Useless Hospital Committees - page 2

So maybe its just me, but it seems that every hospital has committees focused on 'improving patient care'/customer service, who spend time creating their vision statements and lead hospital retreats... Read More

  1. Visit  Barley profile page
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    Seems like pt care and safety would improve if the resources put into committees were instead put into an extra nurse each shift. Most of the RNs I know and work with would love to be able to be able to improve patient care and safety, but are just stretched too thin and so are forced to deprioritize some items to the bottom of the to do list.
  2. Visit  Pjking227 profile page
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    I just learned today that when our computer (from our assessments) show a patient is a falls risk we are to put on the bed alarm. We do if that person is confused and weak and at a real risk of falling. But our system puts a walking, talking, competent person with taking 4 meds a day as a falls risk, just the number, not the type of drug counts. If we do this we will be running into their rooms more to turn off the alarms than doing real patient care. And if e order set calls for SCDs we are to use them, which we do for total care pts, not ambulatory people! This is something that used to be our nursing judgment now we have to get them dc'd and have the patients refuse the SCDs when they are able and willing to get up and walk. Committees may have good intentions, but they are never the people that do the direct care - at least in my facilit. Totally useless unless you have bedside nurses and the administration is willing to listen.
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  3. Visit  LynnLRN profile page
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    Too many people don't have common sense and that is why they need those committees. People can sound VERY rude on the phone and that is why people spend tons of time scripting things. Those little things make a big impact on patient satisfaction.
  4. Visit  amoLucia profile page
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    IMHO - facility committees freq fall into the same bucket as 'mandatory' inservices and those 'mandatory' staff meetings.

    I'm reminded of the proverb - "the road to hell is lined with good intentions, but heaven is full of good works".

    As my mom used to say' "they meant well".

    If only I had a nickel...
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  5. Visit  morte profile page
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    for the most part....as useful as teats on a bull....as we country folk are wont to say....
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  6. Visit  redhead_NURSE98! profile page
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    Quote from Pjking227
    I just learned today that when our computer (from our assessments) show a patient is a falls risk we are to put on the bed alarm. We do if that person is confused and weak and at a real risk of falling. But our system puts a walking, talking, competent person with taking 4 meds a day as a falls risk, just the number, not the type of drug counts. If we do this we will be running into their rooms more to turn off the alarms than doing real patient care. And if e order set calls for SCDs we are to use them, which we do for total care pts, not ambulatory people! This is something that used to be our nursing judgment now we have to get them dc'd and have the patients refuse the SCDs when they are able and willing to get up and walk. Committees may have good intentions, but they are never the people that do the direct care - at least in my facilit. Totally useless unless you have bedside nurses and the administration is willing to listen.
    Yyyyyyyyyep. CPOE has brought about doctors who lazily add an order set and every single thing in that order set, like daily weights, TEDS and SCD's for every patient, etc. Ridiculous.
  7. Visit  WeepingAngel profile page
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    Oh my gosh. I couldn't agree more. I lost all faith in our committee process when they asked us for our anonymous suggestions, and then promptly ignored all of them.


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