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...

Nurses help with Dementia: Loss of Conceptual Willpower

Nurses and nursing students take care of patients with Dementia and Alzheimer’s everyday.  Review the chart in the picture to learn the differences between dementia and Alzheimer’s. Dementia is a decline in conceptual capacity in an individual possibly as a result of global brain trauma or some ailment that brings about memory loss. If it comes up before the age of 65 then it is termed early development dementia. The expression dementia originates from a Latin word which means insanity. It can be understood as a non-specific illness syndrome where the parts of the brain responsible for memory, verbal communication, attention and problem solving are badly damaged. Nearly six months are needed for the disease to be diagnosed and in future stages, the affected individuals might end up being at a complete loss in due course. Dementia is treatable up to a specific level but as the disease press forward the symptoms turn out to be terminal. The warning signs of the disease could be reversible and it varies according to the etiology of the disease The possibility of total liberty from the symptoms of dementia is lower than 10%. Dementia can be mixed up with the near-term syndrome, delirium in the event that thorough screening of the patient’s previous record is not carried out as the symptoms are rather comparable. Depression and psychosis can be employed for differentiating dementia and delirium. Various types of dementia are best known that differ significantly in their symptoms. The symptoms of various kinds may overlap, so medical diagnosis is performed by nuclear brain scanning approaches. Common forms of dementia include Alzheimer’s disease,...

Happy Veterans Day

  “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…” –President Woodrow Wilson Nov 11 1918   I am proud to be a Veteran of The United States Army. Not many people understand the discipline and self sacrifice required to serve in the military. As an educator I often ask questions to gain a better understanding of what motivates people to think the way they do. Today I decided to ask this question of random people that I encountered while running my errands “Why is it important to celebrate Veterans day?” The responses ranged from offended looks to the standard answer of “because the people that died for our freedom deserve recognition”. As a result of this experience, something very important occurred to me; many civilians that have not served in the military have no idea about the origins of Veterans Day or why we should celebrate it. Nothing to fear, Nurse educator Nicole is here. On any given day I wear a number of hats. I am a mom, daughter, sister, Nurse, educator, entrepreneur, and an Army Veteran.  Today I’m putting on my Veteran and educator hat. Answers to commonly asked Veterans day questions are listed below. Knowing these answers will make you a more informed citizen. My hope is that...

Mental Illness Awareness Week

Mental Illness Awareness Week takes place every year during the first full week of October. During this week, mental health advocates and organizations across the U.S. join together to sponsor a variety of events to promote community outreach and public education concerning mental illnesses such as major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. Examples of activities held during the week include art/music events, educational sessions provided by healthcare professionals, advertising campaigns, health fairs, movie nights, candlelight vigils, and benefit runs. Mental illnesses are medical conditions that disrupt a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning. Just as diabetes is a disorder of the pancreas, mental illnesses are medical conditions that often result in a diminished capacity for coping with the ordinary demands of life. An estimated one in four adults – suffer from a diagnosable mental illness in any given year. However, the stigma surrounding mental illness is a major barrier that prevents people from seeking the mental health treatment that they need. Programs during Mental Illness Awareness Week are designed to create community awareness and discussion in an effort to put an end to stigma and advocate for treatment and recovery.  A few important facts surrounding Mental illness: With appropriate medication and a wide range of services tailored to their needs, most people who live with serious mental illnesses can significantly reduce the impact of their illness and find a satisfying measure independence. A key concept is the development of strategies to manage the illness process. Early identification and treatment is of vital importance; By ensuring access to the treatment and recovery supports that are...

Nursing Success College Career & Education EXPO!

The Nursing Success College Expo is coming November 21, 2015 located in Richmond, VA. We have sponsors and vendors for the event, especially for nurses! This event is for RNs, LPNs, CNAs, students and future nurses!! Come one, come all!! Here is a list of benefits: FREE Parking! Classes for nurses to own their own businesses! There will be on the site interviews for nurses! Classes for nurses to acquire CEU’s! Schools of nursing with open enrollment! Vendors with information to help nurses! Books about how to become a nurses and more!! Nurse dolls, children’s books and DVD’s about nursing! Check out www.nursingsuccesscollege.com website Sign up on eventbrite! http://www.eventbrite.com/e/nursing-success-college-career-education-expo-rva-tickets-17357640169?aff=es2      ...

Nursing in an Aging American

Nursing in an Aging America For every person aged 65+ in 2000 there will be almost two by 2030.[1] That makes one in seven Americans today over the age of 65.[2] Profile: 25.1 million are women (56.2%) 19.6 million are men (43.8%) 78.8% are white 21.2% are minority And they’re active: 28% of older Americans live alone 536,000 grandparents 65+ have primary responsibility for their grandchildren (slightly more than 1 in 100 if you want to plot that way) By 2022 31.9% of the workforce will be ages 65-75[5] And America’s just getting older. The average American reaching 65 today are expected to live 19.3 years 20.5 for females 17.9 for males With the population 85+ expected to nearly triple from 2013-2040 2013: 6 million 2040: 14.6 million A majority of their medical needs will fall into the hands of nurses. Number nationwide:[4] Nursing Assistants: 1,534,400 Licensed Practical Nurses: 738,400 Registered Nurses: 2,711,500 Nurse Anesthetists/midwives/practitioners: 151,400 Active MD’s: 826,001 Can they keep pace? Increase in percentage 2012-2022: Americans 75+: 25% Americans 85+: 50% Expected change in employment: Average Growth in All Occupations: 11% Nursing Assistants: 21% Licensed Practical Nurses: 25% Registered Nurse: 19% Nurse Anesthetists/midwives/practitioners: 31% MD’s: 18% Actual Growth Rate Today: Licensed Practical Nurses: 15.5% Registered Nurses: 24.1% The Bad News: Nurses are aging too: Average age of working nurses: 50 RNs expected to retire/leave the workforce by 2022: 555,100 (one in five) Percentage of nurses under 40: 1980: 54% 1992: 44.8% 2000:31.7% 2004:26.6% 2008:29.5% Aging America needs not only more nurses, but more educated nurses.[6] 2000: 50% of the RN workforce hold a bachelors degree or higher...

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