With spring each year comes the blooming of flowers, longer days, the promise of school vacation and…the celebration of nurses everywhere! Nurses’ Week is May 6-12 and at Boston Medical Center, we are proud of our more than 1,300 nurses who care for all types of patients – from OB to surgery and primary care to oncology.
In the Emergency Department (ED), over 180 BMC nurses have been hard at work in projects to improve quality and outcomes for patients seen in the five care areas: adult, pediatrics, urgent care, psychology, and observation. These projects include after-stroke care, cardiac events, trauma, reducing urinary tract infections from catheters, and quickly getting patients who need urgent care admitted to the hospital.
Our nurses excel in quick, rapid assessment of patients and handling whatever comes their way, and recognize that when a trip to the ED involves your child, it’s very scary. We have several projects underway to help children. For example, nurses developed a protocol (plan) to manage pain in children with suspected fractures and dislocations. The plan ensures that they receive pain medication within 30 minutes of arrival. This quickly alleviates the patient’s discomfort, prior to x-ray, allowing the team to focus on getting the patient any further care needed.
We also know that sometimes it’s that personal touch that makes a patient feel secure in their diagnosis and treatment. So, we are now calling all pediatric ED families the day after their visit to the hospital. It’s our way of checking in, answering any follow-up questions, and involving our patients in providing information to help us better serve them.
These projects are examples of the numerous ways BMC nurses care for patients and are constantly working to enhance the quality of care our patients receive.
This Nurses Week, join us in celebrating and honoring all nurses!