Failure to Address Lagging Nurse Motivation

holding%20hands.jpgThere’s no denying that nurses are an important cog in the healthcare wheel, and play a critical role in delivering safe medical care to patients in Indiana. However, many nurses in a recent survey reported feeling demotivated, stressed, and at risk of burnout.

The issue of nurse burnout is one that many Indiana hospitals continue to neglect to their own detriment. As a recent survey shows, those issues are substantial, and nurse resentment against the medical system continues to fester and frustration with work conditions and job stress are taking their toll.

The survey involved more than 3,300 nurses and reports that 54% of the nurses admitted sleep deprivation. They admitted that they very rarely obtained 7 to 8 hours of sleep at night. Approximately 31% also admitted that they were only able to sleep for 7 hours per night close to three times a week. Approximately 3/4 of the nurses admitted that they did not eat well or rarely on time.

These nurses are reporting to work in a fatigued, stressed, and tired condition. Bad health can mean lower energy levels, and poor alertness. Being distracted and frustrated, a nurse may not be able to concentrate well enough to prevent serious medical errors.

Those are not the only concerns found in the survey. The survey also found that approximately 75% of nurses suffer from a lack of motivation in the workplace. They simply do not have enough authority. About 89% also admitted that motivation levels were lower due to un-involved supervisors and poor quality of support staff.

Nurses reported that in most cases, instead of focusing on the job and using the critical thinking abilities developed in their training, they were made to focus on avoiding penalties and following inflexible protocols. They were not given enough freedom to decide what was best for individual patients, and not surprisingly, this negatively impacted their motivation levels. Nurses reported in the survey that they often felt unappreciated or inadequate when a patient was unable to get adequate care. Many times this poor care was a direct result of poor quality support nurses, or lack of space in an ICU. Many of the nurses in the survey complained that they spent much of their time arguing for patients.

Indiana hospitals need to take these concerns seriously. Unmotivated, tired, and stressed nurses who feel unappreciated in the workplace, signal a dangerous environment for patient safety. Patients may be at risk when nurses are not involved in their jobs. The survey points to a very high risk of nurse burnout; an issue that hospitals need to address.

The Indiana medical malpractice lawyers at Montross Miller Muller Mendelson Kennedy, LLP represent persons who have been injured as a result of medical negligence in the Indianapolis region and across Indiana.