I am an LPN on a tele/ med-surg floor of a 400 bed hospital. I was asked by the committe I am on to fill out a questionaire with 3 questions. I was hoping yall could help me out.
1) What do you want from your hospital?
2) What do you see that will impact nursing practice?
3) As a nurse, what do you care about?
Now, I know, this is supposed to be about MY hospital. But it just seems that so, so many of you are facing the same unpleaseable, sicker than ever, very demanding patients, system challenges, and management issues that I am facing. I am still in hopes of my voice actually making a difference. We'll see.
So, please, I would love to hear what your answers are. I have to turn this in by Monday, March 16. :typing
Mar 11, '09
1. Staffing ratios that allow me to spend real time with my patients, teaching/supporting them, instead of doing assessments and tossing medications at them.
Staffing that takes patient acuity, not just census numbers into account.
Staffing ratios fpr the CNAs and PCTs that allows them to provide the best care for patients.
Instead of trying to cut costs by limiting the amount of supplies/equipment we are issued each week (ensuring that we have to go running over half the hospital trying to find IV fluids and such) actually get the input from people who work at your freaking hospital for ideas.
Get all physician orders and documentation computerized.
More education and training.
Administrators who have set foot on a real working hospital floor, not just gotten a spiffy buisness degree.
2. Adequatly preparing and mentoring new nurses to retain them.
Not treating experienced nurses as horrible money sucking black-holes and retaining them.
Cutting bedside staff WILL affect patient care.
Increased technology usage to prevent medication and other errors.
3. The safety and overall well being of my patients and their families. My mental health and well being.
Last edit by Chewie_123 on Mar 11, '09