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Chris Cavanaugh
IV nurses hardest hit during hospital layoffs

Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota FL just layed off 8 of 13 members of their IV therapy team, as part of hospital wide cutbacks.  The hospital was partially funded by the county, and that funding was recently cut by 15%.  This is an example of how important it is to prove to your hospital how valuable you are as IV nurses.  This proof is in the outcomes tracking, the hospital wants to see high customer satisfaction numbers, cost savings and decreased complications.  As IV nurses, we know we do this, but we need to monitor our work and track our outcomes so we can prove this to the administration.  Ask your manufacturer's clinical support if they can help you with this, many manufacturers have programs to assist with this justification and quality tracking.

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My team was downsized to 2.6

My team was downsized to 2.6 FTE's and is becoming a "Hard-to-stick" team with education to begin on each unit to train RN's for the routine sticks.  This based on the Navigant Consultants report - she told me in the first 30 seconds of of meeting that IV teams are the first to go, depite us having those good outcomes, satisfaction data and cost containment that you speak of.


Kathy Kokotis Bard Access

Kathy Kokotis

Bard Access Systems

I bet they kept the high tech PICC RN's who use ultrasound.  Wonder why????


Kathy Kokotis

Bard Access Systems

Chris Cavanaugh
Actally, ALL 13 of the
Actally, ALL 13 of the original team were "high-tech" PICC RNs who used MST and Ultrasound to place PICCs.  They also placed the IVs within the hospital.

Chris Cavanaugh, RN, BSN, CRNI, VA-BC

anna liang
outcomes tracking is very
outcomes tracking is very time consuming; when the work load does not allow for data collection, how do you manage to justify extra FTE's?
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