Annette Tersigni always wanted to bring some change in her life, when she turned 48, she took a decision to be a nurse. She took admission in nursing school with an intention to do something better with her life, and she successfully became a nurse after three years.
Though she was 48 years old but she believed that it is never too late to serve humanity.
She writes on her official website, “I have a precious pair of letters (RN) at the end of my name, and it gave me everything I wished for.” In her journey of nursing she discovered the rewards alongside the physical and emotional challenges.
She was working in the heart transplant unit at North California Hospital. She said that her work was very stressing and she was often scared of getting sued for committing any mistake or medication error. Also, working in the night shift caused her to put on weight because she was unable to work out in the morning after proper sleep. She had to move to another hospital, but there she had to work for extended hours then she left her job after three years.
Its not just Annette Tersigni who encountered such an unusual experience. According to a survey conducted by American Nurses Association in 2011, three out of four nurses mentioned stress and work load as a top health apprehension.
The American Nurses Association explained the reason of chronic shortage of nurses in the USA. They said that exhaustion and workload are responsible for this acute shortage of nurses. But the good news is that the enrollment in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral nursing programs are going enormously.
As per data released in 2015 by American Association of Colleges of Nursing Gallup poll, asking people to rate the morality and ethics of numerous professions, and the job of nurses ranked the highest. But according to the American Journal of Medical Quality, there will still be an acute shortage of registered nurses in the country by 2030.
According to another research published in BMJ, one of the most common factors responsible for the shortage of nurses is their long hour’s shift. The shifts usually last for 12 hours or even longer, and they were linked to a 40% greater level of job disappointment and 31% increased risk of quitting the job. The burnout in the nursing staff and job dissatisfaction are international concerns. They put negative impact on the safety and quality of patient care. On the other hand, the low job satisfaction is becoming a significant factor why nurses are leaving their jobs.
The nursing staff issue must be seriously considered in order to let nurses feel satisfied and pleased with their profession “Nurses should be professionally able to express themselves regarding their workload, and they must be heard meticulously without any fear of threat to the jobs or the fear of being isolated.
People who choose to become nurses are highly motivated to help the suffering humanity, and they must be appreciated and endorsed for their huge services.