per Dr. William Goodall, vice president for regional medical affairs for Allina Hospitals and Clinics:
"There is a national standard for physicians and nurses, and the nurses, whether I'm drawing on a pool of nurses from Minnesota or California or Texas, it shouldn't make much difference," Goodall said.
Wonder where Mr. Goodall will go for ER help in the future. Im sure he will be "welcomed" wherever he goes......
Hmmmmmmmm. Some folks just don't GET IT.
GO MN NURSES.
Jul 2, '01
once upon a time....not so many years ago,
our DON tried to use the "a nurse is a nurse is a nurse"
idea to create a policy of ANY nurse can float to ANY unit, and do BASIC nursing skills..... this didn't last very long!! Why? Nursing, like medicine is too specialized to function in all areas, without orientation to the area.
EX. I was floated to a medical floor from Labor & Delivery, & informed that I would be "The Med Nurse" for 16 beds! So.............. I got out the PDR & the Hospital Formulary and looked up each and every medication I had to pass that I was not fully familiar with, prior to passing each medication!!!!
When 8am meds weren't completed by 9:30 the charge RN called and got another "real" Med/Surg nurse to float to the unit...and had me give bed baths and make beds!
After a few episodes like that, Nsg Admin finally got the picture that we could only float within specialty areas, OR the level of functioning would be minimal!
I feel sorry for Dr Goodall, as I suspect he is now aware of his 'misinformation'!
p.s. for you non-L&D folk, we only use about 50 meds total in our entire practice...so new M/S drugs aren't really familiar to us, for the most part.
Last edit by HazeK on Jul 2, '01