Nurses leave the Sector Due to increased stress and Decreased Compensation

Last Updated on January 11, 2023 by Dr Bucho

 Many Nurses are Deciding to leave the sector as a result of increased stress and Decreased compensation. Nurses need our care or we will all suffer.

Nurses Suffering: Reports from The Hindu, The nursing community needs a lot of attention, whether it be in the form of improved compensation, working conditions, or just plain respect, three years into the Covid-19 pandemic. The World Health Organization’s State of the World’s Nursing report states that there is a global shortfall of 5.9 million nurses, which health officials will disregard at their risk (2020).


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According to reports, In a way, it is explained by a recent, moving observation made by Dr Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme. “They (healthcare employees) were left behind as the economic crisis hit, and they now face a grim future of less compensation for greater effort. Many are deciding to leave the field because of increased stress and decreased recognition. TheHindu

Locally, nurse unions are pushing for their voices to be heard in changes to policy that would define their working circumstances. In order to survive the persistent assault of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and its several waves, nurses describe how they worked through the height of Covid-19, frequently having to rely on the generosity of others in the absence of basic amenities like changing rooms and places to remain.

Numerous nurses are relocating. However, they are not leaving because they are unable to handle their occupations; rather, they are leaving because they are unable to handle their current situation. The workload for those nurses who remain just makes it more likely that they will decide to quit as well.

According To the Reports From WAtoday, Dr. Linda Aiken at the Queensland Nurses Union Conference in 2014 wrote “Until we stabilise nursing at a reasonable level of staffing and create good and supportive work environments, we are not going to succeed in reducing medical error and we are not going to create the satisfaction that our public wants and the level of quality we would all like to have,”

Nursing as a Profession

In addition to being a humanitarian duty, nursing is both an art and a science. It is a distinctive career path in the healthcare industry that is centred on providing care to individuals, families, and communities. The contemporary nursing movement was started by Florence Nightingale. In 1860, she founded her nursing school at St. Thomas Hospital in London, laying the groundwork for modern nursing. Any nation’s healthcare system needs nurses to help with its primary objectives of promoting healthy lifestyles, preventing diseases, reducing suffering, and rehabilitating people with disabilities. In order to provide effective and efficient health care for people, the majority of countries have enhanced their nursing profession through degree-level education and specialisation in particular nursing specialities.

A systematic body of knowledge that serves as the framework for the profession’s practice of standardised formal higher education, dedication to offering a service that benefits individuals and the community, maintenance of an exclusive role that recognises autonomy, responsibility, and accountability, and control of practising the responsibility of the profession through standards and a code of ethics are the criteria that determine nursing as a profession.

The primary duty of the nurse is to provide nursing care to patients, families, and the community. Nurses are responsible for creating a safe and therapeutic environment for the patients, providing comprehensive and individualised care, maintaining accurate and up-to-date records and reports, protecting patient privacy and legal rights, maintaining collaborative relationships with other health workers, working within ethical and legal constraints, delegating responsibility appropriately, providing health education, concentrating on evidence-based practise, and contributing to the professional development.UOC

We Should Encourage

Nursing as a profession has to be made more appealing since nursing colleges are reporting vacant seats and trained nurses are leaving the country in search of better employment opportunities. The need for increased respect for the profession is demonstrated by the fact that even nursing departments are run by doctors. collaborating with each other as autonomous professionals, nurses and doctors.

The government should invest in nursing, expand its own workforce, keep the nurses we now have, and understand and address the reasons why nurses are leaving in order to reap long-term rewards.

As nurses are the ones playing a major part in managing the patients, the profession demands more respect and recompense. Since nurses and doctors are separate professionals that collaborate with one another, it is important that their job descriptions be clear.

Inputs from Thehindu and Watoday

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