The future of nursing
”Recently, I started as a Convergence Nurse at Healthy Start, together with Anne Heijboer, who is a nurse at the Children’s Thorax Center and a nursing scientist. Together, we are given a lot of freedom to think about how we can relieve the pressure on nurses and prevent absenteeism. At the moment, we are exploring exactly what is needed for this. That depends on the needs of nurses. To gain more insight into this, we recently organized a brainstorming session from the VAR together with Healthy Start. Various healthcare providers, including nurses but also a physiotherapist and nurse specialist, discussed the bottlenecks they experience in the workplace. This session shows, among other things, that nurses find direct contact with patients very important and valuable. This indicates that workload relief cannot be achieved simply by outsourcing patient-related tasks.
Research into job satisfaction among our profession is not new. However, we still don’t know exactly why the dropout rate is so high. Only when we have an answer to that can we find out what nurses need to enjoy going to work. To gain more insight into this, we will be monitoring a large group of pedriatic nurses in the coming years. By means of questionnaires and diary research, we hope to gain more insight into the aspects of the work that generate energy or require a lot of energy.”