Linda Clemen and the nursing division directors compiled answers to your questions in another edition of Employee Meeting Q&A. Check out their responses below.
Would you ever consider opening Peds for employees kids that are sick so they can come to work?
Several years ago Pediatrics provided a service called Kid Kare for employees and the community which allowed parents to bring sick children to be cared for by the nurses in the unit. We encountered several issues, including sick children who were frightened to leave their parents, difficulty managing time with both patients and employees’ children on the floor, and inability to predict when capacity or contagious illnesses would prevent us from watching children for the day. These issues made it difficult to ensure the positive family experience this service was set out to provide; so we ended the program.
Why can’t Med/Surg have a break room?
Since the Hospitalist now have a place for their daily Interdisciplinary Team Meeting, employees may now use the report room for a break room.
What was the reason and what are the benefits from eliminating the holding area for surgery?
The decision to eliminate the Holding Area with the new construction was made after focusing on our goals and investigation of current practice and design. Our goal was to streamline the surgical experience for our patients by reducing the number of transfers, increasing consistency, consolidating patient information, and most importantly, reducing patient anxiety by enabling our patients to remain with their loved ones as long as possible. This change brought about new issues for staff and we are working each day to improve and refine the process.