Are we experiencing mass burnout in healthcare? - page 3
by SheaTab 10,300 Views | 70 Comments
This was written in response to a thread where a nurse experienced lateral violence at the hands of her preceptor. I thought it would be an appropriate discussion to start in this area. Thoughts? And so it goes in the world of... Read More
- 4Nov 17, '09 by SheaTabI'm not sure I agree with the statement that all management/admin care about is money. I have met some incredible administrators who care very much about patients and healthcare. As I said before, it is unfortunate that our system is set up the way it is. We are still trying to turn an enormous profit when we have no business doing so. I believe that until we can effectively repair our system such that we stop harming patients, we should reinvest any revenue toward the safety and well-being of our patients. This must include implementing minimum nurse-to-patient ratios and also in addressing through creative means the burnout which is prevalent throughout healthcare. In healthcare, it is estimated that at least 98,000 patients die as a result of mistakes that we make and many believe this is an underestimate today since this statistic was obtained from data in 1984. Consider that in all of our years in Vietnam, the number of soldiers killed and who remain missing in action is around 40,000 less than the number of patients who die at our hands every year. We should all be appalled and desperate for a solution. Millions more acquire infections and sustain non-lethal injuries. I read that a medication error occurs every five minutes in healthcare. Research supports that safe levels of nurse staffing has a positive impact on patient outcomes and failure to rescue and it's time to do what is right for our patients. I am weary of sitting in meetings that seek to "creatively" improve matters with "what we have." I'm sorry, but you can only improve matters so much by moving the location of the printer and supply room. Things will eventually break beyond repair and we will be forced to do the right thing; however, it may take another 50 years, and I would be delighted to see this through to fruition in my lifetime! How about you all?
Thanks again for your input. I value it tremendously.Last edit by SheaTab on Nov 20, '09
- 1Nov 17, '09 by janhetheringtonCan't for the life of me think why we put up with this. The situation is worse than with the coal miners in the last century. I get so tired of people whining about administration and management. It's us!! We have the numbers, we have the power, if we would only use it and stop just looking out for #1 all the time. Part of the problem is the ANA. Their dues are so high and they are interested in pushing liberal politics and attracting the "right" kind of nurses to the organization; ie., management and academics, not much at all for the bedside nurse. Maybe we need a People's ANA. Or could that be the California Nurses Union?
- 2Nov 18, '09 by arelle68Quote from SheaTabI couldn't begin to tell you. I don't know if I could unite the nurses at my facility. For one thing, it would have to be done on the sneak. The first problem is just what you mentioned, nurses have to eat, and pay the bills. I would lose my job so fast, it would make my head spin. One nurse or two speaking out, or saying the "U" word, would be fired summarily. The second problem is that trying to unite nurses is like trying to herd cats. Everyone has their own ideas how it should be. It would be a challenge to get nurses to work together. It would be like trying to get Lutherans and Pentecostals together on a Sunday morning. (Not at the ball game.) See how nurses treat each other? Unity would mean that nurses were out for the best interest of other nurses. People would have to put themselves second, and the good of the profession first.My best friend, who happens to be a medical malpractice attorney, said it best when she said that she didn't know if she would personally be willing to stand up for her patients rights if it meant that she would not be able to put food on the table. With that in mind, how would you propose uniting a middle-class profession?
The problems with unions is that nurses have hired business people to run the unions, and the unions have sold the nurses out to the corporations. I don't know what the solution might be. Let me pray about it a while.
- 3Nov 18, '09 by arelle68Quote from inshallamiamiI would have to agree with him. They are piecing our skills out to other professions one at a time. I'll have an individual with 40 hours of training passing my meds by this time next year...for cheap.My husband has an interesting theory, he feels "they" are trying to "destroy" nursing as we know it, so it can be replaced by something (or someone) cheaper, more compliant, more obedient.
It's almost like, in our quest for professionalism we have become "too big for our britches" and probably too costly too.
I used to think he was paranoid, now I'm not so sure.......
- 2Nov 18, '09 by Not_A_Hat_PersonQuote from arelle68From what I've seen and heard from union members, unions don't have much to say about workplace bullying. Some actively encourage it. Unions are concerned about how management treats workers, not how workers treat each other.We are powerless ONLY because we are not united. We think that we can't do anything about any of this because the corporations have all the resources. Nurses have forgotten that we ARE the resource. If nurses would unite, we would have safe ratios, better benefits, higher wages, and less abuse to put up with, and our patients would only benefit.