This meeting was a good scholarly activity, but also required because I sometimes act as weekend supervisor.Week 9, practicum hours 10, total hours 90I went to an interdisciplinary meeting this week because we are having a problem recruiting andretaining nursing staff, and we have had to close one of our units for the last two weeks. A suggestion Ihad, was to increase the pay, because we work in a dangerous environment, in order to retain thenurses, we already have, but to also attract new nurses.All nurses were invited to attend this meeting to get their input and ideas. One problem inaddition to the hospital losing money because we cannot accept as many patients is the cost of thenurse turnover which is having a big impact on the hospital’s profit margin. Many nurses have told methey are leaving, not only because of the pay, but because of lack of support from upper management.Another thing that many of us thought would be help would be to hire an admissions nurse on bothshifts to help with the admissions process which is lengthy. I suggested that new nurses be assigned amentor also to help them with any problems they may be having or concerns. According to the CFO, theaverage cost of nurse turnover rangers from $37, 700 to roughly $58,400. It is important for us to becompetitive with other facilities and to retain our staff that we have invested time and money in training..I feel that a weakness I have is that I need to be more familiar with budgeting and health care spending.Week 10 practicum hours 10, for a total of 100 hours.This week I attended a special super user training for a new computer documentation programwe are starting in the next few weeks. Everyone is required to learn, but especially nurses, who will bedoing their charting finally, by computer and well and their medications. I know it is hard to believe it is2019, and we are just starting to use computer charting. In this training, many of discussed the benefits of having an electronic medical record. This willenable us to store and retrieve data and valuable patient information, such as history, allergies, andmedications. The computer system we will be using will be able to retrieve data from pharmacies, sothat we can see what medications the patient has been recently prescribed. This will make doingmedication reconciliations easier and more accurate. Using computer charting will also eliminate nursestrying to decipher illegible handwriting and will improve patient safety, as patients arm bands will bescanned as well as their medications, to eliminate medication errors.
The one reason I was asked and volunteered to do this is because I have experience in being asuper-user, and in EMAR, as does probably everyone else, but also because I work as weekendsupervisor every other weekend. It is hard to believe our hospital is so behind the times. We have beenusing paper charting and assessments as long as I have been there for the past five years. Tomorrow, Iplan to be there all day, training the nurses and helping them get used to the new program. I do notanticipate many problems, as most of them are already familiar with computer charting, EMAR or other
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- Winter '18
- Tammy Gray