Safety Rules!

SafetyNurse1968, PhD, RN 7,281 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.

Drug Use and Abuse: Perspectives of A Teen User Part 2

Jane mentioned many drugs in our interview, so I wanted to give you a quick, reliable reference to look them up. The National Institute on Drug Abuse has all of them listed on a website in...

Protecting Your License – Notes from a Nurse-Attorney

Nursing licensure has been on my mind lately. I just taught an NCLEX test prep course to some recent RN grads, and there are always test questions on licensure and negligence. I had a lively...

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

Part 1: Background on EMDR I have written several blog posts about getting fired and the consequences it has had for me personally and professionally. It happened just over a year ago...

Drug Use and Abuse: Perspectives of A Teen User Part 1

Let me introduce you to Jane. She is the daughter of one of my best friends in the whole world. I met her when she was 13, a tall, quiet, polite girl, with shoulder length brown hair who played the...

Are You Ready for NCLEX? Think PATIENT SAFETY and You Will Be!

TAKING NCLEX I took my NCLEX way back in 2006 - before alternate items, but after select all that apply (those dreaded SAPs!!). I recall driving to the testing facility early in the morning in a...

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...


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