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Care Beyond Treatment

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 the patient and family members are coping with the complexities of their particular cases.

Exploring the Benefits of Mother-Baby Maternity Nursing Units

I had never really questioned this method of caring for mothers and newborns until the I learned about units where all the care was combined. However, there is an increasing trend in changing this model to a mother-baby setting, in which the baby stays with the mother. The only time the baby would leave the bedside is during the assessment, procedure, or if they were sick and required special medical and nursing attention. This would increase the amount of time the infant spent with the mother while she was still in the hospital.

Nurse Blamed for Donor Kidney Being Put in Medical Waste

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 kidney.

Why the Robot Nurse is Pure Fantasy

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.

Nursing Interruptions and Interruption Awareness in Nursing Practice

Do folks realize that I need to concentrate on important details when I am administering medications?

Do they understand that interruptions are a source of medical errors? Sometimes catastrophic ones?

Does anyone care that an environment of endless interruptions can cause horrible stress on caregivers?

Meaningful Use and the Continuity of Care Document

Continuity of care documents (CCD) are a standard in electronic charting which ensures that relevant protected health information (PHI) can be shared with providers electronically and be received and used in a meaningful way.

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