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Hourly rounds introduced at Cromwell Hospital

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Yes, certainly do remember the 2 hourly/ 4 hourly back rounds, and it did make sure that the care was given. However. I don't think we really needed to be reminded it was just to make sure we had remembered. I am sure this is needed but very sad that it has to be implemented as most nurses only have to look after about 6 patients at a time now. Team nursing involved looking after at least 14 or 15 per shift. As one of those 'easily 'bashed' by nursing times readers CNS's', I have recently been made to work on the wards one day a week and I can honestly say that it is I have not found it very difficult to acclimatise myself. As an experienced nurse (yes, back to that been qualified for nearly 30 years), I seem to be able to juggle everything on a busy surgical ward and talk to the patients, liaise with Doctors, discharge plan, explain procedures, operations, drugs etc and accompany to theatre not to mention filling in the forms, assessing pain relief and other symptoms, giving drugs, administer PEG feeds, suction trachoestomies and laryngectomies and SPEAK TO RELATIVES (hmm, not something done by all nurses on our ward.) And.... I actually got a break.(Needless to say I had to go to my office and do some of my own work which I normally do anyway whilst grabbing a bite to eat. I then stayed for another 3 hours the other day to get things done for my own patients.) Please don't accuse us CNS's of being clnically inept and insinuate that we are lazy I am already covering for a vacant post as well as my own workload and now this. Hourly reminders.... not averse to it at all, but hey, I still think I knew all the patients that day and there were good comments on my care delivered from patients and the other staff. Hooray! PS I know this sounds really boastful and not trying to martyr myself honestly. I love nursing and do it gladly and was VERY worried that I would be useless and dangerous but I feel I have been very careful and accountable and I do not do anything if I am unsure.

Posted date

20 August, 2010

Posted time

2:14 pm

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