“There was a lot of pounding and kneading, and while we made our pots and whatever, people started to talk,” she said of the session last summer. “When your hands are occupied and you’re not in the spotlight, it’s easier to say things like ‘I feel really bad’ or ‘This child touched my heart and I’m grieving.’ It gives staff a chance to create out of something that is hurtful and painful.” [Read more...]
(OC Register) Nursing is among the occupations in the highest demand locally and nationally, and offers excellent opportunities for good pay and benefits, but requiring a high degree of skill. Some nurses, however, choose to raise their skill level even higher, pursuing careers as advanced-practice nurses. [Read more...]
Approaching Death – A nurse goes from the ER to a hospice, and changes the way she thinks about life and its end
A child is dead.
There is a terrifying, soul-piercing scream that a mother makes when she loses a child. This scream is so universal that everyone, in every corner of the emergency department, knows what has just happened when they hear it. [Read more...]
(Forbes) U.S. consumers still like to see a doctor, but if they have to wait, they are happy to see a nurse practitioner or a physician assistant.
Two studies out this week indicate both patients and doctors are “open to a greater role” to primary care professionals who are not medical doctors at a time when physicians are in short supply and doctors will become even more scarce when the Affordable Care Act broadens health care benefits in less than seven months. The law will bring additional coverage for millions of Americans along with an influx of business to doctors that they may not be able to handle. [Read more...]
(Allentown Morning Call) It might seem like overkill to some, but there’s a reason why doctors and nurses ask patients their names and other identifying questions over and over again – they’re ensuring that the right medicine and dosage gets to the right patient.
Even with multiple verifications, however, hospital clinicians still make mistakes. The Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority logged 813 wrong-patient medication errors over a six-month period in 2011 and found that they occur at every step of the process – from ordering the medication to filling the prescription in the pharmacy to delivering the correct dosage to the patient [Read more...]
The correct answer now depends upon each individual hospital’s best practices. But state legislators want to take the guess work out of staffing. [Read more...]