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I was told that it's against hospital policy to listen to the radio on
a low work environment tone in non direct patient care areas. Yet when
I tried to look it up I could not find it. Does such a policy exist?
Answer: No. You may
wish to speak with your supervisor for clarification.
At the orientation for ART, before the hospital opened, the cafeteria
coordinator mentioned that they would be offering healthier selections.
However, there are limited number of selections in this
category. I also heard that there would be some type of
restaurant being added . Is this true and is it going to be one with
healthy selections? Answer: ART
cafeteria coordinators are fine tuning the At Your Request Room Service
program. This entailed a completely new approach to feeding patients at
MUSC. The dietary staff at ART are getting very positive reviews from
MUSC patients and staff. The next focus will be on the retail
program. Currently offered are Wellness & You items on the hot line
daily, in addition to fresh vegetables and healthy side dishes. This
selection will be expanded to include entree salads, veggie wraps, new
sandwiches, and more. The food items will also be labeled with
nutritional analysis very soon.
a clinical associate (CA)
Why should I take the CA test or training through MUSC if I am already
certified through the state?
Answer: While the
state certification is beneficial, the South Carolina Nurse Aid
Competency Evaluation Series exam is based on care of the patient in a
residential care facility. The exam does not provide a mechanism for
competency assessment needed to work in a tertiary care environment.
The MUSC CA Competency Exam provides an assessment of the skills and
knowledge base required to perform competently as a CA in the hospital
I heard the rumor that a Starbucks will eventually open in ART. Any
idea when this will occur?
officials are in the design phase now with Starbucks and
construction will begin once that is finalized, hopefully within the
next two months.
I am just curious why all of the operating room staff now have the same
color scrubs as the nurses—blue. I was under the impression that MUSC
went to color coded scrubs so that the patients could better
differentiate which staff was which. There is an over abundance of
people in the same color scrubs—royal blue. Is there anything that is
going to be done about this issue?
Answer: The scrub
search for ART OR staff required careful review as the staff knew that
they could not choose royal blue. The color chosen was blueberry.
On the sample scrubs the color was lighter than the royal blue. Once
the scrubs are washed several times they will become lighter.
shortage, patient abundance
Is it true that ART needs 150 registered nurses to completely open all
of the beds? If so please consider an agency and re-establish the
bonus pay to get everyone over this hump.
Answer: It was
difficult to accurately estimate the patient volume demand which has
exceeded management's expectation. Management is hiring nurses and
other staff into regular positions as quickly as possible and travel
nurses have been brought on board. It is obvious to many that there has
been much cooperation among the staff during this challenging period,
and it is appreciated. If any registered nurse feels that the burden is
too disruptive to his/her schedule, contact your director,
administrator or Marilyn Schaffner, the chief nursing officer.
I have noticed surveying marks shirring off a complete row of parking
spaces along Courtenay Drive. Where are the removed spaces being
Answer: For now, no
specific parking spaces on Courtenay are being removed. You may have
seen temporary closure of spaces to allow survey crews to complete
surveying needed for the Courtenay/Bee Street improvements and to plan
for the eventual widening of Courtenay.
I am employed here, and I also attend Trident Technical College. I was
told that MUSC has slots that can help me get into the nursing program
faster. I have been accepted for spring 2009. If I can get in faster, I
would love to know how.
on being accepted into Trident Technical College. Regarding your
question, at this time, no hospital in the community has such an
arrangement with Trident Technical College.
I’ve heard that after numerous accidents in a stairwell of the Rutledge
garage, MUSC is still not considering putting a cover on the north
stairwell to keep rain out, is this true?
Answer: Canopies to
cover both the north and south stairwells of the Ashley-Rutledge
parking garages are included in the project to install a second
elevator on the south side of the garage. The project is under way and
is scheduled to be completed by mid-July.
of the Year selection
I heard that nurse managers can pick their nurse of the year. I was
wondering why we vote if this is true? Our nurse manager provided forms
for voting this year. Our forms were due on May 6; however, a nurse was
present from our unit at the ceremony on Monday. Apparently only the
nurse manager and this nurse were aware that he/she was nurse of the
year. Is voting for NOTY merely a facade? This is very dejecting.
Answer: Each year
MUSC honors the Nurse of the Year. The process begins with open online
nomination submissions. Reminders were sent out to the all RN group and
the nomination form was linked in the News You Can Use on the Intranet
beginning in March. Nominations are then sorted and sent out to the
respective nurse managers (Not every unit receives nominations). Each
manager then chooses a unit winner. There is no set process for this
decision. Some have their staff vote, some make the decision
themselves, and some meet with unit leaders to discuss the choice. How
each unit’s Nurse of the Year is chosen is not as important as ensuring
that the winner represents the unit as an outstanding role model of
excellence in nursing. All unit winner nominations are blinded and
voted on by the Nurses Week committee to elect the MUSC Nurse of the
Year. If you would like to know more about your unit process, ask your
nurse manager and provide suggestions for how you would like your unit
to handle the nurse of the year nominations and winner selection.
I’m disappointed to see that Hospital Week is celebrated so widely but
nurses week was brushed off with very little recognition of the
dedication to the care of patients. I’m just curious as to why the
nurses didn’t receive anything in recognition of nurses week this year.
Answer: MUSC had a
full schedule of events to celebrate Nurses Week this year. The agenda
was sent out to all registered nurses beginning in February, to allow
for saving the dates. Some highlights: Monday: Nurse of the Year
Ceremony, followed by a reception. Tuesday: Educational and
Professional Organizational Fair, Flower Sale for your favorite nurse,
Wednesday: Nurses’ Craft Fair and Flower Sale, Thursday; Nurses Build
Day for Habitat for Humanity in West Ashley, Friday: Nursing Research
Poster Day, Nurse Appreciation Luncheon, recognition of nurses with new
certifications, new registered nurse IIIs, and nurses serving in the
armed forces, and Saturday: Nurses Build with Sea Island Habitat for
Humanity, Florence Nightingale’s Birthday Party with distribution of
cake to staff working weekend and evening shifts. The medical center
tries to have varied offerings that will be of interest to all of MUSC
registered nurses, and encourage each one to be involved in the
activities of their choice. Nurses are encouraged to be involved in the
planning and execution of the week’s activities. Gifts are not
typically given out for Nurses Week. With more than 2,200 nurses, the
cost would be prohibitive.
Are there plans to keep the cafeteria at ART open until later or maybe
open it up for a couple of hours at midnight? After working in the main
building for three years and having the pizza place open until 3 a.m.
for the last year, I’m kind of missing it!
Answer: There no
plans to open the cafeteria for late night food options due to the
projected low sales volume. The current dinner meal period is extremely
slow and does not, at this time, warrant staying open later.
Why are rumors not posted in order? I try to check every day and often
find new rumors tucked in between rumors that have been posted for a
few days; this practice makes it hard to keep up.
Answer: The rumor
mill is designed to post responses according to the date order in which
they were received. In some cases, it takes longer to post an answer to
one rumor than to another. You may want to search responses by using
the “Category” section.
Reproduced from http://www.musc.edu/rumor/.
Friday, June 6, 2008
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