Ensuring the competence of one-to-one sitters
Acute care nurses often employ one-to-one patient observers, or sitters, who continuously monitor patient behavior. Sitters are often nonclinical personnel whose competence for the assigned task may be questionable. A sitters' training program is essential and should include an explanation of what is expected from them, a crash course in symptom identification, documentation guidelines and discussions about risks of injury to the patient. After completion of one such training program, sitter observations were more clearly written, program costs were cut and no emergency situations occurred.
Publication Name: Journal of Nursing Care Quality
It's tough at the top
Almost half of the executive nurses in the UK are dissatisfied with their role, according to a survey by the Royal College of Nursing. The survey, which elicited 238 replies, revealed that senior nurses are unclear about their roles, find the structures within which they work confining, and perceive both nursing to be undervalued and themselves to be undervalued compared to their executive colleagues. One third of the sample said they were seeking other employment and hoped to leave their posts within a year.
Publication Name: Nursing Times
Supervision: hos satisfied are middle nurses managers?
A study of middle nurse managers to determine the relationship of job satisfaction, leadership style and leadership adaptability showed that they preferred the high-relationship management style. A possible connection between perceptions and satisfaction with supervision was also apparent. Further research is needed to explain this connection.
Publication Name: Nursing Management
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