Welcome to Insights in Nursing Episode 34
1 in 3 People to Encounter A Mistake During Hospital Stays The discussion starts off with a research about how mistakes are common in US hospitals. The panel questions whether the data has actually been better collected or if health professionals are just making more errors now as compared to the past. It was brought up some in some points in the article where MRSA was called a medical error which is not usually the case.
Being a nurse researcher herself, Terri says that medical errors have been looked at for the past 10 years and says that we have gotten better and lived though medical errors ourselves. Host Jamie Davis also thought that the reports may seem to have stretched the term medical errors since some of those mentioned are more like adverse events where an unintended complication arises which may or may not be a result of an error.
Better Work Conditions and Staffing Improves Patient Care… Well, Duh?
The next article was a report on the study that revealed better work conditions and better staffing result to improved patient care and tougher work schedules deteriorated patient outcomes. Jamie pointed out that though the cause of some of the problems has been identified, it still comes down to staffing problems. Terri was pleased with the fact that this article not only looked at staffing as a problem but the psychological stress that nurses go through. It’s not just about how many nurses are on the floor but how they’re running the floor and what are asked of the nurses to be done.
Anne pointed out that long shifts or long hours of work also contributes to stress especially when the emergency cases come in the last hour of the nurse’s shift where the nurse is already beat. Terri agreed to this and added that the fact that nurses are not given the time to stay away from their jobs for long because of under staffing and in the end costs hospitals more because of poor patient outcomes.
NLN Nursing School Survey Released
This article talks about the annual survey conducted by the NLN in nursing schools in the US and looks at a variety of things like the availability of educational resources, demographics of students, and looks at the potential future nursing workforce. The podmedic connected this with the previous article where if hospitals are understaffed, schools are too and the availability of nurse educators may be lacking.
In the previous episodes of Insights in Nursing, some of Terri’s students came in as panelists and talked about some of the key points in the IOM report. The panelists move on to talk about how the curriculum of nursing education and lab training has changed from the time when they were the ones in nursing school and more.
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