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More US RNs retire later, causing a larger workforce
Health Affairs Blog
The size of the registered nurse (RN) workforce has surpassed forecasts from a decade ago, growing to 2.7 million in 2012 instead of peaking at 2.2 million as predicted. One less-noticed factor in this “nursing boom” is the decision by a growing number of RNs to delay retirement. According to a new study being released today as a Web First by Health Affairs, among registered nurses working at the age of fifty from 1991 to 2012, 24 percent continued working as of the age of sixty-nine. This compared to 9 percent of RNs still working at the age of sixty-nine in the period from 1969 to 1990.
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Career Guides needed for ANA - Massachusetts (formerly MARN) Career Connections Program! New nurses need you!
ANA - Massachusetts (formerly MARN) is happy to announce that the new program to help senior nursing students and new graduates who anticipate entering their first professional nurse position is very popular! The aim of the Career Connections program is to match a novice nurse (the Seeker) with a professional nurse career guide. This is a great opportunity for nursing professionals to share their knowledge and experiences with novice nurses through this important transition to a professional position in nursing. Career Guides support and encourage the seeker throughout their transition as they enter professional practice. The role of the Career guide is to guide Seeker to:
  • Identify possible entry level positions
  • Critique cover letters and resumes
  • Provide coaching for interviews with nurse recruiters
  • Listen and support to novices’ questions and answer job-related concerns
Once matched, Career Guides and novice nurses arrange to meet at a mutually agreeable time. The connection is meant to end when novice nurses find their first position. To participate send name, position, snail mail address and phone number to Sabianca Delva at sabianca.delva@gmail.com

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Finding work-life balance: Chore or joyful pursuit?
By Keith Carlson
Work-life balance is a topic of frequent discussion on blogs, social media and in the academic literature. As the speed of life increases, is it possible that the dogged pursuit of balance can actually become just another treadmill upon which we unwittingly run ourselves ragged?
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Busy emergency departments 'offer best chance of survival'
Medical News Today
In the journal Annals of Emergency Medicine, researchers from the University of Michigan (U-M) Medical School report the first national, broad-based analysis of the link between the volume of emergency patients that hospitals treat and the chance those patients will survive their hospital stay. They discovered that how many patients are admitted to an emergency department (ED) in a year makes a difference to the chances of those patients surviving their stay - especially for the sickest patients.
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10 statistics on cultures of safety in medical offices
Becker's Infection Control & Clinical Quality
Most medical office employees feel their office has strong teamwork, while not many feel their work pressure and pace is good for patient safety, according to a survey by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. A total of 27,103 staff members from 935 medical offices participated in the 2014 survey, which was conducted between November 2011 and November 2013. The survey includes 38 items that measure 10 composites of patient safety culture.
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Cardiopulmonary events: Facial analysis may suggest severity
Medscape (free login required)
A reduced range of facial expression among patients who present to the emergency department with chest pain and shortness of breath may provide a visual clue to a potentially serious cardiopulmonary diagnosis, according to the findings of a single-center pilot study. Specifically, patients with serious cardiopulmonary diseases tend to hold their faces neutral when watching visual stimuli compared with those without a significant diagnosis.
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More US RNs retire later, causing a larger workforce
Health Affairs Blog
The size of the registered nurse (RN) workforce has surpassed forecasts from a decade ago, growing to 2.7 million in 2012 instead of peaking at 2.2 million as predicted. One less-noticed factor in this “nursing boom” is the decision by a growing number of RNs to delay retirement.

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Replacing horizontal violence in the nursing profession
By Keith Carlson
Nurse bullying and so-called "horizontal violence" are rampant in our profession. Nurses bully and harass one another, using intimidation and other tactics as they jockey for power in a healthcare system that does not proactively attempt to prevent such disruptive behavior.

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Where's the best place to be a nurse?
The Clinical Advisor
Research based on job availability, competition, and salary suggests the Pacific Northwest states are the best places for nurses to practice. Oregon and Washington top WalletHub's “2014′s Best & Worst States for Nurses” list, while Southern regions states...

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Reconsidering the 12-hour shift for nurses
Healthcare Traveler
The 12-hour shift has become the standard in most hospitals and while nurses value the flexibility this scheduling offers, new data has revealed that longer work hours are damaging to both patients and healthcare workers. “Many hospitals have adopted 12-hour shifts as the norm and it is a similar choice among nurses who want to limit the number of days they work in a week, but research on the 12-hour shift and its relationship to patient safety needs further review,” says Theresa V. Arnold, DPM, manager, clinical analysis for the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority (PPSA).
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Physical work environment in hospitals affects nurses' job satisfaction, with implications for patient outcomes, healthcare costs
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Job satisfaction is an important predictor of registered nurses’ (RNs) job turnover, patient satisfaction, and nurse-sensitive patient outcomes (including pressure ulcers and falls), which can result in higher healthcare costs and penalties for hospitals that receive Medicare and Medicaid payments. Numerous studies have been conducted to assess nurses’ job satisfaction, asking about nurse-physician relationships, opportunities for promotion, autonomy and similar issues, but very few have addressed the impact of the physical work environment on RNs’ job satisfaction.
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Nurse-led chronic-condition care could offset primary care shortage
FierceHealthcare
Giving nurses a larger role in care for chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes could help offset the primary care physician shortage, according to a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Researchers, led by Ryan J. Shaw, Ph.D., reviewed 18 studies on registered nurses' effectiveness in leading management of the three chronic conditions, six of which were randomized controlled trials.
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Experts debate ACA's influence on the nursing profession
FierceHealthcare
A recent article from Nurse.com gathered information from nurses and experts on the Affordable Care Act, and what effect the healthcare reform law will have on the future of nursing. The answer? Uncertainty. Although the ACA will improve access to care, it could mean increased workloads and stress for hospital nurses, said Judith Shindul-Rothschild, RN, Ph.D, associate professor at Boston College Connell School of Nursing in Massachusetts. To protect themselves, nurses must advocate for safe staffing ratios amid nursing hiring rates that remain flat and nurse-to-patient ratios that continue to increase, according to the article.
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CDC releases 2 videos on safe injections
Becker's ASC Review
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has created two videos to promote safe injection practices through its One & Only Campaign in conjunction with the Safe Injection Practices Coalition. The videos, titled "Check Your Steps! Make Every Injection Safe," and "Managing Patient Safety, One Injection at a Time," contain information targeted toward providers and facility managers for reinforcing knowledge of infection safety.
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3 questions can screen for suicide risk in patients
Clinical Psychiatry News
Using a brief three-question screen, it’s feasible to increase dramatically the detection of suicide risk during routine emergency department care. That’s the key message from phase II of ED-SAFE (Emergency Department Safety Assessment and Follow-up Evaluation), a National Institute of Mental Health–sponsored multicenter study of the impact of implementing universal suicide risk screening in the nation’s EDs.
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    Nurses: Overworked and understaffed on the front lines (Healthline)
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Pediatric nurses use four habits model to prepare for emotionally difficult discussions (Medical News Today)
Nurses play key role in vaccination success (Healthcare Traveler)
Nurse empowerment: We need a workforce that accepts nothing but excellence (Advance)

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