For example, in Ukraine it is worse to be cold than to be hot.
Personal Perceptions Caring for terminally ill patients can be a daunting task for all involved, whether it is for the patient, friends or family, or the nurse or other clinicians. It is important to analyze one’s own feelings about disease, its progression, and death when caring for others because a patient’s quality of life and functioning can potentially be affected by the nurse’s personal attitudes. Exhibiting judgments can cause discomfort, feelings of helplessness and/or sadness, which can impede quality of life for patients. The role of the nurse is to help the patient as he or she progresses through the stages of illness, acting as a patient advocate, meanwhile providing additional support for the patient and his or her loved ones. The role of the nurse is to attempt to alleviate discomfort, restore health, and to not cause any additional undue harm.
“Medicating Ourselves” In “Medicating Ourselves,” Robyn Sarah is concerned about the medications doctors are prescribing us. She believes it is doing us more harm than doing us good. She questions two specific disorders, ADD/ADHD and Depression, and explains the key reasons why. To medicate or not to medicate that is the question. Robyn believes that medication can be helpful, but she does give valid points about how it is over used.
Another skill a successful Nurse should have is empathy, many patients are confused and scared about their conditions and it’s the Nurses job to show that they understand and try to further explain the condition using words that will not frighten or confuse the patient. You must have emotional stability, throughout a Nurse’s career there are many situations that cause emotional stress. It is the nurse’s job to provide support and sympathy to the patient and their family through the hard times and also to be the back bone of the group and to always be optimistic. Hospitals experience death every day and it is the Nurse’s responsibility to hold professionalism when this occurs. Nurses must be able to retain information.