Quality

A Pow Wow is a gathering…..

A Pow Wow is a gathering…..

I know that you all know it well…effective communication in our busy lives is key.  With so many ways we communicate, and so often those ways being electronic these days, it is easy for messages to get misinterpreted or ignored. I know folks who won’t pick […]

My ED visit this week, and the power of quality nursing…

My ED visit this week, and the power of quality nursing…

My  sharp witted Australian WWII Nurse mother-in-law took a fall this week, and was brought to the emergency room.   As I waited, I quickly became grateful for mom’s nurse.  Christian provided excellent care, and I quickly realized that he had the qualities we would all […]

NTOD is coming…

NTOD is coming…

June 10th is NTOD….National Time Out Day.    It may seem like we are bombarded with safe surgical checklists, time out, and correct site language all the time, but it makes sense to make Time Out a focus in our facilities one day a year […]

Family Matters:  My perspective lesson

Family Matters: My perspective lesson

Last week, my life was put on pause as my family and I stopped our lives for a moment as we learned that a loved one needed surgery.  It was a big procedure with life threatening implications, and my nurse hat reluctantly came off~ and […]

Sharing the Hats: Delegating those non-patient care tasks.

Sharing the Hats: Delegating those non-patient care tasks.

  We have all heard it before: The key to effective management is delegation. But, if you are like me, sometimes it’s hard to let go. What if the ball gets dropped? The problem is that either can’t get it all done well, or worse, we trust […]

Conscious Sedation…just a little Versed…

Conscious Sedation…just a little Versed…

Conscious Sedation can be an appropriate  way to provide comfort to a patient during certain procedures.  Doing it safely means that you implement processes and policies  to protect your patients. Bottom line is, despite how much or what type of sedation you are providing, If […]

Care Communication…Are your staff “handing off” effectively?

Care Communication…Are your staff “handing off” effectively?

Not only is care communication important, it is also a AAAHC requirement. Here are some thoughts you may want to consider to improve the process and communication at your facility.  Are your PACU nurses only hearing about IV fluids?   I know it may sound […]