Distractions and interruptions can be dangerous.
In a new article for Health Leaders Media, "Nurses Say Distractions Cut Bedside Time by 25 Percent," John Commins reports that hospital nurses spend 1/4 of their shift away from the patients' bedside to complete regulatory requirements, redundant paperwork, and other non-direct care, according to a recent online survey of more than 1,600 nurses.
In her INQRI study, "Examining the Impact of Nursing Structures and Processes on Medication Errors," Linda Flynn has also noted the incredible affect that distractions can have on nurses and on the patients in their care. During a hospital visit, she saw a nurse who was unable to find a quiet place to work simply sit in the middle of a chaotic unit hallway to reconcile medications. She further observed that the nurse was interrupted every 45 seconds for tasks that could have easily been done by others on staff or could have waited until she finished. Click here to view Dr. Flynn's study findings on YouTube.
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