Critical issues Nurses face today?

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    We, nurses' are great conquerors of ourselves in facing the daily life issues. How do you cope and regulate pressures?

    Critical issues Nurses face today?

    Yes, we nurses run out of steam. We acknowledge the badge of a healing warrior. How many patients you save lives? How much sentimental tears got disperse showing your compassion?

    Indeed, we are the medalist of great stoicism. But, have they asked what we really feel inside? We are dissipated, fractured and shattered in tears. Most nurses endure the agony of daily issues in their life;

    1. Understaffing

    The most notable issue in the workplace, and the fact that we have the most exhausting hours, still institutions had limited workforce that justifies the burn out issues. Short staffing may force nurses to work with a high nurse-to-patient ratio and may lead to inevitable circumstances such as patient mortality, injury, unsatisfied patient care and ineffective discharge plan without adequate education prior to sent home. Further, while the patient is being admitted, staying and leaving the health care facility, nurses are addressing all of their needs and the families concerns. When facilities do not have adequate staffing the patients and the nurses suffer. In addition to the shortages America is facing, nurses are becoming increasingly stressed and over work. At the same time, the patient care is declining.

    2. Extended working hours

    Sometimes they require nurses to extend their working hours due to emergency reasons or tardiness of staff. Nurse reports of mandatory overtime had a dramatic increase. This is dangerous staffing practice which may lead to a negative impact on patient care. This may lead to medical errors and negligence due to exhaustion.

    3. Work-related health hazards

    Exposure to communicable diseases and industrial risk are common factors that may contribute to illness in the near future. We are hard workers, but we should not risk our health too. Patient handling is also a risk, physical injuries or quiet somehow exposure to communicable illness. Safe needle devices and procedures should be kept safer.

    4. State of the art technology

    With the advancement of telecommunications, we should practice expertise with regards to modern documentation. Modern technology revolutionized the healthcare system being delivered. It changes the structure and system of the entire medical field. From the comprehensive electronic medical records, engineering and modern healthcare delivery methods had a massive increase rate of change.

    Innovation is significant as it advances our world forward with technology. With health innovations continually developing, all health professionals constantly face a learning curve. Because nurses are at the forefront of patient care, they are in a position to bridge the gap between the status quo and the innovation necessary to move health care onward in an ever-evolving world.

    5. Upgrading credentials

    Demonstrate competence in the nursing field promotion. Some institution requires this as a basis of high quality and accuracy of health services. Education and training require nurses to be highly knowledgeable to promote leaders in the healthcare profession. There are developments in medicine made daily that affect both medical professionals and patients. While the positive progress of medicine offers many obvious advantages, it is important that the knowledge of everyone involved with health care grows with these advancements. With the evident importance of nurses in the healthcare setting, the education of nurses is clearly significant.


    Therefore, crux divulged the hardships of nurses being in the terrain of health care profession. Hale are we, thus, we deserve assimilated with dignity. Nurses are the heartbeat of health care. The word Nurse is a blanket term to cover all of the amazing things that nurses are. The first being a servant. Nurses serve the doctor and the patients that they care for. The nurse follows order pertaining to medication and treatments from the doctor. They are also advocates, ensuring that their patients are receiving the best possible care.
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  3. by   RegularNurse
    I am not a servant.

    I make a transaction with my employer. My time and expertise for their money.
  4. by   Wuzzie
    I am most definitely not a servant. I am a highly-educated and experienced professional. And I do NOT serve the doctors with whom I work. Mine gets ME coffee. I am also not a healing warrior and I don't "save lives" in a vacuum. It is a team effort. The care I give my patients is not declining. I could go on but I won't.
    Last edit by Wuzzie on Mar 2
  5. by   Daisy4RN
    I am not sure what the OP is trying to say. Nurses do face many critical issues that will affect patient care, including those listed and more. Agree with the other posts though that nurses are not servants. Maybe we feel like that at times but it should not be expected or be the norm.
  6. by   ElizabethScala1
    WOW! What a great post.

    You have covered many of the issues that get in the way of practicing the "art" of nursing. While the science moves full speed ahead (and gladly so, as the tech really does help improve quality of care and impacts safety... when done properly, right?)... The Art of nursing lags behind.

    We feel that we are unable to connect with patients. We wonder if we really made a difference or had an impact. We question the value or meaning of our work. All of this leads to burnout. Which is more than "just feeling tired after a long day".

    I am so glad that you brought up these critical issues. I would also add that lack of time for patients and for self is something that nurses struggle with each day. Awesome, awesome job!!!
  7. by   meanmaryjean
    Servant?

    Nope
  8. by   CrunchRN
    Can't stand that servant reference. Wish that would disappear forever.
  9. by   Extra Pickles
    The only way any of this makes sense to me is if the OP who wrote this doesn't practice nursing in the US. Despite the credentials listed, it reads like English as a second language and the descriptions given don't match up with my chosen profession. I mean really-- "How many patients you save lives? How much sentimental tears got disperse showing your compassion?" or "The first being a servant. Nurses serve the doctor and the patients that they care for. The nurse follows order pertaining to medication and treatments from the doctor." Those statements read more like an idealistic nursing student than a highly educated nurse.

    I'm sorry but this article doesn't speak to me at ALL.
  10. by   sevensonnets
    Personally, I don't let myself get that stressed out and I'm definitely not fractured.
  11. by   Sour Lemon
    Quote from Extra Pickles
    The only way any of this makes sense to me is if the OP who wrote this doesn't practice nursing in the US. Despite the credentials listed, it reads like English as a second language and the descriptions given don't match up with my chosen profession. I mean really-- "How many patients you save lives? How much sentimental tears got disperse showing your compassion?" or "The first being a servant. Nurses serve the doctor and the patients that they care for. The nurse follows order pertaining to medication and treatments from the doctor." Those statements read more like an idealistic nursing student than a highly educated nurse.

    I'm sorry but this article doesn't speak to me at ALL.
    Something is definitely getting lost in translation.

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