During this hospitalization, I stayed with my son the entire time. I observed the nurses intently and curiously. I then felt a budding passion for nursing develop. I asked questions, and began to learn how to do some of the nursing duties in the hospital. I learned these duties because they were necessary for home care, I could help out by performing them in the hospital e.g. trach care, but most importantly out of a desperately growing and burning passion.
I witnessed the effect of nursing shortages first hand. Medications were late, nurses had no time to bath and change diapers so often and so this duty fell on parents. Nurses were always in a rush and as such many accidents and drug errors happened. I remember one particular time a nurse poured 100ml formulae through a G-tube, in less than 2 minutes, a process that should have taken 30 minutes. Needless to say, my son vomited everything back up, through all orifices. He got too full too fast. The nurse had to hurry and she took chances with the feeding speed. At least no adverse outcomes were witnessed.
Frustration and fatigue were evident on many nurses’s faces. Nurse burnout appeared to be on the increase as more and more nurses called out sick. These situations caused further shortages as nurses quit their jobs, or retire early. Today, the nursing shortage is worse than then, the need is more dire.
The dire nursing shortages, compounded by disease epidemics and global pandemics makes unsafe nurse to patient ratios inevitable. There is a need for a deliberate and aggressive solution. That’s where Trugo Group comes in, to be a part of the solution!
Our goal in participating is to ensure no other patient can receive poor quality care due to nursing shortages. In addition we want to ensure that nurses discharge their duties with passion and a touch of love and heart. Nurses shouldn’t be rushed to perform only clinical skills. They should be enabled and encouraged to give holistic care. Appropriate nurse-patient-ratios enable nurses to give their all, passionately, which in itself is a catalyst for high productivity. High nurse productivity enables organizations to achieve their goals, and patient satisfaction will go through the roof! Just what we intend!