Thursday, February 23, 2012

keystone kops running the ship

In the never ending keystone koppery that goes on at work, about half of the "care boards" have been put up. These are eraseable boards for each room. The nurse, doc and tech are supposed to put our names on it. It also has a section listing such things as EKG, labs, xrays, admit - ordered/done.

We are supposed to keep this up to date so the patient will be "more informed about what is going on". Here's the thing: The boards have been placed away from the patient in the room and the letters on the board are so small that I had a hard time reading it 2 feet away. Perhaps we need to issue binoculars to each patient so they can read their "care boards".

In another scathingly brilliant move, in order to place the boards the clothing hook was removed. Now there is no place to hang a coat or anything else. Brilliant.


rnraquel said...

Oh I'm sure the ER must have pristine, sparkling clean, MRSA free floors that they can set their clothes on.

Anonymous said...

Last time I was in hospital, I liked that the nurse would come in and write her name on the board (for each shift). When you are ill, that helped to personalize my care (in my opinion). Oh, and the MRSA .... guess where I got it? In the hospital!

Anonymous said...

Doesn't that violate the patient's privacy rights? Not only can the board be read by the patient's visitors, but if it's not a private room, then the other patient's visitors as well.

EDNurseasauras said...

Yah, they tried to get us to do that as well. I got tired of immature patients writing "poop" and "this place sucks" so i removed the boards. And hid them.