24 Januari 2011 1. Saya mempunyai seorang kawan baik 2. Kawan baik saya bernama Junaidah 3. Saya duduk di sebelahnya di dalam kelas 4. Kami murid tahun satu cemerland 5. Kawan baik saya suka membaca buku My sister is four years older than me. She is in Years six Her name is Kalama. Kalama likes to play the piano 1. Good morning, father. 2. Good afternoon,Nora 3. Goodbye,Ramesh
BY EARTH GROUP YEAR 5 2011 Binatang kesayangan saya Saya mempunyai seekor binatang kesayangan yang bernama Bobo.Bobo ialah seekoranjing yang berbulu putih dan berbadan kecil. Setiap pagi,apabila saya pergi ke sekolah,Bobo akan menamani saya sampai ke pintupagar dan melihat saya menaiki bas. Apabila saya balik dari sekolah,Bobo akan menyambut saya dengan gembiranyasambil melompat ke badan saya dan mengoyangkan ekornya berkali-kali.Saya akan pelukBobo dengan kuat dan senyuman yang manis. Pada waktu petang,saya selalu membawa Bobo ke padang dan bermain boladengannya.obo pun menamani sayaberlari lari disekelilingi padang dengan gembiranya. Pada suatu malam,Bobo menyalak dengan berkali-kali dan kuatnya kerana dia nampakada pencuri hendak mencuri basikal saya yang terletak di halaman rumah saya. Ayah saya pun membawa sebatang kayu dari biliknya dan menghalau pencuriitu.Akhirnya,pencuri itu pun lari dengan cepatnya.
Setiap hari,saya akan memberi makanan dan minuman kepada Bobo.Saya juga akanmemotong kuku Bobo dan mandikan Bobo supaya sentiasa kelihatan shat dan bersih. Saya berasa sangat gembira kerana menpunyai seekor binatang yang berani.SAyasangat sayang pada Bobo Pasar malam Pasar malam adalah suatu tempat yang menjual barangan keperluan harian padawaktu malam.Pasar malam di tempat saya pula biasanya diadakan pada setiap hari Sabtudan bermula pada pukul 5.00 petang hingga 10.00 malam. Setiap hari Sabtu,saya mengikut ibu saya pergi ke pasar malam.Ramai penjaja mulamemasang gerai masing-masing.Pada pukul 5.00 petang ditepi jalan bagai cendawantumbuh selepas hujan.Terdapat banyak gerai yang menjual beraneka jenis baranganseperti sayur-sayuran yang segar-bugar, buah-buahan tempatan yang diimport,hidupanlaut yang segar,pakaian,dan alat permainan yang menarik. Ramai pelangan datang berpusu-pusu bersama ahli keluarga dan membanjiri pasarmalam.Pada awalnya suasana sunyi-sepi bertukar menjadi hiruk-pikuk dengan launganpara penjual yang ingin mrmperasikan barabgan menggunakan pembesar suara.Ada jugapeniaga memainkan lagu-lagu bagi menarik perhatian para pelangan.Lampu yangberwarna-warni menyebabkan pasar malam terang-benderang.Para pengunjung terpaksaberjalan berhimpit-himpit kerana penuh sesak. Kebanyakan harga barangan dijual dengan berpatuan dan boleh tawar-menawar.Saya tidak melepaskan peluang untuk menikmati pelbagai juadah yang dijual dipasar malam. Keadaan mulai reda,pada pukul 10.00 malam kerana ramai pelanggan beransur
pulang.Para peniaga pula sibuk mengemas barang masing-masing.Saya pun berjalanpulangke rumah dengan emak saya.
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Soalan 1 - 21Isi tempat kosong dengan jawapan yang paling sesuai.1 “Ibu bangga mendapat anak seperti ____________ ,” kata Puan Jalilah kepada anak tunggalnya. A dia B kamu C mereka D engkau2 “Pantang ____________ rakyat menderhaka kepada sultan,” kata Hang Tuah kepada sahabatnya. A beta B patik C hamba D tuan hamba
3 ____________ mangsa banjir telah berjaya dipindahkan ke ____________ pusat pemindahan yang berdekatan. A Semua ..........beberapa B Semua ..........sebahagian C Segelintir ..........beberapa D Segelintir ..........sebahagianSoalan 4 berdasarkan gambar di bawah.4 Cikgu Anis melambai tangan ____________ memanggil Ketua Darjah 6 Melur untuk memberi pesanan. A kerana
B sambil C apabila D supaya5 Dato’ Habib amat berpuas hati dengan kerja ____________ banglonya yang terletak di Taman Tasek Utama. A ubah suai B susun atur C kemas kini D tambah baik6 Pada awal tahun, pihak sekolah akan mengadakan sesi ____________ bagi meraikan kehadiran murid-murid tahun 1. A tegur sapa B soal jawab C bual bicara D ramah mesraSoalan 7 berdasarkan gambar di bawah
7 Ahli-ahli pengakap itu sedang berteduh di bawah sebatang pokok ____________ menunggu jurulatih mereka sampai. A hingga B lantaran C sementara D mahupun8 Persiapan untuk menyambut Hari Kebangsaan sedang ____________ dijalankan. A gigih B hebat C pantas D rancakSoalan 9 berdasarkan gambar di bawah.
9 Fatin ____________ ketakutan apabila melihat seekor ular keluar dari dalam semak. A menjerit B meraung C melaung D melolong10 Puan Rohana berasa berat hati meninggalkan sekolah setelah bertahun-tahun menabur bakti sebagai guru besar di situ. Perkataan seerti bagi bakti ialah A jasa B budi C kerjaya D khidmat
11 Api yang marak telah membakar kilang perabot itu hingga hangus dalam jangka masa yang singkat. Perkataan berlawan bagi singkat ialah A lama B cepat C ringkas D pendek12 Syahirah belajar membilang dengan menggunakan beberapa ____________ biji saga. A butir B buah C batang D tangkai13 Setelah jatuh sakit, nenek tidak menjamah walaupun se____________ nasi dan se____________ air. A biji ... titis B buah ... titik C butir ... teguk D pinggan ... teguk
14 Vijay ____________ apabila diminta untuk menjawab soalan itu kerana dia sedang berkhayal. A terkial-kial B terkebil-kebil C terpinga-pinga D tersentak-sentakPilih jawapan yang paling sesuai bagi soalan yang diberikan.15 Di manakah awak akan menunggu saya? A Berdekatan dengan pejabat pos. B Sudah lama saya menunggu awak. C Saya akan menelefon apabila saya sampai. D Kita akan berjumpa pada pukul 10.00 pagi.Pilih ayat tanya yang sesuai bagi ayat di bawah.16 Keuntungan yang diperoleh pada Hari Kantin tidak begitu memberangsangkan. A Bilakah Hari Kantin diadakan? B Mengapakah Hari Kantin tidak diadakan lagi? C Berapakah keuntungan yang diperoleh pada Hari Kantin? D Mengapakah keuntungan Hari Kantin tidak memberangsangkan?
