Should a Nurse Refuse a Patient Assignment?

Critical care nurse Photo by Margie Miklas

In today’s healthcare climate, patient acuity has increased and patient care assignments have become more labor intensive for clinical nurses. When is it acceptable for an RN to refuse a patient assignment? With the national shortage of RN’s, facilities are increasing the nurse-patient ratios, resulting in heavier workloads and busy patient assignments for nurses. In […]

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Drug Diversion – A Major Issue

A major problem in hospitals over the past few years, drug diversion is the illegal distribution or abuse of prescription drugs or their use for unintended purposes. The hospital policy is very strict regarding partial doses of controlled substances, like opioids and benzodiazepines. The protocol calls for employees to “waste” any excess medications while being […]

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When Patient Safety is Compromised

Patient safety is a major concern and priority in today’s healthcare system. Each year the Joint Commission establishes new National Patient Safety Goals. Most if not all medical facilities have policies regarding patient safety and even include it in their mission statements. Typical mission statements like these grace the walls in hospitals and medical centers […]

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