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Planning Nurse Staffing with a Patient Acuity System
Rebecca Hendren, Editor
How many patients one nurse can care for is a difficult question to answer with certainty. Some days more. Some days less. Any nurse will tell you it all comes down to the individual patient and how much care they need.[Read More]
 
July 27, 2010
 
Editor's Picks

Sullenberger Urges Hospitals to Adopt Aviation Culture of Safety
JHospital leaders attending the American Hospital Association's Leadership Summit in San Diego last week got a stern lecture from Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, who told them adopt the mentality of the aviation industry. They must stop thinking of accidents "as inevitable and start thinking about them as unimaginable," he said. "We in aviation have learned a lot, and we're anxious to share it with you."[Read More]
Seniors Unclear on Healthcare Reform Law
My colleague, Janice Simmons, found the changes to healthcare are confusing many seniors who are unsure what the reforms will mean for them. While the healthcare reform law calls for significant changes to the payment process for care delivered under Medicare, that information has not been effectively filtering down to its major beneficiaries. [Read More]
Should Physicians Be Reimbursed for Conversations With Patients?
Wendy Levinson, MD, chair of the department of medicine at the University of Toronto, says that doctors should be paid more for conversations with patients. "Complicated conversations such as breaking bad news or disclosing medical errors could be reimbursed as complex procedures," Levinson writes in the July issue of Health Affairs. [Read More]
Despite Recent Layoffs, Hospitals May Be Poised for Hiring
John Commins, HealthLeaders Media's HR editor, reports that the second quarter of 2010 was not kind to hospitals. April posted a record 18 mass layoffs of 50 employees or more in the hospital sector. Hospitals reported 2,200 payroll reductions in June, which followed 2,400 reductions in May. Despite the cuts, hiring may increase at the end of the year or first quarter of 2011. [Read More]
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Management Education: Talking Points
The management gap in healthcare is a real and an increasing issue of concern. We do not seem to have enough talented managers to meet the goals of our organizations. [Read More]
 
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Facilitating Critical Thinking in New Nurses
A Boston hospital starts a critical thinking program that trains experienced nurses to help new nurses develop their critical thinking skills.[Read More]
 
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Nursing Headlines

California whooping cough outbreak largest in decades
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The do-it-yourself house call
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Hospital savings: Salaries for doctors, not fees
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