We’ve been celebrating nurses this week and it’s fitting that Florence Nightingale’s birthday always marks the end of Nurses Week. Florence is legendary for being the pioneer of handwashing and hygiene. What is obvious today was not so obvious during her lifetime.
Today marks the beginning of Nurses Week which always holds a special place in my heart. I love nurses and I love that for a whole week (not just a day) we all get to express our gratitude for and awe of nurses. After all, nurses give so much of themselves. What other profession, in the normal course of performing its job, doesn’t get to eat, use the bathroom or take a break and sometimes even gives its lives for the very people it’s serving?
I hope all is good and that you and your loved ones are healthy. Like you, LegalNurse.com wants all Americans to understand the risk of COVID-19 to the frontline providers and the healthcare system at large.
I’ve discussed the current lack of PPE in healthcare and the risk to the frontline providers and the healthcare system at large. There is, however, another contributing factor that could lead us over the precipice and into unmitigated disaster if we don’t get the spread of Coronavirus under control real soon. And that’s the people who continue to selfishly interact with others when it’s not necessary.
Staying up to date with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the ever evolving changes that affect the long term care industry is essential for the Certified Legal Nurse Consultant working on long term care cases. On April 27, 2016 the CMS added six new quality measures to the federal website, Nursing Home Compare.
With changes in the Five-Star Quality Rating System affecting the nursing home industry, the Certified Legal Nurse Consultant must understand how Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) collects and relies on data from various data sources.
Weekend Hospitalization Alerts Certified Legal Nurse Consultants to Increased Risk of Medical Malpractice
Registered nurses working RN hospital jobs know that weekends and holidays are terrible times to be admitted to a hospital – whether for a life-threatening condition or simply for observation.
Increased Risk of Fatal Mistakes – One Factor Certified Legal Nurse Consultants Can’t Afford to Ignore
Experienced Certified Legal Nurse Consultants know that a patient’s choice of surgeon can significantly increase the odds of a better surgical outcome. But when a patient is about to undergo a high-risk surgical procedure, they might not be considering another important variable – the “predicted survival” estimate for the procedure at the particular treating facility.
Certified Legal Nurse Consultants Know All Too Well That Most Medical Errors Are Not Disclosed to Patients
As a legal nurse consultant for more than 33 years, I’ve consulted on countless medical malpractice cases with multi-million dollar verdicts. In the majority of those cases the injured plaintiff still didn’t get what he wanted most – an apology from the hospital and treating physician.
Do you remember your first job as an RN and how exciting everything was? Starting an IV – exciting! Saving a patient’s life – exciting! That excitement might not have lasted for 20 or 40 years, but you can still recall it, can’t you? A study published in the Journal of Nursing Economics (JNE) suggests the excitement for newly licensed registered nurses (NLRNs) about their RN job is at an all-time low.