While lawmakers in Washington are still bickering over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Maine State Nurses Association is fed up. The group is calling for universal state coverage, to be funded through a payroll tax.
The best ideas for improving patient care are not coming from the C-suite, says the chief nurse executive of North Shore-LIJ Health System. The best ideas, she says, are "coming from front-line staff."...
Researchers estimate that each additional nurse-hour per patient day is associated with 10% lower odds of receiving penalties under The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program.
A nurse leader advocates for "positive deviance" in nursing—bending or tweaking rules or guidelines in the interest of positively affecting patient care, even though there is no outcomes data to support the practice.