1-Professor, I honestly think my manager is original in the sense that she is both professional and business like, yet human and compassionate. I am referring to the fact that she is not afraid to “jump in” and provide nursing care when the unit in need of an extra hand. I have not heard of another unit in “my” hospital where managers are like my manager. When it comes to listening to nurses and their suggestions, I know of at least one other unit that is managed in a similar way. I feel lucky.
2-you talk about that at your place of work; beverages are not allowed at the nurses’ station only in the break room. That too was true at my place of work, however we recently implemented a hydration station at the nurses’ station, which gives us a place to contain our beverages. There are however specific rules, for example they have to be in a proper beverage container, containing a lid, they have to have the name of the nurse and current date, or else it will get thrown out. According to United States Department of Labor and OSHA (n.d.), they do not have a prohibition against having beverages at the nurses’ station, all they require is that it is not near blood or infectious material and because of that we do have a weekly audit of the hydration station, which verifies that we are in compliance with OSHA. Just a thought. Thank you for sharing.
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Occupational Safety and Health Administration [OSHA]. (n.d.). Requirements for Covered Beverages at the Nurses’ Station. Retrieved from
3-in our critical care unit, we have units champions; we have cardiovascular champions, foley catheter champions, infectious disease champions, and they too are encouraged to review evidenced-based practice, present their ideas to the unit educator and unit manager for review and if it turns out to be something that is feasible, they are encouraged to present it to staff. Not too long ago, we had our cardiovascular champions give a brief presentation on transvenous cardiac pacing, and what is needed at the bedside to assist the physician during insertion.
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