Joyce Clifford, Who Pushed for ‘Primary Nursing’ Approach, Dies at 76

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    Joyce C. Clifford, a nurse who advocated a partnership of equals between doctors and nurses in the treatment of patients, and whose ideas were adopted in some of the nation’s best hospitals because they reduced medical errors and improved survival rates, died on Oct. 21 in Boston. She was 76.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/01/he...tml?src=rechp#
    Orange Tree, CNA1991, HazelLPN, and 4 others like this.
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    It must have broken her heart to see what the bean counters did to her concept.
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    I loved primary care nursing.
    Now they call "total patient care = no LVN/LPN or CNA to help0 "Primary Nursing.
    It's a crying shame.
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    "Primary" nursing now means, "How many patients can we give ONE nurse before we have to go to a "secondary" one?"
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    Primary nursing: good for the bottom line, bad for RNs and quality care.
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    Quote from Vicki29
    Primary nursing: good for the bottom line, bad for RNs and quality care.
    True Primary Nursing was excellent. Each RN was responsible for the nursing process. The team was intact with RN, LVN/LPN, and nursing assistant.

    Hospitals have called "Total Patient Care" "Primary Nursing".

    They are not the same.
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    Primary Nursing was excellent years ago in our hospital for patients
    and nurses. Continuity of care from admission to discharge.
    Primary nurses wrote the care plan and were true patient advocates.

    I agree with Heron
    "It must have broken her heart to see what the bean counters did to her concept".

    Wooh is right on about how Primary Nursing is today-
    Primary" nursing now means, "How many patients can we give ONE nurse before we have to go to a "secondary" one?"

    How sad for patients that business has defined nursing the role...
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    I think she died from a broken heart........
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    Yep, I remember the implementation of "primary nursing" at the hospital. No more unit clerk, no more transportation, no more housekeeping, no more phlebotomist from the lab, no more dietary to pass out trays, no more physical therapy, no more occupational therapy, no more intravenous team support. The RN, could go ahead and do these things for her primary patients.
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    Quote from aznurse1
    Yep, I remember the implementation of "primary nursing" at the hospital. No more unit clerk, no more transportation, no more housekeeping, no more phlebotomist from the lab, no more dietary to pass out trays, no more physical therapy, no more occupational therapy, no more intravenous team support. The RN, could go ahead and do these things for her primary patients.
    Wow....sad that your hospital did that...we still had lab, physical therapy and OT but we did do our own IV's. We had one unit secretary for pages and scheduling but we did our own orders. We had 6 patients with and LPN and an aide.....so yea we transported them our selves. I liked it. It's awesome when done properly.


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