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How Health Care Facilities Can Help Nurses Concerned with Ebola

How Health Care Facilities Can Help Nurses Concerned with Ebola

Nurses, the front line of patient care, were likely not surprised when Nina Pham became infected with Ebola while treating patient Thomas Eric Duncan in Dallas. They have been worried for a while about such diseases and proper safety precautions at their hospitals. However, worries were amplified thanks to Pham’s contraction of the disease, especially given the extreme precautions typically taken when dealing with deadly diseases that lack a cure.

 

Pham’s case is interesting, as she apparently followed her hospital’s procedures for dealing with infection control. She wore a gown, mask, gloves and face shield.

 

So what needs to happen at hospitals and health care facilities around the country to help assuage their nurses’ concerns and ensure that their procedures are foolproof when it comes to dealing with infectious diseases?

 

Patients requiring isolation require the utmost precaution. There should be:

 

·        A room to gown and a room to de-gown after seeing a patient.

 

·        A colleague watching the nurse suit up and down to ensure that it’s being done efficiently, especially since nurses don’t have the extra safety of a Hazmat suit when they visit patients.

 

·        Extra measures taken to make sure that nurses working with Ebola patients or other infectious diseases aren’t fatigued. Lapses in judgment and care can happen especially if nurses are working a 12-hour or longer shift. Therefore, proper staffing must be in place to prevent overworked nurses from having to care for patients with deadly diseases.

 

The issue with nurses is that sometimes the patient’s needs outweigh thoughts of their safety and health. They are continuously looking for ways to care for and help someone feel better. Sometimes, this comes at the expense of the nurse, as in Pham’s case. Hospitals and health care facilities need to help their nurses and staff feel confident that all precautions are being taken.

 

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Job Outlook: Nurses Exploring Roles

Job Outlook: Nurses Exploring Roles

Many individuals question job security and how roles are changing in particular fields. The healthcare industry is seeing great expansion, yet hospital jobs are becoming harder and harder to find. However, with the help of nursing recruitment agencies, nurses are now able to explore new jobs and revisit traditional roles.

The Importance of Education

Beginning a career as a nurse in a hospital is becoming increasingly difficult. Despite staff shortages, hospitals have stopped hiring new employees. Also, existing nurses are postponing retirement. As openings occur, facilities are searching for applicants with a high level of education. This is a direct result of the Affordable Care Act, legislation aimed at improving the quality of care patients receive at hospitals. Nurses with advanced degrees are entering specialties and leadership roles.

Shift in Job Placement

A lucky nursing graduate will receive an internship invitation into a hospital, but most graduates must seek other sources of employment. Although nursing home jobs were once populated by experienced professionals, they are the new starting point for many graduates. Since healthcare reform is trying to keep patients out of hospitals, there is a heightened need for community healthcare. Home healthcare is the one segment projected to grow the fastest over the next five years.

To train nurses, many home health agencies offer mentoring and orientation programs. In a similar fashion, ambulatory surgery centers are training new nursing graduates to perform tasks including wound care, behavioral health and chronic illness treatment. Nurses are also being taught to prep patients for small surgical procedures, administer sedation and perform other triage jobs.

Some graduates are receiving opportunities to work in general medical offices. Many medical groups are teaming with nursing schools to involve students with clinic rotations. Through this hands-on learning, students develop critical thinking skills and a positive bedside manner. If a candidate proves successful, it is not uncommon to be picked up on a permanent basis.

Besides new nurses, experienced nurses nearing retirement are seeking employment outside traditional hospital settings. Some are interested in nursing home jobs, and others choose hospice duties. These new roles are considered the "new natural progression" in the nursing industry.

While working with a healthcare recruiter, a nurse is likely to find satisfactory employment that fulfills individual career goals. It is a smart way to gain benefits and a flexible schedule. No matter where it leads, a person will be able to enjoy a rewarding nursing career throughout the field. 


What nurses need and how to fix the shortage

What nurses need and how to fix the shortage

Nursing professionals, including the 3 million registered nurses in the U.S., are working in one of the most demanding and stressful industries. As caregivers working on the front line providing healing and comfort to patients, the nurses' own mental and physical states should be of utmost importance to employers.

 

Focusing on nurses' wellness is important at this time, especially, as the nation faces a nursing shortage. The American Journal of Medical Quality forecasts the nursing shortage to increase by 2030, according to a 2012 report.

 

Part of the nursing shortage problem can be attributed to a large number of Baby Boomer nurses who will be retiring in the next few years. Also, there are a large number of registered nurses looking at retirement in the near future; 47 is the average age of a registered nurse today.

 

However, much of this forecasted shortage is coming from nursing burnout. A 2011 survey by the American Nurses Association cites overwork and stress as being the top health concerns for three out of four nurses. Demanding work schedules and insufficient staffing are contributing to nurses saying goodbye to the industry. Nurses are frequently found working 12-hour shifts over the course of three days. And studies show that nurses who work over eight-hour shifts are two-and-a-half times more likely to experience burnout.

 

Sometimes the reason nurses enter the field is the very reason they leave it. Those who are driven to help others, rather than enjoyment of the actual work, are more likely to become burnt out, according to a survey of over 700 registered nurses by University of Akron researchers.

 

Yet there are ways to reverse nursing burnout. While nobody can control the influx of sick patients and more complex work environments, factors within employers' control include:

 

·        Ensuring that nurses have a voice in the workforce and authority to implement changes.

·        Providing learning to help them grow in their profession.

·        Recognizing their efforts and vital role in health care.

·        Encouraging mentors to help provide support when needed and guidance on the job.

 

Nurses, who see themselves as part of a collective family, need to take care of themselves and worry about each other. But employers also need to make sure nurses are cared for so that they can provide their knowledge and expertise to the best of their ability.

 

Fatigue and stress need to be minimized to retain and protect nurses. Studies have shown that nursing burnout directly affects how well patients are being taken care of, which can be costly for health care facilities.