In July, of this year, the Joint Commission issued a Sentinel Event Alert that addresses "intimidating and disruptive behaviors" in the health care workplace. Wow! This is a biggie... and I'm not being sarcastic.
Many clinical settings are rife with abuse, intimidation and bullying. Trust me on this one... I spent many years working in a large hospital. During that period, I witnessed a lot of this and spent my share of time on the receiving end of it. To make matters even worse, many workplaces do nothing to encourage the reporting of such behaviors. Don't get me wrong; you can report it. It's just that nothing will be done to correct the situation. It's all too often a "just shut up and take it" kind of attitude.
Medscape Nurses blog submitted a short post on the Sentinel Event Alert earlier this month. I really want you to take a look at the comments. This subject will, no doubt, inspire a lot of passion in the coming months or even years.
This next article also comes from Medscape Nurses titled, "Who Tells a Patient's Family That Their Loved One is Dying?". While this used to be a bone of contention when I worked in the ICU, I had no idea that this issue would follow me into the area of hospice. Imagine going to the hospital, in order to do a hospice consult with a family, only to find out that no one has told them that their loved one is dying. Being chased out of the room by a mob with torches and pitchforks is just downright... awkward.