Nurses and Meaningless Data

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My patient went to the ER for a severe and worsening cough. Above is part of the screening processes done by the nurse. My question is…why?

Pt’s complaint is cough.  The patient was asked about:

  1. Suicidal thoughts
  2. Homicidal thoughts
  3. Fall risk
  4. If he was feeling threatened or has been hurt by someone


This is what happens when you pay hospitals for meaningless quality metrics and add stupid crap to a nurse’s list of things to do.  The result is overwhelmed staff who know that these questions are a joke and who lose that sense of purpose we NEED them to have.

Stop the madness and put an end to meaningless quality metrics and the administrators who get paid extra when their staff uses them!

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