Would it feel better if CRASH stook for Clinical Support Workers' REDUCED Assessment....?
I know the word 'assess' feels like it is owned by RGNs.
Please do not fear someone taking your job! It's called working at the top of your license, and besides, it protects patients. If you cannot be the one to give the bath and take the vital signs because you are doing the higher maths with medication administration, then delegate appropriately. This tool is designed to help you do that.
Sorry, Anonymous, you have come off looking like you have stock in over-the-counter flu remedies. Here is the link that shows the flu jab is safe for everyone six months and older, even pregnant women: http://www.cdc.gov/Features/FluVaccines/
Certainly you can understand in a risk-benefit analysis that getting the jab is much less risky than suffering the flu?
Using one's intellect to control emotional outbursts does not mean one is discompassionate. Using one's intellect to process distress, burnout and fatigue in private do not mean we are damaged or de-sensitized. If your only coping mechanism is denial, then yes, you may better suited to another career.
I think this piece SCREAMS that we need higher education in nursing, so we will all have the vocabulary to describe the constructs and paradigms within which we deliver heartfelt, compassionate care.
"You don't know what you don't know" means sometimes people who don't have a degree don't understand what it means to become enlightened, educated, and emboldened. Sometimes, they even think having a degree and life experience are the same thing! Fortunately, Linda Aiken and some others are doing great research into the benefits to patients of nurses with degrees and certifications.
How do we ever know the person in the bed is not just a 'pre-apprehended' pedophile? That is some hubris to think we can judge others by what we see. I agree with the statement, they are patients first. We are their nurses first. We perform to the best of our abilities and allow others whose job it is to prosecute or punish. We don't need the lawyers coming in to do our jobs, do we?
You are so right, Jenni! From now on, I will not offer any "back to basics" classes. I'll find a new name. After all, footballers make great money and enjoy prestige for the very basic act of kicking a ball!
Yes to both. We can't ignore that because we are predominantly a female workforce we are discriminated against. It doesn't help that every year someone publishes the "worth of a housewife" and they always include "nurse" as one of the functions. Is there someone we can speak to about that?
I have never heard it said better! We have the same issues in the states. We lament our low pay compared to other clinical roles, but then hold one another down with a refusal to realize that a degree can bring the respect we crave through quantitative outcomes, without any loss of qualitative talents. It's time we said to the degree-less, we are not invalidating your contributions, but it is well past time to move ahead...
I agree with Kim. For some strange reason, every time there is a problem, people automatically look at 'education' and think there is a knowledge problem. It is most likely NOT a knowledge problem in so many cases, especially this one. The problems are attitudes and behaviors. We also do too much 'spoon-feeding.' We TELL learners WHY they need to pay attention to a behavior, instead of having them tell US why their behavior matters. And we need to listen to their obstackes. What prevents them from doing the right thing?
I have personal experience with #5. In the late 90's with a Master's Degree, I considered going to nursing school, and found that I would have to take a six-week course in HCA just to matriculate. That was cost-prohibitive for someone already planning to take a year off work and pay nursing tuition also. So, I did not go to nursing school until that requirement was lifted.