Discussion Week 1 Impact of Nursing Shortage

DiscussionWeek 1: Impact of Nursing Shortage

DiscussionWeek 1: Impact of Nursing Shortage

of the article

Thearticle “Nursing shortage: A comparative analysis” was written byLauren Littlejohn, Janice Collins-McNeil, Jacquelyn Campbell, andThembisileKhayile. This is a peer reviewed article that was publishedin the International Journal of Nursing in 2012. The purpose of thisarticle was to discuss the impact of the nursing shortage in theU.S., South Africa, and the Philippines. The authors argued thatnursing shortage occurs at different levels in different nations, butthey have similar effects on patients and in the health care system.The issue of nursing shortage has negative effects on patients, thehealth care system, and a few nurses who are employed by the healthcare organizations. For example, nurses feel overloaded since theyare required to serve a large number of clients per day. Theoverloaded nurses tend to deliver poor quality care and increasemedical errors, which lower patient treatment outcome.

Effectof nursing shortage on personal life and quality of care in mysetting

Theshortage of care has affected me in several ways. For example, Ibecome emotional when I visit my local hospital and wait for hours,writhing in pain and watching as the few available nurses continueserving other patients. This reduces my satisfaction with the care Ireceive, especially in the public health care facilities. Thisconsistent with (Shammika, Hellerawa &amp Adambarage, 2015 andJaarsma &amp Stromberg, 2014) who identified that a highnurse-to-patient ratio keeps the patients waiting, and a large numberof clients low quality care since nurses are already overloaded andforced to work for long-hours. It reaches a point when nurses getemotional or use minimal communication with clients. This results inmedical errors since nurses are not able to understand the specificneeds of their clients (Bahadori, Ravangard, Raadabadi, Masod &ampMehrabian, 2014). In overall, the increase in the medication errorsreduces the quality of care in the health care setting.


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