Non-Nursing Duties

The examination of non-nursing duties being performed by nurses brings forward a topic that has not spent much time in the headlines but is central to the successful utilization of the limited nursing resources available. The examination of the substance of nursing work shows definitively that nurses are spending more time than necessary doing non-nursing-related work, diminishing time for patient care. In spite of severe nursing staff shortages, little has been done in any jurisdiction to explicitly address this. Importantly, this issue also involves allied health workers and highlights the importance of the healthcare team in providing the best possible, and most efficiently delivered, care.

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Jill Ross, ONA

A primary nurse, Jill currently works in the ambulatory oncology unit. She also works in the “stretcher bay” where a lot of procedures are undertaken to look after patients coming from other facilities. Jill has worked in pedia…

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