Nurse empowerment: We need a workforce that accepts nothing but excellence
Colleen Villamin, a clinical resource nurse, writes: "It has occurred to me recently that many nurses feel powerless to address daily issues that affect patient safety and nurse satisfaction. I often hear grumblings ranging from difficult nursing assistants who do not give baths to medical teams who do not address end of life issues until the time of an impending code. The phrase "'that's the way it is'" implies that nurses are powerless to change behaviors that negatively affect patients and drive nurses away from the bedside.
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