This discussion paper highlights the side of nursing that has the least appeal, being the victim of workplace aggression. As a nurse, Sarah works in a highly stressful and emotive environment, particularly in the Emergency Department where emergency situations that may be life threatening frequently arise. In these stressful environments nurses are often found to be the victims of angry and distressed family members, patients who are in large amounts of pain or intoxicated members of public. Nurses are accountable for the wellbeing of others, and so often receive the blame when something goes wrong. This paper also highlights the issue of bullying in the workplace among employees, another issue which is often seen among health professionals.
In nursing it is often necessary to maneuver patients who are unable to maneuver themselves, such as patients with multiple skeletal injuries who require positioning changes. Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) provides guidelines that state heavy lifting and manual handling should be considered very seriously, either with the assistance of other staff or with appropriate equipment to avoid exertion or force.
This manual handling guide is extensive to provide procedures that can be applied to every possible scenario that Sarah may experience in her work in the Emergency Department as a Registered Nurse. Sarah is required to understand and follow these procedures and this PDF document is made readily available for quick access and referral.
As an Emergency Department Registered nurse working for a busy regional public hospital, my sister Sarah often suffers from fatigue relating to shift work and overtime. The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation website offers valuable support and suggestions for managing this fatigue which is a common hazard among all health professionals.
Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) has set guidelines regarding shift work and overtime which is focused around those whose employment requires them to work during the ‘typical sleep hours of 11pm – 7am’ (WHSQ, 2014). The WHSQ website also offers suggestions for preventing and managing related fatigue.
Sarah has her own strategies in place to assist her with fatigue management and this webpage will serve as a reminder to her to rest and recover after completing her shift work.
This scholarly article is an informative insight into waste and hazardous material disposal and management within public and private hospitals. Though this study is not based in Australia it highlights the importance of following waste management procedures and education in waste management, as this particular study showed results that indicate guidelines are not efficiently met. Waste management is an integral part of health professionals, as the incorrect handling and disposal of hazardous wastes could lead to infection and disease epidemics in worst case scenario.
Nurses and midwives suffer the highest rate of needlestick and sharps injuries among Australian healthcare workers each year.
Emily Frankcombe's insight:
In nursing there are many hazards associated with the use of and disposal of sharps. These hazards have extensive consequences that could include cuts, scratches and cross-contamination of diseases. Nurses have strict procedures and guidelines that must be followed in the use of and disposal of sharps to prevent injury from occurring to other health professionals, patients or themselves.
This article is a reminder to Sarah to be constantly vigilant in the use and disposal of sharps, even though she may deal with them frequently on a daily basis it is important to follow safety procedures fully and correctly.
Sharing your scoops to your social media accounts is a must to distribute your curated content. Not only will it drive traffic and leads through your content, but it will help show your expertise with your followers.
How to integrate my topics' content to my website?
Integrating your curated content to your website or blog will allow you to increase your website visitors’ engagement, boost SEO and acquire new visitors. By redirecting your social media traffic to your website, Scoop.it will also help you generate more qualified traffic and leads from your curation work.
Distributing your curated content through a newsletter is a great way to nurture and engage your email subscribers will developing your traffic and visibility.
Creating engaging newsletters with your curated content is really easy.