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We need more nurses
The New York Times (opinion)
Several emergency-room nurses were crying in frustration after their shift ended at a large metropolitan hospital when Molly, who was new to the hospital, walked in. The nurses were scared because their department was so understaffed that they believed their patients — and their nursing licenses — were in danger, and because they knew that when tensions ran high and nurses were spread thin, patients could snap and turn violent.
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Nursing workforce policy makers
The phrase “nursing workforce” can mean many things. Unfortunately, incomplete and out of date data along with the changing healthcare landscape leads to writers decrying an impending nursing shortage and warning of an oversupply of nurses in almost the same breath. Many organizations are working to develop tools to better understand nurses and their employment situations. Nurses are invited to JOIN the Arizona Action Coalition and enrich the conversation.
In 2011 a report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) on the Future of Nursing included a call for the development of an infrastructure for a workforce monitoring system (WMS) for healthcare workforce planning. Nursing leaders in Arizona have responded and the ARIZONA ACTION COALITION was established in March, 2012. Champions for the Coalition include The Arizona Nurses Association, The Arizona State Board of Nursing, The Arizona Hospital and Health Care Organization and the Arizona Association for Home Care. A Workforce Work Plan developed with support from a“SIP” (State Implementation Plan) grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation along with AARP can be found HERE.
Significant projects include:
In May, 2015, the St Luke’s Health Initiative (SLHI), a private foundation and one of the Action Coalition’s community partners published Health Workforce, Healthy Economy, a Policy Primer assessing health care workforce needs statewide. The Phoenix Healthcare Sector Workforce Partnership includes the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, the City of Phoenix, the Maricopa County Department of Public Health and SLHI among partners focused on solving the health workforce puzzle. SLHI Broadsheet, May 2015.
- A self-study of Arizona’s current nursing climate
- Aligning nursing curriculum with practice expectations
- A plan to establish an AZ Healthcare Workforce Center.
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Work-life balance in healthcare: Addressing the system
By Catherine Iste
Why is achieving work-life balance as a healthcare professional so difficult?
As noted in the first part of this three-part series, it is difficult for everyone to agree on what work-life balance really is. Without a common vocabulary on the subject, it is hard to determine to what degree you may or may not be achieving it.
Patient education essential for improving asthma control
The Clinical Advisor
Clinical sites should have designated personnel responsible for routinely educating patients about how to properly use a metered-dose inhaler. "Improper administration of metered-dose inhalers (MDIs) has been strongly correlated with a patient's ability to control their asthma," Joshua Blair, PA-S at the New York Institute of Technology and colleagues reported at AAPA Conference 2015.
Nurse scope of practice expansion may help ease rural healthcare woes
As more states move to expand nurses' scope of practice, these measures may be especially vital in rural America, where healthcare access gaps are often the most glaring, according to the New York Times.
In Nebraska, Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts signed legislation in March that allows nurse practitioners to perform duties they're nationally certified to perform without a physician's presence or approval. It was the 20th state to enact such a law, and eight more are considering similar legislation, according to the Times.
FDA: Watch for dosing errors with Zerbaxa
Pharmacy Practice News
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning to healthcare professionals about the risk for dosing errors with the antibacterial drug combination ceftolozane/tazobactam (Zerbaxa, Cubist) due to confusion about the drug strength displayed on the vial and carton labeling. Zerbaxa is a combination product consisting of ceftolozane, a cephalosporin antibacterial drug, and tazobactam, an inhibitor of certain β-lactamase enzymes. Zerbaxa’s vial label was approved initially with a strength that reflects each individual active ingredient (1 g/0.5 g); however, the product is dosed based on the sum of these ingredients (1.5 g).
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The role of oncology nurses in the decline of US cancer rates
Over the last 20 years, cancer death rates have dropped 22 percent, according to CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.
According to the U.S. Surgeon General, only around 18 percent of U.S. adults smoke, which is down from a high of 45 percent in the 1950s. According to the International Health, Racquet, and Sportsclub Association, the number of gym memberships has increased from 41.3 million in 2005 to 50.2 million in 2012. These numbers speak volumes about the health initiatives many Americans have undertaken in recent years.
How distractions cause stress and impede your ability to function
By Michael S. Haro, Ph.D.
If you are easily distracted, your level of stress likely rises with these distractions. In this state, your potential for making poor decisions and mistakes increases. Leaders and managers constantly face their share of distractions, so it's important to know how to handle them in the appropriate manner.
Studies suggest testosterone risks may be overstated for some
Testosterone replacement therapy in older men with hypogonadism may be safe and even improve cardiovascular risk. "In the correctly selected patients, testosterone can be beneficial, especially when combined with lifestyle modification," said Tobias Köhler, MD, MPH, of Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. "It seems to be safe with the meta-analyses and the recent data from a cardiac and prostate cancer perspective. However, we still have to do more due diligence to say that it's absolutely safe."
Improved economy, Obamacare boost demand for travel nurses
Kasier Health News via Medscape (free login required)
With her children grown and husband nearing retirement, Amy Reynolds was ready to leave behind snowy Flagstaff, Ariz., to travel but she wasn’t ready to give up her nursing career.
She didn’t have to.
For the past three years, Reynolds, 55, has been a travel nurse — working for about three months at a time at hospitals in California, Washington, Texas and Idaho, among other states. Her husband accompanies her on the assignments. “It’s been wonderful,” she said in May after starting a stint in Sacramento. “It’s given us a chance to try out other parts of the country.”
Sudden infant deaths linked to elevation
Babies who live at high elevations, those above 8,000 feet (2,438 meters), may face a slightly increased risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS, new research finds. Researchers urge parents not to panic about the new findings. But the research does suggest that low oxygen levels might play a role in SIDS — and that finding could hint at the cause of tragic, unexplained infant deaths.
FDA approves 2 drugs for irritable bowel syndrome
U.S. health regulators approved new irritable bowel syndrome drugs from Actavis Plc and Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. on May 27. The Food and Drug Administration approved eluxadoline, to be sold under the brand name Viberzi. The agency also approved Valeant's Xifaxan, also known as rifaximin. Both drugs are designed to treat diarrhea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome, a condition that affects about 28 million people in the United States and Europe and can cause abdominal pain, bloating and diarrhea.
US health officials: HIV treatment should start at diagnosis
The New York Times
People with HIV should be put on antiretroviral drugs as soon as they learn they are infected, federal health officials said May 27 as they announced that they were halting the largest ever clinical trial of early treatment because its benefits were already so clear. The study was stopped more than a year early because preliminary data already showed that those who got treatment immediately were 53 percent less likely to die during the trial or develop AIDS or a serious illness than those who waited.
The study is strong evidence that early treatment saves more lives, the officials said.
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