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The role of nurses in an aging population
By Keith Carlson
It's no secret that the population of the United States — and the world at large — is aging rapidly. The Baby Boom ended around 1964, and since those heady days of relative economic prosperity and population growth, the birth rate hasn't kept pace with the rate of aging. According to a recent study, 7.7 percent of the world's population was over 65 in 2010, and in 2050 that percentage will rise to 15.6. We Americans may not be worried about an aging population, but are we nurses prepared to embrace the opportunities that these statistics reveal?
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Living Legends in Nursing and Annual Awards Banquet
Friday, April 11, 2014
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Reaction…Response…Reflection, Lessons Learned from the Boston Marathon Tragedy
Saturday, April 12, 2014
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This educational offering will focus on nursing considerations in the assessment and management of patients with traumatic injuries, disaster preparedness, and lessons learned as we approach the one year anniversary following the Boston Marathon tragedy. Come meet and learn from those who were there and experts in the fields of trauma care and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as we explore implications for practice, education, and research.
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NURSING & HEALTHCARE NEWS
New research finds positive health technique for stressed nurses
Within the healthcare industry and beyond, daily exposure to stress can lead to negative consequences for employees both on and off the job – from apathy and burnout to physical illness or mental impairments. New Open Access research published in Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health suggests the implementation of a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program can reduce employee stress and burnout.
Stethoscopes may spread bacteria
Researchers have found that the diaphragm of a stethoscope can become filthy with antibiotic-resistant bacteria such as potentially deadly MRSA.
They discovered that a diaphragm will pick up more bacteria during a patient examination than any part of the doctor's hand except the fingertips.
The tube of the stethoscope also can become laden with bacteria, and the contamination level of both the diaphragm and the tube increases with the amount of bacteria on the doctor's fingertips, the study said.
Telemedicine shows satisfaction and safety, but obstacles remain
Pharmacy Practice News
It was nighttime in Berlin, Md., when a patient was admitted to Atlantic General Hospital in early February, with a suspected diagnosis of necrotizing fasciitis. Given the rarity of the flesh-eating bacterial infection, the ICU nurse sought the opinion of a critical care physician to corroborate the diagnosis. One obstacle: No specialist was at hand.
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Nursing staff cuts associated with increased risk of preventable deaths
2 minute medicine
Recent policy reforms in Europe aimed at shortening hospital stays would result in intensified nursing care of inpatients, raising concerns of adverse outcomes for quality of care. This study sought to inform the decisions around this key issue, and concluded that both nurse staffing and nurses’ education were significantly associated with mortality. These results challenge the recent European Union decision to continue endorsing vocational nursing education after only 10 years of general education.
A push for less testing in emergency rooms
The Wall Street Journal
Under pressure to rein in healthcare costs, some physician groups and hospitals are turning to an area that has so far received little attention: cutting down on what many say is excessive diagnostic testing in the emergency room. Studies have shown that the use of advanced imaging techniques and the costs associated with them have grown rapidly in emergency rooms since the 1990s, partly because of the widespread availability of the technology and an emphasis on getting patients out of the emergency room quickly.
Survey finds nurses have mixed feelings about their jobs
While most nurses generally are satisfied with their jobs, many have a negative outlook for the future, according to a survey released by Jackson Healthcare, Care Logistics and Jackson Nurse Professionals.
Factors such as inadequate staff to cover the number of patients and the addition of peripheral duties and documentation for regulatory requirements were cited by large numbers of the 1,333 hospital-based RNs surveyed as inhibiting time with patients.
Latest heart failure guidelines break new ground
Family Practice News
The latest heart failure guidelines from the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association place a new emphasis on aldosterone antagonists as a central aspect of the management of symptomatic or previously symptomatic heart failure with reduced ejection fraction — while underscoring important caveats to their use.
Aldosterone antagonist therapy earns the strongest possible designation in the guidelines: a Class I/Level of Evidence A recommendation.
Lifesaving implants complicate end-of-life care
The Boston Globe
More than a decade has passed, but Nathan Goldstein, then a medical resident at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, still remembers it clearly.
A man with terminal lung cancer had planned to die at home with hospice care. Instead, the man was lying on a stretcher in the busy emergency room. Every few minutes, his heart received a shock from his internal defibrillator, preventing his heart from stopping.
Recognizing symptoms of meningococcal septicemia
Nurses working in emergency care environments must be trained to recognize the atypical signs and symptoms of meningococcal septicemia.
A case study, published in Emergency Nurse, reveals how easy it is for such symptoms to be missed, delaying diagnosis and treatment of a patient with the life-threatening condition.
Study: Too often, doctors miss warning signs of suicide
HealthDay News via Doctors Lounge
Nearly 37,000 Americans kill themselves each year, according to federal statistics. But many of those deaths might have been prevented if doctors had been better at picking up on the warning signs of suicide, a new study suggests.
"A national suicide reduction goal may be met if more primary care doctors and specialists receive and use training to identify and treat patients most at risk," study lead author Brian Ahmedani said.
Using storytelling to combat the prescription opioid abuse epidemic
In the fight against a nationwide prescription opioid abuse epidemic, Penn Medicine researchers are using storytelling to help doctors recall important, potentially lifesaving national guidelines on how to prescribe these medications. The team of researchers from the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine found that physicians who heard this narrative, or story, about opioid guidelines were more likely to recall the guideline content after an hour than those who just heard a summary of the guidelines.
Rule-making process has begun for Stage 3 of meaningful use
By Pamela Lewis Dolan
Despite Stage 3 of the meaningful use incentive program being delayed until 2017, rule-making for the program is under way. And the Meaningful Use Workgroup of the Health IT Policy Committee, which advises federal officials on the program, recently released its first set of draft recommendations. The first draft of recommendations had a definite focus on patient engagement, coordinating care and measuring outcomes. It also included seven new objectives and several carry-over objectives from Stage 2.
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