Comment on: Training HCAs to recognise patient deterioration
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.
Comment on: Flu jab champions rewarded for efforts
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?
Comment on: Is the focus on compassion a red herring?
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?