Guest Blogger: Jenna To the lay person, a nurse's job may seem pretty simple: Nurses provide care for patients. But the word "care" is a bit complicated. In a medical sense, it means to tend to needed procedures, carry out instructions from physicians, and do the clinical things that are required for an ill or injured person. On top of all that scientific caring, there's sociological caring as well. That means providing an equal level of commitment to the emotional situation, making sure that … [Read more...] about Care Beyond Treatment
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
A recent article from Toledo Blade discusses how a UTMC nurse tossed out kidney, and ruined it. The story is tragic. A man wished to donate his kidney to his older sister. After it was surgically removed from the donor, it was misplaced. For over an hour no one knew the whereabouts of the missing kidney. It was finally discovered in medical waste and was determined to be unusable. The doctors involved decided with the family that it would be best to no go forward with transplanting said … [Read more...] about Nurse Blamed for Donor Kidney Being Put in Medical Waste
I do not think there will ever be any a real robot nurse. That's not to say that robots won't enhance nursing care, but a human will always have to be a part of the discussion. I read a story on Girl Meets Geek about Brick Walls. It's based on a post from on wolfhirschhorn.org: THE REAL STORY ABOUT WOLF-HIRSCHHORN SYNDROME. You should read the post. It’s powerful. In summation, there is a little girl who needs a kidney transplant. The doctor refuses to do it for "quality of … [Read more...] about Why the Robot Nurse is Pure Fantasy
Nursing Interruptions are a frustrating part of patient care. They can impact safety and cause stress for both caregivers and patients alike. This post, PART I: Interruption Awareness is More Complicated than Meets the Eye, examines interruptions for nurses and shares additional information and strategies on how to address them. Guest Blogger: Beth Boynton, RN, MS Like many change efforts, the first motivation for doing something different involves a sense that something isn’t working. … [Read more...] about Nursing Interruptions and Interruption Awareness in Nursing Practice
Meaningful use is a buzzword in healthcare these days. Most healthcare providers have heard of it. A few know that it has to do with documentation and electronic charting. But even fewer actually know what meaningful use is and how it is touching every part of the care we provide. One aspect of meaningful use which will greatly improve patient care is the continuity of care document. What is a Continuity of Care Document? Continuity of care documents (CCD) is a standard in electronic … [Read more...] about Meaningful Use and the Continuity of Care Document
Fifty-Six Year-Old to Give 25 Year-Old Her Uterus It's a little much to grasp, and it's applicable in a double sense. It's the 56-year old's womb, in the sense that it's her uterus, and she will be "sharing" it with her daughter. It's the 25-year old's womb in the sense that it was where she was conceived, and she will potentially be sharing it with her child. How very perplexing. Mother ’s love their children deeply and often spend their entire life giving to them. They … [Read more...] about Uterus Transplant: Sharing Your Womb With Your Child?
I'm not sure how other hospitals do it, because I have only worked in one; but every year we have this thing called competencies. What are competencies? Basically all the nurses in the hospital are corralled into a room over a series of a week or so and have to "check off" at various stations. Not that it takes a whole week to do it, you just have several days over that week in which you can attend. The stations have a nurse or member of administration staffing them and cover various … [Read more...] about It’s That Time of Year Again: Hospital Competencies
“There is nothing golden about the golden years”. These words are softly spoken to me as I attempt to start an IV on a very confused, agitated patient. His wife stands beside the bed, looking exhausted and remorseful. They’ve been married for 25 years. He has no idea who he is or where he is at and she is overwhelmed at his current state. I calmly caress his arm, I tell him where he is and who I am. I tell him I am here to help him and that he is safe with me. I tell him I want to … [Read more...] about “There is nothing Golden about the Golden years”
I'm gonna save the build up for you. I'm the stupid nurse referenced in the title of this article. Also, before I get your hopes up, let me just say, the title is pure sarcasm. Women hold a grudge. This is no real secret. Most of us ladies know we tend to remain resentful, pessimistic, and guarded around certain people and situations. However, most of us can at least pretend and be professional enough to function appropriately in the workplace if said grudge happens to involve the … [Read more...] about The Incompetent, List-Worthy, Stupid Nurse – Strikes Again!