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That was really helpful~! So much more informative than the articles i've read!
Can you elaborate more on the issue with computerized charting vs hand writing?
Why is this such a huge issue? How does it affect nurse-patient relations? Is it because of the time spent on learning the computer that takes you away from patient care? What is your personal opinions and experiences on the issue?
Also, what are you experiences upon the issue of shortages of nurses. How has a shortage made your job harder? What are some pinpoint examples of how a shortage affects your daily nursing tasks as well as overall nurse professional?
I am not triageRN, but have been interested in this issue. From my perspective, the term nursing shortage may be somewhat of a misnomer. There are more nurses than are working at the bedside currently. What interests me most are the reasons why nurses aren't working at the bedside. When I think about it, most of it comes down to employer perspective on the role of the nurse as a replaceable commodity to be obtained for the least cost. As such, the role of nursing satisfaction with the role has only recently become of interest. It seems when no one will work in an environment, the interest in how to recruit and retain them becomes a greater priority.
Of course employers aren't the only ones who contribute to this perspective.... when was the last time you had an xray read and the radiologist charge for reading said xray was bundled with the service. Doesn't happen, you get a bill from whoever did the xray and another bill from the radiologist for reading the xray. Ditto with most, if not all, medical services. At the same time, the nurse that assessed the patient prior to CT guided biopsy, started the IV, administered the sedation, recovered the patient... all those are bundled with the service when perhaps they should be billed seperately to adequately demonstrate the value of the nurse and result in an appropriate working wage. Tell that
to your insurer, they won't likely give you a standing ovation.
If you are a student, you should have access to the CINAHL database. There are many articles in peer reviewed journals that refer to this topic and the others that have been listed in this thread.
From a former student, pick 2 related topics, such as the nursing shortage and recruitment and retention. It makes life easier as a student and many of the same sources will be useful for both topics. These are just sample topics, you could choose any 2 topics, but keeping them related will be helpful to you in the long run for this and future assignments.