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What could you accomplish on a less crazed shift?


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IdleDancer, a critical care RN and popular nurse blogger, recently posted about all that she would do at work if she had more help and therefore, more time.

Her list got us wondering–what would you add to the list? Or should there even be a list? Are you happy with your staffing situation…or is it a little (or a lot!) lacking? We’re curious to know what your experience is!

Here are Dancer’s first six (catch the rest on her site):

SPEED NURSING: Things Nurses Could Do with Safer Staff Ratios

1. Catch subtle symptoms before they progress to an RRT or Cardiac Arrest

2. Be able to spend more time with patients, so they don’t feel neglected, and heck; maybe even bring up the scores on the patient satisfaction surveys

3. Answer call bells promptly

4. Be able to round on patients a lot more, potentially preventing more patients from falling

5. Be able to pee more frequently than once a shift (if that)

6. Be able to eat on breaks at leisure, and not suffer reflux from shoveling food down so fast just to get back out on the floor

What would you do with more time at work? And just how badly (or not!) do you need it?

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