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The AzNA offices will be closed from Dec. 22-Jan. 2, 2015.
We will reopen Monday, Jan. 5.
We hope you all have a happy, safe and healthy Holiday Season.
Warmly, The AzNA Staff: Robin, Debby, & Wendy
As 2014 comes to a close, the publisher of the AzNA Today would like to wish its readers, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the AzNA Today a look at the most-accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Jan. 5, 2015.
1. A need for RNs: Heading off the nursing shortage
By Dorothy L. Tengler
From Nov. 17: Despite the chatter about a nursing shortage, registered nurses are near the top of the list when it comes to employment growth, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. In the past decade, the average age of employed RNs has increased by nearly two years, from 42.7 years in 2000 to 44.6 years. Although nurses are choosing to continue working rather than retire, the United States will need to produce 1.1 million newly registered nurses by 2022 to fill jobs and replace those who finally do retire.
2. Prevention is key: Workplace violence in the hospital
By Keith Carlson
From Nov. 10: With the recent news of several nurses in a Minnesota hospital being injured by a patient wielding a metal bar, the issue of healthcare workers facing violence in the workplace is again receiving media scrutiny. Those employed in emergency departments understand they are particularly subject to the emotional volatility of patients who may face long waits in particularly busy facilities. However, the recent events in Minnesota demonstrate that a normal medical-surgical unit is not immune from such violence.
3. Nurses in the news: As we speak up, the world is listening
By Keith Carlson
From Nov. 24: With nurses rated by more than 80 percent of the American public as the most honest and trustworthy professionals in the United States in every Gallup poll since 2005, we nurses are in a golden position to leverage our voices for the good of the profession and society at large. Recently, nurses have had the opportunity to emerge as unusually prominent voices in the media. This increased focus on the opinions of nurses is an important shift to which we should pay close attention.
4. To quarantine or not? A question of trust
By Joan Spitrey
From Nov. 3: As the debate rages on regarding quarantines ordered by state governors, Kaci Hickox — the nurse who was ordered home quarantine — refuses to comply. So the national conversation continues. As a nurse, Hickox needs to set an example. It appears she wants to make a point that she is not infectious, but her message is not being heard through its delivery of selfishness. Although all do not agree upon the current course of action, there are a few things we all agree on.
5. Nurses to administrators: We're not happy about EHRs
By Scott E. Rupp
From Nov. 3: Nurses are not happy about having to use electronic health records, a new report suggests. According to the Q3 2014 Black Book EHR Loyalty survey, 92 percent of nursing staff are dissatisfied with the systems — an all-time high. Nurses in 84 percent of U.S. hospitals also state they are struggling with flawed EHR systems, and as many as 88 percent blame financial administrators and CIOs for selecting low-performance systems because of low prices, the need to chase federal incentives and cutting corners at the expense of quality of care.
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6. Improving communications: What can hospitals learn from hotels?
By Archita Datta Majumdar
From Nov. 24: We live in an age where communication can make or break a deal. Doing it right has never been so important, yet there are more misunderstandings and misinterpretations all around. Ironic, isn't it? Since most have us become slaves to technology and instant communication, things actually can go wrong faster than ever before. There's a lesson to be learned here. And who better to learn from than the hospitality industry, which works on the basis of effective communication around the clock? At least that's what the healthcare industry is quickly figuring out.
7. 10 ways to apply social tools for an improved patient experience
By Christina Thielst
From Nov. 3: The pressures and drivers to reduce costs, improve quality, emphasize prevention and increase access are making social media and the underlying technologies more attractive to healthcare leaders. They can be effective and efficient tools for the delivery of communications to targeted individuals and/or populations. As a result, those leaders who recognize that we must change the way care is provided are starting to explore new ways of engaging patients across the continuum of care.
8. How technology can help contain an outbreak
By Jared Hill
From Nov. 10: Hollywood has trained most of us to envision what happens during an epidemic. We see the first case of a disease, which seems innocuous to the people in the film. Then it spreads with increasing velocity, until it almost outpaces or completely overwhelms the systems in place to prevent it. In real life, however, disease control experts have fended off quite a few potentially disastrous contagious diseases — often with cutting-edge technology at their disposal.
9. The role of simulation in the reduction of medical errors
By Joan Spitrey
From Nov. 24: If you have taken a CPR class in the last few decades, you are familiar with Resusci Anne, the manikin used for learning CPR. The first Anne was invented to provide life-like training in the 1960s, and her soft helpless face was to inspire the rescuer to want to help the "dead" person. Today, the use of simulation has evolved way beyond the initial revolutionary thoughts of the first creators of Anne. The use of simulations is now an integral part of most healthcare providers' curricula.
10. Survey: Cost trumps health for many Americans
By Scott E. Rupp
From Dec. 1: As "Obamacare" is entering its second year of implementation, and open enrollment is currently upon us, Healthline — a provider of intelligent health information and technology solutions — has released the results from a new survey showcasing consumer's thoughts about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and health insurance. Conducted ahead of the 2015 open enrollment, the survey shows health insurance issues, including factors impacting health plan selection, satisfaction with current plan options, consumer understanding of the ACA, perceived impact of the ACA and overall thoughts about the U.S. health insurance system.
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