Skip Morelock PhD, RN, NEA-BC

Skip Morelock PhD, RN, NEA-BC is a frequent contributor to RN Journal with 6 articles published to date.

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Factors Influencing Nurse Medication Errors

Factors Influencing Nurse Medication Errors

Tags: medication medication errors nurse distractions

This article explores the medication errors and the phenomena of nurse distractions. Nurses are intimately involved in the medication administration process. Even though the parameters of selection, dosing, compounding, and dispensing medication remain under the purview of other allied health professionals, the nurse represents the last safety checkpoint between the medication and the patient and efforts should be directed toward removing obstacles which are negatively impacting this process. It has long been suspected that nursing distractions whether by patient, family, coworkers or others, are facilitating the occurrence of errors in the hospital setting. There are practices which are discussed which may ameliorate this threat to some extent if employed consistently and judiciously.

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Night Shift Nursing: A Policy Proposal

Night Shift Nursing: A Policy Proposal

Tags: night nurse night shift Sleep deprivation

Night shift nurses face many obstacles in achieving adequate work-life balance. Additionally, there are ramifications for night shift nurses in that health problems may appear after extended time working the night shift. This research puts forth some possibilities for changing this culture and making nursing and nursing care safer for patients and caregivers.

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Six Sigma and Healthcare Finances

Six Sigma and Healthcare Finances

Tags: emergency department healthcare finance Medicare methodology performance sigma six sigma

This article is a brief primer on Six Sigma methodology and its impact on healthcare finance and nursing.

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Disparities in Healthcare: Night Shift Nurses

Disparities in Healthcare: Night Shift Nurses

Tags: health issues night nurse night shift nursing ethics Sleep deprivation stress

Night shift nurses have been shown more likely to developing health issues than their day shift counterparts. Research over the past twenty years has led to the increasing conclusion that working night shifts for as little as eight shifts a month is associated with an increased likelihood to develop metabolic syndrome, a four-fold increase in the incidence of vascular events, and an increased chance of developing certain cancers.

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