Using Your Nursing Skills in a Crisis

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nursing in crisisIt 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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Protecting Yourself while Protecting Your Patients

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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. Continue reading “Protecting Yourself while Protecting Your Patients”

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Improving Patient Wait Times

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patient wait timesPatient satisfaction is important to any practice, and often that satisfaction begins with a clock that starts ticking the moment they walk in the door. Just as your time is important to you, your patients’ time is important to them, and you want to do everything in your power to make them feel as if that time is respected by your practice.

One of the biggest complaints that most of the general public has when visiting any physician is the time spent waiting for their appointment. While there are always emergencies and issues that arise, with some best practices in place, you can reduce wait times and leave the majority of your patients feeling more satisfied with their appointment. Continue reading “Improving Patient Wait Times”

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Choosing Nursing – a Nurses Week Special

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nurses week choosing nursingHappy National Nurses Week! While the public’s understanding of just how difficult and important nurses’ jobs can be—along with their trust in nurses—has deepened in recent years and decades, some misconceptions and stereotypes remain. Sadly, there are still those who look down on nurses as aspiring doctors who simply weren’t smart enough to get into med school. This pernicious idea should have died long ago, as it is directly contradicted by the fact that the nursing profession is populated mostly by medically brilliant folks who deliberately chose to become nurses instead of doctors strictly because they decided it was the best field for them. There are any number of reasons why they might make this decision (no, “to meet a nice doctor to marry” is absolutely not one of them – get outta here with your ‘50s patriarchal nonsense). Here are a few common ones. Continue reading “Choosing Nursing – a Nurses Week Special”

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Robotic Nursing Assistant Technology Developments

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nursing robot assistantWe’ve talked a bit recently on new technological developments in the medical field. From great apps to podcasts to innovative medical devices, there seems to be something new popping up every single day. One of the most intriguing things we’ve seen recently are robots designed to assist in nursing tasks, such as the robotic nursing assistant developed by engineers and scientists at Duke and the RoNA developed by HStar Technologies. While this all feels very exciting and reminds us of the Jetsons, there are many questions and concerns about the impact of bringing in robots to handle jobs typically handled by humans. Continue reading “Robotic Nursing Assistant Technology Developments”

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Using Your Skills for Good: Volunteerism Opportunities in Nursing

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nurse volunteerThe news has been filled with images of devastated communities in the wake of hurricanes and other natural disasters. Communities are ravaged by flooding and storm damage, and many of the residents have been displaced to shelters. Along with the homes that have been damaged, many hospitals, medical offices, and other healthcare facilities are dealing with the same aftermath and struggle to serve their patients. Volunteer nurses are stepping up to assist and helping to take the burden off of local caregivers. Continue reading “Using Your Skills for Good: Volunteerism Opportunities in Nursing”

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