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Patient satisfaction is negatively impacted due to long wait times and last-minute cancellations.Due to these inefficiencies, over the last year, this facility has experienced a higher than usual turnover rate of operating room nurses. At the core of this high turnover rate is nurse burnout andlack of support from administration. The nurses in the operating room at this facility are continually being asked to work more with less and administration is struggling to replace nursesto fill the gap. The implications to nursing are that our nurses want to work in an efficient environment, this is not occurring at this facility due to the number of inexperienced nurses in the operating room thereby putting patient safety at risk. The facility has lost far too many experienced nurses and the majority of new hires are recent graduates. These recent graduates would have definitely benefitted by having these more experienced nurses train and support themthroughout their orientation. By not having the more experienced nurses taking care of our patient’s means that our nursing staff is at a greater risk for safety issues and burn out, which in turn compromises patient outcomes, safety and the delivery of care. It’s an endless cycle. Job
satisfaction is also greatly affected by this understaffing, long hours, and inefficient use of the operating room. According to Martin (2015) poor staffing affects both the patients and the employees. Workload intensifies, which leads to an increase in job dissatisfaction, therefore causes employees to look for another organization to work for.