Nursing Care under Fire

There are 8 comments on the Home News Tribune story from Aug 26, 2006, titled Nursing Care under Fire. In it, Home News Tribune reports that:

Parents of children hospitalized at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital yesterday criticized the care their children were receiving as the hospital weathered its second day of a nurses strike.

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DonnaRN66

United States

#1 Aug 26, 2006
I don't think the administrators know what is really going on in the hospital. They are usually at meetings and they can't see what the "replacement nurses" are doing. The Department of Health came in and management selected who they could talk to. The hospital should have used this money better equipment for the hospital not on 100.00/hr replacements.
Sarah

Browns Mills, NJ

#2 Aug 27, 2006
The hospital administrators do not know what is going on, on a good day and even less so on weekends. The hospital is like a ghost town, the ancillary staff are hanging around having a good old time and can't talk because they have been threatened. The DOH is even worse than DYFS and are political hacks. Everybody should email JCAHO.
ChristinaRN

Denville, NJ

#3 Aug 31, 2006
I have read recently that the agency nurses being brought in are having difficulties in the PICU with g-tubes and such equipment. Now that makes me NERVOUS as a nurse, much less the patient families. Where have our standards of patient care gone?
Now, i am a new grad and have had 'aspirations' on eventually moving to rwj but after all this, what should i be thinking?
Nurse are the backbone of any hospital organization, so to deny nurses of excellent healthcare benefits is ridiculous. Either way i support the strike 100%, but do i support the decline in adequate patient care these past few days due to staffing ... no. This is exactly what hospital admin need to see, perhaps everyone will come to realize that positive patient outcomes are a direct result of proper NURSING care.
george 42

Lakewood, NJ

#4 Aug 31, 2006
ChristinaRN wrote:
I have read recently that the agency nurses being brought in are having difficulties in the PICU with g-tubes and such equipment. Now that makes me NERVOUS as a nurse, much less the patient families. Where have our standards of patient care gone?
Now, i am a new grad and have had 'aspirations' on eventually moving to rwj but after all this, what should i be thinking?
Nurse are the backbone of any hospital organization, so to deny nurses of excellent healthcare benefits is ridiculous. Either way i support the strike 100%, but do i support the decline in adequate patient care these past few days due to staffing ... no. This is exactly what hospital admin need to see, perhaps everyone will come to realize that positive patient outcomes are a direct result of proper NURSING care.
christina- take a look under "forums" on this website the nurses of RWJUH have been discussing many important issues regarding your concerns....
MOM

AOL

#5 Sep 5, 2006
My son has been in the hospital for approx. 8 days naow, and in this short time he has been given his med almost 4 hours late, his nurse almost administered someone elses meds. When are the patients going to get nurses that specialize in the departments they are in?
Doris

AOL

#6 Sep 13, 2006
After a major. major heart surgery the phyical therapist was scheduled to take me for 3 walk excerises for only 2 days, she only took me 1 time then reported that I could not walk. That was a lie. I don't understand why she would report such a lie. The Dr would not let me go home on account of that lie. I was about to call an ambulance to take to another hospital, But I requested an other therapist who found that I could walk.Then I went home .
rtfm

Pleasantville, NJ

#7 Feb 1, 2012
This story just breaks my heart. I saw that a 3rd baby died last night. A similar medication mistake was made at St. Vincent to a little 5 year old girl that lived close to me. It started with a simple illness and ended in her death. First the pharmacy mislabeled the dosage for amoxicillin. They put 4 tsp for a 5 year old. Correct dosage should be about 1 1/2 tsp. Anyway, the mother hadn't ever had to give her that before and trusted the pharmacy. Needless to say, that was a mistake. She ended up in the hospital and was a death's door. Miraculously she was starting to recover and preparing to come home. Then a nurse gave her an overdose of potassium. That killed her. My sister is an RN and she just couldn't believe it. This was the mothers only child and she is unable to have more. My heart goes out to anyone who has lost a child. God Bless you! This story just breaks my heart. I saw that a 3rd baby died last night. A similar medication mistake was made at St. Vincent to a little 5 year old girl that lived close to me. It started with a simple illness and ended in her death. First the pharmacy mislabeled the dosage for amoxicillin. They put 4 tsp for a 5 year old. Correct dosage should be about 1 1/2 tsp. Anyway, the mother hadn't ever had to give her that before and trusted the pharmacy. Needless to say, that was a mistake. She ended up in the hospital and was a death's door. Miraculously she was starting to recover and preparing to come home. Then a nurse gave her an overdose of potassium. That killed her. My sister is an RN and she just couldn't believe it. This was the mothers only child and she is unable to have more. My heart goes out to anyone who has lost a child. God Bless you! This story just breaks my heart. I saw that a 3rd baby died last night. A similar medication mistake was made at St. Vincent to a little 5 year old girl that lived close to me. It started with a simple illness and ended in her death. First the pharmacy mislabeled the dosage for amoxicillin. They put 4 tsp for a 5 year old. Correct dosage should be about 1 1/2 tsp. Anyway, the mother hadn't ever had to give her that before and trusted the pharmacy. Needless to say, that was a mistake. She ended up in the hospital and was a death's door. Miraculously she was starting to recover and preparing to come home. Then a nurse gave her an overdose of potassium. That killed her. My sister is an RN and she just couldn't believe it. This was the mothers only child and she is unable to have more. My heart goes out to anyone who has lost a child. God Bless you!
rtfm

UK

#8 Feb 1, 2012
Every nurse I know dresses extremely professionally. We are constantly fighting to be respected by the public, why would we dress in such a manner? When my co-workers are not dressed in professional clinical wear, then they have surgical scrubs on. Also, I have never met a single nurse anywhere that wears high heels. That comment alone makes me question the validity of this article. This cannot be a reputable publication, what is it the UK’s equivalent to “The National Enquirer”? You are going to run to a code in high heels? Give me a break.

Nurses are fed up and are leaving the profession in droves. We constantly have to put up with poor working conditions, high stress, heavy patient loads, unsupportive administrations, doctors that treat us like servants, long exhausting hours and the general public that does not give us the respect that we have worked for, are entitled to and have earned.
Every nurse I know dresses extremely professionally. We are constantly fighting to be respected by the public, why would we dress in such a manner? When my co-workers are not dressed in professional clinical wear, then they have surgical scrubs on. Also, I have never met a single nurse anywhere that wears high heels. That comment alone makes me question the validity of this article. This cannot be a reputable publication, what is it the UK’s equivalent to “The National Enquirer”? You are going to run to a code in high heels? Give me a break.

Nurses are fed up and are leaving the profession in droves. We constantly have to put up with poor working conditions, high stress, heavy patient loads, unsupportive administrations, doctors that treat us like servants, long exhausting hours and the general public that does not give us the respect that we have worked for, are entitled to and have earned.
Every nurse I know dresses extremely professionally. We are constantly fighting to be respected by the public, why would we dress in such a manner? When my co-workers are not dressed in professional clinical wear, then they have surgical scrubs on. Also, I have never met a single nurse anywhere that wears high heels. That comment alone makes me question the validity of this article. This cannot be a reputable publication, what is it the UK’s equivalent to “The National Enquirer”? You are going to run to a code in high heels? Give me a break.

Nurses are fed up and are leaving the profession in droves. We constantly have to put up with poor working conditions, high stress, heavy patient loads, unsupportive administrations, doctors that treat us like servants, long exhausting hours and the general public that does not give us the respect that we have worked for, are entitled to and have earned.

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