Your Vote Can Improve Healthcare

Your Vote Can Improve Healthcare: The Registered Nurse Safe Staffing Act H.R. 2083, S. 1132 There is nursing shortage in America, which has been happening for a few years now and is anticipated to go extreme in the coming years. As a result of this shortage, many nurses are faced with poor conditions at work. They are forced to do overtime. They experience too much workload and even unpredictable work shift. This is often reflected as one of the major reasons why it’s been so hard for hospitals to maintain their nursing workforce and get new recruits. Also, this is the same reason of the rise in job-related diseases, work dissatisfaction and even injuries, which leads to increasing absences and turnover. If the Registered Nurse Safe Staffing Act (House Resolution 2083 and S. 1132), which was initiated last April, is approved by the House of Congress, this will require the Medicare affiliated medical facilities all over America to create effective plans to solve inadequate nurse staffing. Considered as a bipartisan bill as having approved by the two major political parties in the country, this is expected to reduce patients’ stay in hospitals, decrease the rate of infections, and of course, prevent treatment mistakes, medication injuries, and even deaths. As planned, a committee wll be established in each hospital that will decide the level of staffing for each particular unit. 55 percent of the committee members should be qualified nurses who are working in direct care. The legislation also includes the steps required in handling work complaints and the protection of whistle-blowers to ensure effective implementation. About the Issue Because...

Nurse Burnout and impact of Affordable Care Act

Nursing career is a rewarding career which engaged an extensive range of healthcare activities and rehabilitation. It is not an easy job, nurses face work related stress and frustration every day as they care for patients. Also fatigue and loss of interest caused due to long shift hours in the healthcare environment. Nurse Burnout is mainly depression and anxiety disorders that can have a major effect on the functioning of the body as well as in performance of job because it raises the level of adrenaline and corticosterone in human body. There are various types of work related stress such as: Compassion fatigue also known as secondary post traumatic stress disorder is a feeling of being alone and hopelessness. Vicarious Trauma gives feeling of helplessness, mood swings and feeling stunned. Burnout is loss of interest and frustration, which cause absenteeism in workplace and sometimes occupational injuries also. Burnout is a process that occurs slowly and has various symptoms. There can be three types of symptoms such as emotional, behavioral and physical symptoms. Emotional symptoms mainly include: Feeling less motivated Feeling alone and defeated Diminishing sense of achievement Physical symptoms mainly include: Feeling sleepy in day time Feeling sick and tired Regular headache and body ache Behavioral symptoms mainly include: Talking rudely to the people Being disconnected from friends and family Feeling angry all the time Some ways to reduce and recover from nurse burnout are: Creating a space to relax is very important because it reduces the stress. By joining stress reduction classes because this encourage nurses to feel happy and cheerful. Counseling is an effective method to reduce...

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