The World Of Complex Illnesses And Disease Processes

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In today’s world of complex illnesses and disease processes it is more important than ever that every member of the health care team be as educated and up to date on current evidence based practices and technological advances as possible. When this criteria is met statistics show we can lower patient mortality, post op pulmonary embolisms, deep vein thrombosis and shorten patient hospital stays, to name just a few. In an article published in the August 2008 edition of Health Services Research, Dr. Christopher Friese and his associates stated, “Nurses prepared at the Baccalaureate level were linked with lower mortality and failure-to-rescue rates.” They concluded that “Moving to a nurse workforce in which higher proportions of staff nurses have at least a Baccalaureate-level education would result in substantially fewer adverse patient outcomes.”
Gone are the days when nurses stand at attention when the doctor enters the room, fetching their coffee and other menial tasks. IV catheters are no longer made of metal, nor are the bed pans. In the 50’s blood pressures and IV’s were performed only by the physician. Nurses were allowed to restrain a patient with leather restrains without consulting the physician first. To the say the least, times as a nurse have changed! Nursing today presents many challenges that need to be met with a solid educational foundation with the highest degree of education possible. Many hospitals and healthcare facilities are focusing on increasing the

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