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6 Ways Nurses Can Solve Patient Care Problems

Marijke Durning | NursingLink

6 Ways Nurses Can Solve Patient Care Problems

Constant Interruptions

Problem:

It’s often said that if you want to get some rest, don’t go to a hospital. With its 24-hour operation, hospital staff members are moving around all the time. Of course, we try to minimize disruptions as much as we can at night, but we don’t always think of it during the day.

Imagine being a patient who didn’t sleep well at night due to pain or discomfort. When he’s trying to rest after breakfast, you go in to start an IV. After you’ve hooked it up and leave, a CNA goes in to change the bed. Not long after she’s done, another nurse comes in to give the patient his medications and take his vital signs. Just when he thinks it’s safe to close his eyes, the housekeeper comes in and empties the trash – followed by the dietary aide who brings him his early lunch.

Solution:

While this may sound too ideal to be done, perhaps with a bit of organization, some of the disruptions could be minimized or eliminated. During report or right after, speak with other members of the nursing team to see what needs to be done for your patients. If possible, suggest how you can work together so you’re either in the room together, working as a team, or you take over a few of the tasks and do them all at the same time.

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