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Running Head: APPLICATION OF MIDDLE-RANGE THEORY TO PROBLEM 1 Application of Middle-Range Theory to Problem Amy Cloud, BSN, RN, PCCN Grand Canyon University Cesalie Wallace, DNP April 18, 2018
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APPLICATION OF MIDDLE-RANGE THEORY TO PROBLEM 2 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 abuse. This can be done by applying the Broken Window Theory. Nurses are not always guaranteed their safety or protected from abuse and/or violence. There are many situations that put nurses and other healthcare professionals in the line of fire. Abuse can come in the form of verbal abuse to physical abuse by patients to doctors, even nurse to nurse abuse such as bullying. At times, the abuse may not be deliberate, such as when a confused patient gets frustrated. There is a sixteen times greater chance of healthcare workers experiencing violence than any other service workers; with nurses being three times more likely than other groups of healthcare workers (Kingma, 2001). Not only is workplace violence completely uncalled for, it can leave the nurse with health problems, physical injury, emotional manifestations, psychic conditions, or how they interact with family or in social situations. For the workplace, it can cost the organization millions of dollars due to employee time off, medical expenses, and costs related to the legal process. Precipitating factors of workplace violence can be from the patient or from the staff. Patient factors can include age, gender, presence of psychotic symptoms, personality traits, or previous drug abuse; while factors related to staff can be years of experience, contact with
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APPLICATION OF MIDDLE-RANGE THEORY TO PROBLEM 3 patients, and anxiety level (Liu et al., 2015). Other factors consist of distraught family members, high numbers of drug/alcohol users, gang members, long waits in the emergency department, low staffing levels, lack of staff training, poorly controlled visitor policies, and increased numbers of dementia or psychiatric patients (Stokowski, 2010). Workplace violence can occur due to as little as one to many factors combined or just the perception of the presence of any of these factors. In turn, violence affects the workplace by deterioration of the quality of care and
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