For decades, patients could get a hold of their hospital floor nurse by pushing a nurse call button in their room. A light or noise would beep at the nurses station and hopefully someone would respond to patients' needs in a timely manner. But as nurses got busier with higher patient volumes, more complex therapies and interventions and greater time constraints with EMR data entry, nurse call light response times have suffered greatly. One of the biggest complaints patients often have are nurses who take too long to answer their call light. However, all that changed with facebook's universal infiltration into the workplace. No longer does nurse call light response time dissatisfaction have to destroy all those covert AIDET efforts. How you ask? This nurse someecard helps explain how to overcome nurse call light response fatigue.
Some hospital administrators already understand the difficulty in retaining well trained nurses. Turnover can be expensive. Efforts to keep great nurses from leaving the trenches can have returns on investment that would make any Wall Street banker salivate. What's important to nurses? Survey after survey has shown nurses are most satisfied when they can limit patient interruptions while completing their charting expectations. What does that mean? It means nurses are most satisfied when their call lights are disabled.
As a result, some hospitals have gone to a 9 am - 5 pm nurse call light schedule. No longer will patients be allowed to interrupt nursing charting and gossip time for the sake of patient satisfaction. Many administrators now realized keeping patients happy is impossible. They are willing to sacrifice Medicare dollars on the back end to minimize retaining and recruitment expenses of a stable nursing work force. This nursing someecard below helps to explain: