Communications Issues Between Doctors and Nurses

Nurse and Doctor

Miscommunication can lead to mistakes and possibly danger. Sometimes a nurse mis-hears a doctor or vise versa. WE'VE ALL HEARD THE horror stories about tragic medical errors. Mistakes such as administering the wrong medication or dose, amputating the wrong body part or mixing up patients and procedures can all happen on occasion, despite hospital protocols designed to prevent such errors. Far from being harmless, these mistakes can be financially costly and have severe health consequences for patients. A 2016 study in The BMJ found that medical mistakes are actually responsible for more than 250,000 deaths in the United States each year. If medical errors were classified as a cause of death – they currently aren't tracked as such – they...

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3 Things Patients Want from Nurses (But Won’t Tell Them)

As a patient, were you ever afraid to approach your nurse with a concern or need? Did you feel like maybe the nurse was already doing too much, and you were just wasting their time? You are not alone! Here are the top 3 things patients WANT from Nurses, but will NOT tell them! 1. Transparency - Most of your patients will have limited to no clinical knowledge, which means they might not even know what they don’t know. While they may not fully comprehend the complexities of every procedure or medication, the patient doesn’t want to be kept in the dark about their treatment. You certainly don’t want to overload them with terminology or the mechanics behind each medical...

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10 Qualities That Make a Great Nurse

What exactly makes a great nurse? Is it their bedside manner? Their hospitality? The way they administer shots/draw blood without it hurting? (ha!) There is this great list that recently came out that covers it all. Are your qualities of what makes a nurse awesome on there? 1. High Standards of Professionalism Nurses need to be professional in their approach towards their work. Whether it is meeting with and attending to patients, administering medication, or maintaining patient records, they need to do all of it in the most skilled and ethical manner. 2. Never-Ending Diligence Nurses are extremely hard working, which is why diligence is an important attribute they need to possess. While we may think that theirs is a...

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