Safety Rules!

SafetyNurse1968, PhD, RN 5,994 Views

The Mission of Safety First Nursing is to support the physical, psychological and emotional safety of patients and nurses through research, resources and education. Safety First Nursing utilizes the Patient Risk Detection Theory to facilitate understanding of both individual and organizational factors that influence nurses’ ability to detect risk in complex healthcare settings.

Nursing Conferences: Posters and Sponsors and Spiders, Oh My!

I just went to the Nursing Education Research Conference1 (NERC) in Washington DC, and it was incredible. I have been to several conferences this year, but the NERC was my favorite because attending...

I've Been "Invited" To A Root Cause Analysis, Now What?

DEALING WITH ERROR I have written about error in Why do we continue to harm patients? In that article I give statistics about the number of people who are killed while in the hands of trusted...

A Checklist for Patient Safety - This Nurse Quit, Will YOU?

PATIENT SAFETY - JUST A BUZZWORD? Patient safety is a buzzword we hear about all the time. We hear stories in the media, stories from friends and family, and some of us even have our own stories....

Healing Machete Wounds with Safety Nurse- Origin Story Pt 3

I'm packing up to leave. I'm so tired of breathing in smoke, and I miss my kids and I know I have 24 hours of travel ahead of me before I will see them again. As I am giving Beatrice, the matriarch...

The Origin Story of Safety Nurse: How I Got Here. Pt 1

"Why did you become a nurse?" is a question we all get asked at one time or another. Maybe it's in nursing school as we are making our first nurse friends, or during the night shift as we are...

Keep What You Love, Return the Rest: Healing from Trauma with EMDR Pt. 1

Keep What You Love, Return the Rest: Healing from Trauma Part 1: Background on EMDR I have written several blog posts about getting fired and the consequences it has had for me...

What if I'm the Bully?

Only the light from the bathroom illuminated Jill's room as I walked in as quietly as possible. It was only 7:15 a.m. and I had received report on 4 patients. Two of them were new, but Jill and one...

The Wrong Dose - A True Story of Medication Error

I sat down with Margo in her dining room one evening to talk about a medication error she made when she was a new nurse. I asked Margo to tell me a bit about herself. She hadn't always wanted to be a...

PhD vs. DNP – What's The Difference?

ALPHABET SOUP: PhD, DNP, CRNA What is the difference between a PhD and DNP? I am sure there is a fantastically funny, off color joke in there, but I won't tackle that right now (fill up the...

Why Do We Continue to Harm Patients?

WAKING UP TO A NIGHTMARE Imagine waking up from surgery in a hospital bed – you can't move, you literally cannot speak, lift a finger or communicate that you are awake in any way. Over the next...

Safety Nurse in Haiti: A Medical Mission Trip– Origin Story Pt. 2

A magnitude 7.0M earthquake1 rocked Haiti in January of 2010, when our daughter Riley was only a few months old. A 7.0 is big. By January 24, 52 aftershocks measuring 4.5 or greater were recorded....

EMDR: Another Tool for Your Mental Health Toolbox

In part one of this article, Keep What You Love, Return The Rest: Healing with EMDR, I described Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing - a therapy being used to treat PTSD and other forms of...

Healing from Childhood Trauma: Tapping/EFT

As a survivor of childhood trauma, and a mother of 3 children who survived childhood trauma before we adopted them, I am on a quest for healing. Childhood trauma has been linked to long lasting...


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