My Nursing Experience

1326 Words Nov 14th, 2012 6 Pages
My Nursing Career
Queen Mumuney
American Sentinel University

My Nursing Career

American Nurse Association describes nursing as the protection, promotion and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, alleviation of suffering through diagnosis and treatment of human response and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, communities and population (www.ana.org). Nursing is not a field for everyone. A good nurse must have ninety-five percent if not all of the following characteristic: sound knowledge and training, observant, patience, time management, people skills , documentation skills, critical thinking, empathy, detailed oriented, kind and firm, good judgment, multi task, physically
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An accountant can leave work and decide to work from home. This is not the case with nurses. If a nurse does not have a replacement, by law she cannot leave because it is considered abandonment (Maryland Board Of Nursing, August 1993). Work place violence is the most complex and dangerous occupational hazard facing nurses (Jacobson, February2007). I have witness several of the staff being assaulted by a patient which have led to permanent injury to the staff. It is very frustrating to seeing dedicated staff being assaulted. This also leads to shortage on the units. Injuries are another issue in nursing. A lot of nurses have developed back pain or injury due to the nature of their work. General facts regarding back injuries in the nursing workplace include the following (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 2011): o In the year 2000, over 10,000 registered nurses lost work time due to injuries sustained while manually lifting patients in the workplace o Direct and indirect annual costs associated with back injuries in the healthcare industry are estimated to be $20 billion o Overall, healthcare workers experience more musculoskeletal disorders (including back injury) than workers in construction, mining, or manufacturing.
Despite all the limitations and frustration, my strong will has an individual to ensure quality patient care has prompted me as an individual to further my education to
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