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Has JCAHO been to your facility recently?

We're expecting JCAHO to visit some time next month. Has anyone had a visit from them recently? If so, what was it like? This is my first survey as a department manager, and I'm a little nervous.

First, thank you for spelling JCAHO right.

We had them at our hospital a few months ago. Everything went fine. Months prior management provided 15 or 20 min inservices on the do's and don'ts. That helped.

I've had bad experiences with them but this time they were really nice.

Good luck, and those inservices for your employees might be a good idea. It helped remind us no drinks in the nurses station, nothing under the sink, nothing on heaters, clear hallways, etc.

I think they even gave us a little book that we could carry around that the hospital made with the major regulations. It was small enough to fit in your scrub pocket. Don't know if your facility will spring for that. Unfortunately, I don't have my copy otherwise I would give you mine.

Also, drill into employees heads that they must wear identification at eye level - we got a strike for that as some have their ID hanging from the bottom of their scrub top.

We have been expecting them for the past eight weeks. They are in the neighborhood and every day we are told to expect them. We have being having many inservices for their coming and it is driving me crazy. I can't wait for it to be over.

pagandeva2000, LPN

Specializes in Community Health, Med-Surg, Home Health.

Oh, please, those demons are currently in my hospital right now. Expect a great deal of aggrevation, especially as a department manager. Excuse my irritability...they are useless people that can make your hair turn gray in hours. I can't wait for them to leave.

AlabamaBelle

Specializes in Peds Critical Care, Dialysis, General.

The state people visited us two weeks ago. We were pretty sure JOKO would follow. They did, this past Friday. We got mulitple messages on our phones as they progressed through our facility. I made sure I stayed in my patients' rooms. They were on our unit for a total of maybe 10 minutes tops.

I've been through several JOKO visits - they are always yucky. It's kind of like giving a deposition - keep your answers straight to the point. Answer only what they ask, no more, never elaborate. If you don't understand or you just need to stall, ask they to re-state their questions. If yes or no answers a question, stick with yes or no.

This too shall pass. I just can't figure why hospitals pay good money for this.

I think nurses should band together and form another organization much like JCAHO but one that uses common sense.

Wouldn't that be great?

Blee O'Myacin, BSN, RN

Specializes in ED, ICU, Heme/Onc.

We're expecting JCAHO to visit some time next month. Has anyone had a visit from them recently? If so, what was it like? This is my first survey as a department manager, and I'm a little nervous.

Yes. I got stopped to chat while I was in the middle of pulling a med for a patient in a-fib with a rate of 210 and a bp of 89 systolic. They let me get to it when I explained what I was doing. ("Is this how you normally pull up meds?" "My patient is unstable. I'll be more than happy to chat in an hour or so...")

But our unit never looked shiney-er...:)

Blee

10MG-IV

Specializes in TraumaER ,NICUx2days, HEMEONC CathLab IV.

First, thank you for spelling JCAHO right.

We had them at our hospital a few months ago. Everything went fine. Months prior management provided 15 or 20 min inservices on the do's and don'ts. That helped.

I've had bad experiences with them but this time they were really nice.

Good luck, and those inservices for your employees might be a good idea. It helped remind us no drinks in the nurses station, nothing under the sink, nothing on heaters, clear hallways, etc.

Hey, THEY change their name every time you turn around, ACS, JCAH, JCAHO, BTW, THEY are are not an organization that has anything contributed to streamlining the paperwork, or implementing procedures that makes common sense to the field of nursing. They think up all the Hospital guidelines and so it goes, the nurse gets to do the work WHAT DO YOU WANT A RN TO DO PATIENT CARE OR A PAPER MONKEY?????

Since I have been in nursing (30yrs) the JACHO JAKO PITA have successfully created a paperwork nightmare and taken away from patient care. IMHO. and it is not so humble.

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