Empowering Nurses at the Bedside and in Business

Category: Empowered Nurses

To Document or Not, That is The Question

Usually, inspirations for my blogs come from either my own past experiences or recent news items.  However, the one I’m about to share here came to me from Nurse Erica by way of Facebook Reels.  She had been hearing of a director in Houston who directed their staff not to document any provider’s name nor to quote what the provider […]

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Can A Nurse be Called A Doctor?

  A doctorly prepared nurse practitioner, Sarah Anne Erny of Arroyo Grande, California, has been fined for publicly referring to herself as “Doctor Sarah” or “Doctor Erny” in contradiction to that state’s laws. Now, to be sure, there are many doctorly prepared professions in which a person may call themselves “doctor.”  For example, look at the First Lady who earned […]

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Surprising Findings From Nurse Practitioners’ Professional Liability Exposure Report

  Nurses Services Organization (NSO) and CNA recently published their claims data report which tracked malpractice claims against nurse practitioners (NP) as well as claims for violations of the Nurse Practice Act.  The data shows that malpractice costs are on the rise! What this report showed is that the number of claims against nurse practitioners had settled for an amount […]

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Nurses Killed in the Line of Duty

I was sickened in learning of the death of psychiatric nurse practitioner June Onkundi who had started her job at the Freedom House Recovery Center in Durham, North Carolina only 3 months ago. Ms. Onkundi, married with 4 children, was fatally stabbed while doing the work that she loved by the patient, James Gomes, a man who spent half of […]

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Malpractice and License Issues Increase for Nurse Practitioners

  The Nursing Service Organization (“NSO”) frequently gathers their claim status, data for nurses and nurse practitioners. Recently they finished the fifth edition of Claims for Nurse Practitioners. Previously, there have been several studies showing that claims against Nurse Practitioners were fewer than those against physicians. They also show NPs tend to spend more time with patients and have better […]

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When you are triggered

I don’t know about you but when I was practicing (and even now), certain things would trigger me. So, I thought I would share these steps to help you work through times when you are triggered because being triggered at work can lead to mistakes in your practice, upset, frustration, resentment and makes you appear to your coworkers like you […]

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Do you have a paper trail?

In nursing, documentation is everything! Figuratively speaking, I believe that you will live or die by your documentation. And when it comes to license defense and protecting your license, the same is true. I am not talking about just documentation in a medical record but I’m talking about protecting your license. You need a paper trail! So many times, I […]

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Darned if you do, Darned if you don’t!

  Beverly Ann Bratcher was an LPN working in Michigan at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans in December 2020 when she became aware that 2 incorrect medication doses had been administered to one specific patient.  Ms. Bratcher failed to report this error to her supervisor and now faces a criminal charge of second degree vulnerable adult abuse.  [Story] I […]

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What Is Crisis Staffing In Nursing?

  During the pandemic, several institutions had to resort to what is called “crisis staffing.” This is when facilities find themselves operating under extreme circumstances such as emergencies, disasters or overburdening situations such as pandemics and they are required to change circumstances. A number of hospitals have experienced examples of crisis staffing including Penn Medicine. At Penn, when there is […]

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DÉJÀ VU ALL OVER AGAIN

Well, it happened with RaDonda Vaught and now, there is another nurse who has been charged with murder. This past May, a Lexington, Kentucky nurse, 52-year-old Eyvette Hunter, was charged with the murder of James Morris, a 97-year-old World War II and Korean veteran and patient at Baptist Health. Nurse Hunter allegedly administered Ativan that she reportedly had taken from […]

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