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Protecting Yourself while Protecting Your Patients

by Soliant Health on October 10, 2017

protecting patientsA 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. [click to continue…]

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Educating Patients is as Important as Medicine

by Soliant Health on September 5, 2017

patient educationWhen patients are diagnosed with a condition that requires extensive or long-term treatment, going the “take two of these and call me in the morning” route might seem the simplest way to go, but it can be detrimental to their personal outcome. Patient education is a very important part of the diagnostic and treatment process that should not be overlooked or glazed over. In fact, some hospitals and practices employ patient educators whose specific job it is to work with patients to improve their understanding. Those who have a better understanding of their condition, how it can affect them, things they can do to improve their own outcome, and the why and how of their diagnosis and prognosis are better patients and will have a better outcome and outlook as they go through treatment. [click to continue…]

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job search questionsWith the healthcare field in a constant state of growth, choosing the right job from a sea of opportunities can seem a very daunting task. Fortunately for you as a job seeker, many areas of the healthcare industry have experienced vast growth that will allow you to be a little more selective of the positions for which you apply. Here are a few very important questions that can help you to narrow the field and find the positions that will help you to create the career experience you’ve always dreamed of. [click to continue…]

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diversity medical staffWe live in an age where, no matter your gender, race, or religion, you are able to go into any profession you wish. Unfortunately, we also live in a world where there is a large amount of stereotyping and discrimination still taking place. While legally you may be able to take on any role that you would like, there are those who may hold personal beliefs that you are not qualified for your job due to the color of your skin, your age, or other factors. What are you to do when faced with a patient or even a colleague who distrusts you or refuses your service because you or your staff members don’t fit their personal ideal for a doctor or nurse?

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Coping with Mistakes as a Medical Professional

by Soliant Health on May 30, 2017

medical mistakesFirst, do no harm – the words of the Hippocratic oath are forever embedded in the memory of every person who spends even a moment in the medical profession. While our time is spent working to make the best decisions possible for the patients that have entrusted you with their care or the care of their loved ones, at the end of the day, we are all simply human. Mistakes will be made and whether they are the result of a judgment error, lack of information, or simply from distraction and being overworked, they can be detrimental and consuming. [click to continue…]

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medical organization tipsWhether you are still in school, you are just finishing up your education, or are moving into a new field, you may be looking for help and resources to grow and develop as a medical professional. While schools and work may provide some resources and connections that can help you to network and increase your potential, professional organizations offer great opportunities to their members to learn and grow as they navigate their chosen field of medicine. [click to continue…]

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