In the research report “The culture of safety: results of an organization-wide survey in 15 California Hospitals,” Singer et al discuss and review the results of a survey conducted at 15 different hospitals that was designed to measure the extent to which a “culture of safety” existed in each facility. According to the report, the nature of the survey covered a more extensive range of personnel than previous studies; respondents included senior management and hospital officials, physicians, nurses, and other employees. The report indicated that a significant number of facilities demonstrated the need for making improvements in developing a culture of safety in their respective hospitals.
Nursing is a very challenging and demanding career, however I feel the rewards have been great and that my education has thoroughly prepared me to embark on this career. I really enjoy being able to help and care for people, and the field of nursing allows me to connect with patients on a personal and in-depth level that appeals to me greatly and drew me to this field over a decade ago.
The outpatient setting for Multiple Sclerosis at Holy Name Hospital provides much-needed care and treatment for patients with this debilitating condition. It is important to address the challenges associated with providing successful care, therapy, and treatment for this patient population. In particular, staff nurses who work directly with patients must demonstrate adequate knowledge regarding the disease and a high degree of compassion for their patients. This information will be useful in demonstrating that the outpatient setting for MS patients at Holy Name Hospital is of the highest possible quality. For the following discussion, I interviewed a nurse manager with five years experience in the outpatient clinic working with MS patients at different stages of the disease. She is a certified nurse practitioner and earned her MS in 2000. Prior to her current work experience, she was employed as a staff nurse on an internal medicine unit at the same organization.
There are three centers for the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis in the New York City tri-state area. In northern New Jersey, the most well-known and highly regarded outpatient clinic for this disease is located at Holy Name Hospital in Teaneck, New Jersey. The hospital conducts clinical treatment as well as research in the field of multiple sclerosis, and also provides community education in the form of lectures and training for patients and caregivers. This paper will discuss the program, its relationship with the hospital, and the way it has been affected by trends that are common to hospital settings all over the country.