Saturday, January 22, 2005


Shrinkette posts today on the world of nurses.
Nurses do a very important job- they are the ones on the front lines, actually caring for the patients. When a psychiatrist writes an order for a haldol injection for an out-of-control patient, its a nurse who actually gives the shot while the psychiatrist is safe behind locked doors. Unfortunately, nurses have increasing amounts of administrative work to do. Nurses today spend too much of their time (like doctors) writing in charts instead of providing direct patient care. If it's not written in the chart it didn't happen. Nurses often have too many patients to care for and patients suffer because of it. I have seen many instances of patients having prolonged waits for prn (as needed) meds such as pain meds because their overworked nurse was busy charting.

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