Reflecting on Medical Errors and Advocating for Change
Mistakes happen. Unfortunately, there’s no avoiding it, no one is above it, and I'm sure we can all think of a time that we made a mistake in our nursing practice. The events following a mistake in patient care can be chaotic and emotional. But after the dust settles, what’s most important is learning how to avoid the same mistakes from occurring again, and doing all you can to prevent your fellow nurses from making mistakes in a similar situation. Think of it as primary prevention.
June 13, 2016
How Oncology Nurses Are Working on the Cancer Moonshot Initiative
In his last state of the union address of his presidency, on January 12, President Obama announced a new “moonshot” funding plan and asked Vice President Biden to lead the initiative to eliminate cancer as we know it. Some of us remember the original moonshot funding request made by President Kennedy, almost 55 years ago, to put a man on the moon before the decade ended and other initiatives. The cancer moonshot goal is to achieve a decade’s worth of advances in five years. Critical to this happening is the elimination of siloes.
April 05, 2016
The Case of the Troubling Transport
During orientation, Justine learns that women scheduled for a hookwire procedure are transported to the mammography suite located across the parking area of the hospital building. Patients are being taken through the public waiting area during the transport. She knows this is a patient privacy violation, but her supervisor tells her, “This is the way we've always done it.”
March 15, 2016
What Nurses Need to Know About Private Patient Advocates
Navigating the healthcare system as a patient with cancer, with multiple treatment options, frequent appointments, diagnostic tests, new medications, and insurance complications, is confusing and can become overwhelming. Advocacy is one crucial role a nurse fulfills, providing education and support to assist patients with making decisions and managing their condition.
February 02, 2016