Education and Nursing

 

Leaders Get Creative to Manage Staff Shortages

Despite staff shortages that have created challenges in many parts of the hospital, Children’s of Alabama continued to provide for its patients’ needs in 2022, often getting creative to do so. The dialysis unit, for example, used a combination of strategies to ensure they could provide the lifesaving care their patients needed while still prioritizing nurses’ work-life balance.

New Initiative Aims to Keep Kids Safe

In an effort to reduce preventable injuries, a multidisciplinary team from the Children’s emergency department launched the Safe at Home initiative to help families of patients who arrived at Children’s due to a substance ingestion. Through this program, the families of these patients receive verbal and written education about various home safety topics, including medication safety, firearm safety, water safety, storm safety and car safety. They also receive a safety resource bag consisting of a medication lock box, cable gun lock and water watcher tag lanyard—all devices that are proven to reduce injuries and deaths related to medication ingestions and firearms, as well as water-related accidents. The team, which includes physicians, nurses, social workers and child life specialists, is committed to developing and implementing creative initiatives designed to educate families about safety risks and provide tangible resources to help keep children safe at home.

 

New Process Offers Specialize Care For Abuse Victims

Providing care for children who are victims of abuse is challenging, but as the only freestanding children’s hospital in Alabama, Children’s routinely treats these patients. To ensure they’re getting the specialized care they need, a multidisciplinary team at Children’s created the Safe Pathway process. It’s a way to operationalize the steps staff take to decrease re-traumatization, increase coping, enhance cooperation, and decrease stress and anxiety of a patient admitted for abuse.