Category Archives for "Nursing"

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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The Stress of Critical Care Nursing

Critical care nursing is challenging. Not only mentally stressful, but physically demanding, it’s ideal for the twenty-something and thirty-something nurses. Yet the average age of an ICU nurse has continually increased in recent years. Today it’s forty-seven or forty-eight. The level of experience of those nurses is phenomenal, and makes one wonder how they are […]

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