There take a break and this takes a toll

There are several important issues in the
profession of nursing today. I’m

 

Going to discuss
three of the most important ones I believe are major issues nurses

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face. Within the
profession there are issues with short staffing. This issue
can lead to

 

nurse
burnout; because of unit organization or inequitable assignments nurses tend

 

to
leave hospital jobs. Workplace
violence is another issue in nursing today; the

 

violence can
come from a patient or coworkers themselves. This can lead to nurses

 

being bullied by
other nurses or patients.  Another major
issue with nursing today is

 

compensation;
depending on what region the nurse finds a job plays a role on how

 

they will be
paid. Gender; males get paid more than female nurses, and needless to

 

say the amount
of work that is done by a nurse is not at all compensated with pay.

 

            Short
staffing is an issue of both professional and individual concern for

 

nurses
today. Short staffing is one of the most common reasons why nurses

 

experience
burnout. Nursing in itself is a stressful job and not having staff to rotate

 

and
work with one another can make a nurse feel overwhelmed and frustrated. 

 

Without
enough staff the nurse cannot take a break and this takes a toll on the nurse

 

and
her health. This can also lead to mistakes made with medication and charting.

 

            Based on the article Nursing staffs’
emotional well-being and caring

 

behaviors;
Burnout and psychological distress levels have been found to be high in

 

National
Health Service nursing staff and furthermore this emotional distress has

 

been
found to affect patient care. In a National Health Service striving to provide

 

high-quality
patient-centered care, it is essential that factors affecting nursing staffs’

 

well-being
and their caring behaviors are examined. (Journal of Clinical Nursing,

 

2015).

            Nurses are often obligated to work
long hours. It can be because of the

 

hospitals
being short-staffed or trying to manage cutting costs. However; whatever

 

the
reason, nurses, working longer than they’re supposed to, is harmful. It can affect

 

the
quality of care they give to their patients, and can also put their health at
risk.

 

While
in clinical and watching the nurses and other staff members I realized the

 

importance
of having enough staff to have a unit function properly. I also saw the

 

toll
it takes on nurses and how they developed issues such as chronic back pain,
legs

 

and
shoulder pain. 

 

            The research article I read did a
cross-sectional correlation-based survey a

 

sample
of 102 nursing staff from an Acute National Health Service. The results were

 

as
follow: Demographics were not found to relate with nursing staffs’ burnout,

 

psychological
distress or caring behaviors. Work stressors, coping strategies and

 

self-efficacy
were found to be connected with nursing staffs’ burnout and

 

psychological
distress. Caring behaviors were also connected with coping strategies

 

and
self-efficacy. Importantly, relationships were found between caring behaviors

 

and
nursing staffs’ burnout and psychological distress. (Journal of Clinical
Nursing,

 

2015).

 

            Here is were I think nurses should Be Full Partners, with Physicians
and

 

Other Health
Professionals, in Redesigning Health Care in the United States. Based

 

on The
Future of Nursing:  Leading Change,
Advancing Health IOM report nurses are a

 

key component in helping implement a plan for change within
a facility.  In care

 

environments, being a full partner involves taking
responsibility for identifying problems

 

and areas of waste, devising and implementing a plan for
improvement, tracking

 

improvement over time, and making necessary adjustments to
realize established goals.

 

(Foundation, 2015, pg 32). Nurses being on the board and
being full partners will help

 

with work stressors and nursing burnout. It will be direct
impact as to what the nurses

 

are going through with their jobs and help with bettering
patient care at the bedside

 

and within the facility.

 

            In nursing another
issue is workplace violence, which can
come from a patient

 

or coworkers.
There is a saying “nurses eating the young” and this has been around

 

for a long time.
It is very common for new nurses to graduate and go into the field

 

and be bullied
by senior nurses. This can make it very intimidating for a new

 

graduate. This
can make a person question their decision and impact there way of

 

looking at
nursing as we are suppose to be a community within the health field and

 

should want to
help each other to become better at what we do. Physicians tend to

 

play a role with
treating nurses unfairly and hence the reason I think a nurse should

 

be apart of the
broad to gain respect in the health field that is deserved. This can

 

impact a nurse’s
ability for patient care.

 

            Based on the article ‘Bullying among nursing staff:
Relationship with

 

psychological/behavioral responses of nurses and
medical errors” Nurses
play an

 

integral
role in achieving safe and effective health care. The method used for this

 

research
used an “internal e-mail system, an e-mail requesting the participants to

 

complete
the questionnaire on Survey Monkey was sent to a sample of 1,078 nurses

 

employed
across three facilities at a university hospital system in the Midwest. Two

 

hundred
forty-one completed questionnaires were received with a response rate of

 

23%.
Bullying was measured utilizing the Negative Acts Questionnaire-Revised. The

 

results
found to be negatively associated with age of nurses; physically intimidating

 

bullying
was positively associated with age. Male nurses experienced higher work-

 

related
bullying than female nurses (Wolters Kluwer Health, 2015). What I take

 

from
this nurses need to be able to function at their best, and in doing so health
care

 

facilities
need to ensure that negative components are unacceptable. A monthly

 

meeting
should be implemented in health care organization to ensure the

 

seriousness
of bullying and workplace violence.

 

            Another issue in todays field of
nursing is compensation. When it comes to

 

nursing
compensation depending on what region and cost of living will determine

 

the
pay received. Nursing all around, no matter where you live is a tough job.

 

Understandable
depending on which field a nurse goes into, pay may vary because

 

of
the extent of education and furthering your education. Nurse salaries differ in

 

cities
across the U.S. due to cost of living and other factors. (www.Nurse.org)

 

According
to the Bureau of Labor
Statistics, the median salary for RNs in 2016 was

 

$68,450.
The lowest 10 percent earned less than $47,120, and the highest 10

 

percent
earned more than $102,990 (www.bls.gov). Based on these reports the best

 

paying
RN positions are in California, also San Francisco and Bakersfield. Another

 

issue
with this is having to retake the NCLEX to move to these cities to make the

 

same
amount of money as these RNs.

 

            Another issue within compensation is
the difference in pay with male and

 

female
nurses. As this is an issue in most other occupations this is a big concern to

 

me
in nursing. Based on the 2015
The Journal of American Medicine released a

 

study on the
pay gap between male and female nurses. This study showed that male

 

nurses earn
about $5100 a year more than women (Muench, 2015).
There should be

 

equality as
everyone is doing the same amount of work and should begin at the

 

same pay rate
all around.

 

            On the three major issues in nursing
I chose to research she shortage in nursing

 

staff should
be something taken more serious. Without a nurse in health care

 

organizations
the facilities wouldn’t run and patients wouldn’t have great outcomes as

 

they do today.
When I graduate I would like to help make a difference in these areas and

 

conduct
research as the IOM.

 

 

             

 

           

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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