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The Campaign for a "National Nurse"
Rebecca Hendren, Editor
A grassroots campaign is underway to create an Office of the National Nurse. The initiative calls for a national nursing leader, similar in stature to the U.S. Surgeon General, who will serve as a figurehead for nurses around the country, and spearhead health prevention efforts.[Read More]
 
August 03, 2010
 
Editor's Picks

D.C. Nurses Approve One-Day Work Stoppage
Six months after the crippling snow storms that paralyzed the capital, the fallout from "Blizzardgate" continues. I wrote in March that Washington Hospital Center's firing of 18 nurses and the disciplining of several others for failing to report to work would affect morale, and now the hospital faces a protest strike. My colleague, Cheryl Clark, writes that nurses voted last week to hold a one-day walkout to protest the action, which they say violates the hospital's written emergency snow policy.[Read More]
Bay State Addresses Nurse Safety, But Is It Enough?
My colleague John Commins returns to the thorny issue of violence against healthcare workers in his column this week. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick recently signed into law a bill that stiffens criminal penalties for those who assault on-duty nurses and other healthcare providers. [Read More]
Hospitalists Unaware of Treatment Costs for Inpatients
How much does an overnight stay in the ICU cost? $750? $6,000? Haven't got a clue? Many hospitalists don't know either. The cost of an ICU bed per night is $1,107, according to a recent study of two Washington hospitals. The $750-$6,000 range was what physicians at those facilities guessed. [Read More]
AHA Protests CMS 2.9% Final Inpatient Rule Cuts
The American Hospital Association is strongly protesting the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Service's newly announced 2.9% final inpatient rule reimbursement cuts for Fiscal 2011, saying the economic impact from cuts estimated at $3.7 billion could prove catastrophic for the nation's 3,500 acute-care hospitals. [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]
Business Rx

Indiana Hospital Involves Patients and Families in Shift Change Bedside Report
Until 2007, nurses at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis relied on traditional shift change reporting methods to communicate patient care information from caregiver to caregiver. In an effort to improve documentation, nurses developed a new way of doing it: at the bedside and involving families. The technique became the standardized approach to hospitalwide shift change reporting. Not only did leadership, the nursing staff, and physicians accept the process, but patients and families also more involved and felt safer as a result.[Read More]
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Nursing Headlines

Healthcare Online Job Postings Slip
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media ? August 03, 2010

Getting into med school without hard sciences
The New York Times ? July 30, 2010

MN nurses who quit the union before the strike received disciplinary letters anyway
Minneapolis Star Tribune ? July 30, 2010

The hospital's growing role as care coordinator
U.S. News & World Report ? July 29, 2010
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