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Top 12 Nursing Stories of 2010

Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, December 28, 2010

10. Nurse-on-Nurse Hostility Remains an Issue

Back-stabbing, intimidation, and sabotage are all too common on some nursing floors, but many in nursing are working to change culture and offer strategies for how to stop these behaviors.

11. Doctors Sue To Stop Unsupervised Nurse Anesthetists from Administering Anesthesia

Two large physician groups claimed surgical patients were being put at risk because a new California regulation allows nurse anesthetists to administer anesthesia without the supervision of a physician, and sued to stop the practice.

12. Nurse Anesthetists Say They Practice Safely Without Physician Supervision

In reaction to the above story, nurse anesthetists across the country vehemently defended their ability to administer anesthesia without physician supervision, saying there's never been a study showing the practice to be unsafe. Representatives of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists say studies have shown that certified registered nurse anesthetists perform the service with equal safety, or even more safely, than anesthesiologists.


Rebecca Hendren is a senior managing editor at HCPro, Inc. in Danvers, MA. She edits www.StrategiesForNurseManagers.com and manages The Leaders' Lounge blog for nurse managers. Email her at rhendren@hcpro.com.
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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.