Sunday, April 21, 2019

Nursing Shortages in the hospital will soon hit the ambulatory surgery centers, are you ready?

In Denver, 78-year-old Mary Heidenreich died when a nurse who had
flunked a medication competency test accidentally gave her a fatal dose of
intravenous drugs.

In Wichita, Kan., 38-year-old Deedra Tolson bled to death after an
emergency hysterectomy when her nurse, busy caring for 12 other patients,
failed to hear her feeble cries for help.

In Alliance, Ohio, 30-year-old Lisa Vitale was waiting to give birth when she
felt searing pain rip through her abdomen. An overworked nurse misread
Vitale's fetal monitoring strip and failed to notice that her baby was in
acute distress. Born hours after an emergency cesarean section could have
saved his health, Vitale's son suffered severe brain damage that left him
unable to drink from a bottle and required round-the-clock medical care.

In Florida, William T. Fain, 80, fell, hit his head, suffered brain damage and
died two weeks later, an autopsy report said all while under the care of an
agency nurse at Westside Regional Medical Center. Fain came to the ER
after a seizure on Super Bowl Sunday in 2006, his family said in a
negligence suit filed last month. Doctors ordered nurses to send Fain to the
ICU and, in the interim, take steps to prevent him from falling from his bed,
the suit said. They were to put up bedrails, lower the bed and check him
more often. The agency nurse on his case did none of those steps, the suit
said. After he spent 12 hours in the ER, and shortly after his family left for the
evening, nurses found Fain on the floor. He fell, hit his head, suffered brain
damage and died two weeks later, an autopsy report said.

Realizing all of these incidents were Acute Care related, how long can we dodge
this National Nursing Shortage in the Ambulatory Care setting?

• No matter what your historical staffing vacancy rates have been, it
is time we all begin to plan for the inevitable. Fewer nursing students are entering the field than vacant positions are needing to be filled. According to the Nurses Coalition, only one spot
out of ten vacancies are being filled by nursing graduates, leaving a 90% vacancy rate that often times than not, they are filled by temporary staff, agency staff, or just left with an open schedule and no nursing hours to give to the patient as they deserve.

Let's put together our great minds, let's join together to think outside this box we've known to achieve the unknown, and unchartered territory.  Ideas, thoughts, out there thoughts, please leave them for us in the comment sections of this blog.  Thank you. 

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