Pilih ayat yang sama maksud dengan ayat yang diberi.17 Gotong-royong yang diadakan itu adalah untuk mengeratkan hubungan kekeluargaan dalam kalangan penduduk taman ini. A Hasil daripada gotong-royong itu, para penduduk taman ini bertambah erat hubungan mereka. B Tujuan gotong-royong ini untuk mengeratkan hubungan penduduk antara kekeluargaan taman ini. C Hubungan kekeluargaan yang bertambah erat di taman ini memudahkan program gotong-royong diadakan. D Hubungan kekeluargaan yang erat dalam kalangan penduduk taman ini adalah matlamat projek gotong-royong diadakan.18 “Mengapakah adik kamu menangis?” tanya cikgu kepada Farhan. A Farhan bertanya kepada cikgu sebab adiknya menangis. B Cikgu bertanya kepada Farhan sebab adiknya menangis. C Cikgu bertanya kepada Farhan sebab adik kamu menangis. D Farhan memberitahu kepada cikgu sebab adiknya menangis.19 ____________ Sharifah Aini yang bersuara merdu itu berasal dari kampung ini. A Biduan
B Seniman C Seniwati D Biduanita20 Ayah ____________ ibu sebentuk cincin emas bertatahkan mutiara sempena ulang tahun perkahwinan mereka. A dihadiahi B dihadiahkan C menghadiahi D menghadiahkan21 Encik Zamri bekerja siang dan malam untuk menampung ____________ sekolah anak-anaknya. A berbelanja B membelanja C perbelanjaan D membelanjakanSoalan 22 berdasarkan gambar di bawah.
22 Pak Wan mengangkat timbunan tanah yang dicangkul dengan menggunakan ____________ . A raga B nyiru C bakul D pongkesPilih peribahasa yang sesuai.23 Puan Salmah menyelesaikan pertelingkahan kedua-dua anak kembarnya seperti A melepaskan batuk di tangga. B menatang minyak yang penuh. C menarik benang dalam tepung. D menegakkan benang yang basah.24 Perdana Menteri menyarankan agar rakyat mengamalkan konsep 1 Malaysia.
A Bagai isi dengan kuku. B Bagai aur dengan tebing. C Bagai duri dalam daging. D Bagai pinang dibelah dua.Pilih ayat yang betul.25 A Pasu kristal itu terhempas ke lantai lalu pecah. B Dia akan ke Pulau Pangkor di hujung minggu ini. C Arifah lebih pintar dari kawan-kawannya yang lain. D Kami kagum dengan kejayaan anak-anak Puan Devi itu.26 A Wah, daif sungguh kehidupan Ah Meng sekeluarga! B Aduhai, anak-anakku belajarlah bersungguh-sungguh! C Cis, banyaknya ikan yang mati di kolam Pak Syahmi ini! D Syabas, kamu terpilih untuk mewakili sekolah dalam pertandingan pidato itu!27 I Oleh kerana cuaca panas, nenek tidur beralaskan tikar di serambi. II Calon diberi masa satu jam suku untuk menjawab soalan Penulisan. III Pengacara majlis mengucapkan terima kasih di atas kehadiran para tetamu. IV Hidayah bercadang hendak melancong ke luar negara pada musim cuti nanti. A I dan II B I dan III
C II dan IV D III dan IV28 I Buku cerita yang tebal itu telah dibaca oleh saya. II Pendingin hawa di pusat sumber sekolah kami sedang dibaiki. III Penduduk Kampung Duyong saling tolong-menolong membersihkan kawasan sekolah. IV Antara acara yang dipertandingkan pada hari itu ialah acara balapan dan lompat tinggi. A I dan II B I dan III C II dan IV D III dan IVPilih ayat yang menggunakan perkataan bergaris dengan betul29 A Suasana di dalam stadium meregang apabila penonton mula merusuh. B Hubungan Zuhri dan Ramesh itu meregang akibat perselisihan faham. C Irfan meregang daun tingkap untuk membiarkan cahaya matahari masuk. D Dawai telefon mengendur pada waktu sejuk dan meregang pada waktu panas.30 I Buah peria katak tidak digemari kerana rasanya yang pahit. II Roslan tidak dapat menerima pandangan pahit rakan-rakannya. III Hatinya pahit apabila Ruzlan memalukannya di khalayak ramai.
IV Nenek asyik bercerita tentang pengalaman pahit ketika zaman pemerintahan Jepun.A I dan IIB I dan IVC I, II dan IIID II, III dan IV
Soalan 31 – 35Baca petikan e-mel di bawah, kemudian jawab soalan-soalan berikutnya.Kepada : Mariah binti MatDaripada : Juliana binti JusohPerkara :Kepada sahabatku Mariah yang kini berada di Kuala Lumpur. Semoga sihat dan bahagia selalu.Saudari, Apa khabar saudari sekarang? Saya dan keluarga di sini berada dalam keadaan sihatsejahtera. Oh, ya! Lama sungguh kita tidak berjumpa. Semenjak saya berpindah ke sini, inilahpertama kali saya menulis e-mel kepada saudari.
Buat masa ini kami sekeluarga menyewa sebuah rumah di Taman Bidara Permai. Ayahsaya telah pun membeli sebuah rumah di taman perumahan yang baru tetapi rumah itu masihdalam pembinaan. Mungkin tahun hadapan kami akan berpindah ke rumah itu. Kawan-kawan kita bagaimana sekarang? Saya begitu kehilangan akan mereka. Kalausaudari berjumpa dengan Hanafi, Rogayah, Azmi dan lain-lain, sampaikanlah salam saya kepadamereka. Saya juga telah cuba menyesuaikan diri di tempat ini. Murid-murid di sini baik belaka.Mereka dapat menerima diri saya dengan hati terbuka. Setakat ini dahulu yang dapat saya tuliskan. Semoga bertemu pada masa yang lain.Sekian, terima kasih. Sahabatmu, Juliana31 Apakah tujuan e-mel ini ditulis? A Menghubungi seorang kawan yang tinggal di luar negara. B Menghubungi kawan yang lama tidak bertemu. C Mengajak sahabatnya datang ke rumah. D Meminta bantuan kewangan.32 Di manakah Juliana tinggal? A Di Kuala Lumpur. B Di Taman Bidara Permai. C Dekat dengan rumah Hanafi.
D Berhampiran Taman Bidara Permai.33 Antara kenyataan berikut, yang manakah tidak benar? A Juliana tidak mengenali Mariah. B Juliana pernah tinggal di Kuala Lumpur. C Juliana mengenali Azmi ketika di Kuala Lumpur. D Hanafi dan Rogayah masih tinggal di Kuala Lumpur.34 Apakah maksud ‘menyesuaikan diri’ dalam petikan e-mel di atas? A membiasakan dengan keadaan B menagih simpati C membawa diri D berhati-hati35 Bagaimanakah keadaan murid-murid di tempat yang baru diduduki oleh Juliana? A Cemburu atas kejayaan Juliana. B Mengecam kedatangan Juliana di situ. C Berpakat untuk melantik Juliana sebagai ketua. D Menerima kehadiran Juliana dengan senang hati.
