Nurses say, “You Should Ask – It’s Your Right to Know”

ambulanceWhen you or a loved one require care in a hospital, do you know if the system is able to deliver the care you deserve?  Can staff adequately respond to your needs?

  • Do you know how many hours your nurse has worked that day?
  • Do you know how many other patients your nurse is caring for besides you?
  • Do you know if your nurse’s workload can be properly managed?

You should ask these questions because the consequences are real.  Imagine yourself as Patient #2 in this nurse’s actual account of a recent shift.

Nurse: “I received a patient assignment at beginning of my shift at 1500. I was made aware at 1500 I would be accepting a transfer from our medical floor. Due to many complexities,  I was not even able to leave my first patient’s room until 1800.  I felt my other patient did not receive the care he should have.”

 

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From Trial Magazine, March 2014 issue: Trial Magazine, 3/11/14 VERDICTS & SETTLEMENTS Arlene Townsend, 63 suffered a stroke and required 24-hour care. She was admitted to Auburndale Oaks Healthcare Center, a nursing home owned by Trans Healthcare, Inc. In the three years leading up to her death, Townsend suffered numerous fall resulting in broken bones and lacerations, infections, significant weight loss, chronic constipation, skin breakdowns, dehydration, and other problems. She is survived by her adult son. Townsend’s estate sued Trans Healthcare, alleging that it had understaffed the nursing home to increase profits and failed to provide adequate care, including protecting Townsend from falls, ensuring a safe environment, and documenting changes to her condition. The court entered a judgment of liability against the defendant, and the…
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