This week is National Nurses Week. Our Time Well Spent cartoon of the week makes the point that patient care and quality outcomes are highly dependent on having the right healthcare professionals in the right place at the right time. We’ve written about evidence driven healthcare here before and published research on best practices in scheduling in a healthcare environment in our most recent book.
Anyone who’s been in a healthcare setting (especially a hospital setting) recently knows that it’s the nurses who drive the focus on the whole patient vs. the presenting ailment. The last 10 years of my mother’s life were a round robin of hospitalizations, and it was her nurses that got her better until they couldn’t any more.
So this week, let’s all take some time to thank the nurses in your life. Thank you Aunt Peggy, Sandra, her late mother Marabah, Susan Reese (Chief Nurse Executive at Kronos), Lynne, the nurse who taught me how to bathe my firstborn, and all the other nurses past and present who’ve been there for me and my family. And let’s all hope that healthcare providers continue to take advantage of the increasingly sophisticated tools that allow nurses to spend less time on paperwork and more time on patient care.