60 percent of nurses worry their jobs are negatively impacting their overall health, and 12 percent of nurses were injured on the job in the past year.
“Nurses play a crucial role in the delivery of patient care, and their insights help us better understand the state of nursing today and what can be done to improve clinical patient care and confidence moving forward,” said Steve Reinecke, MT (CLS) CPHIMS, AVP of Healthcare at Ergotron.
While U.S. healthcare continues its radical digital transformation, with nurses often on the forefront especially regarding the use of electronic health records (EHRs), little else has changed on the physical side of day-to-day, real-time nursing care.
Nurse injuries have been well documented, but what is often not addressed is how their injuries and physical discomfort directly affects patient care. The findings show:
- They are less friendly or engaging with their patients (22 percent)
- They have to modify or limit their activity/movement on the job (22 percent)
- They are distracted (17 percent)
- They needed more assistance from other staff (14 percent)
Nurses report seeing the advantages of EHRs in the survey, and the majority of them feel comfortable using technology. However the biggest challenge is creating an environment that caters to the needs of the nurse. When asked what they would change:
- 54 percent said they would increase nursing staff to alleviate workloads
- 28 percent would instate a dedicated ergonomics team to help ensure equipment is ergonomically supportive to the staff
- 28 percent would re-design the physical space within patient rooms and on floors to better align with clinical workflow and patient needs
- 25 percent would update the furniture at the nursing station
- 24 percent would update medical equipment and furniture in the patient room
- 22 percent would implement more point-of-care solutions throughout the floor with sit-to-stand functionality.
These findings challenge healthcare organizations to implement solutions to protect the health of nursing resources while creating the kind of environment that brings the patient and caregiver together for increased interaction, satisfaction, safety and efficiency.
For the full survey report, visit Healthcare.ergotron.com.
The responses were generated from a 2014 survey fielded by independent research firm GMI Research of 250 U.S. medical professionals, who self-identified as full-time credentialed nurses and work in a healthcare setting in the continental United States, with experience.