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Top 12 Nursing Stories of 2010

Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, December 28, 2010

6. Stop Losing Experienced Nurses

The nursing workforce is aging. The average age of licensed RNs is 47 and nearly 45% of RNs were 50 years of age or older in 2008. The looming crisis presented by experienced nurses leaving the workforce spurred the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to launch a national program to find out what will keep experienced nurses in hospital settings and find out what effect existing interventions have on the work environment for older nurses.

7. Nurse Whistleblower Case Sets Dangerous Precedent

Justice finally prevailed in this disturbing case in Texas where a nurse observed a physician displaying serious lapses in competence and judgment that put patients at risk. Although eventually being found innocent, the case displayed the danger all healthcare whistleblowers feel when standing up to powerful interests.

8. New Nurse Testing Standard Raises Bar

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing raised the passing standard on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) to ensure new nurses are sufficiently ready to take on the growing needs of sicker patients.

9. Better Nurse-Patient Ratios Could Save Thousands of Lives Annually, Says Study

If California's mandatory nurse-patient ratios had been in effect in Pennsylvania and New Jersey hospitals in 2006, those states would have seen 10.6% and 13.9% fewer deaths among general surgical patients. That equated to 468 lives that might have been saved, says Linda Aiken, director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and the study's lead author.

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1 comments on "Top 12 Nursing Stories of 2010"


Kristin Baird, RN, BSN, MHA (12/28/2010 at 5:03 PM)
Rebbecca, How nice to see these articles in review. My favorite include the Growing Role of Nursing and those that address how to support nurses through onboarding and preceptoring. Nurses are such a vital element in healthcare both in hospital as well as community settings. I'm always thrilled to read of innovation that helps to engage and retain nurses. Thanks for the overview.