Finally in the news this week a great article I found over at Kelly Arashin’s blog the Barefoot Nurse, found at Kelly wrote a great article recently about her love for coffee and how Starbucks points out to her a very important safety lesson we should be using it regularly in our healthcare arena.

Read Back The Coffee Order

coffee-cup-smLet’s picture the scene. You go to your local drive-through. You order your coffee and what do they do? Kelly points out that in a good restaurant location they’ll repeat your order back to you so that you can verify that it’s correct. So, if Starbucks can do it, why can’t you?

How often do you take a verbal order without reading back that order to the prescribing person, or the physician, or the nurse practitioner so that you can make sure you wrote it down and transcribed it correctly? It should be common practice in every healthcare setting. But too often, it’s not.

Too Busy is No Excuse

Hey, I get it, we are all busy. You are often writing down one order for a patient, while you’re already thinking about what you need to do with the next patient. But this is how medication errors happen. So the next time you take a verbal order I urge you to take an extra 30 seconds and follow Kelly’s and Starbuck’s advice. Read back and verify the order.

Do you have basic safety tip that you’d like to share? Maybe something that you might call a “Duh” tip? Well go ahead and share them here. Shoot me an email to and let me know your “Duh” safety tip so that we can all remind ourselves here on the Nursing Show.


Make sure you follow-up on the links for this news item and all of the other news and additional resource links from this week’s episode – Holistic Nursing in Your Practice and Episode 241.


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