Nurses work in a profession that is known for high burnout rates. “The detrimental effects of burnout on nurses’ health and wellbeing are well documented and positive leadership has been shown to be an important organizational resource for discouraging the development of burnout.
If you are a Nurse Manager the enclosed article is worth reading. As a Nurse Manager you have to ‘manage complexity,uncertainty, and increased transparency while ensuring that patients and families receive the care they need in ways that address their concerns.’
The British Medical Journal of Quality and Safety has published an interesting article on the Plan Do Study Act (PDSA) cycle and in particular the testing of changes to improve quality of systems.
‘I hope and expect this report will be read by policy makers, aged care providers, and everyone who has an older female relative receiving care. Sexual violence against any woman is intolerable, but sexual violence against frail, very old women, be they living in residential aged care, or receiving care at home,constitute the worst cases of this abominable crime. Frail older women, often suffering dementia, have no defences against the perpetrators. Sometimes, the perpetrators are in fact the very people charged with care of the older women.’
‘At least 50% of all deaths in Australia each year are clinically expected because of advanced disease. In their last year of life, Australians with advanced disease will average eight hospital admissions and incur a 60%–70% chance of dying in hospital. More than half may be denied adequate opportunity to discuss end-of-life care wishes or have them fully enacted.’
Many Nurses over time have found themselves in a ‘toxic work environment’. The enclosed article identifies that a a hostile work environment is an environment in which intimidating, offensive, aggressive, shunning, disruptive, or undermining behaviour occurs between team members and interferes with a nurses ability to successfully perform his or her job without distress.
Nurses often find themselves in positions of being a leader or a manager almost by default. At times the responsibilities can become almost overwhelming.
If you are a nurse who works in community or aged care, did you know that there is a resource which has been made available via the Hand Hygiene Australia website to support you in your specific non hospital work environments.