Comprehensive Change Proposal to Promote Health and Prevent Diseases in Pandemic Management for Nurses
Job safety has always remained the most challenging part of being a nurse and as a practicing RN-8SN nurse, the shortage of hazard protective gear has become the most difficult challenge in the modern era (Ogunnaike et al., 2020). Nurses are constantly challenged with occupational hazard risks, hence the need for them to be supplied with personal protective devices or equipment, also known as “PPE”. The failure of the governing council of health establishments and the government to adhere to the rule of providing nurses with PPEs has to lead to an increasing number of deaths related to pandemics like COVID-19 in recent times.
Significance of the Problem
This problem is of huge significance because nurses are at the forefront of preventive care in hospitals, and unfortunately, fatalities among nurses exposed to pandemics like Covid-19 has continued to rise. Understanding the characteristics of preventive care is highly critical in accessing the likelihood of a generated solution to perform creditably well (Ofoli et al, 2020).
Layout of Problems
With the use of Capsim experimental learning procedures, a layout of problems can be identified by using interactive surveys or questionnaires to identify challenges associated with getting adequate personal protective equipment.
Plan for Evaluation and Implementation of Changes
Questionnaires to be sent to all nurses within the preventive care unit will include questions such as;
- What are your name and level of job responsibilities?
- Do you get enough personal protective equipment (PPEs) to protect yourself when attending to patients?
- Do you use all PPEs supplied when on duty?
- How easy or difficult is it to use your PPEs
- Do you have any challenges when using the PPEs?
- Are there any faulty PPEs given to you?
Analysis to be conducted in identifying the resources needed to solve these problems are;
Issues to be recognized here include the exposure levels of nurses to symptoms of transmittable infections of the pandemic.
Lack of sufficient PPEs and possible faulty PPEs will be investigated to establish their involvement in the exposure of nurses to transmittable infections (COVID19).
The stakeholders to be identified in this case will include the suppliers of PPEs to hospitals. This is necessary to ensure that they follow strict guidelines when choosing and procuring protective equipment for all nurses and to ensure that they train nurses in the proper and safe use of such equipment. Other stakeholders that will be identified include; the hospital management board responsible for recommending the right PPEs to the government.
From questionnaires filled by nurses, the major challenges faced will be identified for the purpose of generating a lasting solution. The lack of adequate PPEs is envisaged here, also is the lack of experience in using such PPEs. Difficulty in the use of certain PPEs and the possible influence of patients will also be considered before final recommendations on solutions are made.
The rising fatalities among nurses handling pandemic diseases are the major consequences to be evaluated. The total number of nurses that have become decapitated or dead will be identified and nurses exposed to the transmission of diseases will be isolated immediately for adequate care and treatment
The time frame for carrying out and implementing these plans will depend on the pace of response of nurses to the investigation. The first two stages of recognizing issues and investigating facts will likely take longer than other steps but these stages can be completed under the first 2 weeks. Identifying stakeholders will take 1 or 2 days, and working out the solutions will take 2-3 days. Evaluation of the consequences of the issues will also take 1-2 days.