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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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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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