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Nursing Roundup: Top 5 Stories of 2017

By Jennifer Thew RN  
   December 19, 2017

An annual review on popular nursing topics of 2017, including readmissions, burnout, and the use of APRNs.

This year is soon to be in our rearview mirror, and what a year it's been! We've seen a new president take office, multiple (failed) attempts to repeal the ACA, a shortened health insurance marketplace open enrollment period, higher insurance premiums, and end-of-the-year health system mergers.

The past 12 months have been challenging and, at times, chaotic in the healthcare arena, so you may not have had the chance to delve into all the content, news, and information HealthLeaders Media has to offer. In case you missed them, here are five popular 2017 HLM stories of interest to nurse leaders.

1. Lower Readmissions Linked to Higher Risk of Death

Nurses are major players in trying to prevent avoidable readmissions. But a new study has found the emphasis on reducing 30-day hospital readmissions has inadvertently led to increased risk of death for Medicare patients hospitalized with heart failure.

The study's coauthor Gregg C. Fonarow, MD, a researcher and professor of cardiovascular medicine at UCLA, shares his thoughts on the findings, including how to recalibrate 30-day readmissions to be an accurate metric for value-based, care coordination.

2. Nurse Leaders Face Moral Distress Alone

Just because chief nursing officers are away from the bedside does not mean they are immune to experiencing moral distress—the disequilibrium resulting from the recognition of and inability to react ethically to a situation—finds a qualitative study published in the February 2017 Journal of Nursing Administration.

The study's coauthors Rose O. Sherman, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, and Angela S. Prestia, PhD, RN, NE-BC, discuss the typically taboo subject of moral distress among CNOs and the lasting effects it can have on nurse leaders.  

3. The Nursing Shortage? It's Complicated.

Despite the often-heard warnings that the U.S. is on the verge of a nursing shortage, data predicts that nationally, the country is on the verge of a national nursing surplus.  

Jennifer Thew, RN, is the senior nursing editor at HealthLeaders.

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