Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

  1. American Journal of Nursing - June, 2002 - Volume 102, Issue 6

    Two Steps Forward, One Step Back
    Bush administration action on regulations a mixed bag.

    TB - the Bush administration has once again delayed the final publication of an OSHA standard aimed at protecting workers in hospitals, long-term care facilities, and other high-risk employment settings from exposure to TB. OSHA officials announced in March that they were extending for another 60 days the period in which organizations can provide input on the proposed TB standard, which had been on the verge of finalization in 2001......

    Ergonmics/workplace injury - While OSHA is considering moving ahead on revisions to its current emergency preparedness standard, the ANA wants the agency to focus on the prevention of more conventional threats to nurses in the workplace, such as musculoskeletal disorders and fights administration plan to cut about $8 million in OSHA training grants that are used to help identify and address health and safety hazards in the workplace.....

    Advanced Practice - the Bush administration affects certified nurse anesthetists. In January 2001, the CMS issued a new ruling that overturned a federal regulation requiring physician supervision of nurse anesthetists who care for Medicare patients. reinstated the physician supervision requirement.....

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  3. by   oramar
    The general public and politicians have this attitude that "anybody can feed or toilet a patient". People in hospitals and nursing homes have very serious medical conditions that can make simple things like eating and going to bathroom complicated. Sometimes my most important nursing judgments were made about those seemingly simple things.