Soalan 36 - 40Baca petikan di bawah, kemudian jawab soalan-soalan berikutnya.Tun Abdullah bin Ahmad Badawi dilahirkan dalam keluarga yang warak di Kampung Perlis, BayanLepas, Pulau Pinang. Beliau menerima pendidikan menengah di Sekolah Menengah KebangsaanTinggi Bukit Mertajam dan di Penang Methodist Boys School, Pulau Pinang. Abdullahmemulakan kerjayanya sebagai guru. Selepas menerima Sarjana Muda Sastera dalam bidangPengajian Islam daripada Universiti Malaya pada tahun 1964, beliau menyertai sektorperkhidmatan awam sebagai Penolong Setiausaha di Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam. Pada tahun 1969, Abdullah berpindah ke Majlis Gerakan Negara (MAGERAN), sebuahbadan yang berkuasa eksekutif untuk mentadbir negara yang ditubuhkan selepas rusuhan kaumpada Mei 1969. Abdullah kemudiannya dinaikkan pangkat menjadi Ketua Pengarah KementerianKebudayaan, Belia dan Sukan, sebelum menjadi Timbalan Ketua Setiausaha dalam kementerianyang sama pada tahun 1974. Abdullah berkahwin dengan Datin Seri Endon binti Dato Mahmood pada tahun 1965dan dikurniakan dua orang cahaya mata dan empat orang cucu. Pada 20 Oktober 2005, EndonMahmood meninggal dunia selepas bergelut dengan penyakit barah payu dara sejak 2003.Setelah dua tahun menduda, beliau berkahwin pula dengan Jeanne Abdullah. Beliau dikatakan mementingkan aktiviti makan malam bersama-sama keluarga dangemar makanan Jepun. Beliau menghargai hasil seni Malaysia dan merupakan seorangpengumpul seni ukiran kayu serta anyaman rotan. Setiap hari selepas sembahyang Maghrib,beliau akan mengaji Al Quran. Telah menjadi kebiasaan beliau menulis nota dalam Jawi. Selain
daripada keluarga sendiri, tokoh yang banyak mempengaruhinya serta dianggap sebagai mentorialah Tun Abdul Razak. Beliau juga adalah pencetus Islam Hadhari.36 Di manakah Tun Abdullah bin Ahmad Badawi dilahirkan? A Perlis B Kedah C Bukit Mertajam D Kampung Perlis37 Apakah jawatan yang disandang oleh Tun Abdullah bin Ahmad Badawi pada 1974? A Pendidik B Penolong Setiausaha C Ketua Pengarah Kementerian Belia dan Sukan D Timbalan Ketua Setiausaha Kementerian Belia dan Sukan
38 Bilakah beliau berkahwin dengan isteri keduanya? A Tahun 2003 B Tahun 2005 C Tahun 2006 D Tahun 200739 Pilih pernyataan yang tidak benar tentang petikan di atas? A Beliau menghargai hasil seni Malaysia. B Beliau pernah menjadi Penolong Setiausaha. C Beliau merupakan graduan lulusan ekonomi. D Beliau menggemari makanan Jepun.40 Perkataan pencetus dalam petikan sesuai digantikan dengan A pereka B pelopor C pencipta D pengilham
By G.MAGESWARICOHORT 9STUDENT ID: 08035555Word count: 10 000
1.0 IntroductionThe working place of intensive care unit (ICU) is very busy and hectic with neverended critical cases. Workload due to continuous contemporary issue such asshortage of staff and the conflict with professional boundaries such as verticaland horizontal substitutions . These are the factors that contributing workloadand stress in ICU. To discuss the performance hurdles experienced by intensivecare nurses in their work environment that impairs nursing care through reflectiveaccount. To make recommendations to over come the stressful workload in ICUin order to improve nursing quality for the clients. Intensive care nurses comeacross with a lot of performance obstruction in their work environment. Reflexionand reflexivity should be able to identify the outcome of various performancehurdles on nursing workload, nursing quality of working life, and quality of patientcare. I would use John’s Model of structured reflection in my discussion byreviewing my daily work to over come the stressful workload in ICU in order toimprove nursing quality for the clients by removing performance problem. TheMechanisms of workload which I would discuss in my dissertation areempowment, time, motivation, stress, attention, violations of work- a rounds andimpact on organization . At the same time I would approach my dissertation onempirics, ethics, personal and aesthetic basis by using John’s Model ofReflection (1994) .
2.3.1 Stress in ICU Working in hospital settings can be very stressful, particularly for thosenurses and working in an ICU (DePew et al., 1999). Work pressures areconsidered as part of everyday life of health professionals (McCarthy, Power andGreiner, 2010). According to Cox, Griffiths and Rial-Ganzalez (2000) the stressresponse as being mismatch between the perceived demands and thecapabilities of the individual to cope with this demands. According to Lally andPearce (1996) there are multiple factors which cause stress in ICU, which includehigh patient mortality, the nature of death in ICU, young people dying as anoutcome of acute pathology or due to traumatic injuries as well as the fastchange in the pace of works and tasks. As a result, all of these factors result toan environment that is full of tension and anxiety. In addition, other studies also showed different stressors for nurses whichcan be found in the ICU working environment. These include, but not limited to:excessive workloads (Callaghan et al., 2000); conflict with the supervisors andco-workers (Tyson et al., 2002); dealing with death and dying patients (Lambertet al., 2004b; Mann and Cowburn, 2005); lack of support from the organization(Tyson et al., 2002); insufficient preparation or lack of resources being issued(Tholdy Doncevic et al., 1998); coping with emotional needs of the patients aswell as their treatment (Kalichman et al., 2000); shift rotation (Rogers, 1997);uncertainty concerning treatment (Kalichman et al., 2000); low job control (Chenget al., 2000); and being moved among different patient care units (Healy and
McKay, 1999). The study of Foxall et al. (1990) showed that intensive carenurses have to deal more with the stress of death and dying, while generalmedical-surgical unit nurses have to contend more with workload and staffingissues (cited from Burgess, Irvine and Wallymahmed, 2010). The study of Wolfgang (1988) compared the stress level of nurses withdoctors and pharmacists. The result showed that nurses reported highly stressfulenvironment and jobs compare to doctors and pharmacists. This is because ofwork load, needs of the patients as well as conflicts in the team. In addition, thestudy of Goodfellow et al. (1997) analyzed and evaluated the occupational stressbetween nurses and doctors within the ICU. The result showed that the doctorsfound that some factors in their job connected to career and achievement as wellas organizational design and structure, are offering them more stressful worksthan the normal working setting. On the other hand, the nursing staffs reporteddifferent sources of stress compare to the doctors. The negative impacts of excessive demands that the working environmentbring towards the medical staffs have been well studied and documented to offerand cause both physical and psychological impact towards individual. Stressorhave an influence on most bodily systems, which produce quantifiable transientimpacts which questionably lead to severe, chronic or even acute physical healthproblems (Mealer et al. 2007). In terms of psychological aspect, stress isconnected with the feeling of anxiety, depression, subjective fatigue, reduction ofconfidence and self-esteem. All of these symptoms or signs have been showed
and studied to affect the capability of individual and group to perform and act indifferent work-related tasks (Kincey et al., 2005). The study of Mealer et al. (2007)showed that some of the traumatic events that are connected with the PTSD inICU nurses are quite the same to the experiences of war veterans, which includehandling of dead bodies and caring for trauma victims. With this, it show that ICUis a very demanding environment which leave medical staffs – particularly nursesto be anxious and depressed (Burgess et al., 2010).My workplace has been considered as an extraordinary working environmentwith different workloads. Environmental factors have been established to thelevel that meets suggested standards. Currently, in my ward healthcare facilitiesare experiencing overcrowding and hospital-wide waits and delays. Thus,possible risks must be identified and alleviated by matching demand to capacity(Hall, 2006). This is primarily because of the different changes and alterations inICU , which include the development of technology, innovations, the changes inthe culture and tradition of individuals and the overall organizational behavior. Itis also important to consider the different social changes found in the macro-environment. I directly saw how patients and their families perceived about thequality of the medical services being offered to them. In my working place the workload demands have been changed due to theincrease in the level of patient demands and expectations. Patient’s expectationshave raised the level of working demands and perceived stress among us . Atthe present time, work in the hospital is dominantly worked with a high level of
psychosocial demands and workloads. According to the results of differentepidemiological studies, the work of nurses is stressful. But, they still have tocarry out their task in agreement with professional demands and withoutmistakes or error no matter how stressed and tired they are. Recently apart fromworking in ICU we are been forced to work double duty and no off day for nearlyten days in newly open dengue ward because of outbreak of dengue fever.Actually the management side failed to declare the situation to the stategovernment to get man power. The working environment is consequently,perceived as overloaded. Additionally, the cost sare fatigue, illness and sickleaves. Nurses are in constant stress. They are worn out. Every now and then wecan talk about epidemic of burnout syndrome (Vink, Konningsveld and Dhondt,1998). These factors are very important because it directly affect the quality ofthe services they offered towards their patients, which consequently affect theirlives and health . As a result, the question of what decrease burnout and increases retentionand job satisfaction are widely studied in the field of health and medical workingenvironment. Different studies showed that empowerment and perceptions oforganizational commitment are two vital factors which are connected to jobsatisfaction (Kuokkaken, 2003 cited from Hall, 2006, 103). Once during my nightduty I receive a Inferior all Myocardial Infarction patient to my ward. While I wasdoing my routine work such as taking observation and preparing medication forthe gentleman. Suddenly the patient developed arrhythmia – ventricular
