I don’t know about you, but I love this time of year! Spring
and the approaching warmer weather is a time of rebirth and renewal. Spring is
also the time of renewal in nursing. Nurses Week is quickly approaching and
this year the theme is the balance of mind, body, and spirit. Looking at the
American Nurses Association website, I’m excited as we prepare to celebrate
nursing by helping our healers and caregivers heal and care for themselves.
NMIE is here for you, as well, celebrating nurses and all that you do to provide
quality, safe patient care. I’ve spent the day researching empowerment in
nursing, shared governance, Magnet® recognition, and nurses advocating for each
other to strengthen the provision of care. We celebrate you nationally, May 6
to 12. It’s time to celebrate!
Lisa Lockhart, MHA, MSN, RN, NE-BC
Nurse ManagerKentuckyOne Health, Saint Joseph Health SystemLexington, Ky.
I read the recent article in NMIE on the opioid epidemic and
overdoses. What a huge impact opioid addiction has had on our society. The
article is very informative and I plan to use it as a resource for volunteer
work with my state nurses association. Educating nurses is vital to support
them in battling this crisis, which doesn’t only affect the rise in patients
admitted with overdoses, but also the myriad associated complications from substance
abuse and addiction (such as infections and pneumonia). These patients in our EDs,
ICUs, and inpatient units are difficult to manage physiologically; pain
processes pose a challenge. Discharge planning is also a struggle when there’s
a lack of affordable available treatment for uninsured patients, many of whom have
harsh living conditions. What tools do you have at your disposal to help in
caring for this patient population from a care plan and case management perspective?
We want to hear from you.
Watching what’s trending on social media, I see that the
Affordable Care Act (ACA) is still a main topic of conversation. Those who rely
on the ACA to provide insurance, especially individuals with pre-existing
conditions, are frightened about what will happen if it’s repealed. In
addition, hospitals that now receive payment for indigent care may have dramatic
changes in revenue. What’s the discussion like among your peers? What are your
thoughts? As nurses, I think we all agree that some degree of healthcare
reform is needed to provide indigent, mental health, and wellness care for the
uninsured. But what does that look like? How should it be funded? And how do we
participate in its development and execution? Share your thoughts with us.
Recognizing early signs of patient deterioration is one of the topics covered in the latest edition of NMIE. We review how important a systems approach and effective communication are to the early detection of changes in patient condition. This article reminded me of a recent conversation I had with clinical nurses about the high demands placed on them. Staffing ratios, core measures, required documentation, and regulations are overwhelming at times and create stress for the bedside nurse. Staying on top of subtle changes in patient status and using available tools are keys to providing the best possible care. Take time to browse the January/February issue NMIE for updates and tips on improving outcomes.
Another year has passed and 2017 has arrived. What are your plans personally and professionally for the coming year? Research has shown us that resolutions don't always stick. Goal setting is another matter. What are your professional goals? Do you want to return to the workforce? How about continuing your education? Are you certified? Are you active in shared governance, professional committees, or professional organizations? This is a brand new year with fresh opportunities to set and achieve the goals you may have previously pushed aside. Get involved at your facility and in professional associations, read journals, and participate in educational offerings. Find your voice! Don't forget to follow Nursing made Incredibly Easy! online and in print - one of the many professional practice offerings from Wolters Kluwer. You can make a difference in healthcare!