The Importance Of Stress In Nursing

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Walking into a new shift at the hospital on a Saturday morning, I was assigned to sit with a patient because I had hurt my shoulder the previous day. I would reconsider your hook, it could be more attention grabbing As a nursing assistant, I was to make sure the patient was not to pull out any drains or wires, arising out of bed sporadically, and to try to keep the patient calm in their situation. This patient was considered a safety risk after having surgery. The patient was severely ill, he was confused from the anesthesia and needed to rest. The patient’s room was a mess, so while the patient was sleeping I was organizing all of the wound care supplies and making sure everything was in its place while keeping an eye on my patient at all …show more content…
One of the biggest stressors of the nursing field is having to care for patients that are dying. For a nurse to take care of someone dying and they’re unable to fix the issues for the patient and the family can cause stress for the nurses. Losing a patient is one of the hardest parts of the medical field. Nurses constantly wonder, even if it was their time, if they could have done more. With this in mind, when a hospital is understaffed, taking on a larger work load is stressful for the nurses, but the patients too. “Other studies have mentioned workload, roles and services in units with high work load as sources of job stress in nurses” (Najimi). Nurses that have a larger work load means more responsibilities. This means nurses having to handle more assessments, medications, and trying to keeping patients safe. Being short staffed of nurses can be dangerous because nurses will try to find short cuts to save time. When protocols are not followed, there can be errors such as, giving out the wrong medications or patients not having enough staff paying attention to their safety which causes patient …show more content…
Nurses deal with strenuous situations daily which can cause injury to their back when lifting a patient, if not done correctly. “Nurses experience more than 35,000 injuries involving the back, hands, shoulders and feet each year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.” Not using proper techniques can harm the nurse or the patient. After many years of taking care of patient, nurses are known to have back issues because of the wear and tear over the years. Meanwhile, nurses are trying to prevent injuries, they have to take precautions of their health because they are more susceptible to get sick. “As cold and flu season nears, hospitals and health systems can prepare to protect their workforce, including extra measures for those who do not receive the vaccinations for personal or religious reasons” (Gooch). Nurses take precautions to avoid becoming ill but when a nurse’s immune system is shot from working long hours cause’s illnesses. While trying to avoid getting ill, nurses come across some contagious diseases such as methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus, also called MRSA. “MRSA is usually spread by direct contact with an infected wound or from contaminated hands, usually those of healthcare providers” (CDC). MRSA is a type of infection that is resistant to antibiotics. To prevent getting infectious diseases, using proper protocols such as wearing gloves and

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