A Suitable Man


A big congratulations to Jack Needleman, who has been named Man of the Month by the Disruptive Women in Healthcare.  The award citation notes Jack’s work on nurse staffing ratios and patient outcomes, and goes on to quote an interview with him:

needleman2What I knew from looking at the literature and what I think the public understood was that nursing is physically and emotionally demanding work. What I think the public didn’t recognize, and what I came to appreciate as I talked to people during the early analysis, is that it’s intellectually demanding work. This whole issue of being able to observe your patients, assess them, anticipate how they’re doing and what could be going wrong, and take appropriate intervention steps requires a high level of training. I have also come to appreciate that nursing, even for the frontline staff, is managerially complex work.

Congratulations, Jack!

(And hat-tip to Vickie Mays for catching it).


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