Please describe the topic you have chosen for the Week 8 PowerPoint presentation and discuss why you feel it is important to nursing and healthcare.
Cite at least one scholarly source using current APA Style in your response
Impact of workplace harassment and violence on the nursing profession
Why the topic was chosen
Workplace harassment mostly in the nursing profession has been on the rise.
Generally nurses experience unhealthy work conditions related to violence.
Significantly, violence and harassment at workplace results into unproductiveness.
Therefore, this topic was chosen since workplace harassment and violence have been on the rise.
Worth noting, the topic is of importance as it generally delves into the various accounts that nurses experience at workplace. For instance, many nurses face violence in psychiatric nursing and suffer vital injuries (Konttila et al., 2020). Additionally, the topic is of relevance at the current times as there has been an increase in unhealthy workplace conditions. Therefore it is vital to study this topic an come up with possible solutions.
How workplace harassment and violence impacts nursing practice
Notably, harassments and violence at workplace results into decreased efficiency levels as well as productivity.
Additionally, such unhealthy work conditions often lead to depression in nurses, absenteeism as well as increased stress levels
Worth mentioning, both the physical and non physical form of violence affects the psychological wellness of the nurses.
Similarly, with violence and harassment in workplaces many nurses tend to leave the profession and pursue other careers.
Over the past years, research shows that workplace harassment and violence has increased sharply (Pai et al., 2018). Ostensibly, this has caused health related issues such as depression, stress and other mental problems. Moreover, the unhealthy work conditions have resulted into many nurses leaving the profession. Unfortunately, the productiveness of the nurses equally go down.
The topic of workplace harassment and violence is relevant currently as it affects most nurses.
Research shows that so many nurses face violence at their workplaces both in physical and non physical forms.
The frequency of related workplace violence has shown a significant increase in various countries.
Therefore, this makes the topic relevant at the current times and worth studying.
The topic is relevant as it affects most nurses in the society today. Further, many nurses especially the female nurse suffer sexual harassments (Ross et al., 2019). This in turn interferes with their self esteem and performance capabilities. Therefore, there is a need to keenly look into this topic and come up with possible recommendations.
The photo beside is an epitome of violence in the nursing profession.
Nurses often are attacked by patients and peers.
The picture above shows a nurse under attack by patient. Such are common scenarios in psychiatric departments. When the nurses are attacked by patients, chances are high that the nurses suffer fatal injuries that under extreme cases might even lead to loss of life (Kontilla et al., 2020). Additionally, the nurses may suffer physical and psychological torture that reduce their productivity.
The photo beside demonstrates the effects of violence in the nursing profession.
Violence in the nursing profession causes depression among nurses, a factor that is projected to scare away nurses from the profession.
The picture above shows a nurse in distress. Depression and stress are some of the impacts of workplace harassment and violence (Tsukamoto et al., 2019). Physical abuse to nurses affects them mentally. Additionally excess fatigue may in many times be as a result of workplace harassment and violence.
Clinical practice integration
The topic is important since nurses form a large percentage in the workforce of the healthcare sector.
The topic will impact the role of nurses thereby resulting into unproductivity.
Moreover, nurses supervisors and patients, are thus vital in ensuring there is efficient healthcare practices within healthcare organizations.
Additionally, the topic is a major issue in clinical practice thereby affecting many nurses.
Generally, violence at workplace greatly impacts the role of nurses. When the rights of nurses are not protected, there lies a great risk to the nurses and the patients as well (Tsukamoto et al., 2019). Treating nurses with contempt not only affects their self esteem but also causes emotional damage. Therefore, standing firm for better workplace practices is vital.
Plan for Lobbying
It is therefore prudent for the government and the legislators to offer support in terms of funding programs that would help eradicate workplace violence and harassment of nurses.
Generally, the government and the law makers are in a position to greatly change the state or conditions of nurses at workplace.
Notably, workplace violence and harassment are against the codes and ethics of practice as in the constitution.
It is important for the government to support programs that protect the rights of nurses. Acts of sexual harassment that nurses face should be condemned and avoided (Ross et al. 2019). Additionally, legislators are at a key position of enforcing new and stricter rules to handle workplace harassment and violence. Thus, it is important that healthy work codes and ethics be practiced.
In conclusion, it is important for nurses to be provided with healthy working conditions that will make them productive.
Additionally, through the support of the government as well the legislators, there will be more laws enforced in regard to workplace practices and ethics.
Lobbying the government and the legislators would help eradicating the unhealthy practices.
In summary, it is important for the government and the legislators to take the frontline in fighting against workplace harassment and violence to nurses. Additionally, more care should be taken when dealing with mentally ill patients in psychiatric departments (Kontilla et al.,2020). When the safety of nurses is ensured, increased productivity is guaranteed. Thus, it is prudent to ensure that nurses are provided with healthy work environment for their general wellbeing.
Konttila, J., Kähkönen, O., & Tuomikoski, A. M. (2020). Nurses’ experiences of workplace violence in psychiatric nursing: a qualitative review protocol. JBI evidence synthesis, 18(9), 2025-2030.
Pai, D. D., Sturbelle, I. C. S., Santos, C. D., Tavares, J. P., & Lautert, L. (2018). Physical and psychological violence in the workplace of healthcare professionals. Texto & Contexto-Enfermagem, 27.
Ross, S., Naumann, P., Hinds-Jackson, D. V., & Stokes, L. (2019). Sexual harassment in nursing: ethical considerations and recommendations. OIJN Online J. Issues Nurs, 24.
Tsukamoto, S. A. S., Galdino, M. J. Q., Robazzi, M. L. D. C. C., Ribeiro, R. P., Soares, M. H., Haddad, M. D. C. F. L., & Martins, J. T. (2019). Occupational violence in the nursing team: prevalence and associated factors. Acta Paulista de Enfermagem, 32, 425-432.
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