The practice of nursing is guided by certain state education laws, rules, regulations, and the code of ethics. According to these, nurses are morally bound to care for and treat all patients regardless of disease entities, socio-economic status, cultural views, religion and sexual orientation, and so forth. Nurses are to care for all people. My nursing school motto was, “Amicus Humani Generis” which translated to be, “ Lover of the Human Race.” Wouldn’t it be ironic to go against the core of … [Read more...] about Can a Nurse Refuse Treatment of a Patient?
This post has been made possible by a partnership with magnatag.com. The patient experience is an area of healthcare that can no longer be overlooked. Patients are routinely questioned about the care they receive through HCHAPS surveys. The results of these surveys can have an impact of the level of Medicare reimbursement a hospital receives. According HCAHPS to December 2014 summaries, 21% of patients did not feel like nurses always communicated well, 36% did not feel they were always … [Read more...] about Can Whiteboards Improve Patient Satisfaction and HCAHPS Scores?
Network scanning can really improve the workflow and user experience of nurse and other healthcare professionals on the front line. Let's dive into the benefits of network scanning. When I transitioned from working at the bedside to clinical informatics nursing I was thrilled. I finally had my own office in the IT department right alongside other nurses and analysts who did the work that made the hospital’s EMR stay functioning. There was a beautiful new computer, a high tech voice-over IP … [Read more...] about The Benefits of Network Scanning in Healthcare
As an informatics nurse, I am often presented with paper challenges that require digital solutions. I sometimes even find my own trouble and investigate inefficiencies in current process and workflow. More often than not, the most inefficient processes involve paper and a physical checklist. For some reason healthcare just has a hard time letting go of their paper. Paper dependence exists in many aspects of healthcare, but one place where an electronic solution is much needed, and sometimes … [Read more...] about Eliminate Paper and Improve Patient Care Across the Continuum with Tracked Clinical Competencies
It’s been a few weeks since I was selected to be a Google Glass Explorer and ever since my brain has been humming with thoughts and ideas on how nurses could utilize the technology. How could nurses improve the care they deliver? How could HIPAA be a non-issue I was Selected as a Google Glass Explorer A short time ago Google announced that it would be invited a select few to have the opportunity to purchase the Google Glass technology much early then the general population. 8,000 have been … [Read more...] about Google Glass for Nurses?
My experience in OB nursing has been somewhat limited. However, during a recent involvement with implementing a fetal monitoring system, I had the opportunity to talk with nurses and gauge their opinions on how best to deliver patient care to both the mother and the baby. The hospitals I had worked in had different areas for the birthing mothers, post partum mothers, and the babies. Sure the nurse would bring the baby to the room at routine intervals, but you could always send the baby to the … [Read more...] about Exploring the Benefits of Mother-Baby Maternity Nursing Units
An article discussing the CEO salaries of Midwest hospitals was interesting to me for several reasons. In the article Nonprofit hospital CEO salaries in the Midwest: Who’s on top?. Randall O’Donnell who is the CEO at Children’s Mercy Hospital and Clinics; Kansas City, Missouri, makes a cool $6 million a year. That’s a $6 million salary at an organization that is nonprofit. The organization may be called a nonprofit, but the CEO certainly ain’t going hungry. First I thought: “I could do it … [Read more...] about A $1 Million Cap on a Nonprofit Hospital CEOs Salary Could Mean 90 More Nurses on Staff
When a nurse is the patient things are different. Roles reverse and the whole situation becomes uncomfortable often for all parties involved. The nurse that is the patient feels helpless while the nurse on duty may feel nervous. It is often said that nurses make the worst patients. At least I'm in good company because being a patient is a difficult task for me. I’m comfortable with the leadership role. I'm good at being the provider, the organizer, the nurse, but never the patient. But when … [Read more...] about 7 Powerful Lessons Learned When a Nurse is the Patient
The pituitary tumor journey has been extensive. Recently, I was hospitalized for recurring lethargy and various other symptoms. As part of this admission, I experienced a lumbar puncture and related lumbar puncture side effects This really put a damper on my plans since I was hoping I would be able to return to work soon. I was supposed to go in and get a release, but instead, I got admitted to the hospital.. again... So that makes for 3 admissions for this particular ailment. … [Read more...] about My Experience with Lumbar Puncture Side Effects
What is a Nurse Informaticist? It's a "big picture nurse," and one that can leave you feeling disconnected. But it can still be very rewarding. My Experience as a Nurse Informaticist It's been a whole month since I jumped over onto the informatics train in nursing leaving my bedside care buddies behind and diving deep into the world of nursing informatics. The change was met with confusion from my colleagues and excitement from me. "Finally," I thought, "I can be a part of the big picture." … [Read more...] about Nurse Informaticist – The Bigger Picture Nurse
The HandStand is a bit of an innovation in iPad cases because it addresses something that most cases do not: the need for a hand strap. I've reviewed one other iPad case that had a hand strap, and it was one of my favorite features of the case. However, the HandStand for iPad delivers it's promise when it states "The revolution is at hand." And why is that? Well the darn thing swivels around a full 360 degrees, so literally, the iPad makes a revolution in your hand! So is it Really … [Read more...] about HandStand for iPad and iPad2 Holder Case Review
My colleagues have been quite upset with the fact that I don’t plan on working PRN in bedside care. Some of them feel I wasting my nursing degree to move away from bedside care and into informatics. I will miss many things about bedside care nursing, but I know that I will be able to much better serve patients in my new role as a Clinical Informatics Specialist. The instant trust that a patient gives you just because you were assigned to them. The honesty and trust that I am afforded simply … [Read more...] about 10 Things I will Miss from Bedside Care Nursing: Reflections as I move to an Administrative Role
Need to document your patient care? There's an App for that. Forgive the pun, but this will likely the norm for my App reviews and highlights. I just can't help myself. I Claim the Title Proudly I'm a nerd. There's no doubt about it. I get emotional and passionate about electronics. There are not many things much more nerdy than that. Technology thrills and excites me and even in the realm of healthcare I can honestly say I get giddy when I hear about a new innovation that will improve the … [Read more...] about Can an EMR be Beautiful? Artefact Thinks So
A look at a patient communication tool called Starling, created by LanguageMate. The iPad has offered significant innovations in healthcare on multiple fronts. Personally I have used mine to further my own for continuing education, looking up medications/disease processes, and have even used in patient education from time to time. The possibilities of what it can and will do in healthcare are only beginning to be tapped. I was talking with a coworker of mine not too long ago about how … [Read more...] about Patient Communication: A Look at Starling by LangugateMate
You Have To Laugh, Or Else You'll Cry Working in healthcare affords me many opportunities to experiences the joys and tragedies of people's lives. I have been there when people are born, and I have been there when people die. I have hugged a family member when their loved one was yelling at them irrationally because of their terminal condition. I have washed the feet of the meanest old ladies I have ever met. Inappropriate Laughter In these moments of service and compassion, I often find … [Read more...] about A Patient’s Family During a Code