Quote from nerdtonurse?
Having read the article, what strikes me as so sad was the lack of equipment. It's not like the nurse deliberately chose not to use a functioning warmer to help the preemie, it sounds like a desperate nurse with no equipment, no help, a nurse doing what they had been doing to keep a preemie warm. And if hospitals in Jamaica are like hospitals here, they'd have kept using warmed NS bags because it was cheaper than buying a new warmer. Right up and until the **** hit the fan. So, now the fact that the nurse didn't have what she needed (and since it was a common practice in the hospital to use the warm bags of saline, this had been an ongoing issue)....it's all her fault.
This would be true if it were another hospital. However, malpractice at this hospital is VERY common. It would seem that a lot of these nurses do things without critical thinking and do so also under the impression that there is no regulatory body. This time they were caught! My dad was pronounced dead at the hospital mentioned, had it not been for my mom (FNP), he would now be in the grave.
True , they might not have been properly equipped, but this is a premi for God's sake! Alot of times (as mentioned in my personal experience) these nurses abandon their posts and cover up their error by stating it was something else that caused it. This hospital, May Pen Hospital, has been allowing alot of these nurses to escape wth alot of things, partly because there aren't enough voices to echo the maltreatment being given to the patients. This is a domino effect from the crime and violence also predominant in Jamaica today (everyone is tight lipped). Its a long story. I am Jamaican, trained in the USA, licensed in the USA. I cringe at alot of what I have seen in a few of the hospitals that I see at home. It breaks my heart to know that "NURSING STANDARD" is so watered down there. There are no excuses, she could have used other methods to bring warmth...there are no excuses! This is NEGLIGENCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
*I remember one thing one of my instructor told us in school, that should we ever fall in a situaion where there are no machines, only our brains, we should be able to deliver the same standard and quality of nursiing.
What do you do if there is no Pitocin and the mother has not expelled the placenta?
Cognitive thinking...its basic nursing skills! Let her nurse her baby!
I am so mad. A mother has gone home without her child.