NEWSWEEK addresses problems in hospitals and nursing

  1. make sure you read page 6 about nursing!


    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15175919/site/newsweek/
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  3. by   oramar
    Pretty impressive article about Shadyside, I will have to get some of my old Shadyside friends on the phone and see what they think.
  4. by   banditrn
    Sounds good to me!! Focusing on something to actually help the nurses - what a thought!:wink2: :wink2:
  5. by   PANurseRN1
    I loved this:

    No matter how they enter the profession, new nurses must meet state training standards. But these vary, and critics worry that fast-track programs cut too many corners. Offhand comments can provoke resentment. Verlia Brown, coordinating head nurse for adult critical-care units at Kings County Hospital Center in Brooklyn, recalls overhearing a young nurse gossiping about how things would improve when older nurses retire. "Next thing I know," Brown says, "one of her patients began to crash and I rushed in. But I had to say, 'See who's helping you now?' "
    Something new nurses should remember when they're ready to be so dismissive of experienced nurses.
  6. by   SharonH, RN
    Interesting article.


    The hospital now leaves oxygen equipment in patients' rooms after surgery in case they need it again at night (eliminating 20 minutes of set-up time).

    2o minutes to set up O2? What is this about? And is this really an "innovation". We left flow regulators and nasal cannuals in every room where I worked. I thought it was routine.


    Merryman has even given patients' families the authority to summon a rapid-response medical team if they feel an urgent problem isn't being addressed.

    I hate this idea.


    Before then, a nurse on her way to hook up an I.V. or get a patient to a lab test on time would be sidetracked by the arrival of a new patient.

    Love the way they simplify the job of the bedside nurse.


    So she suggested keeping basics like gauze and bedpans in patients' rooms. This simple fix saved nurses on a single ward more than 700 trips a week. An even bigger time saver was detailing two nurses on a medical-surgical ward to handle nothing but admissions.

    We had this also. Keeping supplies at the bedside is also not a new idea. The admission nurse were a good idea in theory but unfortunately, they got off at 7pm sharp and didn't work weekends or holidays. How frustrating!
  7. by   PANurseRN1
    Merryman has even given patients' families the authority to summon a rapid-response medical team if they feel an urgent problem isn't being addressed.

    I hate this idea.
    Agreed. "I told my nurse 10 minutes ago I needed a blanket/wanted a cup of coffee/the room is too hot/the room is too cold/I hate my roommate, etc., and she still hasn't helped me!"

    There should be a "stupid request surcharge" just in case people abuse the rapid response idea.

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