International Nurses Day celebrates Florence Nightingale’s birthday. Known as the ‘Lady with the Lamp,’ and regarded as the founder of modern nursing, she stands as an example of the importance of this field today. On International Nurses Day we celebrate the hard work and contributions of our nurses by looking at some of their daily challenges and what can be done to help. We look at a few recently published articles in BMC Nursing, BMC Obesity, and BMC Research Notes to better understand the immediate concerns.
Nurses are one of the largest and most important health care workers in the world. With ever-changing processes and ongoing development in hospitals, they still need to meet the expectations of hospital managers and patients while providing more complex patient care.
Because of this, nurses often describe their days as demanding, consistent, and mentally and emotionally exhausting. These are some of the reasons why there is work-related stress, job dissatisfaction and poor personal health associated with nursing work.
Anger, a state of physical and emotional exhaustion, is very common in those in the health care profession. A study conducted at BMC Nursing investigated the factors contributing to all of this and the involvement of nurses in work through detailed interviews. Collaborating with staff proved to be important in doing balanced work but this was not always easy to achieve, and nurses expressed obvious frustration as a result.
It was also found that the need to provide inpatient care for the more severe conditions associated with the shortage of hospital staff is causing great difficulties for nurses. In the study, one of the nurses even said that “Our managers expect good quality of patient care but the decline in personal care is not easy.” Surprisingly, nursing managers also acknowledge that high workloads can affect the quality of care and safety of patients, not least because nurses are unable to communicate publicly with their patients and may be prone to make mistakes.
Staff issues related to staff shortages have been addressed in many papers. One such example is a local study published in the BMC Research Notes where a combination of staff shortages, hand lifts and overtime hours is associated with a high rate of low back pain among nurses in Bangladesh.
In the BMC Obesity paper, nurses also point out that factors such as staff inefficiency, pattern changes, lack of breaks, hospital policies and the cost of food choices can promote unhealthy behavioral behaviors, such as poor nutrition and poor nutrition. The nurses said they were left with “chips or burgers or things like that” during their night shifts and that, in general, work shifts make healthy eating a “real struggle.”
The nurses interviewed pointed out that some of the problems can be solved by donating hours of shift – this can give them time to exercise, meet family needs, and get enough sleep.
In addition, documents suggest that managers who guarantee a positive, positive attitude will improve their participation in the workplace. This will strengthen the confidence, resilience and independence of technology, provide learning opportunities for self-improvement, and develop supportive working relationships.
It is important to note that all these courses come together in the same conclusion – we need to achieve healthy nurse staffing. This follows only by addressing the challenges raised by our nurses where we can strengthen the quality and safety of health care.