When a patient initially comes in for care, their end-goal is to be free from whatever illness or injury is plaguing them. Though this can be the case after a period of treatment, sometimes even the simplest illnesses require more intervention than expected. Patients can become frustrated when they aren’t seeing the progress that they feel that they should be reaching and they may begin to question doctor’s orders and treatments. Communication can help to manage these expectations and create an environment that allows for discussion and change of direction, as well as a better understanding of possible outcomes. Continue reading “Managing Patient Expectations”
The holiday season is here, and with that comes a time of celebration, travel, and showing appreciation to all of the important people in your life. It’s time to deck the halls of your practice and get ready for all of the merry-making of the season. There is a lot more to consider when preparing your practice for the holidays than just how much tinsel is too much or whether to serve turkey or ham at the holiday staff luncheon. Here are a few tips that can help you get ready for the season while keeping your staff and patient morale high. Continue reading “Preparing Your Practice for the Holidays”
Your life’s work is creating a healthier life for your patients, but have you taken the time to develop an environment for your nurses, assistants, and office staff that supports that mission? Happy, healthy people are more efficient and productive, so it only stands to reason that considering how your work environment affects the health of your employees should be a priority. Not sure where to get started to create a healthier practice environment? Here are a few simple tips. Continue reading “Creating a Healthier Practice Environment”
It seems that one natural disaster after another is taking place, from multiple hurricanes battering the US and Caribbean islands to major earthquakes devastating communities. The people left reeling in these disaster-stricken areas all have a serious need for help, including nursing care. Often there are is a larger than normal medical need in the areas surrounding a disaster and nurses already on the ground may be unable to work due to their own personal circumstances. Continue reading “Using Your Nursing Skills in a Crisis”
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A few weeks ago, there was a story all over the news and social media, featuring a video of a nurse being taken into custody after refusing to allow blood to be drawn from an unconscious patient. In the video, a police officer was demanding that he be allowed to draw blood from the patient who was under her care, though he had no warrant to override direct consent from the patient, which he was unable to give. The officer became irate at her refusal, though she explained that it was her job to protect the rights of her patient, and placed her in handcuffs.
In the end, the nurse came out as the hero, and there was an investigation of the officer who was wrongfully asking for the blood sample and wrongfully placed her into custody. It was a dramatic scenario and quite frightening to any medical professional who cares about their patients, even though the final outcome was positive.
At some hospitals, this has caused serious discussion about the place of nurses and other care providers in being the point of contact with the police. Changes are being made at some facilities to remove those directly responsible for patient care from the equation so they are no longer required to interact with the police. If your facility is not one of these, it is important to know how to protect yourself and your patients in similar scenarios. Continue reading “Protecting Yourself while Protecting Your Patients”
Superbugs have been causing issues, claiming the lives of patients, and perplexing physicians for years. These antibiotic-resistant invisible monsters can create a dangerous situation within a clinical or hospital setting in a very short period of time. It can be extremely difficult to eliminate the contamination from these superbugs in a reasonable time, particularly when you need to flip a patient room and prepare to treat another individual. Continue reading “New Tech: UV LightStrike Robots Eliminate Superbugs”