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High-Tech Health Gadgetry: Not All That Glitters Is Gold

High-Tech Health Gadgetry: Not All That Glitters Is Gold

We’ve launched a national campaign intended to emphasize the point that all that glitters is not gold. Our campaign describes a number of changes occurring in healthcare delivery at the bedside that RNs believe are putting patients at risk. These include the premature discharge of patients to other settings, including the home, where the burden for care falls entirely on family members. More »

Brave New World, Again

Brave New World, Again

With all the clamor over website woes during rollout of the Affordable Care Act, much less attention has been paid to changes in the delivery of healthcare that will have far-reaching, adverse effects on healthcare quality and access long after the signup problems are a distant memory. More »

The doctor is NOT in

The doctor is NOT in

The slippery slope for patients, nurses, and doctors posed by robots in healthcare. For patients needing dialysis or care for acute kidney failure, there’s a new doctor in the nephrology ward at St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka, Calif. Meet the doc on a stick. It’s not a scene from “Star Trek” or the latest X-box video game. And, like the smooth-sounding, but ominous “Hal” computer running the spaceship in “2001: A Space Odyssey,” those side effects might be a killer. More »

This is a hospital, not Disneyland

This is a hospital, not Disneyland

How nursing scripts and patient satisfaction surveys project a fantasy of care, not real care. “Hello, Mr. Smith. My name is Joanne. I am your nurse. Are you experiencing any pain today? No? That’s good. Do you need help getting to the bathroom?” (check script) “Can I fluff your pillow, bring you a magazine, turn on your TV, move your water bottle closer?” (check script) “I am so happy to be of service, this is all part of the excellent care we provide here at Happy Homes Medical Center and Resort.” More »