It's been a tumultuous year as healthcare organizations come to grips with value-based purchasing, rules for ACOs, meaningful use, and financial upheaval. Here's a rundown of the most popular nursing stories we covered in 2011.
At the Nursing Management Congress in Las Vegas, attendees are urged to focus on what's most important in the changing face of care delivery. Nurse leaders must identify the parts of the job nurses do that have value—and the parts that don't belong in the role.
All members of the nursing staff need to feel directly responsible for patient safety. Quality improvement becomes one more meaningless directive from "above" unless nurses feel engaged in the process, involved in the plans, and accountable for the results.
More than a quarter of nurses surveyed recently believe they will never be able to fully retire. That's bad news for them, but it's good news for hospitals. Leadership must accommodate the needs of aging workers, however, to reap the rich rewards of a seasoned staff.