Course aims to prepare nursing grads for hospital jobs in times of ‘extreme stress’ Pipa News

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Researchers at the University of Windsor are developing a new program with the hope of helping prepare graduate nurses entering hospitals during times of extreme stress.

It comes as researchers spoke with nurses in both Windsor and Detroit about their experiences working in hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic, and then checked in with them a year later.

Dana Maynard, the project’s lead researcher and assistant professor of psychology at the University of Windsor, said, “They talked about experiencing disrespect from their hospitals, from the level of government, from the community. They talked about having an unbearable, overwhelming workload.” Of.”

Maynard teamed up with researchers Jody Ralph, Laurie Freeman and Kendall Susie to design a study called Hero, or just doing your job? Impact of COVID-19 on registered nurses in a border town.

Maynard said nurses had trouble balancing work and life, and many had left no plans for what to do next.

His team came up with the idea of ​​creating a program to help senior nursing students convert to hospital-based jobs in times of “extreme stress.”

“Even before the pandemic, young nurses were the most likely to leave the profession,” Maynard said. “So it seems that something is potentially missing between the formal education and nursing programs they complete and the realities of the jobs they find themselves in.”

Maynard and his colleagues are now in the early stages of creating a ten-week course to help prepare these students, to be offered at the University of Windsor and then at the University of Ottawa and Queen’s University.

The topics and how to address them will come from a panel of health care workers, and the curriculum will also present what young nurses can expect.

Staff shortages continue to be a problem in Ontario hospitals as the pandemic continues. The Ontario Nurses Association (ONA) union has called on Premier Doug Ford to take “immediate steps” to keep the province’s nurses on board and bring in new nurses.

ONA President Katherine Hoy said many new nurses attending school have been unable to learn hospital or placements during the pandemic.

Several young students did their clinical work in lab simulators and many of them “barely touched a patient,” Hoy said.

“So they’re starting where employers want them to start the same way, with very little orientation or mentoring,” she said.

“And we see a lot of them just saying, ‘It’s not for me, I’m out of here’ or a new grad trying to help another new grad and figure things out. , and that’s just wrong. That’s how mistakes are made. And it’s not their fault. It’s because we don’t have the staff to advise them.”

Maynard said the new curriculum will be available to students next spring.

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