Impact of Shift Work on Nurses

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The Impact of Shift Work on Nurses The Impact of Shift Work on Nurses The purpose of this paper is to discuss nursing shift work and its impact on nursing staff health and family life. The position of the International Council of Nurses is quoted below. It is their position that shift work is detrimental. Position Statement: “The International Council of Nurses (ICN) recognizes that many nursing services must be accessible on a twenty-four basis, making shift work a necessity. At the same time ICN is very concerned that shift work may have a negative impact on an individual’s health, ability to function, immediate support group and the continuity of care, thus affecting the services provided” (ICN, 2007). The impact of shift…show more content…
Unfortunately, errors are been made by physicians when writing patients order, and as nurses we need to be vigilant when transcribing order. As nurses we spend more time with patient getting to know them as individuals, at times patient does not follow physicians orders which makes it difficult for nurses as patients are acting against their own health and interest. According to Suzanne Edgett (Association, 2006) (Nurses, 2007)Collins, in her research about the legal implications “Nurses factors in patient safety failures are related to several major categories, inattention related to fatigue and multiple distractions inherent in the nurse workday are major factors. The most frequent failures identified involved medication, orders, supplies, staffing and equipment (Collins, 2007). ANA gives us guidelines for safe patient care, and if we conforms to the standard of practice for nursing it protects both patient and nurses. If nurses do not follow these guidelines and regulation, the nurses is at risk of facing a malpractice suit. Any prudent nurse would maintain a high standard of practice to protect themselves against any legal problems, such as obtaining assessment data, diagnosis correctly, administering right medication to the right patient with the correct dosage, time and route (ANA). Many legal implication against nurses were brought about for failure to monitor patient and assess
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