Workforce Issues on Patient Safety

Workforce Issues on Patient Safety
In this assignment, you will consider how workforce issues impact on patient safety

Workforce Issues on Patient Safety

Discussion question 1
Patient safety in many health institutions faced challenges that relates to workforce issues.
Various studies demonstrate that in deed measures are required to make some improvements in
the workforce to enhance the level of patient safety. In the study, “The effects of workforce
issues on patient safety” by Gelinas and David (2004) it is clear that there are number of issues
that relates to the workforce that affects the safety of patients in the health centers.
The research problem in this study is lack of focus to relevant workforce issues hence
leading to injuries and poor patient safety. The purpose of the study was to provide an insight on
the failures in the health facilities such as staff retention, competency development and
orientation and training issues that compromise on the patient safety. The objectives of the study
were to provide amicable solutions to the problems that face workforce in health care. Other
objective is to ensure that there is good leadership in the hospitals to provide motivation to the
workforce. Cultural aspects as well require a redress to enhance transformation in health
facilities to enhance patient safety. The study hypothesis is inferred and is to promote positive
values among workforce and motivate them to reduce patient injury.
Validity and credibility of a study matters a lot credibility of the study compels people to
adopt the study as they have confidence in it. The study is credible as it incorporates credible

sources of reference. It is well supported with statistic from other studies that makes it credible.
Professionals as well carried out the study. The study as well incorporated evidences from
various public reports, which makes it credible (Gelinas & David, 2004). The study validity is as
well evident with the use of authoritative information and models. Information is well
researched and proved. The fact the study was approved to be included in the database, is a clear
indication that it meet the threshold of validity and credibility.
Discussion Question 2
Researchers decide to adopt to different research designs either qualitative and
quantitative or mixed depending on the nature of the study. Some of the topics of study can be
well understood through any of these study designs (Rofail, Maguire, Kissner, Colligs & Abetz-
Webb, 2014). The topics of these studies as well can provide some insights to the research study
adopted. Studies in relation to effects of cardiac rehabilitation exercise program on the morale
and motivation of persons recovering from recent heart attacks uses qualitative research designs.
The reason for adoption of this design is that it generates information through interviews that can
be explained and described to enhance understanding (Mayberry & Kent, 1983). Researcher can
observe the patients as well as interrogate them to determine whether they are motivated or their
morale has increased after exposure to rehabilitative exercise. Other studies that adopt qualitative
design include, A study of the effects of different types of music on sleeping patterns of elderly
insomnia patients and A study of the impact of political and social trends on the direction of
nursing research. These studies do not require reliance of statistics or to present the findings
using statistics.
On the other hand, some studies require adoption of quantitative study designs for the
findings to be of great value and assistance. Examples of these studies may includes an

exploratory ethno-botanical study of medicinal plants used by the Turks in the treatment of eye
disorders, a study of the impact of different dietary patterns on breast cancer patients and The
effectiveness of the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) Drug Assistance Program
(ADAP). These studies require presentation of data using numerical statistics to enhance their



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Economic, 22(5):266-279

Mayberry, J., & Kent, J. (1983). Recent progress in cardiac nursing and rehabilitation
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Rofail, D., Maguire, L., Kissner, M., Colligs, A., & Abetz-Webb, L. (2014).Review: Health-
related quality of life is compromised in individuals with spina bifida: results from
qualitative and quantitative studies. In European Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology,