What Obstacles Do Your Nurses Face?
Nursing is a demanding profession. So anything you can do to make the work of your nurses a little easier will help them help you. The satisfaction of your patients and the reputation of your facility rests on the shoulders of your staff. And since nurses have direct contact with your patients, their success on the job is also your success. It’s important to be on the lookout for job obstacles that can decrease performance of your nursing staff, so you can take steps to keep your facility running smoothly. Here’s what you need to know.
Common nursing job obstacles—and what you can do
Your nurses face busy shifts every workday, but many other common challenges may exist at your facility. The following can damper your nurses’ productivity, but you can take steps to help:
- Inadequate staffing. A skeleton crew forces your nursing staff to more with less, and can result in burnout, error and turnover. To help your nurses do their jobs well without becoming overwhelmed and overloaded, you can hire additional nurses, or temporary travel nurses.
- Demanding patients. Your nurses are helping to heal the sick, but people who don’t feel well can be upset, frustrated, confused and difficult. Regular team meetings and an open door policy allows your nurses to air concerns, and get the advice and support they need from you and coworkers when treating difficult patients.
- Worksite hazards. Every day, your nursing staff encounters items and situations that can present on-the-job hazards if not properly handled. Always provide processes and in-services on proper sharps disposal, lifting and patient transport, hazardous substance handling, ergonomics and potentially dangerous worksite situations, such as patient or coworker conflicts.
- Difficult access to medications and supplies. Your nurses should be able to easily locate and obtain any medications or supplies needed to treat patients. You can enable this through convenient storage on each unit.
- Poor communication between nurses and physicians. Information such as patient health status, medication orders, treatment orders or discharge should be available to the entire medical team. This helps improve care efficiency and patient outcomes. Strategies to facilitate good communication between all members of your medical team include regular team meetings and electronic medical records.
Your recruiter can help
If you’re looking for highly qualified nursing staff that fits with your facility, you can rely on the expertise of a healthcare staffing agency. Your recruiter will work with you to understand your needs and place you with nursing candidates—much faster and easier than you can on your own.
We work with facilities in Brooklyn, New York and across the country to place the travel nurses you need. To learn more, contact TaleMed today!