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How a Good Night's Sleep Can Aid New Graduate Nurse Retention
Rebecca Hendren, Editor
Around 60% of new grads leave their first job within the first year. An alarming proportion leave nursing altogether. Nurses leave their first job largely as a result of the incredibly hard transition from nursing school to being a real-life practicing nurse. One of the things that can make that first year so rough is adjusting to working nights, which is something tackled in the innovative new grad nurse retention program at Centra in Lynchburg, VA. [Read More]
 
January 12, 2010
 
Editor's Picks

FDA Issues Four Wound Care Precautions
Hospitals and long-term care facilities should be on the lookout for serious complications and risk of death resulting from the use of negative pressure wound therapy systems that can cause fatal bleeding and infections, said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in a Medwatch Safety Alert. The FDA said 32 reports involved foam dressing retention in the wound, and the majority required surgery to remove the retained pieces. [Read More]
Senate Bill Could Insure More People Than Earlier Estimates, Says CMS
Senate Democrats received some good news/bad news from two new studies issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on the "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" passed by the Senate on Dec. 24. First, a Jan. 8 memo from CMS Chief Actuary Richard Foster finds that an additional 34 million people would be covered by 2019 from proposed reforms in the Senate healthcare reform bill—up from the 31 million projected last month by the Congressional Budget Office. This increase is related to the net effect of several shifts, he said. [Read More]
States Not Reporting Adverse Events May Harm Patient Safety, Says Inspector General
Public reporting of adverse events occurring in hospital settings—a strategy seen as a way to improve safety—is limited and inconsistent state by state, according to a memorandum issued this week by the Office of Inspector General. Seven state systems disclose more information than others and may serve as models, but three states have less extensive disclosure systems and seven systems have no public disclosure, the report said. Only 17 systems were reviewed. [Read More]
Getting Everyone on the Same Page to Achieve Healthcare Value
Many people talk about value, but—even though many examples exist of achieving good healthcare value—the momentum is slowed because the efforts often seem scattershot. However, an Institute of Medicine roundtable made up of influential figures in various sectors of American healthcare has come up with suggestions on how to get everyone on the same page to achieve value. [Read More]

NurseLeaders Forum

Providing Quality Healthcare in a Values-Driven Culture
While healthcare has not been hit as hard by the economic downtown as some market niches, our industry has not escaped completely and there have been job cuts. Whether from inside the industry or due to career changes from other disciplines, in this bad economy we have the chance to find good people and bring them onto our teams. [Read More]

Business Rx

Multiple Interventions Reduce VAP Rates
Although The Joint Commission's National Patient Safety Goals force many organizations to focus primarily on MRSA, central line-associated bloodstream infections, and surgical site infections, ventilator-associated pneumonia is a high priority for anyone in the hospital setting. [Read More]

Nursing Health Headlines

Is sorry the hardest word in healthcare?
New York Times - January 11, 2010

Healthcare Created 267,000 New Jobs in 2009
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media - January 8, 2010

National Quality Forum Endorses Electronic Data Measures for Quality Improvement
Heather Comak, for HealthLeaders Media - January 7, 2010

Radiologists Downplay Health Risk From Airport Body Scanners
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media - January 6, 2010

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Improve Patient Safety With Simulation Training: Nurse Educator Mary Holtschneider, RN, BC, BSN, MPA, NREMT-P, speaks about the surprisingly affordable ways to utilize simulation training and how it can improve patient safety. Holtschneider is the former assistant clinical professor and director of the Center for Nursing Discovery at Duke University School of Nursing in Durham, NC, where she ran the student simulation learning center and collaborated with the School of Medicine on interprofessional team training as a TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer. [Listen Now]
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