This is, and will be, a place for non-COVID nurse hacks throughout all areas of nursing practice. Currently, though, we want to focus on things related to COVID-19 that made a big impact in CRITICAL CARE SETTINGS. Knowing the fixes and failures from yesterday will save lives tomorrow, so if you have adaptations y'all found helpful please share them so others can bring these ideas that worked back to their admin and accelerate implementation at their own institution. Especially valuable are Nurse Hacks from "hot-spots" so other areas not yet in surge can prepare, knowing how to address the emergencies and failures y'all have already figured out!
It is difficult to capture all the little innovations that nurses accumulate during their tenure, and they really only get shared situationally. We all know the best preceptors are the ones that impart the most wisdom, so NurseHack.com was designed to connect nurses to the little things that make the care better.
Erik is a critical care nurse in Fuquay-Varina, NC. Though now working as an ICU nurse, Erik began his nursing career as a New Graduate Fellow in the ER after graduating from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing. During his nursing program he enrolled in Biomedical Engineering Design courses which helped him determine his future goal: to leverage his experience at the bedside to identify problems and design solutions that will revolutionize healthcare.
Currently a Fellow in the inaugural cohort of the Johnson & Johnson Nursing Innovation Fellowship, Erik has also been accepted to a Master's program for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the UNC/NC State Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering and looks forward to developing new skills and relationships through these opportunities that will facilitate reaching his goals of improving the experience of patients, their families, and healthcare staff caring for both.
Recently, Erik has been working on www.COVIDgilance.world as a web-based platform targeted to help provide bedside clinicians with useful, clinical data and accelerate the sharing of bedside innovations that have worked to improve both care delivery and staff safety during the COVID-19 outbreak.
As the need for engineering-minded clinicians, and especially nurses, becomes more obvious to device manufacturers, Erik is consulting with early-stage projects and established developers to lend his unique perspective, helping them identify the right user requirements and deliver more valuable products.
Erik is married to his beautiful wife, Julia, a dental hygienist. Together they have an adorable Australian Shepherd, Reese, and are expecting their first child, a baby girl, in June, 2020!
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There are so many things that we do daily which allow us to do our job better, and we all love learning new tips and tricks! Problem is, it can take a while. For instance, I've been on my unit for 3 years, and I still find myself sharing things my preceptor taught me during orientation with other nurses who have been on the department longer than me; which means it didn't spread even between my preceptor and coworkers on our unit in the years they were working together!
Before NurseHack.com, there wasn't a good place to share these nurse hacks, even though these things can make or break our shifts! Now, we have a place to share them, but we'll have to be responsible and take any idea presented here as just that: an idea. There is no recommendation, directive, approval, or guidance offered that the ideas are correct, approved, legal, safe, or free from conflict with a policy or procedure your hospital or local governing authority may have in place, so CHECK WITH YOUR MANAGEMENT FIRST! It's important to share, but more important to be safe, for the sake of both your patients, and your license!