KathyDay

KathyDay

Patient Safety Advocate; HAI Prevention
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  1. COVID-19: I'm Doing My Own Research

    I was not being disrespectful at all. I was simply making a point that any patient, adult or child, has a right to disclose or not disclose information to a provider, and they also have a right to not have a provider at all. It is a fact. I agree t...
  2. COVID-19: I'm Doing My Own Research

    Or, she could not have a provider at all, correct? We seek care and we hope we can trust our providers. The decisions to share or not share private information is up to the patient, whether they are a kid or adult. If sharing intimate information ...
  3. COVID-19: I'm Doing My Own Research

    No, the daughter is an educated and pro active young woman. It is sad that nobody can trust anybody anymore, because of the intrusive "decision making" by the SCOTUS, and other politicians. Some of the rhetoric surrounding women, their reproductive...
  4. How many times did we hear this over the past few years and during the worst of the pandemic? Even though all media resources told us that thousands upon thousands of people of all ages were dying from COVID 19, many decided they could instantaneous...
  5. Old Timer's Take on Fixing the Nursing Shortage

    I had several weeks of OR training as well, Pre and post op, and scrubbing in. And like you we learned to clean and repack instrument packs. My first job as an RN was in the OR/ER/sterile supplies department of my small hometown hospital. I had al...
  6. Old Timer's Take on Fixing the Nursing Shortage

    Let's all agree, that some prefer 5 8 hour shifts and some prefer 3 12 hour shifts. And hospitals have to learn to accommodate all of them. That was the point of my article...Promise Nurses the Moon and Give it to them. It's time that nurses decid...
  7. Old Timer's Take on Fixing the Nursing Shortage

    What I suggested in my article was to bring the goals and successes of the 3 year diploma program back, not necessarily the route to get there. You are absolutely right...not many modern students would accept the rigors of being under the strict rul...
  8. Nursing Homes Short Staffing Causes and Effects

    Isn't it sad that those who deserve excellent care and who need it the most are often harmed and/or neglected in a LTC setting? It is a catch 22, trying to get qualified and sufficient staff for nursing homes and assisted living facilities. My own ...
  9. Old Timer's Take on Fixing the Nursing Shortage

    #s 4 and 6 could absolutely contribute to local nursing shortages, but as you say, perhaps not to a national nursing shortage. When people leave YOUR hospital and are not replaced, that leaves you in a shortage, locally.
  10. Old Timer's Take on Fixing the Nursing Shortage

  11. Old Timer's Take on Fixing the Nursing Shortage

    You are absolutely right...ratios are a must. And those ratios have to reflect the rising acuity of patients. Specialty training should be ongoing inside the facilities that hire nurses...along with required certifications. Nursing "training" neve...
  12. Old Timer's Take on Fixing the Nursing Shortage

    I hadn't considered this. I did observe that a lot of programs accelerated their programs to allow students to fill the gap at hospitals at the peak of the pandemic. I wondered about the impact of this on patients and other nurses. It seemed both ...
  13. Old Timer's Take on Fixing the Nursing Shortage

    Of course nursing has changed (scientifically and technically), and nursing education must change as well. The supervised hands on approach is the best way to build confidence to safely care for patients. Specialty training should start during "tra...
  14. Nursing Then and Now

    Like you, I graduated from high school in 1967, but I went immediately into nursing school or "training" in a Catholic nursing school. I was a naive dumb kid, but I snapped to under the tutelage of catholic nuns and instructors. It was a strict and ...
  15. The nursing shortage is starting to hurt, really bad. These past few years have worn down some of the strongest and most talented nurses in the US, and they have either quit nursing or moved to greener Nursing pastures. Sadly, this happened smack i...