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Running Head: APPLYING BORROWED THEORY TO A PRACTICE PROBLEM 1 Applying Borrowed Theory to a Problem Amy Cloud, BSN, RN, PCCN Grand Canyon University Cesalie Wallace, DNP May 2, 2018
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APPLYING BORROWED THEORY TO A PRACTICE PROBLEM 2 Introduction Healthcare is a complex profession in which many different types of people from different cultures come together in a time of stress and have to try to act professional. The patients are in pain, unsure about their future, and are out of control of their lives at that moment. Doctors have to try save patients’ lives while being called away and distracted so frequently. Nurses are put in stressful environments where they are understaffed, they are taking slack from both sides, and have to try to care for patients without harm allowing to come to them. At times people let go of their manners and allow an ugly side of themselves come out. While the nurse can be understanding and try to let the other party speak their minds, it’s important to set ground rules in order to not be harassed. Summary of Problem Nurses can be put in situations that can be, at times, risky due to the violence and/or abuse they have to endure from patients, doctors, and coworkers. Between healthcare workers and other service workers, there is sixteen times greater of a chance that healthcare workers will experience violence (Kingma, 2001). There are different types of abuse within the workplace such as verbal and physical abuse. While at times the violence can be deliberate, sometimes it may not be due to certain medical illness. The abuse towards nurses can come “from people with mental illness and substance abuse problems, elderly patients with dementia, family members and caregivers who were under extreme stress (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2018). “According to a 2015 study published in the Journal of Emergency Nursing, 76 percent of nurses at a private hospital system in Virginia said they had experienced physical or verbal abuse from patients in the previous year” (Advisory.com, 2016). Consequences of this abuse/violence can lead to health problems, psychic conditions, changes in interactions within family and social
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APPLYING BORROWED THEORY TO A PRACTICE PROBLEM 3 situations, physical injury, and emotional manifestations in the nurse that was targeted. Consequences not only affect the nurse, but the workplace too; it can cause millions of dollars in employee being off work, medical costs, and legal expenses. Triggering factors that attribute to workplace violence can come the patients or from the staff. Age, manifestation of psychotic symptoms, gender, personalities, or previous drug abuse are potential factors related to patients. Factors related to staff include years on the job, patient interaction, and anxiety level (Liu et al., 2015). Other influences of workplace violence consist of patients that abuse drugs or alcohol, distraught family members, gang members, extended waits
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