tachycardia so immediately I called the doctor but he is too late. And I tried toprint the electrocardiogram graph of the fatal arrhythmia unfortunately themachine in not in good condition and can’t print for documentation purpose. But Iam sure that it is ventricular tachycardia. Because I already under gone coronarycare nursing and have advanced cardiac live support certificate moreoverworking in intensive care unit for nearly ten years. While waiting for him with myexperience and knowledge I perform defibrillation with 200 joules and the graphreverted to sinus bradycardia and I gave intravenous medication atropine. Thepatient survived and the graph shows sinus tachycardia, and other observationparameters shows normal range. I really satisfied with my reflection- in- action . But the sad side of the story is, the doctor scolded me because Icrossed the professional boundaries and did the procedure against the code ofnursing. The only reason was I failed to print the graph and I can be charged ifanything bad or the patients’ condition deterioting or die. But I still argue with himand said I really sure with the arrhythmia and you are late and I can’t lose theyoung gentlemen. And I assume that if he is my family member I will try my bestto save him. The doctor felt guilty but he scolded there is no prove. I feel verybad and discourage and couldn’t accept the way they treat me as a senior staffnurse and scolded me in front of other clique who are very junior staffs, of coursethey won’t respect me. And promised to myself that I won’t repeat it again butstill my feeling confront with him. The embarrassment made me depressed and Icouldn’t carry out my daily duty at that night and the following week as a motherand a wife at home. I lost my appetite and good sleep for few week. Finally I
went to see a doctor and diagnosed as stress. Organizational commitment isconsidered as the main aspect considered as in retention and job satisfactionbecause it pertains on individual’s attachment, trust and involvement in theorganization (Kuokkanen et al., 2003 cited from Hall, 2006, 103). It is important to consider that different environments have differentstressors and sources of stress may even different from individual to individual inthe same unit. For instance, the study of French et al. (2006) showed that lack orshortage of resources help to increase levels of stress in ICU (cited from Hall,2006). In addition, French et al. (2000) added that stress is connected on theindividual and influence perceived from situations and conditions on one’sphysical and psychological well-being, as a result, according to Tonges (1998)workplace stress is commonly connected with workload (cited from Hall, 2006).Stress happens based on workload when the demand exceeds the ability of anindividual to access resource or capacity. As a result, according to French et al. (2000), it is important for hospitalsand health care organizations to develop supportive management, increasingopportunities for positive patient interactions, and creation of a wide-spreadsense of autonomy as well as empowerment can help in order to lessen ordistribute stress (cited from Hall, 2006).In addition,I also affected with the shortage, in my work place. As a result, thegovernment gets the service of foreign doctors in other countries in order toensure that there is sufficient number of doctors to handle the number of patients.However, based on my observations and experiences (primarily based on the
doctors whom I worked with), they are not as professional as our local doctors. Inaddition, they are also not that trained and used to speaking and understandingour language, as a result, we, the nurses serve as translator and interpreter inorder to make the doctor and the patient to understand each other. Recently inmy ward I face a very bad situation which was contribute to very stressfulworking environment. These doctors never examined the patient properly andjust accept the cases from ward. The problem I face was most of the patient willdie within hours. The sad part was immediately after I we done the last office hewill called l and order to prepare another bed for a new patient. Even though Iadvice him to examine the patient use the ICU protocol to accept the case buthe never bother to listen. I also no power to reject it. Just imagine how stress weare in this situation. Thus, this add additional burden for the nurse and some ofthe doctors are not really skillful,so that t we have to assist them in doing differentprocedures. In addition, we also serve as trainer, mentor superior to the junior staffsafter most of our senior staffs move due to promotion. As a result, currently, weare working with junior staffs with less knowledge, skills and experiences indifferent procedures, tasks and responsibilities in the ICU. The performance ofour junior is on our shoulder, meaning if the junior staff did something wrong, themanagement will overlook to the senior, and there are possibilities that we will befired.
I also have responsibilities and roles that I must do for my family – mychildren and my husband. These stressors I found at work affect my relationship,including the time that I spent with them.1 Reflection Model Reflective practice is considered as a learning process which encouragesself-evaluation with succeeding professional development planning. According to(Driscoll and The, 2001) Reflection is useful strategy in nursing field because ithelp to differentiate between thinking regarding daily work versus reflectingregarding on experience, which requires intentionality and skills. Thus, reflectivepractice claims the capability of an individual to evaluate situations and makejudgments pertaining to the efficiency of situational interventions and quality ofoutcomes (Zuzelo, 2009). Thus, reflective practice helps practitioners to make sense regarding thedifferent challenging, complicated and complex, which eventually remindpractitioners that learning is continuous, and there is a need for improvingtraditional types of knowledge that are required in nursing practice, at the sametime, sustain nursing by different formal opportunities to converse with peersregarding the practice. There are different models of reflection, which can beused. These include: Gibbs’ model of reflection, John’s model of reflection, Kolb’sLearning Cycle and Atkins (1995) and Murphy’s model of reflection (Zuzelo,2009). For this paper, John’s model of reflection will be used, for the authorbelieves that it is the most applicable and suitable model for the case and
scenarios being studied. Reflectivity activity is considered as an opportunity topurposely and intentionally think regarding the practice events; analyze choices,reactions, responses and behaviors; consider possible alternatives; developplans in order to improve or recognize learning needs; and to follow this actionplan in new or the same events or problems (Zuzelo, 2009). According to John (2004) reflective practice is a holistic practice mainlybecause it pertained on comprehending the vitality, importance and meaning ofthe entire experience. There are different layers of reflection which progress froma reflection on experience towards mindful practice, which are in juxtapositionwith moving from doing reflection to reflection as a way of being. With all these, reflective practice is defined as: Being mindful of self, either within or after experience, as if [there is] awindow through which the practitioner can view and focus self within the contextof a particular experience, in order to confront, understand and move towardresolving contradiction between one’s vision and actual practice (Johns, 2004, 3cited from Zuzelo, 2009) The table below shows the cues offered by the said model in order to helppractitioners to access, make sense of and learn via experience (Ahot, n.d.).John (1992) applied the concept of guided reflection in order to define astructured, supported approach which will enable practitioners to learn from theirreflections on their experiences. It uses a model of structured reflective diary,one-to-one or group supervision and keeping of a structured reflective diary. Themain advantage of this model is that it is more detailed compare with the other
models, which eventually offers advantages and disadvantages. According thedifferent nursing literature, nurses need to be taught on how to reflect, and thedetailed questions that the practitioners are required to ask of themselves in theJohns model of reflection, will, no doubt, offer a comprehensive checklist forreflection. However, the detailed structure can also offer disadvantage because itwill impose a framework that is considered as external towards the practitioner,which will leave only little scope for inclusion of his or her own approach. Inaddition, the said model is considered as complex, while the other models arebeing criticized for being simple and self-evident (Davies, Finlay and Bullman,2000). Here one of my reflection which happen in ICU that make me stress Once during my night duty I receive a patient with Inferior all MyocardialInfarction to my ward. While I was doing my routine work such as takingobservation and preparing medication for the gentleman who father of fourchildren. Suddenly the patient developed arrhythmia – ventricular tachycardia soimmediately I called the doctor but he is too late. This is a main problem in myhospital because one doctor have to cover few wards during night time. And Itried to print the electrocardiogram graph of the lethal arrhythmia unfortunatelythe machine in not in good condition and can’t print it for documentation purpose.But I am sure that it is ventricular tachycardia. I have to act fast within 3 minutes(Cumin, 1996) if not patient will hypoxia and vegetative. Because I alreadyunder gone coronary care nursing and have advanced cardiac live supportcertificate moreover working in intensive care unit for nearly ten years. Whilewaiting for him with my experience and knowledge I perform defibrillation with
200 joules and the graph reverted to sinus bradycardia and I gave intravenousmedication atropine I mg.. The patient survived and the graph shows sinus tachycardia, and otherobservation parameters shows normal range. I really satisfied with my reflection-in- action But the sad side of the story is, the doctor scolded me because Icrossed the professional boundaries and did the procedure against the code ofnursing. The only reason was I failed to print the graph and I can be charged ifanything bad or the patients’ condition deterioting or die. But I still argue with himand said I really sure with the arrhythmia and you are late and I can’t lose theyoung gentlemen. And I assume that if he is my family member I will try my bestto save him. The doctor felt guilty but he scolded there is no prove. I feel verybad and discourage and couldn’t accept the way they treat me as a senior staffnurse and scolded me in front of other clique who are very junior staffs, of coursethey won’t respect me. And promised to myself that I won’t repeat it again butstill my feeling confront with him. The embarrassment made me depressed and Icouldn’t carry out my daily duty at that night and the following week as a motherand a wife at home. I lost my appetite and good sleep for few week. Finally Iwent to see a doctor and diagnosed as stress Reflection on the above incident using parts of the ‘structured reflection’model by Johns (1992) and Carper (1978) Aesthetics – As a art of nursing actually I’m trying to save my patient whois having lethal arrhythmia. If I act late and still waiting for doctor I will lost thepatient. As long as I concern in this situation my action was consider according to
