Nursing can be a very stressful and hazardous profession. Every day, you might have to make a decision that could mean life or death to a patient. The "what ifs" that exist in the nursing profession are limitless and even a simple mistake could have dire consequences, which, in turn, could lead to the possible loss of your nursing license. This is where risk management comes in.
Nursing is a tough profession. Many nurses deal with the trials of life and the horrors of death on a daily basis. While facing these types of events can be a daily occurrence, it doesn't make them any easier to deal with.
There is no denying the fact that nurses play a large role in patient care. Without these medical professionals, it would be difficult for patients to receive the treatment and care they need to feel their best.
Working as a nurse is a difficult, demanding job. There are long hours, angry patients, impatient family members and little margin for any kind of mistake or failure. Sadly, this stress leads some nurses to turn to substances to help them get through their daily life - perhaps Benzos to combat stress, or ADHD medications to boost focus and energy levels.
Nurses are a vital part of the healthcare community. Whether you're employed by a hospital, private practice, clinic or other healthcare organization, your main focus is making sure patients receive the best care possible. Along with caring for patients you may also be tasked with administrative duties as well as assisting doctors' needs.
As we've discussed on this blog before, the Star Tribune has published a series of articles over the past few months that have been highly critical of the Minnesota Board of Nursing's disciplinary process. The investigation revealed a number of nurses still providing direct patient care despite having potentially-disqualifying misdemeanor convictions, and others who continued practicing despite having failed drug or mental illness monitoring. The governor even accused the Nursing Board of being "asleep at the switch."
A highly-negative series in the Star Tribune has put the Minnesota Board of Nursing on edge. As we discussed early last month, the Star Tribune series uncovered a few hundred cases in which nurses were still working despite misdemeanor records that may disqualify them from direct patient care, and a few accused of serious misconduct.
A recent investigative series in the Star Tribune has shaken up the Minnesota Board of Nursing and nurses around the state. The investigation discovered some 294 licensed nursing professionals who were listed in the Minnesota Court Information System, or MNCIS, as having misdemeanor convictions that apparently disqualify them from licensure. That investigation prompted a joint hearing before the Minnesota House and Senate health and human services committees, scheduled for Nov. 13.