The goal of “purposeful hourly rounding” is to avoid what’s happening in the cartoon below, and instead be present with patients while getting ahead of potential problems before they occur (thereby decreasing call lights!). For example, purposeful rounding can help your team better communicate with patients and plan for toileting by setting up times where… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for June 26, 2022: Purposeful Rounds Benefit Patients AND Staff
Happy Juneteenth! And Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there too! For some of you, your dad may have been the parent who doled out the tough love. Sometimes as nurses, we must show tough love with our patients too. For example, do you have a patient who keeps saying “no” to getting… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for June 19, 2022: Times for Tough Love
Do your nurses and nursing assistants huddle together to plan their day? Taking a few minutes at the start of a shift to create a plan for the day can make it easier to get patients up and moving. Huddle agenda suggestions (things to review, discuss and decide): How much assistance does each patient need… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for June 12, 2022: Collaborate with Colleagues for Mobility and More
Bedside reports are a great opportunity to update a patient’s mobility score for the day and communicate it to the healthcare team, including nurses coming on shift. If a person’s mobility score indicates that they should be up and transferring to a chair or walking, this gives the team a chance to discuss the score… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for June 5, 2022: Talk Mobility During Bedside Reports
As we celebrate Memorial Day weekend and honor the sacrifices of the men and women who fought and died while serving our country, we also think about those who have survived combat and are living with the consequences that affect their mental health. You are likely familiar with the term “post-traumatic stress disorder” (PTSD), which… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for May 29, 2022: Providing Trauma Informed Care
Hospitalized older adults may experience intermittent incontinence, even if they are typically continent at home. This can be due to delirium, infection, and changes in their daily routine. One of the most effective and beneficial strategies for managing intermittent incontinence is to try proactive toileting during the day. Proactive toileting means that staff direct and assist… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for May 22, 2022: Proactive Toileting with Older Adults
AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for May 15, 2022: Antipsychotics and people with dementia: When the risks outweigh the benefits
People with dementia can sometimes become agitated, especially when they are in unfamiliar surroundings, with unfamiliar people, and feeling powerless…like when they’re in the hospital. Sometimes, the first course of action to manage someone who is highly agitated in an acute care setting is to give them an antipsychotic medication. But giving antipsychotics to older… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for May 15, 2022: Antipsychotics and people with dementia: When the risks outweigh the benefits
We hope you feel appreciated and loved all the time, but especially during this week devoted to celebrating nurses! And while you may receive some well-meaning gifts that don’t quite hit the mark (see this humorous article about worst nurse appreciation gifts: https://nurse.org/articles/worst-nurse-appreciation-gifts/ –you may have a few items to add to the list!), we… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for May 8, 2022: Happy Nurses Week!!!
“Taking on a challenge is a lot like riding a horse, isn’t it? If you’re comfortable while you’re doing it, you’re probably doing it wrong.”—Ted Lasso If you’ve seen the much-loved hit show “Ted Lasso,” you know it’s brimming with wisdom and insight cloaked in humor and silliness. There’s a lot to be learned about… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for May 1, 2022: Could your team use some “Lasso Leadership”?
Today we’re sharing a simple-to-use capability test to help you quickly determine how much your patients can do when you and your team are performing function focused care. Click below to open one-page tool as a Word document. The test measures four things: upper body range of motion, lower body range of motion, ability to… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for April 24, 2022: Easy Capability Test for Patients
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