In an attempt to assess the problems and concerns of bedside nurses, Nurse Manager, Karen Kitterpoof at Westside Regional Medical Center (WRMC) in Babblecock, Alabama, put on a pair of scrubs, borrowed an isolation stethoscope and shadowed nurses in the ICU for a week as part of the Center’s “Day-in-the-Life” initiative.
“I’ve just spent so many years getting my degree and MBA that I didn’t really realize, until now, how my decisions affect bedside nurses. So far, I’ve seen a septic patient, a trauma case, and a GI bleed.” Kitterpoof stated.
Although seasoned ICU nurses were not impressed by Kitterpoof’s skills, they were flattered that she took the time to buy herself brand new set of scrubs and a pair of $1,200 Jimmy Choo heels for the special occasion.
“I’d give her a 2 out of 10 on her patient turning skills, 9 out of 10 for the amount of breaks she’s taken and a 10 out of 10 for wearing those patent leather red heels on every shift…insert eye-roll.” said Betty Rutin, an ICU nurse with 15-years experience.
Kitterpoof is not the first employee at WRMC to partake in the Center’s “Day-in-the-Life” initiative.
Recently IT manager, Donald Donaldson, who does not have a lot of social interaction with people, was sent to help cook in the hospital’s cafeteria after making a complaint in the cafeteria’s suggestion box.
“It really opened my eyes to how hard it is to make a decent meatloaf and cook crispy bacon,” Donaldson said. “Luckily I was only suspended for 4 days after giving food poisoning to 15 visitors. Who knew you couldn’t have medium rare chicken?!”
The “Day-in-the-Life” initiative was designed to generate appreciation for others in the hospital, however, things didn’t always go as planned.
When “CEO-for-a-Day,” was launched, Randy McFarson, from building maintenance, tried to sell the hospital on www.zillow.com, said HR director Kim Delvis. “Let’s just say we don’t have that day anymore and we wish Randy well in his future endeavors.”
We here at Next Move Inc. will continue to follow the “Day-in-the-Life” initiative at WRMC.