Thursday, May 28, 2009

H1N1/Swine Flu--What are you going to do?

As health care providers, have you set up your own pandemic/disaster preparation plan? I know the hospitals and clinics are looking at their policies and what procedures will be implemented in case of a pandemic/disaster, but every health care provider needs to look at their personal life and make plans.

-Do you have a change of clothes and toiletries in your car or locker in case you have to stay at work?

-Do you have a backup plan for child care? pet care? etc?

-Are you keeping up to date on what is going on? Looking at various sources for information? I think this is important because I question how much true information we are being told. Here in Texas a woman died and it was reported that she had health problems, but then her husband was interviewed and stated that she had no health problems. I have seen similar posts and it makes me wonder if the reporting is faulty when we are told that the people dying also have additional health conditions and then the family disputes that information or if a decision is being made to downplay that the flu is infecting healthy young adults as did the Spanish flu.

-Are you prepared to feed your family (pets included) for a week or more if stores are closed?

-There are more preparations that each provider should consider, but this is just to get you thinking about preparation.

Thinking ahead, planning and preparation are some important cornerstones of health care practice.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Attorneys urged to become nurses

"Why Not Doctor a Stalled Legal Career With a Nursing Degree?" was posted on the May 11, 2009 Legal Blog Watch. The posting discusses how a nursing degree may be the solution for attorneys that are being laid off or that cannot find a position after law school. The posting is not as interesting as the comments posted on ABA Journal site. I have to agree with the majority of postings; a person should not go to nursing school unless they want to be a nurse. The fields mentioned as potential career choices ignore the fact that most of those careers require EXPERIENCE in nursing.

I get phone calls from nurses that are either thinking about becoming legal nurse consultants or they have already paid the money to become a certified nurse consultant and now they are seeking work (as a note, I do not typically use consultants in my practice, just my own nursing knowledge). Many of those nurses do not have enough nursing experience to be marketable. Most of what makes a LNC valuable is the nursing background and vast experience that the nurse has. Think back---how much did you really know in your first few years of experience?

Just like nurses want to pick an attorney who has appropriate legal experience, an attorney does not want to hire a nurse that has no appropriate nursing experience.

Thanks to LaTonia Denise Wright, R.N.,B.S.N., J.D. for the heads up on this article.