Nursing Challenges

Nursing Challenges

What are some of the biggest challenges facing the nursing profession? These classes will examine a few of the most pressing concerns that impact nursing practice, make the job more stressful and contribute to feelings of moral suffering.

Nurses, the Opioid Crisis and Substance Use Disorders: One in every ten Americans will experience substance use disorders in their lives. The risk factors for substance use may be higher for nurses due to access to controlled substances and a stressful work environment. Addiction presents serious personal and professional risk to the nurse. In this workshop we learn about MNA contractual rights concerning substance use disorders, we’ll learn about support programs such as the Nurse Peer Support Network and the Health Professionals Services Program. Our discussion will center around providing support to nurses facing substance use.

Workplace Violence: Nurses are under attack. Join us for this course examining workplace violence and its impact on healthcare. Learn how MNA members can get involved to further the prevention of workplace violence.

Moral Suffering: “Moral injury is the damage done to one’s conscience or moral compass when that person perpetrates, witnesses, or fails to prevent acts that transgress one’s own moral beliefs, values, or ethical codes of conduct.” In healthcare, moral injury is the result of healthcare systems that force its workers to provide care that is compromised and thus conflicts with their values of quality care. This perspective blames stresses from the systems for healthcare workers’ distress and emphatically states that their distress is not due to a lack of resilience, which the term burnout implies. In this class we will learn how to identify and critique the systems within healthcare that cause moral suffering and discuss tactics to minimize it.

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