the ventricular tachycardia algorithm which was approved by American Heart ofAssociation. But then I really shocked when my doctor came and scolded me andmake me upset. After the doctor’s explanation then only I realize that eventhough I had made a very best of work, on the other hand I made some interrelated job offence. In this case vertical substitution which is cross theboundaries has taken place. I suppose to print the graph for documentationpurpose and avoid medico-legal action. This will bring some trouble to the doctorif something happen vice versa as a result. This contradict situation make merealize that in reality this incident thought me to be more careful preventionmeasure. My knowing in an aesthetic point of view here involves the deepappreciation of the the patients situation and calls forth inner creative resourcesthat transform my experience into something that would not otherwise bepossible. Personal – In this unprecedented incident if I try to act of safe sideof professional ethic. I m sure will lost the gentleman who is father of four.Morally my sense of sympathy and empathy was disturbed. Imagine that if thepatient is my own family member sure I will try to do the best to save himbecause the doctor came late. I ‘m fully confident and have enough knowledgeto over come the crucial situation. Personal knowing here concerns the innerexperience which I have gone through . The full awareness of the self, themoment, and the context of interaction with my patient makes me to reactmeaningfully l to share my experience positively.
Ethics - Having a code of ethics helps guide nurses through trickysituations and serves as a common reference point for everyone on the healthcare team. But the primary goal of nursing ethics is to protect patients. So inorder to save my patient’s life I was tended to cross the professionalboundaries and act towards achieving the primary goal of nursing ethics. Ifanything goes wrong or the patient died I can be charged under written code ofnursing ethics. Ethical knowing here involves my decision to make moment-to-moment judgments about what ought to be done, what is good, what is right, andwhat is responsible. Empirics - In this particular nursing practice I’m came to know that mypatient is in serious condition from my experience. From my close observationnot only to the patient but from the electrocardiogram( ECG) through cardiacmonitor. I now it is a lethal arrhythmia through my experience bed side teachingby specialist and I have gone through special course for ECG in one of thecardiac center in my country. It really helps me to tackle this critical situation.Empiric knowing is based on the assumption that what is known is accessiblethrough the physical senses, particularly seeing, touching, and hearing, and as apattern of knowing draws on traditional quantitative approaches to knowledgeacquisition. The Empiric knowing is expressed as scientific competence. From the reflection on action above I learned that in this critical settingward I cannot fully avoid from facing stress all the way. But still there is a room toreduce the stress by self stress management .Anyway I m very glad andsatisfied internally after I was able to recognize where the problem lies on.
2.3 Stress and Workload in ICU Stress is considered as the most popular factors which affect performanceand productivity of nurses in the entire hospital environmental particularly in theICU department. It can greatly influence how the medical staffs perform, whichaffect their productivity, which is directly connected to the health and condition ofthe patients. On the other hand, workload is considered as one of the primaryfactors which drive stress for the nurses in ICU. Workload is considered as an important issue in my work place whichfocuses on the amount of work that is placed upon the responsibility of thenurses. When work is largely a physical activity, then the major consideration isto ensure that the physical demands of work are not greater than the capacityand capability of the individual in those given circumstances. On the other hand,those works which focus on mental aspect or those involved attention ordecision-making are in need to prevent overload and under load (Di Martino andNigel Corlett, 1998). ICU practices are full of high workload situations (Oates and Oates, 1996).For me because I have to continuously entertain the demands and needs of thepatients and their family. At the same time, I also have to face with intenseemotions, such as death. This issue is important because different studies haveshowed that workload is one of the important factors which affect the quality ofservice and care and ICUs as well as the safety and health of the patients. Thestudy of Australian Incident Monitoring Study for ICUs showed that the major
causes of workload are the inappropriate staffing compare to patient load(Beckmann et al. 1998). This result to incidents related to problems of drugadministration, documentation, not enough supervision to patients, incorrectventilator and other equipment and gadget setup as well as self-extubation. Inaddition, the study also showed that some of the problems related to insufficientstaffs are physiological change, dissatisfaction of the patients and theirrespective families and physical injury. In addition, the study of Tarnow-Mordi etal. (2000) analyzed and evaluated the connection between mortability rates andthe workload of hospital staffs in adult ICU in the United Kingdom. The resultshowed that those patients who are exposed to high ICU workload are moreexpose to death than those who are in low workload. This is due to the lack ornot enough time for clinical procedures to be done in correct manner, inadequatetraining or supervision, errors, overcrowding as well as the consequentnosocomial infections, limited resources as well as premature discharge from theICU.In my setting whenever patient admitted to ICU or death we really facing a bigproblem in doing paper documentation. I really hate this job which restrict mynursing care. I also have to write the report regarding the patient to matron andthe director of the hospital every day. Imagine that how much workload I have tobear beside my routine job. The study of Malacrida et al. (1991) using Nursing Stress Scale(NSS) questionnaire and self-observation showed that for nurses, the mostimportant stressors are dealing with death of patients and high workload. This
include staffing, paper work and scheduling problems and risks, not havingenough time in order to complete the medical tasks, at the same time, supportthe patients about their health. High workload may also result to poor nurse-patient and doctor-patient communication (Llenore and Ogle, 1999) as well aspoor relationship between the nurse and physician or doctor (Baggs et al., 1999)– which is very important in order to ensure safety and health of the patients inICU .There are number of problems and factors that I am facing in the ICU whichmake me stress. This includes factors related to the management, leadership,skills, roles and responsibilities and staffing.4.1 Description of the Experience I am experiencing high level of stress in my current work due to differentfactors which involved my work itself, my position in the hospital, me as a motherand a wife and me as a human. These similar and conflicting positions and rolesadded fuel to the fire in my current stress.Mismanagement Based on my observation and my own experience, mismanagement isone of the most important contributing factors to my stress and even my co-workers at work. As have showed in the literature review, mismanagement of thepeople, which include the schedule and other benefits are crucial stressors fornurses and other medical professionals. In our case, our superiors aremanipulating their man power in inappropriate manner. They are opening wardswithout first asking for the permission of higher authority, which caused us to
work double duty. In addition, we do not have annual leave, and we really needto go for leave, we have to do night duty. We already tried to voice out ourconcerns but the management threatened us that they will transfer us to anotherplace. Thus, it shows lack of professional management.I would to reflect the incident that affects me due to this matter. I and my familyarranged a vacant .My husband already booked a hotel and my children were ina very happy mood. Unfortunately my ward sister called me at home and orderedme come to home because of epidemic of dengue fever outbreak. The wholefamily was upset and out of mood. I tried to please her by explaining my situation.But she uses her autocratic power to force me to work. Even though an internalconflict aggravates between us, finally I agreed to follow her instruction. Theworst part was I have to do double dutyConflict with Co-workers and Superiors The ward sister is also very biases and would only listen and entertainthose staffs who are close to her. As a result, staff like me is always a victimbecause of my race. Furthermore, she uses her power in order for her to workdouble duty, which further aggravates the conflict between us and the co-workers.Division of Labor/Rules and Responsibilities Aside from out daily activities and responsibilities, there are also timeswhen we do the responsibility and dirty work of the doctors. IN addition, we are
also crossing vertical and horizontal substitution like physiotherapy job. Thisagain aggravates the conflict between the doctors and the nurses.Dealing with the Patients and Their Families The patients and their families are other factors which add up to ourstresses. As have tackled in the literature review, the behavior of the patients andtheir families, together with their conditions, their reactions, emotions, feelingsand even their gestures greatly influence the nurses’ and doctors’ feelings andemotions. Commonly these factors bring us emotional and psychologicalstresses, which also affect our physical wellbeing. First, we have to face the rage of the families of those patients who weredying. They sometimes blame us, and accuse us that we are not doing our jobproperly. This is because of high expectations that they are giving us. More oftenthan not, the families considered the medical professionals as superior and allmighty and we can do everything in order to save their dying family members. Inaddition, the sufferings of the patient itself while they are at the ICU also affect usemotionally and physically. In addition, there are also some times when some VIPs are admitted tothe ICU. Their relatives, most often than not, do not follow the rules andregulations of the ward. As a result, we cannot do our job properly becausepeople are watching us. The worst part is that they are commonly complainingthrough paper that the nurses are rude and we did not do our job properly. Again,this affects our performance in the hospital.
