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Linking Medical Errors, Nurses' 12-Hour Shifts
Rebecca Hendren, Editor
Studies have linked nurse fatigue with medical errors, poor quality care, stress, and burnout. There are many reasons for nurse fatigue, but one stands out as pretty easy to fix: shift length. Senior leadership should embrace these creative staffing and scheduling options to increase nurse satisfaction and improve efficiency.[Read More]
 
October 5, 2010
 
Editor's Picks

Violence Against ED Nurses Remains High, But Remedies Exist
My colleague, John Commins, is keeping an eye on the disturbing statistics of violence against emergency room nurses. This week, he examines a new study from the Emergency Nurses Association that reports emergency department nurses say they are victims of physical violence every week. He says the most disturbing factoid is that no action was taken against the perpetrator in 45% of the cases. But Commins says there are solutions and offers organizations practical strategies to follow. [Read More]
Healthcare Job Postings Drop, Employment Demand Rises
Online ads for healthcare practitioners and technical workers fell in September due to decreases in advertised vacancies for registered nurses, and physical and occupational therapists. Vacancies, however, continue to outnumber skilled job seekers by 2 to 1, a report shows.[Read More]
MA Inches Toward ACO Model
Massachusetts, the first state to adopt near-universal healthcare coverage, is out in front of healthcare reform once again. This time, the idea is to revamp the system by which physicians and hospitals are paid, from the current fee-for service model to a global payments model. This is a key step toward adoption of the accountable care organization model, which is getting a lot of attention from both providers and payers, even though it is still loosely defined and largely untested. [Read More]
A Call for Standardized Infection Detection Practices
A review of pediatric intensive care units turns up variability among catheter-associated bloodstream infection practices and raises a compelling argument for standardizing the way all hospitals look for such infections, not just in pediatric institutions, but in adult acute care facilities, too.[Read More]
Intelligence Report: Physician Alignment in an Era of Change
Hospitals are looking to employ more physicians and buy more medical groups; at the same time, hospitals are receiving an increase in inquiries from physician groups for employment. But this marriage is not without trepidation. Elements of payment reform are expected to put considerable strain on hospital-physician relations. In this exclusive report based on original research and analysis, we find out what 258 healthcare executives and clinical leaders think about these topics and more.[Read More]
Breakthroughs Report: Hospital Merger and Acquisition Strategies
The rules of healthcare are changing. Today, growth isn't about just getting bigger. It's about developing all of the components needed for coordinated care and reduced costs. In this HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs report, leading hospital systems that have seen the value of growth from mergers and acquisitions—North Shore LIJ Health System, Novant Health, Baylor Health Care System, and Bayhealth Medical Center—share insights and lessons learned. [Read More]
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NurseLeaders Forum

Tips for Improving Nurse Performance
Contributor Barbara Mayer, RN-BC, MS, PhD(c), director of professional nursing practice at St. Vincent Medical Center in Los Angeles, says staff development specialists are often asked to provide education when managers identify individuals or groups of employees who are not meeting performance expectations. Although lack of skill or knowledge can be the cause of underperformance, there are other causes that should be considered. [Read More]
 
Business Rx

Scanning Medication Reduces Errors, Hospital Says
Baystate Medical Center's adoption of bar code scanning process has helped decrease medication error rates by 75%. Nurses scan a patient's medication at their bedside, ensuring that the correct dosage is received. [Read More]
 
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Nursing Headlines

Nurses' push for greater role gets big ally
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Opinion: Healthcare's lost weekend
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NPR ? September 30, 2010

HHS Awards $320 Million to Expand Primary Care
HealthLeaders Media ? September 29, 2010
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