Nurses’ Use of On-the-Job Workarounds
We've always dealt with linen shortages—I can remember having state-of-the-art blood gas kits in the ICU but “no washcloths until Monday.” And oddly, nurses gave meds safely without bar code scanners for years by following the five rights, and could do so again if they had less blind reliance on technology and if there were more RN staff with more time to think about more than completing task checklists. But then… see above: “No more linen.” There will be no more staff, will there? And so, workarounds.
Wendie H., via ajnoffthecharts.