Many nurses I know are perfectionist. Every detail matters and they generally get every detail correct. They ask themselves “Did I forget anything?” “Did I do that correctly?” “Did I make a mistake?”
Being the most trustworthy professionals in America means that nurses must maintain an exceptionally high standard of ethics and integrity. Ethics is essentially about being an honest, respectable human being. This would seem to be a rather straight forward issue. However, it is much more complicated than it might seem at face value. Never the […]
We need to be helping patients and certainly our family and friends to make good decisions about their medical care. I once had a family member who selected the hospital for his abdominal aortic aneurysm repair based on the hospital menu and the length of the hallway from the front door to the room that […]
Trends seem to come and go. I remember a trend to in the early 1990s in Minnesota to cross-train non-nursing personnel to do nursing functions. These non-nursing personnel doing nursing work included janitors, housekeepers, transport workers, and security guards. So don’t think that it can’t happen in your hospital.
Being a change agent is a major function for nurses. Nurses are on the floor seeing the effects medicine and the health care system is having on the patient. We know that some things are getting better for the patient and other things are not. We must be vocal about the changes that are working […]
Some days nursing has felt to be to be synonymous with “herding cats”. Trying to create order within an environment of chaos and unpredictable behavior can be quite the challenge. Being a nurse who prefers to work with foreseeable and anticipated situations I was always a bit frustrated while working in a hospital setting. Nursing […]
Some of you may have heard of bullet journaling and some of you may have not heard about it. I sure wish it was around as a concept when I was going through nursing school. I always felt frazzled struggling to keep up and hoping that I hadn’t drop the ball on one or more […]
Registered nurses will play an important role in nursing in the future. Registered nurses will not only be involved in bedside nurses but will play a critical role in coordinating care for patients. As patients age their need for care coordination increases. When I was first involved in case management around 1985 very few nurses […]
Today I cannot help but reflect on what has now been called “the worst mass shooing in US history and the deadliest terrorist attack on US soil since September 11, 2001.” This attack took place in the early morning hours yesterday, Sunday June 12, 2016. I know that many people are thinking and praying for […]
Nursing informatics is a new and growing field for nurses. It is a specialized area of nursing involving knowledge of computers, the practice of nursing and applying information science. Do you have the skills and characteristics to be a nurse informaticist?