You know the stories you have heard about healthcare people getting fired because they tried to start a union, and similar things? Here is a message from our National Director, Jalil Johnson. I will expand on it in a moment: We don’t anticipate anyone having any trouble with their employer because of the SMYS for… Continue reading The Dangers of Advocacy, and why you shouldn’t worry.
Do you remember him? He was a physician at the prestigious Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. A deceased patient’s son shot him to death. At the hospital. Today, the staff celebrated his life. It’s too bad they weren’t celebrating the great care he was still giving to patients. 😦 Dr Davidson was the father… Continue reading Staff Safety. Dr Michael Davidson
Have you ever made a medication error? I have. I flushed a ‘heplock’ (we used to flush IV’s with heparin for the young kids) with 3 mL of 1000 unit/mL heparin. Instead of 100 unit/mL heparin. Of course, this was in 1990 when I was pushing a med cart up and down the open bay… Continue reading Patient Safety and the Blame Game
The first time I was assaulted by a patient, I was told that I was not allowed to call the police. I was a new graduate. I don’t think I had been a nurse for longer than three months at the time. The patient was alert and oriented, and angry. I was pretty insistent that… Continue reading Violence against……You
Today’s guest post is by Dr Gregory House. Good evening, healthcare. The truth we see again and again is that Patients lie. I’ve found that when you want to know the truth about someone, that someone is probably the last person you should ask. It’s a basic truth of the human condition that everybody lies. The… Continue reading Guest Post, Dr Gregory House on Addiction
You know what I have found out about advocacy and change? It freaking costs money! We had to put out an all call today for donations to our foundation. We need software and web applications and stuff. I really hate doing that, but I doubt myself and the admin team will be able to finance… Continue reading Calling all Healthcare People!
Our CEO is a nightmare . My er staff has been cut in half and he threatened to fire me when I submitted a new staffing proposal. Did you read that? That comes from a Nurse Manager. She was threatened with termination for suggesting that the ER be staffed safely. Can you imagine your spouse,… Continue reading Is there a Nurse among your family or friends? READ THIS