Whose duty is it to care?

from CBC News Like many professionals, nurses frequently move between provinces, states and countries, looking for work. Unlike many other jobs, however, they can hold lives in their hands. So who’s watching the caregivers to ensure they aren’t simply moving away from tainted pasts? As CBC learned while investigating an Ontario nurse with a revoked California licence, the answer is complicated. Self-regulatory bodies in individual provinces or states monitor nurses to ensure they meet requirements to work in that jurisdiction. But there is no formal requirement across the board requiring one province’s college to notify others. Instead, the system largely relies on […]

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‘Star Trek’-style badge helps keep hospital staff in touch.

By: Tamsyn Burgmann Special to the Star When patients at Toronto East General Hospital need immediate bedside care, a nurse taps the “badge” clipped to her scrubs and gets instant voice access to Dr. Carmine Simone. As in a ‘Star Trek’-style badge, she can ask for instructions or bring him running. The cutting-edge tool making all this possible is called Vocera, a multi-purpose intercom that uses mobile technology. Fastened to the shirt or a lanyard strung around the neck, Vocera breaks down communication barriers by allowing people wearing the badge to speak to each other with the press of a button. Hands-free […]

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