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Top 5 Nursing Stories of 2016

By Jennifer Thew RN  
   December 20, 2016

The hottest nursing topics this year were patient experience, job satisfaction, and the wellbeing of nurses.

With an unusual presidential election under our belts, and the fate of the ACA uncertain, it's safe to say that 2016 was a perplexing, at times chaotic year for healthcare leaders. Which means you may not have had a chance to delve into all the content, news, and information HealthLeaders Media has to offer. So, in case you missed it, here are our most popular nursing centric stories of 2016.

1. Nurse Renewal Rooms Benefit Patients, Too
This wasn't just the most read nursing story in 2016, it was HealthLeaders' most-read story, period.

Hoping to counter stress and compassion fatigue, Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Midwestern Regional Medical Center in Zion, IL, created private spaces for its nurses to process their emotions before returning to their patients.

More and more studies are linking nurse work environments to better patient outcomes and improving nurse work environments will likely be on the radar for many nurse leaders in 2017.

2. This Nurse Leader Cut LOS in the Emergency Department by 40%
Moving behavioral health patients through the ED at a safe and expedient pace makes ED throughput even more challenging than it already is.

But even in the face of state budget cuts and closures of city-run behavioral health clinics, one nurse leader was able to develop an innovative and cost effective program that decreased behavior health patient length of stay in the ED by 40%.

3. The Hidden Patient Experience
Ensuring patients have an outstanding patient experience can be tricky since what is most important to a patient varies from individual to individual.

Often it's these personal preferences, rather than clinical care (even if it is amazing), that influence whether a patient reports having a good experience at an organization.

Nurse leaders at Cleveland Clinic and Mount Sinai Health System, talk about how they are trying to improve patient experience by better understanding these "invisible" patient preferences.

4. Patient Experience—One Person at a Time
This story, first published in HealthLeaders magazine, takes an in-depth look at how multiple organizations are working to better provide, assess, and finesse the patient experience.

The major takeaway: A single-minded focus on HCAHPS scores is a missed opportunity to improve quality, safety, and patient engagement through a broader, more multifaceted approach to patient experience.

5. AORN: Evidence Supporting ACS Surgical Attire is Lacking
When the American College of Surgeons issued surgical attire guidelines in August 2016, the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses shot back, questioning whether the recommendations were based on scientific evidence or surgical traditions.

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

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