Developinga Shared Vision
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AddressingStaff Shortage and Poor Job Satisfaction
Somehealth institutions have had their operations dwindle as healthcareprofessionals’ numbers decrease and the patient’s numbersincrease. The increased demands of the changing healthcare industryhave taken their toll on the existing clinical staff. Factorscontributing to these shortages and poor job satisfaction are complexand varied. These include the economy of the state, lack of bettersupport services, decreased enrollment and interest in healthprofessions, aging of the existing healthcare workforce and thegeneral population, and limited capacity to train and increase thesupply of these professionals to meet the increasing demands(Shacklock, 2012).
Impactof the Shortage and Poor Job Satisfaction
Staffshortages affect the operations of various departments within thehospital set up. Due to the scarcity of workers, the available oneshave to work for longer periods under stressful conditions. Workingunder these circumstances leads to injury, fatigue, and jobdissatisfaction (Shacklock, 2012). Medical professionals workingunder such debilitating conditions are prone to making medical errorsand mistakes. The main outcome of this includes decreased patientquality care leading various complications, increased number ofmedication errors, and a possible increase in mortality rates(Shacklock, 2012).
Strategiesto Address the Problem of Staff Shortage and Poor Job Satisfaction
Almostall experts recognize the need to allocate more funds to thehealthcare institutions. Increased funding will enable the managementto offer attractive salary packages which will attract morehealthcare workers. These benefits will increase the number of staffrecruited as well as retain the already existing workforce. Increasedfunding will also help in the creation of excellent support servicesand environment that supports good practice and enables thehealthcare workers to be committed to their work (Shacklock, 2012).
Incases whereby the shortage affects the whole state and even thecountry, processes aimed at recruiting foreign healthcareprofessionals can be initiated in a bid to address the existing staffshortage. Some of these professionals can be brought even on atemporary basis as long-term solutions are sought.
Expansionof the training capacity
Expandingthe training capacity can offer long term solution to staff shortage.The development focuses on increasing the ability to accept, admitand train new students on medical programs. Factors limiting thistraining capacity include the limited number of clinical placementslots, faculty shortages, lack of standardized requirements forclinical placements, and lack of proper coordination in theallocation of the existing training opportunities (Shacklock, 2012).
Impactof Communication, Collaboration and Teamwork in Improving VariousDepartments
Interdisciplinarycooperation is vital in delivering quality healthcare to thepatients. Collaboration in health care can be defined as when two ormore health professionals collaborate with a common purpose ofachieving measurable goals. Teamwork employs collaboration practicesand communication to expand health care workers’ roles, therefore,enabling them to make decisions as a unit as they work towardsachieving a common goal (Shacklock, 2012).
Whenthere is no effective communication and collaboration, patients’safety is on the line for various reasons: misinterpretation ofinformation, unclear orders, and lack of crucial information. Due topoor communication, medication errors are prone to occur, and theseerrors may lead to unexpected death or severe injuries (Shacklock,2012). During medical training, there is an emphasis on error-freemedicine practice. Therefore, there is a need to create an enablingenvironment that incorporates fair and open discussion of mistakes.
TechniquesAimed at Improving Communication and Collaboration
Makinginformation readily available
Collaborationcannot be done if the required information is not accessible. Variousdepartments can employ technology to relay information thus makingits access easy. Techniques such as video conferencing can play acrucial role as different healthcare workers can submit theircontributions on various matters and conditions (Shacklock, 2012).
Fosteringunity and cohesiveness in the workplace is vital in promotingsuccessful communication and collaboration. There should be aplatform through which various department staffs can interact witheach other. This interaction can be made possible through activitiessuch as social days and inter-departmental sports events.
Shacklock,K. (2012). Healthcaremanagement progress, problems and solutions.Maleny, Qld.: EContent Management.