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Door of opportunity: Clinical documentation improvement
I was disappointed that clinical documentation improvement was not featured. As a CDI specialist, I have found it to be a rewarding career, and I encourage other nurses to learn about CDI. - Rani Stoddard, MBA, RN, CPHQ, RHIT, CCDS Winnetka, Calif. (www.Nurse.com/Article/Doors-Opportunity)
ED personality
As a 25-year veteran of the ED and field and air nursing, I don't think the article "Match made in nursing: Where does your personality fit?" (www.Nurse.com/Article/NYNJ/Match-Made-In-Nursing) could have hit the nail more squarely on the head. In the ED, we are compassionate to a fault. And when patients are discharged, admitted or transferred, we move on to the next patient and we split our time well between all...READ MORE »
Violence by psychiatric patients
Regarding the article "Violence remains an issue for psychiatric hospital staff" (www.Nurse.com/Article/Psych-Violence), I was recently assaulted on the job and I didn't feel it was appropriate to press charges against a psychiatric patient. So here I've sat for several months receiving rehab, on crutches, with a leg and neck brace and so on, and not even knowing if I'll be able to return to work. Hopefully, in the...READ MORE »
Rising higher despite obstacles
I share some key similarities with Debra Barksdale, PhD, RN, who was featured in the very inspirational article "Be inspired, rise higher" (www.Nurse.com/Article/Be-Inspired). I graduated from school more than 20 years ago and am in an MSN-nurse educator program. I remember the old saying in nursing school "nurses eat their young." To some degree, that is still going on, as new nurses rotate through clinical...READ MORE »
Home care nurses deserve support
Kudos to Eileen Williamson for addressing home care.Home healthcare nurses deserve all the support they would usually get from a hospital or other facility. - Tova Navarra, BA, RN, Middletown, N.J. (www.Nurse.com/Article/Home-Team-Advantage)
Nurses on boards
Regarding the article "National coalition launches effort to place 10,000 nurses on governing boards" (www.Nurse.com/Article/Nurses-Boards-Goals), I have thought this myself many times, as I am the perfect person to be on a board. I have many years of experience in public and private sectors working on a variety of health issues and with a variety of partners. I set and deal with budgets, political priorities,...READ MORE »
Home health rotation sets new career path
I read the article "Home is where the care is" (Nurse.com/Article/Home-Care) and it is true. Before my home health rotation in nursing school, I wanted to be a surgical nurse, but the experience of seeing how the patients really are after hospital discharge was eye-opening. I worked for a year in a med/surg position, then found a job as a home care nurse. Two decades later, I still work as a visiting nurse. I...READ MORE »
Home care
I've worked in home care for almost 20 years and it is so different than the hospital. People are way more comfortable at home and relate differently to you there. - Michelle Totleben Bessetti Via Facebook (November article "Home is where the care is," Nurse.com/Article/Home-Care )
Personal protective equipment
Does personal protective equipment have a coating that changes color when in contact with bodily fluids? A litmus solution made from cabbage with a quick drying agent delivered by an aerosol spray can be applied to PPE and can help detect the pH in bodily fluids. Knowing the location of fluids alerts one prior to doffing. Also, a redesigned cooling towel can prolong comfort and focus. ­- Glenwrick Elliott, RN...READ MORE »
Bullying still a problem
I read your article, "Kaplan survey: Nursing grads concerned about hostile work environments" (Nurse.com/Article/Kaplan-Survey-Bullying), and it was on point. I graduated in December 2013 and soon after started a job as a new nurse. The floor I was assigned to was terrible. I was bullied so much it brought me to tears before and after work. I began searching for a new job to get away from the harassment and the...READ MORE »
Campaign for Nursing's Future
I agree with what Eileen Williamson, MSN, RN, wrote about the documentary film sponsored by The Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing's Future and the objectives of the campaign in her editorial "New documentary film invites nurses to speak out" (Nurse.com/Article/J&J-Documentary). I have been involved with the J&J campaign for more than five years. I've shared the great materials they offer in...READ MORE »
African American on cover
I was pleased to see a young, black African-American male RN on the cover. This was a positive image portrayed at the right time. - Tracy Wright, BSN, RN Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. (August 2014 Nurse.com cover)
Whistleblowing
I am involved in a whistleblower case in Illinois. I read the 2012 article "RN whistle-blowers summon moral courage" (Nurse.com/Article/Whistleblowing), and it was a welcomed piece of information. This struggle has been long, hard and devastating. Since reading that article, I have found many people who are standing up for the right issues. I hope that Nurse.com revisits this topic in the near future. It keeps...READ MORE »
Ebola fears
The article "Nurses throughout region remain vigilant, cautious about Ebola" (Nurse.com/Article/NY/Ebola-RNs-Vigilant) highlights a fear that healthcare workers face about Ebola. As nurses, we constantly face a multitude of threats while rendering treatment. We sometimes perform care only to later find out about contagious organisms requiring isolation. Nurses operate as soldiers; we are constantly on guard for our...READ MORE »
Driving retention efforts
Regarding the article "Nurses take the wheel, drive retention efforts," (Nurse.com/Article/NY/Take-The-Wheel), the different practices and ideas implemented to improve retention among nurses is encouraging, however, the statistics remain scary. If hospitals want to retain their new graduates and experienced staff, administration needs to come up with innovative ideas. For example, hiring nurse coaches who could...READ MORE »