Alexandra Wilson Pecci is an editor for HealthLeaders.
Calling twelve-hours shifts "one of the worst things we ever did," the author of a study on inadequate sleep among nurses is calling for leaders to encourage strategic napping and shorter shifts.
Some nursing leadership trends emerged quietly this year, but are nonetheless provocative for how they force us to think about nursing and how they force nurses to think about themselves as caregivers and healthcare leaders.
Although some nurse leaders cling to the rigid requirements of the profession, others are making accommodations for nurses in wheelchairs, sending a powerful message to patients in the process.
A new study finds a patient safety measure that nurses and patients alike agree improves care: Involving patients in the handoff process when nurses change shifts.
A study on pressure ulcers shows that patients may not need to be turned every two hours as a preventive measure, which has been common practice for decades.
The responsibilities of nurses, physicians, pharmacists, and other members of the clinical care team are certainly different, but none is more or less important to patient care.
Nurse practitioners at retail clinics provide high-quality, low-cost care, research shows, but the savings for operators could be even greater if scope-of-practice restrictions were lifted.
An annual survey of registered nurses designed to measure career paths and satisfaction levels finds the intent-to-retire rate among RNs has jumped to 13%. It had been running at 6% in previous years.