#1 tip for Nurses to avoid medication errors

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Can you imagine never making a medication error? Ever. I mean ever. Never making a medication error your entire nursing career?! Wouldn’t that be a feat?

I for one will never accomplish that dream.

I’ve made a medication error.  I remember every thing about that moment in time.  I felt my heart actually sink into my stomach. I thought I was going to die.

While my tip is not uncommon and is probably quite popular, I feel the need to share it.

The #1 tip for avoiding medication errors:

Avoid distraction when preparing, sorting or gathering any and all medications.

Avoid ALL distraction. No talking to your co-worker, no answering text messages on your cell phone, do not answer phone calls from anyone (that includes phone  calls from physicians).

When you are counting and accounting for each medication you are planning to administer, avoid all possibilities of losing focus on that task. Something as simple as averting your eyes can have catastrophic ramifications.

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Hey Nurses: Why Snapchat? The power of relationships.

 

I’m a Nurse mentor, Educator, Leader, Coach, Motivator and Consultant. I want to connect with and provide value to everyone who can benefit from my skills and knowledge.

I’m also an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Blogger, Vlogger, podcaster and mediapreneur. I’ve been a Nurse and Nurse blogger for over a decade, and in that time I’ve acquired a broad range of life expertise and professional wisdom.

I want to share my experiences with other Nurses, Health Care professionals and the like so they may benefit from the lessons I’ve learned with less effort and in a fraction of the time.

I’m a story teller, counselor and guide. The reason for my success (both professional & personal) lies solely in the relationships I’ve developed. Which is a concept I’ve also heard over and over from the most successful.

My blog writing, video producing and  (former) podcast broadcasting are the foundation of my communication. But I’ve discovered how Snapchat can springboard my relationship with my audience.

Snapchat is gaining guru-level attention because it provides a unique platform for one-on-one communication like no other.

Quick snippets of multimedia communication in the form of an editable picture (or video) called a “snap” that has a *24-hr shelf life. It can be posted to your personal “story” (similar to your Facebook/Twitter timeline) or sent via private message to your friends on Snapchat. (It disappears from your timeline 24 hours later)

[*Side note: There are ways to save your snaps]

It’s a great medium for fielding questions from fans as well as provide small slices of information-sharing gold with anyone who is your friend on the platform.

 

[Snapchat Murders Facebook]

You see, unless you make the effort to share it on other platforms, the information on Snapchat is exclusive and (mostly) private on Snapchat’s platform. [Which at the time of this writing was mobile-only.]

I’ve communicated and shared information with fellow professionals, students, bloggers, vloggers, podcasters and others who were seeking direction and advice on a personal level that would not be possible on other platforms.

Here’s how I have used Snapchat:

  • sharing snippets of my daily personal life (including my journey through surgery)
  • providing valuable professional advice
  • sharing mediapreneur topic advice (blog/vlog/marketing/podcasting)
  • real-time private professional communication and networking
  • offering educational and career advice
  • sharing behind the scenes information on upcoming projects

The “convenience-factor” is something I failed to understand until I started using Snapchat more. Instead of spending 5 minutes or longer on a 140-characater limit update to Twitter or a psuedo-long-formed post update on Facebook or Instagram, I can just “snap’ a 10 second video snippet of whatever subject is on my mind. If I need to share more info, I just pick up where I left off with the next “snap”. Instead of spending 10-30 minutes on a thought through worded text, I just take sequential “snaps” to tell a story.

This type of communication dialogue can be used when chatting one-on-one, or you can opt for the more traditional worded-text message. If you’re interested in bells & whistles, yep the app has them too. [Check out the articles on filters]

I initially started to use the app to share my personal journey through my right knee surgery, but it’s molded into a wonderful way to make deep connections with my audience.

How can I help you? Come follow me on Snapchat: @seanpdent

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UPDATE: (last updated June 24, 2016)

Here are some great how-to articles on using Snapchat:

The ultimate guide on how to use Snapchat

The ultimate guide on how to use Snapchat, explained by a 23-year-old

How to Use Snapchat

The Snap Generation: A Guide to Snapchat’s History

How to Snapchat like the teens?

How to get Snapchat’s new selfie Lenses

Getting to Know the Ghost: The Complete Guide to Snapchat

Snapchat is Growing Up: Everything You Need to Know About Snapchat’s Latest Update

The Beginner’s Guide to Snapchat

How to use Snapchat new features: Snapchat adds new face swap feature, Chat 2.0, Emoji stickers for video

How To Use Snapchat Lenses So You Can Puke Rainbows Like Everyone Else: A Step-By-Step Tutorial

Snapchat Tutorial (video below is lengthy… 39 minutes long)

 


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Nurses: when you are sick, stay home.

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The guilt of calling off is a real thing. As Nurses we have developed this (less than) silent rule of dragging our sorry sick selves to work for the fear of leaving our coworker short-handed.

We rather report to work and infect everyone around us, then stay home?

Crazy isn’t it?

Part of the problem is Nurses who have abused absenteeism. We feel bad for calling off, but also don’t have the system on our side for actually calling off when we’re sick. We don’t want to be penalized or lose money (unavailable benefit time).

While I can empathize with paying your bills and being a team player… I would request that if you are sick, please stay home.

I like a Funk-Free workplace. Do you agree?

Check out my video below. Click the title, head on over to my Facebook page and leave me a comment.

Don’t forget to share the video! If ya like what ya see…. tell someone. Hell, tell someone if ya don’t like it.

As always, thanks for watching and thanks for sharing. I love hearing from everyone.


If you haven’t noticed, comments have been disabled on my blog. I would love to hear your comments, questions and concerns.  So let’s connect. Or drop me a message on Snapchat @seanpdent:

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-Sean