Each Breath Counts




Issues Faced by Nurses in their Profession

Each Breath Counts, LLC - October 10, 2021

The amount of recognition given to nurses stands unmatched to the supreme contributions made by them to justify their noble profession. While doing so, their physical, mental and emotional well-being gets overlooked in order to cater to the primary objective of delivering utmost patient care in healthcare settings. Dag Hammarskjold, famous Swedish economist, highlighted the inescapable requirement of nurses by quoting that, “Constant attention by a good nurse may be just as important as a major operation by a surgeon”

Downhearted scenario prevailing currently is the innumerable concerns and challenges that need to be addressed by nurses, and require them to be on their toes. Some of these major issues are

1. Longer Working Hours – As short-staffing of nurses continues, entire burden comes over on the few nurses available to serve patients. Hence, they are compelled to work for more hours than their regular shift timings, which harpers not only their work efficiency but their work-life balance and health as well.

2. Unmanageable multitasking – Handling the nerve-wracking workloads singlehandedly makes it strenuous for nurses to smoothly manage all the responsibilities such as monitoring their health, 24X7 presenteeism for multiple patients, maintaining health records, delivering utmost patient care, which takes a toll on their health.

3. Increased exposure to diseases – The risk of nurses being exposed to various diseases has exaggerated after the outbreak of the pandemic. Hence, along with fulfilling all their duties, they are required to put in additional efforts and take extra measures to ensure their safety and protection from diseases.

It thus has become pivotal for healthcare organizations to develop strategies to ensure nurses’ safety and satisfaction to achieve the primary goal of positive patient outcomes.