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The winter issue of Nursing Network highlights some of the wonderful accomplishments of our staff. You will read about the recently published study on the use of the restraint chair, the recent promotion of Teresa Henderson, RN, and presentations by our staff at national and local conferences.
McLean Nurses Publish Study on the Safety and Effectiveness of Restraint Chairs
Are restraint chairs safer than traditional restraint methods? Reports from the field suggest that restraint chairs are safer and more effective, but there is a lack of scientific literature on the use of these chairs in psychiatric settings to back up the claims. To correct that problem, a team of McLean nurses and leaders took part in a study to examine the use of restraint chairs.
On any given day at McLean’s Psychiatric Neurotherapeutics Program, some 50 patients come through the door for ECT (electroconvulsive therapy), 20 or more for TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation), and about four for the program’s new ketamine infusion service. “That’s a lot of people,” said Teresa Henderson, RN, “and our unit had to make some changes to make sure we could handle that volume in the most efficient way possible.”
Nursing Conference Tackles Trauma
The impact of trauma on patients, nursing professionals, the health care system, and society was examined at the 2018 Fall Nursing Conference. Held on Friday, December 14, at McLean, the day-long event, titled “Resilience in the Aftermath of Trauma: De-Briefing, Co-Creating and Empowering,” featured three speakers who offered insights and perspectives on a range of trauma-related topics.
Read more in the full issue.