In addition, we, the nurses in ICU have to travel in ambulance and bringthe ventilated patient for scanning and transferring. This add up to our stress andphysical burden, because the journey is really motion sick and we always tend toworry and take care of the safety of the patient. If things go wrong, we have towrite explanation report to the management.4.2 Reflection Under these experiences, I always ensure that all of these stressors willbe taken for granted in order to ensure that all of the responsibilities, to themanagement, with my superiors and co-workers and to my patients and theirrespective families will be met. With this, I always ensure that these stressors willnot affect my performance. There were times were I already asked for the opinion of my co-workers,superiors and even the management regarding the current condition of the ICUward, however, as have mentioned, the management has less supports to theirnurses, and they commonly threat us with actions that we can experienced uponinsisting our concerns. However, it is important to take note that no matter how hard we try, inspite of our effort to maintain high level of performance and services towards thepatients, due to the different stressors that are always their inside and outside theward, it affects our performance in direct and indirect manner. In my case, it affects my physical, social, emotional and psychologicalhealth. Because of the stressors, there are times, which I am not feeling well, due
to the different burdens and confusions. This further affects my responsibility andmy relationship with my family, because, most often than not, I don’t have thatmuch time to communicate and connect with them. For my children and myhusband, there were times that I can no longer do my responsibility for them,including daily activities, which will show how much I care for them. There areeven times, that when I go home, I will automatically sleep because of overworkand fatigue, which leaves my also tired husband caring for our children andtaking care of some important business in our home. On the other hand, as havealready explained, these stressors affect our relationship with our co-workers,because of unequal or unfair treatment, at the same time, due to overwork, thereare times that we are in bad mood, and because of pressure, we commonly endup in arguments. During this time, it is normal that I am feeling tired, angry at some times,and sometimes concern – concern about my job stability and security, mypatient’s health and of course, my family. For the patients, because, they are commonly in complicated state duringtheir stay in the ICU, they are somewhat unaware of what is going on inside theward. However, if ever I am in the condition of the patient, I will feel mostlyunease because, there are times that I can already feel the emotion, behaviorand feelings of the nurses and doctors due to the challenges involved in their job,together with those stressors, at their works.4.3 Influencing Factors
The internal factors that are affecting my decision inside the ICU ward aremy roles and responsibilities. This pertains on the promises and preamble that Ihave made upon entering my profession. This pertains on ensuring the safetyand saving the lives of the people. With this, in spite of the stressors anddifficulties of my work, I always make sure that I am at my best because I amhandling lives of the people. My co-workers, superiors and the overallmanagement also affect my decision. The management itself implemented itsstandards and rules and regulations which influence my personal opinions andactions about different tasks and situations in the ward. The patients and theirfamily also affect my decision, for their feelings, conditions, emotions andbehaviors can influence me in either direct or indirect manner. On the other hand, the external factors which influence my decision aremy family. Like any other people, I have my responsibility to be done inside ourhome. I have to take good care of my husband and my children, ensure theirsafety, at the same time, and make sure that they are healthy and experiencinggood life. In my current condition, they are being affected due to my schedule aswell as my health – physical, emotional and psychological. Sometimes, it isinevitable to bring home the feelings or emotions that I am getting inside the ICU. With this, I have to focus on my personal experience, the knowledge that Ihave learnt inside the university, at the same time, those knowledge that I havelearnt via long experience – from the doctors, from my co-nurses as well as thepatient in deciding about different matters.4.4 Could I have dealt with the situation better?
I strongly believe that I have dealt with the situation good, because in spiteof the stressor I have experienced, I, together with the other nurses enable to doour job properly. However, upon analyzing, it would have been better if wepressed our concerns more towards the management. If the management will notlisten in spite of that, there can be some other organizations or agencies that canhelp us solve the problem. I know this will cause some ruckus; however, I believe that this will servefor the betterment of the entire institution.4.5 Learning This experience enables to show me the different factors that affect theperformance of those nurses and medical professionals inside the ICU ward.Thus, it poses several challenges for those individuals who are working in thesaid setting, because they have to juggle different important factors – they haveto focus on their responsibilities and roles as a medical professional – ensure thesafety of their patients and to support their families and relatives, at the sametime focus on the different stressors that are related to the management, co-workers, superiors as well as those factors that are related to the personal life. Upon writing this reflection, I still strongly believe that there are changesthat must be done inside the ICU in order to ensure that all of the medicalprofessionals working their will maintain healthy physical, mental and emotionalhealth, which are important because it directly and indirectly influence the qualityof services that they are tending or offering towards the patients and their
families. It is important to take note that just like other people – nurses anddoctors are ordinary human being who also has their personal lives, which canaffect their performance, and which their professional or career development willbe affected. In my case, the fact that there are no annual leave available affectmy relationship with my husband and my children, for I cannot spend more timewith them, to bond, coordinate and communicate with them. In addition, becauseof the stressors that I am experiencing due to mismanagement, chaos andruckus with the doctors, superiors and other co-workers, it influence my overallmood, which I can bring to our home, therefore, can affect my approach towardsmy husband and my children. The setting of the ICU, itself is very stressing – seeing those people dying,seeing the agony of their patient before their last breath, seeing the blood, fleshand everything. At the same time, we always see the torment, hurt and pain oftheir families – sometimes blaming us for their loss of their relative or love ones.All of these negative emotions we always encountered, every day! With this, it is important for an individual to have a sense of balance, whichcan be achieved with proper support from the management – by improving thepolicies, rules and regulations and ensuring that all of the staffs – from the uppermanagement up to the lower one about their individual rules and regulations andtheir accountabilities. With this, it can help in order to lessen the burden of everyone – and ensure that everyone are working and doing their job properly,therefore it can help to create a more cooperative and sound workingenvironment.
