Psych Nurse Stabbed to Death
The panel this week included host Jamie Davis and he was joined by Victoria Powell, snowed in deep inside Arkansas, from VP-Medical.com. Also returning to the show, Terri Pollick from Nurse Ratched’s Place, Kim McAllister of the Emergiblog and Cora Vizcarra from InfusionNurse.org.
This week’s show starts off on a somber note as the panel discusses the death of an Australian nurse after an attack by a patient in a psychiatric facility. Attacks on health care professionals seem to be happening more frequently but there is no standard for reporting these acts of violence unless they end in death or serious injury. Terri Polick related that on several occasions she resorted to filing charges in court on her own after administrators and even police officers refused to take her statement.
The policeman told Terri, this is part of your job. You’re a psych nurse! Jamie said it sounded like something he’d also say to a prostitute about getting beat up by her pimp which said a lot about what this cop thought of nurses!
How to Post Placenta Pics!
The panel had a lot of fun with the discussion on the recent story of nursing student who were expelled from their nursing school after posting pics taken of themselves with a placenta during a clinical rotation. While this might be considered bad taste, all thought the hospital and nursing school involved over-reacted to the who thing and created a privacy issue where there was none. How do you identify a patient by looking at their placenta anyway?
Victoria pointed out that there were first amendment rights in play here and Jamie agreed. Recent court proceedings against a paramedic who was fired after posting unkind things about his boss and workplace on Facebook seem to bear out this argument. The Federal Department of Labor found that Facebook was a protected form of free speech and the employers could not censure their employees for statements made there. The Courts agreed in the case of these nursing students and they were reinstated after an order from a court mandated it.
Contaminated Swabs and Cleansing Pads?
Finally, the team closed with a look at a bizarre story about a company recalling alcohol prep pads, swabs, and swabsticks because of a suspected bacterial contamination. Wouldn’t the mere use of these items in patient care by a nurse destroy the bacterial cultures? Cora Vizcarra used the opportunity to talk about proper site cleansing and the common practice of reusing these wipes “until dry” when prepping an IV site. She send in a link to her article about it on her blog at InfusionNurse.org.
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