Tag: nursing

Medical Errors: When Nurses Do Not Support Nurses

 

In one of the more recent medical error cases, people on various versions of social media are accusing nurses of being racist for not supporting Christiann Gainey or Angela Martinez.  They have indicated that had these nurses been white like Radonda Vaught, nurses everywhere would be screaming their support from the rooftops.

Unfortunately, it isn’t as simple as the color of one’s skin.  It’s as simple as falsifying medical documentation.

Member Post

 

I’m reaching the end of my tether with my job.  It might not just be my job.  It might be my career choice.  Nursing, as it stands, is becoming a really ugly profession.  In addition to job duties (which increase endlessly), there’s the very real legal liability of not being able to perform these duties, […]

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Do You Know Where Your Nurse Is?

 

Who wears a tracker during their time inside that can locate them wherever they are and the time that they spend in any given location in real-time?

If you said criminals on house arrest, you’d be right. But if you said licensed nurses you’d also be right.

Hospitals use technology, also called RTLS (Real-Time Location Systems), in order to track nurses everywhere in a hospital.  This is not required of the physicians, physical therapists, EKG techs, radiology techs, secretaries… but it is required of the nursing staff.

Healthcare Workers Are Done

 

It isn’t just me and my cohort at the hospital where I work that are feeling the pressure. “One year ago, we were heroes. Now, we’re back to being the evil nurses who ruin everything”, paraphrased from a coworker.  In talking to other nurses, I hear much of the same.  “People are acting crazy. Families. Patients.”

After the stress of the pandemic, we’re at the tail end glimpsing the light at the end of this never-ending tunnel.  Instead of being welcomed back into society and cared for as the wounded that we are, the veterans of the War Against COVID are finding out that there is no respite.  COVID is ending, but the battle for our selves and our health is just beginning.  Many simply will not do it any longer.

The Washington Post even deigned to cover the impending loss of services, as the caregivers we have become so reliant upon and have taken for granted, finally decide that enough is enough.  The nurses that were pushing through retirement to get just a few more years are starting to weigh the risks and are determining that the cost is too high for one more year of pay.  Doctors are deciding that the stress, the paperwork, the bureaucracy, and the loss is just too much to withstand any longer.

A Typical Day in the Life of a Bedside Nurse, Part 2

 

For Part 1, click here.  It’s okay if you don’t want to, I promise you haven’t missed much.  Even the start of the day…

The horde surges out of the conference room, all be-masked and be-goggled, seeking out their partners for report.  Our aides find one another because they are matched 1:1, they report to one another and then answer whatever pages come forward and then can attend to patients.  The night shift aides saunter toward the break room to hide until it is an allowable time to clock out.  They aren’t supposed to and many nurses roll their eyes as they see them all gathering together to gossip and basically take the last 20 minutes of the shift off on a social break.

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As many of y’all know, I’m a pediatric RN in the emergency department at a large children’s hospital. When this all started, I was going to do a post on my experiences as a pediatric ER nurse; maybe even make it a series, a micro-journal to compliment @rodin‘s excellent daily macro-report. Unfortunately (fortunately?) I really […]

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Are Nurse Unions Needed to Fight Obamacare?

 

shutterstock_172496525Recently, I uttered words that I swore would never escape my lips: “I think, maybe, it’s time that the nurses come together and do something. Like … make a union.”

I have been vehemently and rabidly anti-union all my voting life. The daughter of a member of the California Teachers Association, I was introduced at a tender age to the many evils of unions. I was taught the different ways that unions manipulate members, abuse their dues, provide money to pet political causes, and make life difficult for the teachers. In public school, however, I was taught all of the ways that the teachers’ union was magnanimous, benevolent, and essential to a Good Education.

The hospital I work for has tried very hard to ensure that no unions take hold here. In conservative Orange County, this has not been too difficult: We are all afraid of the overreaching sight of Big Brother. We have rallied together to proclaim our independence from unions, our ability to directly negotiate with our managers, and to voice our happiness that we do not pay dues for services that we do not receive.

A Bomb I’m Throwing At My Health Policy Class

 

shutterstock_228600766For our first discussion assignment in my “Nursing 614: Healthcare Leadership, Policy, Politics, and Ethics,” I am making the following statement:

To preserve my own intellectual honesty, I would like to challenge the supposition of this entire field of academic study. Namely that it is somehow the role of central planners, policy makers, or government officials to improve the health of any population or individual. Our modern system of socializing the costs of healthcare creates stakeholders in private personal and economic behaviors that otherwise have no natural interests in these areas. Private behavior should be just that: private. Like all things, healthcare choices of individuals are based on a complex web of tradeoffs and assessments of relative value. There is no fundamental reason any government should be involved in this assessment outside the aforementioned current payment system.

Thoughts?

Empathy & A Defense of Saying “Dude, That Sucks”

 

Cinderella's glass slipper

In nursing school — at the both undergraduate and the graduate levels — we talk a lot about “therapeutic communication” as a way of dealing with patients who are angry or upset. It consists of listening and responding, not with peppy platitudes, but with things like “I know how upset you must feel,” “That must be very frustrating for you,” or “I can see that you’re sad about your recent diagnosis.” As with most buzzwords, I always responded to discussions of therapeutic communication by rolling my eyes. Another buzz word in healthcare is “empathy,” something I admittedly struggle with. On several occasions, I have been known to walk out of a patient’s room with a panicked look on my face after they started crying to me about how terrible, upset, or scared they feel. “I don’t do crying,” I have been wont to say. Recently, however, I’ve had a couple experiences that have changed my mind on the subject.

Mr. T was a middle-aged man in for antibiotic therapy after a joint had become infected in the wake of total joint replacement. He had been an active member of his church, and his wife and church family visited him often. After several weeks of IV antibiotics, physical, and occupational therapy, Mr. T failed to progress. One night when I walked into his room, he was on the verge of tears. After I told myself to be a good nurse and not ignore the tears, I asked what was going on.