4.6 SWOT AnalysisStrengths My strength mainly focuses on the ability to cope with the differentstressors in my working environment. Based on my credential and pastexperiences, I can also say that I am much knowledgeable and skilled, whichmakes me reliable and efficient at the work. In addition, I can also handle thepressure of my work and personal life. I can also work well with different people –with my doctors and co-nurses.Weaknesses I must admit that I am weak, when it comes to those aspects that arerelated to emotion – I am human after all. In spite of my past experiences withthe dying patients and the reactions of their families, I can be easily affected bytheir feelings and emotions, which leave me weak and stressed. Sometimes, Ican bring this feeling at home.Opportunities The opportunities will focus on the aspect of proper management –division of labor, increase in staffs and the use of new technologies, which willhelp us to manage our job in more efficient and faster manner. It is important tofocus on employing already-trained new staffs, in order to lessen our burden orjob. In addition, it is also important to ensure that all of the doctors to be hired areall properly trained in terms of language and culture of the country and thehospital setting.
Threats The treat will remain on the aspect of decreasing number of medicalprofessionals in the country. In addition, the emotional and physical burden of thenurses in the ICU-environment is another factor. With this, it is important toensure that there are some programs or activities to be done in order to supportthe feelings, emotions and behaviors of their nurses and doctors. It is importantto ensure that they are properly rested in order to ensure good performance fromthem.
5.0 Integration of Literature Review5.1 The ICU Environment Based on the assessment and reflection done, it had been found out thatICU is indeed, considered as one of the busiest, if not that busiest department ofthe entire hospital. It is considered as one of the most stressful department forthe employees – nurses and doctors have to handle difficult situations and casesof the patients, considered as those emergency situations or cases. In addition, according to the study of Angus and Kelly (2000), ICU consistsa vital percent of the entire health care system of America, which is more or less6000 ICU in 2000 alone. In addition, according to Halpern (1994), there are moreor less 55,000 patients that are being delivered and cared for in these units. Inaddition, there are different social and economic factors which influence thegrowing number of patients entering the unit. First is the decrease or thedeclining number of acute care hospital beds for the last 2 decades, whichincrease the number of patients in ICU for more than 250%, which accounts formore or less 10% of the entire hospital beds (Lustbader and Fein, 2000). Inaddition, it is also expected to increase due to the increase in the age of theentire population (Groeger and Strosberg , 1992). This is for the case ofAmerican alone. In other countries, they are experiencing shortage of nurses and doctors,particularly in developing countries, because of most of their nurses and doctors
are going to other countries in order to acquire higher salary. On the other hand,there are other developed countries, wherein people are not that interested inentering the said profession. As a result, the number of people who are willingand capable in entering the healthcare is declining, therefore, it can add up to theproblems related to stress and overload inside the ICU environment. There are different factors inside the ICU which affect the mentality,physical activities, feelings and emotions of the staffs – the doctors, specially thenurses. This include those factors that are related to their working environment,co-workers, subordinates, superiors, management, their patients and theirrespective families, the facilities, etc. These factors have a vital influence on theoverall feeling, ambiance and condition of the ICU, which can greatly influencethe performance of the medical staffs, particularly the nurses, who are doingvariety of jobs. With all these work-related factors, together with the personalfactors which the nurses and doctors experienced and encountered outside thehospital, inside their homes – with their spouses, children, families and friends,stress is considered as inevitable. This is important, for there are different studies which show that patientsafety and medical errors, together with the different adverse impact from thoseerrors are commonly found inside the ICU (Donchin and Gopher, 1995). Medicalerrors are important issue in any hospital or medical institution, for it can greatlyinfluence the overall image of that hospital, at the same time, it has a vitalinfluence over the individual performance and position of medical professionals.5.2 Workload in ICU
Based on the review and reflection, it had showed that nurses playdifferent roles inside the ICU. They are considered as the busiest medicalprofessionals inside the ICU environment, for they cater for different needs andfocus on helping other medical professionals, such as the doctors, at the sametime support the patients and their families. According to the study of Oates and Oates (1996), ICU is filled with highworkload situations. This is because nurses have to continuously respondent tothe needs of the patients and their families, at the same time routinely connectwith the most intense emotional aspect of life. As a result, workload is consideredas one of the most, if not the most, vital determinants of safety of the patientsand the quality of services and care in ICUs (Carayon and Gurses, 2005). In my experience as a nurse in my working environment, one of the mostcommon sources or reasons of over workload is the shortage of staffs. First,some of the head nurses have been promoted in other position, as a result, wehave to focus on training and mentoring the newly hired and inexperiencednurses, which again will add up to our burden. In addition, because the newnurses are inexperienced and not that knowledgeable, we have to continuouslyguide them, because we will be blamed for their mistakes. Therefore, we have tocater most of the critical and difficult tasks inside the ICU. In connection, thestudy of the Australian Incident Monitoring Study, showed that the shortage ofnursing staff in ICU can lead to compromised quality of care (Beckmann andBaldwin, 1998). The two main reasons of shortage of nursing staffs are:inappropriate staffing for current patient load and the inability of the management
to respondent in the increasing unit activity (Carayon and Gurses, 2005). Thesetwo factors can be found in our working environment, for the management issomewhat blind and not that open for change, in spite of the fact that they arecontinuously opening new beds for the said unit. The issue of understaff of the ICU is very important for it can cause todifferent medical errors and problems, such as drug administration ordocumentation problems, inadequate or insufficient patient supervision, incorrectventilator or equipment setup as well as self-extubation (Carayon and Gurses,2005). Furthermore, undesirable patient outcomes connected with theinadequate nursing staff include major physiological change, patient or relativedissatisfaction as well as physical injury. This is because nurses will have tohandle to do different tasks of different types in short period of time. Furthermore, the study of Tarnow-Mordi and Hau (2000) focus on theconnection of mortality rates and the workload of hospital staff in one adult ICU inthe UK. The measures of workload for a given patient’s stay include theoccupancy per shift, peak occupancy, ICU nursing requirement per shift, ICUnursing requirement during the first shift of the patient, the ratio of the occupiedto appropriately staffed beds per shift, and the ICU nursing requirement peroccupied bed per shift. The result of the study showed that those patients whoare exposed to high ICU workload were more likely to die than those who areexposed to low workload. The three measures of workload most stronglyconnected with mortality were peak occupancy, average nursing requirement peroccupied bed per shift, and the ratio of occupied to appropriately staffed beds.
