According to Healthleaders Media Industry Survey 2010, healthcare CEOs are less concerned about quality and patient safety this year than last year. Quality and patient safety are still the number one priorities for CEOs but areas of cost-reduction, technology systems/equipment and patient experience/satisfaction have risen as the major competitors for healthcare CEOs’ concerns. What this boils down to, is that more than ever, patients need protections to safeguard their lives whenever they are admitted to the hospitals. RNs must be vigilant as the last safety net between the doctor and what happens to the patient. To say that a medication or a procedure was given because a doctor ordered it is malpractice. If the RNs don’t follow through and research that an intervention is appropriate for their patients’ problems then that nurse is not doing their job.
How can you have a satisfied patient if you have a bad outcome related to misappropriation of treatment? Thousands of patient continue to die each year because of errors. There needs to be more checks ad balances between the doctor and the patients receiving care.