By at May 17 2019 09:39:14
With over 35 years of nursing experience, Nurse Mentor Nancy Banfield Johnson, RN, MSN, ANP, helps nurses solve challenges in their nursing practice through her speeches, workshops, consulting and writing.
Like a good mystery? Love to see a detective put together clues to solve a crime? You may not realize it, but being a nurse is like being a detective. I compared what you need to be a detective with what you need to be a nurse and found these eight ways the two careers are similar:
Generally a malpractice in nursing is the outcome of negligence by the professional, thus causing physical and emotional hurt to the patient under care. Mistakes during surgical assistance, baby delivery, medication etc are some of the failures witnessed in the nursing sector. Usually the basic legal issues in malpractices are the same as in common neglect.
Go with your gut and tell the doctor what you think and let them know what your concerns are. The worst thing that could happen is youll annoy the hell out of the on-call doctor who was getting ready to take a nap after a long day at work. Better to be safe than sorry!
2. The ears If a patient is unstable, they will make abnormal sounds. Sounds that indicate something is wrong with, perhaps, their airways such as wheezing, gurgling, stridor and so on. At other times, there are no sounds at all, which would also indicate a complete airway obstruction in some cases. So, using your ears, you will be able to ascertain whether your patient is making the right kind of sounds. If it is not breathing, they may cry/scream, or try to tell you something. Gather the facts with your ears and from then on, you will be able to act accordingly.