Quote from EJM
What do you see is the main problem in the nursing field? I am supposed to do a 10 page report on a major problem within nursing and the solutions to it. I would like to have 3 of the main ones to choose from. Thank you in advance for your input.
hahaha. you want just 3? wow. i think the number one issue is poor management. poor management translates into higher nurse
atient ratios, poor job satisfaction, higher turnover rates. when the management is bad, nurses are unhappy. unhappy nurses dont like working. therefore, work relationships suffer. you get gossiping and back biting. nurses dont support each other. problems aren't dealt with and the work environment sucks.
second issue: poor funding. ultimately, hospitals like spending money on fancy, shiny, big pieces equipment, instead of the regular stuff that every ward needs. how about BP machine for every room? adequate supplies so i can actually do a dressing change instead of running over to another ward to find a dressing tray. my manager had to fight to get funding so they could hire another nurse to be available in a 3-11 shift, to cover shift changes. it'll be a huge help and take off some of the burden.
third issue: unsafe working conditions. we have a large nursing station on my unit. unfortunately, come september, there's nursing students, residents, medical students, doctors, and the RNs all piled into the station and all of a sudden, its not so large anymore. suddenly no one knows where the charts are. i need to give out my meds, but the med profiles are missing bc someone has them. i'm tripping over bags, coats, lunch pails, and eveyrthing else ppl leave in the corners. there's not enough chairs. get the picture?
well this is just my opinion. hope it makes sense