Nurses are health care professionals responsible for a variety of patient care duties and patient education. They work at establishments such as hospitals, private practices, laboratories, nursing homes and clinics. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nursing is the largest occupation in health care. Several factors influence the quality of nursing care.
Significance of Communication
Regardless of the level of nursing education (nurse assistant, practical nurse, registered nurse or nurse practitioner), all nurses take courses in medical ethics, patient care and basic communication skills. These classes prepare nurses to properly interact with hospital staff, patients and other hospital guests. Nurses have a lot of patient interaction, and even when in difficult or stressful situations nurses need to remain calm and professional. If nurses aren't properly trained to handle stressful situations or communicate effectively with patients and co-workers, their ability to provide outstanding patient care is at risk.
A poor work environment definitely affects the quality of nursing care. Factors such as poor teamwork, excessive required work hours, stress, lack of work flexibility and quality of supervisors all affect nursing quality. Nurses provide better care to patients if they look forward to coming to work each day. Hospitals can make life easier for busy nurses by providing add-ons such as childcare, a fitness center and other perks. This way, nurses can focus on providing better patient care, not worrying about finding a babysitter on short notice.
Opportunities for advancement are essential in the field of nursing. Positions in nurse supervising and nurse management should be made available to nurses with a strong work ethic, a history of excellent patient care, demonstrated leadership skills and proven teamwork skills. An opportunity to gain more experience and expand work duties is both stimulating and rewarding to nurses who have proven their dedication to nursing and caring for patients. Nurses who are not given the opportunity to advance may begin to dread coming to work and performing the same duties repeatedly. This attitude can result in poor patient care.
Nurses should remain stimulated and given different tasks to perform throughout their shift. Performing the same tasks could lead to boredom.
In contrast, excessive productivity causes burnout. Burnout results from a poor work environment, stress and lack of personal time. Burnout is preventable. Nurses can avoid burnout by being compensated for continuing education, having more time to spend with family and loved ones, having a better work environment and having opportunities to discuss and conquer work stresses.
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