Response to Articles by Suzanne Gordon


Responseto Articles by Suzanne Gordon

Responseto Articles by Suzanne Gordon Articles

Onneeding more Nurses-Suzanne Gordon

Inthis article, Suzanne Gordon applauds the May 28, Alexandria Robin’sOp-ed article on the New York Times that talked about the need forbetter nurse staffing policies. The main theme of Gordon’s articleis therefore, the needs for enhanced nursing staffing polices thatimprove the nurse-patient ratio. Gordon considers the nurse staffingration as one of the fundamental ways of guaranteeing patient safety.According to Gordon, many states have not achieved the needednurse-patient that can guarantee patients of their safety inhealthcare settings. There have been many reported cases of deathsthat would have been avoided if only there were enough nurses forpatients.

Gordonalso cites lack of individual and institutional physician support onthe issue of the safe nurse to patient ratios. Once again she usesan example that Robbins in the op-ed where nurses of the Jack D.Weiler Hospital in New York received threats of arrest because theyhad discussed the state of nursing shortages in the hospital. Some ofthe nurses were forced out of the building for the same reason. Theserevelations reveal a very shocking sense of intolerance againstnurses. For physicians to be part of the entrenched schemes againstmore staffing is ironical because many people would expect that theyshould be the first people to be custodians of safer healthcaresettings because the outcomes directly affects public confidence inthe healthcare sector. The American Nursing Association envisions anation with a very advanced healthcare tradition. More nurses inhospitals is one of the surest ways to improve inter-professionalcollaboration to make healthcare a rewarding experience for both thepublic and the sector.

Whyintroductions matter-Suzanne Gordon

Inthis article Suzanne Gordon touches on a very important topic thatmost people consider an obvious part of everyday interactions:introducing oneself to new people.The same way introductions are ashow of courtesy and acknowledgment for other people in everydayinteractions, are they in healthcare (Gordon 2015). Suzanne contendsthe lack of this simple action is lacking in healthcare. According toGordon lack of an introduction culture makes healthcare environmentssuch as hospitals to be impersonal. For instance, one physician tellsGordon that he only visits a ward or check on a nurse once a month ora year hence, he has no compelling reason to keep introducinghimself to people he may not have a lasting relationship with afterall. Regardless of these justifications, Gordon contends thatintroductions are still very vital in whichever healthcare settingwhether or not there is going to be a lasting relationship between ahealthcare provider and a client. Gordon supports her assertions bystating the role of introductions in professional settings asfollows: 1) they eliminate the feeling of strangeness betweeninteracting parties in a healthcare setting 2) they enable peopleunderstand the context of a care environment and link them togetherand 3) establishes an institutional framework that instills a senseof respect and recognition in the nursing profession.

SuzanneGordon’s assertions are utterly agreeable. In fact introductionscreate a subtle lasting relationship between people. Although Gordonsays she may not remember the names of all the twenty people whointroduced themselves to her, it is also highly probable that she maynever forget their faces. Furthermore, even if there would be nolasting relationship, one can never be sure of never meeting a personsince the healthcare industry is very interactive. Indeed,introductions are as essential as the service itself.

References Suzanne Gordon: New Article in International

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