If you’ve ever had a loved one in the hospital, you know how important nurses are. Studies show that the amount of time that nurses spend with patients is related to fewer errors. And according to a new study, investing in nursing is key to patient outcomes, including the risk of dying while in the hospital.
Rotating schedules, debriefing, and teaching “chaos therapy” have been suggested as ways to help emergency room personnel deal with the anxiety that can come from dealing with death on a daily basis.
Recently, a nurse made headlines for dropping a newborn, fracturing the baby's skull. The parents, understandably upset, claim the nurse should have known better than to hold the baby if she was sleepy. As a labor and delivery nurse, here is what I wish I could say to every mother out there, what I'm sure many of us would want to say to the families we care for:
A shortage of nurses is expected to get worse as baby boomers age and the need for health care grows. Making matters worse some nurses are leaving the industry because of work-related injuries. The University of Minnesota school of nursing hopes to turn that around.
'Rape kits' are extremely intrusive and difficult exams of a rape victim that can take hours. Their purpose: To collect information and physical evidence from the rapist that might have been left on the victim's body, including any DNA. But Scheske questions the quality of her own exam.
A nurse practitioner in Connecticut pleaded guilty in June to taking $83,000 in kickbacks from a drug company in exchange for prescribing its high-priced drug to treat cancer pain. In some cases, she delivered promotional talks attended only by herself and a company sales representative.
Hackers broke into the massive hospital network of the University of California, Los Angeles, accessing computers with sensitive records of 4.5 million people.
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Liz Di Bernardo