According to the American Nurses Association, one thing I can do is advocate for safe staffing. I will post a link below where you can take action to contribute to the solution. If you are contributing to the problem by taking unsafe number of patients, I suggest you do your homework. Find out how to report unsafe staffing, tell your charge nurse, manager, etc., that you are not comfortable taking on more than you can handle safely. Remember, it’s your license to protect!
Many nurses are apprehensive about having to titrate a Cardizem drip. Patients who require Cardizem are usually facing life threatening conditions like A-fib and this can be very stressful to a nurse who doesn’t typically deal with this sort of condition. Depending on your floor there may actually be policies that states that you should transfer patients to critical care or intensive care units if they require titration on a Cardizem gtt. You should make sure that you are familiar with your facilities policy on the subject of Cardizem drips before you take responsibility for this nursing skill.
Again the names of clinical informatics nurses vary. You may be called an informatics nurse, an analyst, a nurse informaticist, information technology nurse support, or any number of titles. Your role in nursing is going to be altered, but still very impactful to the patients in the community you serve.
Being a nurse involved with social media certainly has its challenges. Once you get over the fear of losing your job for your blog or twitter account, there is a honeymoon period. During this time you feel empowered and exhilarated by your ability to have a voice and make an impact online. You use this voice to make an impact on the issues that matter to you and your profession.
True advocacy means making a difference
Yep. My blogging career is over.
Wordpress is going to corrupt my database. Studio press is going to take away my Genesis theme. ICANN is going to take away my domain name. The Nerdy Nurse will die a bitter death in the nursing blogosphere.
By now you’ve hopefully heard the buzz among the nursing blogosphere and the social media community about Amanda Trujillo, the registered nurse who was fired by Banner Health after educating her patient on hospice options. Banner Health also took action again Ms. Trujillo’s nursing license and she has been unable to practice nursing for the past 10 minutes.
Nurses everywhere are standing with Amanda Trujillo and coming together and putting their money where their blog is…. or something. The point is, the community is supporting Amanda with more than just their words.
This is about more that one nurse. This is about more than one patient. This is about a culture of healthcare that has to change.
Unfortunately, Amanda Trujillo cannot get back to doing what she loves yet. She just wants to take care of patients. The Arizona State Board of Nursing has delayed her case for 2 months in order to get a full psychiatric evaluation. When I heard this, I totally thought: “For the Doctor, right?” But alas, …
2nd.MD is a revolutionary new service that is breaking down barriers in terms of access to healthcare. If you or a loved one has ever face a challenging medical diagnosis and wanted an second opinion from a specialist, then you know what a challenge it can be to find experts nearby. I’ve known parents who had to fly their sick children across the country to consult with a specialist about their diagnosis. It’s bad enough to have a disease process that is inconveniencing your life, but having to scramble to get the an expert opinion from a qualified medical provider in addition is enough to make you scream.
Be confident in your area of expertise. You are an authority, so own it.
Forrest Gump said “Now, it used to be I ran to get where I was going. I never it thought it would take me anywhere.” Blogging is to The Nerdy Nurse like Forest Gump it to Running.
I am an expert in using social media to promote innovation in healthcare and technology because I live and breathe it everyday. I am an expert on lateral violence and the methods to be used to combat it because I experience it first hand, have spent countless hours researching the phenomena, and know the legal implications a company can face if they allow it to happen. I am an expert because my passion in the areas of nursing and technology has forced me to constantly strive to promote innovations to help nurses and medical professionals work smarter not harder.
That’s what nursing informatiics is like. Or at least, in my humble opinion, that’s how nurse informaticists should practice. We can’t fix immediate problems and ignore the big picture. By all means, we must fix the immediate issues, but we need to explore and dig deeper to see what really caused the problem and how we can not only fix this problem, but improve the entire process.