Your Medical Staff deserves a Break!

September 28th, 2014

Overworked and overstressed employees are a risk for any company, but when you are in the medical field, issues of public safety come into play. It is vital to pay close attention to the signs that anyone on your medical staff needs a respite. When providing quality patient care is the prime directive of your organization, your employees need to be well-rested and able to do the job without fail.

Whether they are nurses, doctors, or other members of your staff, medical employees’ stress levels need to be managed closely. Let’s take a closer look.

Medical Worker Stress impacts Patient Care

According to studies from AFSCME and others, the stress levels of your medical workers directly relate to patient care. Overworked nurses and other medical staff can lead to job dissatisfaction, which can potentially cause them to make mistakes while on duty. Your medical organization can’t afford poor patient care due to worker stress.

Gerald W. McEntee, former president of AFSCME commented on stress among nurses. “Our nurses have said over and over again that they are weary and in some cases, ready to give up. (W)e urge the nation’s health care industry to recognize and compensate their most precious commodity. Our nurses are the glue that holds the health care industry together,” said McEntee.

Take steps to ensure your staff aren’t working too much overtime. Allow them to take breaks when on duty, while ensuring patient care isn’t adversely impacted. Reward them with extra time off as warranted to help manage overall work-related stress.

Are you Understaffed?

Ultimately, overstressed medical workers might be a sign that your organization is understaffed. Patient care shouldn’t suffer due to poor staffing levels. Take the time to research your firm’s staffing plan to make sure it meets the needs of your patients.

If you need any advice on proper medical staffing levels, talk to the experts at Pinnacle Workforce. As one of the leading staffing agencies in the country, wecan ensure your organization maintains a proper staffing level both now and in the future. Schedule a meeting with us today!

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