Archive | April, 2010
State: Nurse’s neglect led to nursing home death

State: Nurse’s neglect led to nursing home death

State health investigators have concluded that a veteran nurse at a St. Louis Park nursing home failed to intervene properly for a patient who suffered breathing problems in January and died minutes later. Health Department investigators also said the licensed practical nurse offered “inconsistent” versions of the event when she documented her actions in writing […]

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The Development of Nursing in America

The Development of Nursing in America

In North America, nursing and health services were slow to be established before the American Revolution (1775 – 1783). One notable organization was the Nurse Society of Philadelphia, which gave women minimal instruction in obstetrics to enable them to provide maternity nursing services in home settings. During the American Civil War, several nurses emerged who […]

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Nurse says she was ‘stunned’ by infant’s injuries

Nurse says she was ‘stunned’ by infant’s injuries

A nurse was the first witness today in Olmsted District Court to describe her reaction seeing the severely swollen legs of an infant boy who was brought to the hospital emergency room days after being released to his parents. “I was completely stunned,” said Lindia Stein, a nurse, of her reaction to seeing Jordan James, […]

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Nurse faked prescription, police say

Nurse faked prescription, police say

Woman charged with stealing patient’s ID Nurse practitioners don’t often phone in prescriptions for “a huge quantity” of narcotic pain relievers on Sunday afternoons, the pharmacist thought. Suspicious, Kevin Elick called the patient. She had no idea what he was talking about. “That patient had never been in here before,” said Elick, a pharmacist at […]

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Interrupting a Nurse Makes Medication Errors More Likely

Interrupting a Nurse Makes Medication Errors More Likely

Distracting an airline pilot during taxi, takeoff or landing could lead to a critical error. Apparently the same is true of nurses who prepare and administer medication to hospital patients. A new study shows that interrupting nurses while they’re tending to patients’ medication needs increases the chances of error. As the number of distractions increases, […]

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Ontario nurses say 2,000 jobs have vanished

Ontario nurses say 2,000 jobs have vanished

Ontario has lost more than 2,000 full-time nursing positions — the majority in hospitals — over the past 12 months, the Ontario Nurses Association says. “That is equating out to over four million hours of nursing care,” ONA president Haslam-Stroud said Monday. “The fact is that it’s across the province. It’s a virus happening and […]

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Nurses blamed for hospice cutback

Nurses blamed for hospice cutback

Stubborn nurses who refuse to follow orders are being blamed for the temporary closure of Hastings’ Cranford Hospice in-patient service. A special audit shows there are not enough highly skilled staff, and nurses are driving doctors away. Patient safety would be at risk if a “culture of blame and mistrust” was not resolved. Staff now […]

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Motorists should not be allowed to drink ANY alcohol before they drive, say nurses

Motorists should not be allowed to drink ANY alcohol before they drive, say nurses

Drivers should not be allowed to drink any alcohol before getting behind the wheel, nurses said yesterday. They called for drinking even a single unit before driving to be made illegal. Rod Thomson, vice chairman of the Royal College of Nursing, said: ‘Ideally it should be illegal to drink half a pint of beer. ‘People […]

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Nurses blame Holby City for unrealistic expectations

Nurses blame Holby City for unrealistic expectations

Television hospital dramas like Holby City are leading patients’ families to expect medical “miracles” with injury lawyers exploiting their unrealistic hopes, a nursing conference has heard. Medical dramas fuelling a culture of litigiousness at the Royal College of Nursing’s (RCN) annual conference in Bournemouth. Nurses also warned that a fear of being sued could lead […]

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Temple and nurses settle strike

Temple and nurses settle strike

After four marathon days of negotiating, Temple University Hospital and its 1,500 nurses and allied health professionals reached an agreement Tuesday to end a 28-day strike that began March 31. The employees plan to return to work at 7 p.m. Friday, assuming the proposed contract is approved during three ratification votes that will occur Wednesday, […]

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