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Clinician's Corner April

In this month's Clinical Corner, Director of Nursing Services Bobby Cupp RN BSN offers tips to keep you from threats of possible HIPPA violations and charting mishaps. Plus he also discusses the issue of bullying in the Healthcare Profession.

WOWs

With the hectic schedules of nurses and multiple patient assignments, the Workstations on Wheels (WOWs) were a terrific and beneficial invention for nurses. Nurses can spend less time running back and forth to the nurse's station to chart and spend more time taking care of a patient with these WOWs. Here are a few tips to keep you and your patients free from possible threats in HIPAA violations and charting mishaps:

  • Create strong passwords
  • Do not share your passwords with anyone
  • Be aware if anyone is around you when using your password
  • Position yourself so information on your computer is hard to see especially patient details
  • Always lock your computer when not in use
  • Minimize patient screens when someone not involved in the patient’s care walks up

By using these tips you can help reduce potential risks for HIPAA violations.

Bullying in the Nurse Profession

Often as a travel or per diem nurse, you can feel like an outsider and sometimes you may even feel treated differently than the other staff employees on the unit. This could be because you are the new person and the new kid on the block. I often receive calls from nurses on contract that they feel mistreated by nurses on units. The more I thought about it, I realized in some cases this could have fallen under the category of being bullied. I read into the problem of bullying in the profession of nursing, and I was surprised to see what I found. Not only is bullying a problem, but part of it is that it's not widely reported or documented. Healthcare employees have an increased risk of being bullied and one research study showed a sevenfold risk among this population.

Here are a few signs to look for:

  • Making a snide comment
  • Eye rolling
  • Cursing
  • Unfair assignments
  • Humiliations
  • Spreading rumors
  • Harassment
  • Undermining someone’s work
  • Exclusion

While out on assignment if you ever feel you are a victim of bullying, contact the unit director, your recruiter or myself. We will help you in any way we can. And if for some reason we cannot directly help you, we will find a resource that can and we can employ our EAP services if needed.

Bobby Cupp RN BSN is AMP Staffing's Director of Clinical Services located in our New Orleans Corporate office. Please contact him for all your clinician needs.

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