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Nurses Say They Need A Break; Why Leadership Should Listen
Rebecca Hendren, Editor
There has been a spate of news articles in the last few months about nurse protests and threats of strikes. A frayed work environment lies at the heart of many of these confrontations, with a workforce that feels it is stretched too thin. Nurses are speaking up about overwork and short staffing and the effect they feel it has on patient care.[Read More]
 
September 14, 2010
 
Editor's Picks

Reexamining the Ethics of Personal Responsibility
Healthy living is on the healthcare reform agenda this year, and the American College of Physicians is leading the march. As incentive plans move forward, ACP is offering recommendations for patient incentives to improve personal health responsibility.[Read More]
Malpractice Insurance, Defensive Medicine Apparently Not That Big a Deal
Sure, greedy, ambulance-chasing lawyers are filing frivolous lawsuits. But hospitals and physicians sometimes get away with malpractice, too. That doesn't mean the whole system is broken. In fact, it's in a lot better shape than it used to be.[Read More]
5 Tips for Avoiding Diagnostic Errors
My colleague Cheryl Clark writes that one in 10 medical diagnoses may be wrong. Doctors are missing an enormous opportunity to save lives, prolong or improve lives, avoid waste in the healthcare system and save money. A patient safety expert shares five ways to begin addressing what is an imperfect system.[Read More]
Fall Prevention Strategies Depend on Indoor, Outdoor Risk Factors
Older adults have different risk factors when it comes to indoor and outdoor falls. This subtle variation is often ignored and should affect how fall prevention programs are structured, study says.[Read More]
Urgent Care Could Replace ED For Some Patients, Report Says
Use of an urgent care or a retail clinic could substitute for a trip to the emergency department for between 13.7% and 27.1% of patients a RAND report says, but the American College of Emergency Physicians disagrees.[Read More]
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NurseLeaders Forum

Recruiting and Retaining High-Value Nurses
Contributor Bonnie L. Barndt-Maglio, PhD, RN, makes the case that key to maintaining and building a high-valued workforce is the retention of experienced nursing staff with advanced problem-solving skills and an understanding of the healthcare environment developed over years of service.[Read More]
 
Business Rx

Helping Nurses Climb the Clinical Ladder
Does your organization have a process for clinical advancement? Do many nurses pursue advancement, or do they feel there are barriers? At Yale-New Haven (CT) Hospital, Pina Violano, MSPH, RN-BC, CCRN, PhD(c), was concerned that too few nurses took advantage of the clinical advancement program offered by her organization.[Read More]
 
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Nursing Headlines

FDA Adds Contrast Agent Label Warning
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Cesareans more likely for women at for-profit hospitals, study finds
Mercury News ? September 13, 2010

Will iPad transform med school?
Standford School of Medicine ? September 10, 2010

Cleveland Clinic Gowns Get von Fursternberg Touch
HealthLeaders Media ? September 8, 2010

Health Care Wastefulness Is Detailed in Studies
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ECRMC lab implements Positive Patient ID System
Tribune Weekly Chronicle ? September 1, 2010
 
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October 8: Nursing Orientation: Tools and Evidence-Based Best Practices to Engage New Hires
November 4: Nursing Accountability: Promote Personal Commitments with Proven Cutting-Edge Strategies
December 8: Nurse Retention and Workforce Planning: Meaningful Recognition Strategies for Building a Healthy Work Environment
On Demand: Shared Governance in Nursing: Case Studies in Collaborative Decision-Making
On Demand: Nursing-Sensitive Quality Indicators: Engage Nurses in Quality Improvement and Improve Patient Outcomes
On Demand: Horizontal Hostility in Nursing: Proven Organizational Strategies for Effective Communication and Collaboration

 
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