- Posted January 31, 2014 by
Nurses Make a Difference
When most people think of becoming a nurse, they automatically think about having to go to a physical school for training. With the introduction of online LPN programs, it is possible for students who can't make it into a campus-based program to still become an LPN. The possibilities don't end there for nurses who want to learn online.
Many online LPN programs have continuing education programs for those in the nursing field. These courses or webinars can help nurses to stay on top of the current happenings in the medical field. This is helpful for nurses who hear about some of the horror stories going around in the news today because the nurse will become aware of possible signs of medical malpractice or patient negligence. Just think about how well-trained nurses could have helped out in some of these situations.
Man Dies in Bronx Emergency Room Waiting Area
A 30-year-old man died in the waiting room of a Bronx hospital after he presented with a rash. The man's vital signs were taken and he was sent to the waiting area to wait for emergency care. More than eight hours later, he was found dead by a security guard.
While a worker in the emergency department of the hospital says the reason for the lengthy wait was because of staffing issues, a recent report found that lengthy waiting times are commonplace in New York emergency rooms. It might not make much of a difference in the wait time if nurses are well trained, but a well trained nurse could have realized the markers the man may have had that would have necessitated a faster trip to the patient treatment area.
Opera Singer Suffers From Flatulence After Botched Episiotomy
An opera singer went to an Army hospital in Kentucky to have her son. When the son was making his way down the birth canal, his shoulder got stuck. Instead of making the woman have a c-section, the nurse midwife did an episiotomy on the woman. When the time to stitch the lady up, the tissue was too damaged. The woman now needs corrective surgery to fix the botched episiotomy. Until she has the surgery, she will continue to suffer from uncontrollable flatulence, fecal incontinence, and painful intercourse. A well-trained nurse could have realized the markers of these problems while the woman was still in the hospital and could have potentially offered assistance based on that.