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The Need for Competent Nurses: A Rising Demand in the Modern Healthcare System
Understanding the Dilemma from a Patient's Perspective
I have just gone out from the hospital lately after being admitted for two days and a half.
I could not deny that during my stay there, I was convinced that here in the Philippines, the nurses surely need more training (at times, even the doctors). I am actually thinking whether it is the skills they lack or the motivation. Nevertheless, whatever it is that is lacking, it sure is affecting the service that the patients are receiving from the hospital staff.
Upon talking to one of the nurses, she said that she has recently passed the nursing licensing exam here in the Philippines. However, before she could actually get a regular job, she has to incur several years of experience. So what she does is to enroll in the hospital's training program where she is required to pay Php 4,000 for four months to be allowed to work within the premises of the hospital and actually offer service to the patients. I was actually shocked when I heard this. They are the ones already giving their services working 12 hours to 16 hours per day, not being paid and yet are still asked to pay for their supposed "training" that they are to get from the hospital [which they barely get].
I then thought that this is perhaps the reason why 80% of the nurses graduating from prestigious medical schools in the Philippines opt to get out of the country and serve a nurses in nations that recognize and respect their skills as healthcare assistants.
Apparently, the government's solution in facing its problems regarding the down flow of the healthcare system quality in the country is to force young and highly motivated nurses to work for the experience that they hope to get through posing the "work experience" as a "training ground" that still needs to be paid for.
The result to this situation is dissatisfaction among the hospital staff. Instead of looking at the patients' needs as the primary concern, it seems like the nurses attitude towards their job has become less inviting hence making it harder for them to give their best for their patients' recovery. However, there are still those commendable ones who have pure understanding of what they are doing and have sincere care for their patients.
Perhaps, the Philippine government should see through the system of healthcare assistance that it provides its people with again. Seeing through the sacrifices of the staff and recognizing their efforts to meet the needs of their patients is an important part of boosting the morale of the nurses and other staff members of the hospitals around the country.
This perhaps is the reason why compared to Filipino nurses working abroad, they work far better than that of the ones left here in the Philippines. The level of motivation and recognition is obviously different and focuses on different elements of consideration hence improving the competence of those nurses who are more satisfied about their jobs.
Modern medical procedures have indeed surpassed the expectations of the human society with regards healthcare. However, the most important part of the system, the humans, are becoming less given attention to. Somehow, healthcare agencies today need to focus on defining the role of the nurses more and provide a more specific approach in reassuring the satisfaction of the nurses. It is observed that through this, the competence of the nurses could increase up to 60% higher and the performance they provide their patients would be 50% more efficient than ever.
This book provides a collection of data that shows how nursing competence rate is faring on several countries at present and what is being planned to make sure that in the future, nursing services would be improved all over the globe.
This reading provides a clear definition on how nurse satisfaction is reflected on the health care development that patients receive. Discussing the elements that make it easier for nurses to complete their tasks successfully, the author of this book makes it a point that nursing competence is measured effectively in accordance with their performance which is most often than not reflected from their personal satisfaction.
Outlining the real reasons that make up nursing success, this book shows how the role of nurses shape the overall capability of the healthcare industry to provide the assistance and quality of help that the society needs from this social institution.