PROBLEMS FACING NURSES ON THE JOB
Violence is one other problem that nurses have to face
besides abuse. A report from the net says that nursing
personnel"are recognized as being at higher personal risk of
abuse and violence at work place. In fact nurses are more
likely to be attacked at work than prison guards or police
offices as 72% of nurses don't feel safe from assault". Often
the problem comes from the patients who are on drugs or who
have been drinking or who are under stress or who are
affected by grief.
Nurses also have to contend with burn out caused by
stress. Staff shortages is one other factor. When a
conscientious nurse cannot give adequate care to a patient
because of work over load stress soon build up. Trying to save
the situation by skipping breaKs and doing over time seems
only to lead to more frustration.
World wide many hospitals are under-staffed. One report
said"we lack nurses in our hospitals"The need to
save money by these hospitals has been given as reason for this
shortage. Another reason given for stress is that shifts are
often too long and wages too low.
Three out of five nurses feel they are under paid and so
many have considered leaving the profession. Others too
have a second job to make ends meet.
Death of patients can have a depressing effect on
nurses. One nurse said"watching at least thirty terminal
patients whom I had cared for closely die in a period of ten
year could be devastating". Little wonder that one source
says"continually investing oneself in patients who die can
take a tremendous toll on personal resources".
Nursing is an everlasting profession. So long as humanity
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exists, there will always be a need for caring, compassion and
understanding. No matter the growth and influence of
technology, no machine can ever replace a nurse's touch and
The world should be grateful for all the attention given and
sacrifices made by the millions of nurses around the world,
without whom hospital stay would certainly be less pleasant if
Young Florence was born in 1820 in Italy to a wealthy
British parents. She had a pampered up bringing. Florence
turned down offers of marriage and rather opted for studies in
health and care of the poor.
She went to the school of nursing at Kaisers-weith in
Germany owned by the protestant church. She was later to
study in Paris. At the age thirty-three, she became the
superintendent of a woman hospital in London.
Florence made her mark in nursing when she volunteered
to care for the wounded soldiers in the Crimea. With her band
of thirty-eight nurses she started with nothing but by the end of
the war had brought worldwide reforms in nursing and hospital
administration. By 1860, she founded the Nightingale Training
School for Nurses at St Thomas Hospital, London. This was
the first school of nursing without religious affiliation. She
wrote books and pamphlets in an effort to improve standards
of health care. Some of the books her: NOTES ON NURSING, NOTES ON HOSPITALS.
While many were fascinated by her brilliance and charm
and her astonishing vitality, there were others too who did not
like her. This later group claims she was temperamental
highhanded, opinionated, quick tempered and domineering.'
Whatever her true character, one thing is certain, her
techniques in nursing and hospital management spread to
many countries. She is regarded as a pioneer in the nursing
profession as we know it today. Before her death in 1910.
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