While nurses have high turn-over, it is higher with home health aides. During the research for this assignment, the information I was able to find in regards to HHA and home care setting turnover, information is few and far between. The possible impact that this shortage can have on nursing from my perspective: high turnover is more likely to breed less experienced staff with many fleeing the profession. Shortage of home health aide can affect nursing through home health care agencies lacking the ability to provide services for elderly at home “a lack of skilled aides forces individuals to rely more on family, neighbors and friends, and increases the chance that they will end up in the Emergency Room” (Wexler, 2017).
It also increases the likelihood of frequent hospital admission. Having more admissions adds pressure to the ever mounting healthcare cost for the country, and impacts jobs. Services provided by nurse practitioners in the home care setting would be affected with less people at home living in the community. Homecare is still plagued with the same clinical or staff issues that an acute care setting might come across. and when those type of issues take place, then patients’ care suffer, for inpatient and outpatient activities alike.
The issue that the organization is currently facing is an increase in hospital acquired pressure injuries (HAPI’s). The hospital started noticing an increase trend in HAPIs in patients, which is a big matter of concern. Currently there is a wound care team that does monthly surveys on wounds and prevalence trends. The organization started several initiatives and investigations to see what is going on and possible solutions. During the investigation’s, management found gaps in turning for high risk patients, gaps in documenting on Braden risk assessment, and gaps in care documentation. In this some causes may be that nurses and nurse aides feel overwhelmed with the amount and high acuity of patients they have to care for. I personally saw where the nurses and nurses’ aides looked very busy and overwhelmed with all the tasks they needed to complete.
One implication of nursing is for them to involve clinical leadership in a way that leadership can see what the staff goes through and why there are gaps in turning and documentation. One journal article stated that by using positive clinical leadership to support a culture of pressure injury prevention. In the article it states that pressure injury prevention. In the article it states that pressure injury rounds were done by leadership and they looked at trends on equipment being used, how the ward feels about their trend, what the ward would like more help with, and look around the ward including review of the equipment and clinical assessments. The results were that the rounds led to safety huddles focused on skin topics (Sage & Tudor, 2017)>