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Increasing Nurses' Competency With Geriatric Patients
Rebecca Hendren, Editor
With an aging population, acute care hospitals are seeing more elderly patients, increasing the need for nurses competent in geriatrics and gerontology. One hospital is focusing on dementia patients' needs through nurse training and environmental changes. Glen Cove hospital in New York, part of the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, now has more nurses qualified in Alzheimer's care than any other acute care facility. [Read More]
 
June 8, 2010
 
Editor's Picks

Let's Raise Public Awareness of Hospital Violence
Hospitals have a lot to fret over right now. Amid staffing shortages, enhanced competition, aggressive whistleblower suits, new infections cropping up, and abrupt cuts in reimbursements, it's small wonder that hospital violence has not gotten the attention it deserves. Thankfully, this appears to be changing. My colleague John Commins draws attention to the issue and how hospitals can raise awareness. [Read More]
Mandatory Flu Shots Gain Traction as the Future of Influenza Prevention
Many hospitals battle with employees each year over flu shots. This story examines how two large hospital systems took on the challenge of implementing a mandatory flu shot policy within the past two years. Although a mandatory policy eliminates the constant struggle to convince employees to get the shot, it's not without its own problems. However, these organizations saw their compliance rates improve to as high as 98%. [Read More]
CLABSI: 'A Polio Campaign for the 21st Century'
At the end of May, health providers heard some upbeat news. In fact, infection control officials who attended a briefing almost sounded like they were attending a pep rally and not a press conference. That's because it isn't every day that a federal agency can boast an 18% cut in dreaded CLABSI, or central line associated bloodstream infections, which occur an estimated 248,000 times each year in U.S. hospitals. [Read More]
Hospitals Shed 3,300 Jobs in May, Overall Healthcare Posts 8,000 Jobs
Hospitals shed 3,300 jobs in May, even as the larger healthcare sector created 8,000 jobs, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics preliminary data released last week. May's setback marks the first month of job losses for hospitals since April 2009, when the sector shed 1,000 jobs, BLS data show. [Read More]

NurseLeaders Forum

Improve Scheduling To Boost Nurse Satisfaction
Karla Schnell argues that if we normalize nursing schedules, not only could we make nurses' lives a little less stressful, we could maximize staffing efficiency for providers, lower their personnel costs, and contribute to nursing's long-term viability. [Read More]

Business Rx

Hospital Uses Pocket-Sized Handout to Improve Core Measures Compliance
Core measures—they're a part of the fabric of hospital life, particularly given their connection to CMS reimbursement numbers. All staff have encountered core measures at some point and have a basic understanding. But how do you ensure that their knowledge level is up to date and sufficient to keep your hospital's reimbursements optimized? [Read More]

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Nursing Headlines

Nurses go on offensive against 14 Minnesota hospitals
Minneapolis Star Tribune - June 8, 2010

What happens when medical, religious ethics clash?
USA Today - June 8, 2010

Joint Commission Pushes Back Telemedicine Requirements Until March 2011
Matt Phillion, for HealthLeaders Media - June 7, 2010

12,000 California nurses ready to strike
San Francisco Chronicle - June 7, 2010

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