Running head: What are the Facts about Neglect and Abuse in Nursing Homes? What are the Facts about Neglect and Abuse in Nursing Homes? Older Americans that live both in the community and within long term care institutions (nursing homes) are at risk for abuse and neglect. According to some studies; between 3 and 5 percent of elders are abused or neglected. This affects approximately 5 million Americans.
There are hundreds of patients in a hospital; and at any given time there may be several with the same last name. It could be easy to confuse these patients and administer the wrong medication, perform the wrong procedure, or write orders on the wrong chart. One example of mistaken identity in a hospital setting was an incident that occurred when two elderly Cantonese speaking female patients were admitted and assigned to the same room. Both had altered mental status, and both had sustained a fall. Admission histories and physicals were dictated and plain films of the hip and pelvis were taken for
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.
In order to do that, the nurse must assess the competencies of her delegates. Knowing the strengths and weaknesses of your delegates is important, but the nurse must also know what other resources are available to help those delegates with weaknesses grow and be able to be more effective within the team. The second step is the planning phase. In this phase it is important to determine what outcomes are the most important to obtain. The focus should be on how the outcomes will contribute to the patient and
The third and final stage is compassion fatigue. If a nurse reaches this stage it is likely according to Coetzee, that he or she may never fully recover their ability to nurture. This paper will focus on five concepts of compassion fatigue; including warning signs, causes, physical, emotional, and spiritual needs, and coping strategies and resources for those combating compassion fatigue. The first concept that this writer will focus on is burnout. According to a study published in Nurse Leadership in September 2006, an estimated 58 percent of nurses and 54 percent of nurse managers suffer from some level of burnout.
Hospital Acquired Infection (HAI), or as it is sometimes referred to as Nosocomial infection; is an infection occurring in patients after admission to hospital that was neither present nor incubating at the time of admission. This student will discuss the role of the nurse in preventing hospital acquired infection while on clinical placement, define HAI, and look at the causes of HAI and how it is spread. This student will also show in order to minimise these risks, systems must in place, understood and implemented by all concerned. Plowman (1997) claimed that, 6,000 deaths per year are caused by HAI, with significant financial costs for the NHS and personal costs for patients’ families. Other factors include separation from family, anxiety, sense of isolation and stigma.
Introduction Burnout is a state of emotional overtiredness that occurs after performing stressful work for long period of time. Working as a nurse for an extended period without rest and dealing with stressful situations can easily cause burnout. According to Cherniss (1980), burnout is defined as “a process in which a previously committed professional disengages from his or her work in response to stress and strain experienced in the job” (as cited in Sherring and Night, 2009, p.1234). The people who are hard-working, idealistic and perfectionist are more likely to experience burnout than average people (Catalano, 2012, p.248). 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.
“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.
Fall Risks and Prevention Strategies Fall Risks and Prevention Strategies Falls are a problem for most of the elderly population in the home, acute care setting, and long term care setting. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC;2013), there is one out of three people over the age of 65 who have fallen and suffered serious injuries and even death. This has become a problem for patients, families, and healthcare facilities that can be prevented through education and awareness of surroundings. Falls can be devastating to patients due to increased hospital stay and decreased mobility. The purpose of this paper is to discuss data associated with falls, and identify risks and prevention strategies.
Orthostatic hypertension, increased workload, and thrombus formation contend as the three main players in the loss of cardiac function. (American Journal of Nursing, 1967, p. 781-782) “Like other muscles, the heart undergoes disuse atrophy when patients become inactive” (Corcoran, 1991 p. 537). Due to this issue, complications arise. Both articles state after three weeks, the poor effects on the