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Affordable Care Act impacting nursing
University of Indianapolis Associate Professor of Nursing Corinne Wheeler says the Affordable Care Act will ultimately benefit nursing as a profession by creating greater access to medical care. However, Wheeler says many healthcare organizations are currently unsure about care reimbursements and how Obamacare will actually work. As a result, she says many are streamlining staff and outsourcing jobs, including nurses.
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ANA Statement: "Health Care Workers Unprotected" Report
ANA released this statement (click here) and spoke at a press conference in support of Public Citizen’s report, “Health Care Workers Unprotected: Insufficient Inspections and Standards Leave Safety Risks Unaddressed.” The report calls for government to do much more to protect against recognized hazards, such as musculoskeletal injuries from manual patient handling, workplace violence and injuries caused by sharp objects. The report coincides with ANA’s publication of Safe Patient Handling and Mobility: Interprofessional National Standards, a guide to creating, implementing, and managing SPHM programs, and the introduction of the Nurse and Health Care Worker Protection Act of 2013 (H.R. 2480) in Congress.
Researchers study nurses' HH compliance in the ED
Infection Control Today
In June 2012, the number of patients in whom MRSA was detected increased in a hospital emergency department. As hospital-acquired infection was suspected in some of the patients, Ikeda, et al. (2013) conducted observation-based evaluation of hand hygiene practices. The researchers conducted a total of 11 surveys between June and August 2012 on the status of hand hygiene compliance in 60 nurses at the emergency department. Two infection control practitioners investigated the five moments requiring hand hygiene.
Demand for nurses sprouts residency program
Rhode Island needs more nurses, and a new nurse residency program is aiming to fill the growing demand - in hopes of meeting a 2020 deadline.
"Labor market studies show a need for 4,300 nurses in Rhode Island by 2020," said Alaina Johnson, the executive director of the UNAP RIH Education Fund. "At the rate we're producing, it's going to be hard to meet that demand."
Nursing is an art and a science
Sometimes it’s easy to think that physicians are the primary caregivers at a hospital or maybe even that nursing is not manual labor. Nursing most certainly is a noble profession, many public surveys demonstrate that nurses are one of the most trustworthy professionals in society.
Nursing role in medication errors
By Dr. Abimbola Farinde
In the healthcare setting, pharmacological or drug interventions are designed to achieve positive therapeutic outcomes for a variety of patients while minimizing or preventing the development of adverse drug reactions. Thousands of deaths and millions of hospitalizations have been reported as a result of medication errors, and in turn medication errors have become the focus of considerable research with great attention being placed on nursing.
End of life care guidance for doctors and nurses
Further to the publication of the independent review of use of the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP), More Care, Less Pathway, NHS England has published interim guidance for doctors and nurses in light of the recommendation that use of the LCP should be phased out over the next 6 to 12 months and replaced with an end of life care plan.
Periop nurses strive to make handoffs safer, more efficient
Well-executed handoffs are especially critical before, during and after surgery, when nurses and healthcare providers make patient care decisions quickly and move patients to different care units throughout the hospital.
When handoffs are completed safely, efficiently and accurately, patients benefit from admission to postop care and members of the care team have the most accurate, current patient information every step of the way.
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Coping strategies for new nurses
The study – conducted by lecturer Peter Mellor from the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Flinders Rural Clinical School in Renmark – will explore the ways in which newly-qualified registered nurses support themselves to make the transition from academia to the workforce.
The aim is to seek feedback from nurses in their first years of full-time work at Flinders Medical Centre, the Women's and Children's Hospital and in the Riverland to identify successful self-coping strategies for new graduates to use in challenging environments.
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Nurse practitioners slowly gain more responsibilities
Sentinel & Enterprise
When the federal health law takes effect in January, some 30 million more Americans are expected to have health insurance, many for the first time. An already critical shortage of primary-care providers may make a doctor's appointment hard to come by. Increasingly, you might hear, "The nurse will see you now."
No tiny effort: NICU nurses give their all to job
The Houston Chronicle
Courtney Prewitt was 22-years old when she left Indiana and headed to Texas. Newly graduated from nursing school at Purdue University, Prewitt had her sights set on Texas Children's Hospital in Houston.
"It was the best decision I made," said Prewitt, who works in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). "I love being a part of our babies' lives every day, helping them get better and being an advocate for the patient and family."
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Service to the scope: The first endoscopy nurse
Patricia Raymond, M.D., FACG writes, "The first endoscopy nurse? I believe that some days in endoscopy, those of us who are 'well seasoned' feel as if we were working right alongside her. It just well may be Kim who deserves the honored title of 'first endoscopy nurse.'
Back in the beginning of my career, Kim was one of the senior endoscopy nurses at my hospital. Kim had been around since dirt was new (her joke). She had recently gotten recognition for 30 years nursing service in this hospital system, and had spent most of that time in endoscopy."
Nurse's age-discrimination suit is tossed
A 62-year-old nurse's allegation that her direct supervisor made disparaging remarks about her in front of co-workers, including saying she was "slow" and "losing her mind," even if true, didn't constitute a violation of federal age discrimination laws, according to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, which this week dismissed a suit against both the supervisor and Forest Hills (N.Y.) Hospital.
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