Some of the explanations for the connections between high workload andmortality include: inadequate time for clinical procedures to be done inappropriate manner, inadequate training or supervision, errors, overcrowding andconsequently nosocomial infections, limited availability of equipment andpremature discharge from the ICU. Some of these factors can be observed in mycurrent working environment. The best example is the inadequate training orsupervision given to the new nurses. This is because, we have to train them, andat the same time do our tasks. In addition, we are also experiencing someovercrowding, particularly when VIP patients will come, they are not followingorders regarding the visits and other important factors. As a result, we are havingdifficulties in doing our jobs, particularly when there are number of people whoare watching us and asking questions while doing our jobs.5.3 Relationship between Workload and Stress in ICU Different studies, including Crickmore (1987), Malacrida and Bomio (1991)and Oates and Oates (1996) showed the relationship between stress andworkload. According to their studies, workload is considered as one of the mostvital job stressors among the nurses of ICU. The practice of medicine alone isalready considered as stressful. For instance, the study of Malacrida and Bomio(1991) studies the quality and frequencies of stressors in an ICU environmentwith the use of two different data collection methods, which include NursingStress Scale (NSS) questionnaire and a computer-aided self-observation methoddevelopment and improved by the authors for this study. The result of thecomputer-aided self-observation method, 17 ICU nurses were asked to record
their experiences on a computer placed in the ICU, immediately after havingstressful experiences and events. These same 16 ICU nurses and other 31nurses working at the same hospital were asked to fill out the questionnaire. Theresult of both data gathering methods showed that the most vital and importantstressors for nurses, where those related to death and high workload. As a result,staffing and scheduling problems, not having enough time in order to completenursing tasks and not having vital and enough time in order to offer emotionalsupport to patients were all connected to workload or considered as workload-related issues or problems. Again, all of these factors can be observed andexperienced in my current working environment. The staffing and schedulingproblems due to the inconsistency and inability of the management to connectwith the nurses regarding the different changes as well as the different actions tobe implemented in the hospital, greatly influence the grievances and the roles ofthe nurses inside the hospital. Having the enough or sufficient time catering thedemands and needs of the patients, together with doing the jobs inside the ICUenvironment is another factor. This is because of the fact that we areexperiencing shortage of the medical professionals, particularly those related tothe experienced nurses in the environment. Even though, there are new nursesinside the ICU environment, experience is always an important factor. This isparticularly because of the fact that ICU is different from other units of thehospital or the medical institutions. This is because there are different emotional,psychological and physical factors that can be faced or encountered by thenurses, which are unavailable or cannot be encountered in other units of the
hospital, particularly those related to the deaths of the patients and grievances,agony and pain of their families. In addition, it is important to consider that nurses also have their livesoutside the ICU and outside the hospital. This pertains on their responsibilitiesand roles inside their homes and their families, their friends, their clubs andorganizations, their religions and their society they are included in. In my case, Ihave my own family, my husband and my children, to whom I have aresponsibility to be done. I have to be there in order to support my husband andmy children. Help my husband to fix his wardrobe for his work, to prepare myfamily’s breakfast and dinner, at the same time, to go out with them even once amonth for bonding moment or time. However, the time that I am spending insidethe ICU and in the hospital, together with pile of tasks that I have to do inside theICU, most often than not I have no more energy to be spent in order tocommunicate and help my husband and support my children about their work ortheir studies. This commonly cause problems with my husband, because thereare times that I am bringing some of the emotional burden from ICU, particularlyrelated to those patients whom I have already created a certain connection.These emotional and physical stresses affect my relationship with my family atcertain level. Furthermore, the study of Bratt and Broome (2000) and Darvas andHawkins (2002), shows that in terms of working conditions and stress, there aredifferent evidences which shows the connections between nursing workingconditions and the job satisfactions. Behavioral consequences of job
dissatisfaction in nursing, which include low morale, absenteeism, turnover aswell as poor job performance, can potentially threaten and affect the care qualityof the patient as well as the overall effectiveness of the organization (Cavanagh,1992). There are different nursing studies which analyzed and assessed theresults or outcomes of job satisfaction. Study of McCloskey and McCain (1987)showed a positive connection between job satisfaction and job performance,while the study of Tarnowski-Goodell and Van Ess Coeling (1994) showed apositive connection between job satisfaction and patient satisfaction and qualityof care. In addition, the study of Keijsers and Schaufeli (1995) and Aiken andClarke (2002) showed that high workloads is connected to sub-optimal patientcare, which can influence the decision of the care providers and nurses towardsthe different medical procedures (Griffith and Wilson, 1999), which willconsequently lead to the reduced satisfaction of the patients (Anderson andMaloney, 1998). In addition, high workload is also expected to lead to poor nurse-patientcommunication (Llenore and Ogle, 1999), impaired nurse-physician collaboration(Braggs and Schmitt, 1999), nurse burnout and dissatisfaction to the job (Aikenand Clarke, 2002). All of these factors can directly and indirectly influence theindividual performance of the nurses, including the quality of care that they aretendering towards their patients, then will affect the overall image of the hospitalor medical organization or institution that they are in.
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Appendix 1 John’s Model of Reflection (1994)1. Description of the experience · Phenomenon – describe the here and now experience · Casual – what essential factors contributed to this experience? · Context - what are the significant background factors to this experience? · Clarifying – what are the key processes for reflection in this experience?2. Reflection · What was I trying to achieve? · Why did I intervene as I did? · What were the consequences of my actions for: Myself? The patient / family? The people I work with?
· How did I feel about this experience when it was happening? · How did the patient feel about it? · How do I know how the patient felt about it?3. Influencing factors · What internal factors influenced my decision – making? · What external factors influenced my decision – making? · What sources of knowledge did / should have influenced my decision – making?4. Could I have dealt with the situation better? · What other choices did I have? · What would be the consequences of these choices?5. Learning · How do I now feel about this experience? · How have I made sense of this experience in light of past experiences and future practice? · How has this experience changed my ways of knowing Empirics – scientific Ethics – moral knowledge Personal – self awareness Aesthetics – the art of what we do, our own experiences
Source:(http://www.communityhealthcarebolton.co.uk/SHA/LLL/resources/reflectiv e/JOHNS.doc)1.4 Review of Literature Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is considered as an area of a hospital which offer aggressive and insistent therapy, with the use of state-of-the-art and high-end technology, together with invasive and non-invasive monitoring for critically ill and high-risk patients. In these units, the physiological variables and factors of the patients are reported to the practitioner on continuous and unbroken manner, in order to offer and provide titrated care (Varon and
Acosta, 2010). With this, it shows that the main objective or purpose of ICU is simple, but the practice and standards being implemented inside is complex. Healthcare professionals who are working in the ICU rotate their shift in order to offer around-the-clock intensive monitoring and treatment of patients all throughout the week. Patients are commonly and normally admitted to an ICU if they are expected to take advantage and be benefited from the high level of care to be offered. Thus, it benefits those patients who are strictly and severely ill and unstable in terms of medical and physical condition – with life- threatening disease or illness (ENotes.com, n.d.).According to Garland (2005) ICUs are considered as vital but troubledcomponent or aspect of the health-care systems (p. 2153). It is considered as thearea within the hospital which constitutes extensive and large risk of morbidityand mortality (Berenholtz et al., 2002). In the United States alone, ICUconstitutes a vital portion of the entire health care system. According to the studyof Angus and Kelly (2000) the number of ICUs in the US is more or less 6,000.Thus, it is considered as important aspect of the entire health care system.Different researches and studies about ICU patient and medical staffs problemsshows that unpleasant events frequently happening in Intensive Care Unit (ICU)(Abramson and Wald, 1980). The study of Bracco and Favre (2000) which wasconducted as a prospective observational study of consecutive patients admitedover 1 year to an 11-bed multidisciplinary ICU in a non-university teachinghospital to know critical incidents and associated risk factors. The study included
1024 patients in 2801 days treatment in the ICU. A total of 777 incidents weredetected during the 1 year study period: 31% were human-related, 2% wereequipment-related and 67% were patient related, the study concluded thathuman-related errors prolonged ICU stay by 425 patient days over 1-year period(Carayon and Gürses, 2004). The observational study of Giraud and Dhainaut(1993) examined the iatrogeniche connections relationship showed thatworkloads of nurses are considered as one of the most important factors whichcauses stress in the ICU environment. Thus, one of the major challenges forICUs is improving the quality and safety of nursing care. The study of Kopp et al.(2006) shows that there was one error for every five medication dosesadministered in a medical surgical ICU, therefore, it shows that medicationadministration stage is very susceptible for different errors. In connection, nursesplay a vital role in the care being offered in ICUs (Rogers et al., 2008). This isbecause they are responsible in the different procedures and processes relatedwith the medical care towards the patient. Therefore, nurses can influence theprocess of healing or the other way around of the patients.