Pursuing a career in the medical field can be a very gratifying and an overwhelming experience. In reality, the scenario is a lot different. At present, the medical industry is witnessing a large population of nurses quitting their jobs and the healthcare system struggling from keeping them. This article highlights the reasons why good nurses leave their profession and what steps can be taken to keep them.
Overload of service makes the nurses quit their jobs
The enormous responsibilities entrusted to a nurse itself can be detrimental in providing quality care to the patients. This is due to the shortage of nursing staff. Cost cutting is the primary reason behind this. Too many tasks are to be handled which is a reason enough to make the job frustrating.
Insufficient trainings of a nurse create a sense of fear
The lack of proper training and knowledge on how to deal with crisis turns up the unresponsive attitude of nurses. They feel they are not competent enough to handle the situation. What measures a nurse needs to take and their duties in an emergency situation should be made known to the nurses.
Nurses should be well aware of their responsibilities towards the country
They should be well informed about their employer’s response measures in an emergency and should be prepared for a state or local emergency. Employers should encourage their nursing staff to volunteer with disaster teams so that they receive the required training and would know how to respond to a disaster.
Nursing schools should make disaster management education a part of the curriculum
The present day curriculum that is offered to nursing students only gives a general idea about their role as a community nurse. The curriculum should focus more on creating awareness about their role in the event of disaster and how to respond to such a situation.
Government has taken measures to improve the skills of nurses to prepare for an emergency
The National Nurse Emergency Preparedness Initiative (NNEPI) is an initiative taken by the Department of Homeland Security to provide educational training to prepare the nurses to respond to the patients of an emergency using weapons of mass destruction (WMD). The purpose of the training is to make them aware of the risks associated with the use of WMD and the requirements of a response.
Government and other non-government bodies have taken positive roles to improve the situation
The nurse’s inability to respond to a medical emergency has compromised the quality of medical care to patients. In order to bridge this gap, the American Nurses Association has joined hands with government and non-government agencies, employers and other individual registered nurses. Many laws and policies have been formulated to help nurses to immediately respond to emergencies and to meet the medical needs of the American citizens.
Nurses should be given adequate training to make them confident
To prepare nurses for an emergency, adequate training should be offered for them to be able to effectively perceive what a disaster is and how to respond to it. All the nurses should possess basic knowledge of Mass Casualty Incidents (MCIs) and how to respond to the same. Organizations like the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, American Association of Colleges and Nursing (AACN) and several state health departments have reinforced the importance of providing education for response to emergency.
An additional workforce should be considered in the event of shortage
In the likelihood of shortage of nurses, it is important to find an alternative workforce like retired nurses, nurses who have discontinued. Teachers at nursing schools should be educated to provide nursing care in the events of disaster. This way, the gaps can be filled. In case of an emergency, volunteer databases should be easily accessible and up-to-date.
Some measures can be taken to stop nurses from quitting their jobs
The interview process should have a series of questions to evaluate their competency and how well they can respond to disasters. Thus, the selected candidates will not feel the pressure upon the event of an emergency. Feedback from nurses should be continuously taken and they should be motivated to continue working. The management should be supportive and should voice their concerns. The salary of the nurses should be increased and monetary and non-monetary benefits should be offered, which can go a long way in retaining the nurses.
- Healthcare systems should focus on why there is a shortage of nurses.
- The factors that are forcing nurses to quit their jobs should be evaluated.
- Understanding why a nurse is unable to respond to an emergency situation is crucial.
- Nurses should be well informed on their duties towards an emergency situation.
- The nursing curriculum should incorporate education on disaster response.
- Steps are taken to improve the abilities of nurses to combat a disaster.
- Numerous government and non-government bodies are creating policies that will help nurses to respond well to an emergency.
- Adequate training should be given to nurses to help them tackle crisis.
- In case of shortage of nursing staff, volunteers should be asked to help.
- Nurses should be motivated to refrain from quitting their jobs.
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