NEJM In Favor of Expanded Nursing Practice
The panel this week included host Jamie Davis and he was joined by Terri Schmitt, a Missouri nurse practitioner and educator and author of the popular NurseStory.com blog. Also returning to the show, Rob Fraser, Canadian nurse and author of NurseRob.com.
The tide seems to be turning with respect to barriers to full scope of practice for nurses at all levels. The New England Journal of Medicine wrote an article in favor of removing restrictions to nursing practice within the extent of their training. Terri agreed that this was a big step but that there was still a great deal of work to do revising nurse practice acts in many states in the U.S. She also proposed that she has the model for the perfect nurse clinic. Listen to the show to check out her ideas.
All Parents Lie
That was the headline of the second article we covered where a nurse in New Zealand who deals with child abuse cases is catching some heat for this statement about how much patients and their caregivers really tell us. Host Jamie Davis points out, don’t ALL PATIENTS lie to us at some point simply to hide things they don’t think we need to know? Rob and Terri both share their thoughts about how to build rapport with patients in order to create a care environment that encourages sharing and honesty.
Nurse/Patient Communication Matters
The panel wrapped up this week’s nursing care discussion with a look at a recent study showing how many quality benchmarks in the hospital setting can be influenced by improving opportunities for Nurse/Patient communication. Will this provide more impetus to improve nurse staffing levels and give us more time to communicate with patients? We’re not sure, but to many of us in the nursing field, the opportunities to take more time to communicate with our patients is encouraging. What do you think?
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