What would hospitals look like if nurses managed every part of their operation?

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Cue the New-Agey harp music and let’s take a trip to Imagination Place, shall we?

1. If nurses managed Med-Surg…
Our first stop will be the med-surg floor. Look: See all the nurses and patient care aides? The place is properly staffed! See how everybody’s smiling? We’ve put into place a 20-minute warning system for postsurgical patients’ arrival. See how everybody looks energetic and bouncy? That’s the espresso machine in the breakroom.

Next: If nurses managed Housekeeping…

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Agatha Lellis

Agatha Lellis is a nurse whose coffee is brought to her every morning by a chipmunk. Bluebirds help her to dress, and small woodland creatures sing her to sleep each night. She writes a monthly advice column, "Ask Aunt Agatha," here on Scrubs; you can send her questions to be answered at askauntieaggie@gmail.com.

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2 Responses to What would hospitals look like if nurses managed every part of their operation?

  1. nursemary7

    We need to stop in the ER.

    On this stop to the ER you will find a peaceful environment where the people here are truely needing care. The doctors move at hyperspeed instead of turtle speed and nurses have the materials they need to do their job.

    Lol or something like that.

  2. Granny RN

    Wouldn’t be a bad thing if only nurses would remember how to BE nurses. I have never seen a hospital that was SO BIG that the DON or VP/Nursing or whatever the title could not spend 1 shift every week or so out on the floor-working with the policies that get handed down.