Solutions for Nursing Personnel Shortages Executive Summary Senior Human Resource Management should adopt some changes in order to combat the current growing nursing/healthcare personnel shortage. Employees simply want to be heard and sympathized with. Nowadays the nursing shortage has caused many problems in the healthcare industry. First and foremost, the quality of care being provided to patients is declining due to the fact that there are not as many nurses to care for the patient appropriately. As a matter of fact, the workload being dumped on the employees is steadily increasing.
(Murray, pg.2) As a nurse you deal with a lot of physical, mental and emotional stress. The stressed nurse may show physical sign of stress such as high blood pressure, headaches, nausea, chest pains and fatigue to just name a few. The behavioral signs are becoming withdrawn, under or over eating, and becoming accident prone and careless. (Murray, pg.4) The emotional signs of a nurse who may not be managing there stress are irritable, angers easily, depression and anxious. These symptoms can compromise the care of a patient or patients if not managed correctly.
Compassion Fatigue Michelle Phoebe Baltazar Grand Canyon University: HLT-310V April 18, 2013 Compassion Fatigue in Nursing Compassion is defined as “a complex emotion that allows caregivers to hold and sustain themselves in emotional balance while holding patient’s despair in one hand and their hopefulness in the other” (Gilmore, 2012, pg.32). Compassion is the core of nursing and why most nurses chose the profession. The essence of compassion is what gives nursing the power to heal holistically. Caring about what patients’ care about is what great nursing is all about, without it, all it is, is a job. Nurses are at risk of not caring due to compassion fatigue.
Workplace Fatigue; Finding a solution to this common problem I chose to talk about workplace fatigue because it is so common among all types of nurses and needs to be addressed and worked on. A big thing for nurses to do is to understand their limit and signs that they are becoming too tired or stressed. When nurses get stressed it starts to affect their lives at work and home. A major problem with fatigued nurses is patient care. The fatigued nurse becomes overwhelmed and can easily make mistakes such as medication errors or performing procedures on the wrong patient.
“Burnout is a psychological experience that manifests itself in individual, particularly those involved in difficult person-to-person relationships as part of their work, such as nursing professionals (Hamaideh 1). Nurses in general are considered by some at a high risk for burnout because of they experience frequent interpersonal contact with their patients. Additional, there is a multitude of factors that can contribute to a nurse experiencing burnout. For example, a nurse with a large caseload, lower wages, and a weak support system is more likely to experience burnout and dissatisfaction with his or her job. Burnout can result in physical and psychological strain.
Nursing Leadership Style and Nurse Burnout Nursing Leadership Style and Nurse Burnout Nursing is a stressful and demanding profession. Nurses constantly faced with people’s problems, suffering and needs; puts the nursing profession at a high risk for burnout. Nursing leadership plays a significant role in how nurses feel about their work and handle patients (Kanste, 2008). Having worked on a cardiac telemetry unit, which was high stress with high patient turnover and dealing with a manger that was not approachable or visible, has made me realize that burnout was what I was experiencing. Leadership Style This article delves into the different types of leadership style such as transformational, transactional and laissez-faire and there effect on nurse burnout.
Nurses always experience compassion fatigue compared to other health care professionals due to direct patient care and they spend more time with the patients compared to others. Health care professionals cannot fix everything, it makes them exhausted and disappointed with their work and experience compassion fatigue. It is very important for the health care professionals to care for themselves from compassion fatigue. Warning signs for compassion fatigue Compassion fatigue is an empathetic strain to the health care professionals. They focus on others and forget to care for themselves.
The term professional burnout is described as “physical, emotional and mental exhaustion that results from long-term involvement in work situations that are emotionally demanding” (Wlodarczyk, & Lazarewicz, 2011 p.848), highlighting how the work place environment is directly affecting an individual’s health and well-being. When trying to connect the concepts of stress and professional burnout, studies indicted a high level of prolonged stress leads into professional burnout (Gandi & Dagona, 2011). Professional burnout in nursing has been published in multiple professional journals including; research, ethics, nursing management, as well as other
Several factors have contributed to Registered Nurses (RNs) leaving clinical nursing practice. These includes job dissatisfaction, increase in age of working nurses, verbal and physical abuse from managers, physicians and co-workers, lack of support from members of staff, fatigue and exhaustion due to work overload, and retention and recruitment. This situation can be improved by ensuring adequate nurse to patient ratios by reducing work load, promoting respects of nurses, giving rewards and recognizing nurses for a job well done, empowering nurses and nursing management, and increasing recreational activities for nurses to reduce fatigue and burnout. Purpose and Research Questions The study was conducted to identify the factors why RNs are leaving clinical nursing practice, what their expectation from the Nursing Management, job satisfaction and factors influencing retention of nurses. The research question for this study was “What is the experience of RNs who leave clinical nursing?
Burnout in nursing is one of the major problems that occur due to the shortage of staff members, variable shift works, dissatisfaction and stressors of workplace that can lead to physical, emotional, social and long-term career effects to the nurses. However, it can be resolved by following a problem focused copping mechanism and positive emotion focused coping mechanism. Besides this, working as a team at work place and practicing healthy life style also can help in resolving burnout. Causes of Burnout in Nursing The demand of nurses is increasing at a great pace all over the world. No matter how many nurses a country produces every year, there is always a shortage of workers.