HealthLeaders Media NursingLeaders - October 6, 2009 | Tears and Cheers: A Celebration of Nursing's Image
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Tears and Cheers: A Celebration of Nursing's Image
Rebecca Hendren, Editor
A few weeks ago, in a non-descript ballroom at a nice Boston hotel, I experienced what I can honestly say was one of the highlights of my career. I stood teary-eyed with a roomful of applauding, cheering nurses—many of whom may admit to being teary-eyed themselves—as we recognized some pretty amazing nurses. We were there for the presentation of the 2009 Nursing Image Awards, and the pride I saw on people's faces was mirrored by my own pride at having the opportunity to help judge the awards. [Read More]
October 6, 2009
Editor's Picks

Nurse White and the Seven Requisition Forms
Marketing editor Gienna Shaw had a great column last week about how bureaucratic minutiae can sometimes get in the way of employees doing what they do best: caring for patients and putting their interests first. [Read More]
Healthcare Costs Could Jump 35% Without Reform Passage
HealthLeaders Media editor Janice Simmons discusses a report commissioned by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that examines what might happen if Congress fails to pass any version of health reform. The study reports the number of uninsured Americans could increase to 57.7 million by 2014 and that individual and family spending on healthcare could rise dramatically. [Read More]
Many EDs Not Caring For Patients Fast Enough
Emergency departments are not caring for patients as quickly as recommended, according to a new study that found a mere 30% of EDs got the majority of their patients seen by a physician within recommended time frames and only 13.8% of EDs achieved the triage target for the majority of patients who needed to see a doctor within one hour. These figures were released as the National Quality Forum is looking for changes to ED quality standards, including measures on wait times and the visit length for admitted patients. [Read More]
H1N1 Spreading Widely; Worry Over Pregnant Women
H1N1 flu is now widespread across the entire country, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced as federal health officials released Tamiflu for children from the national stockpile and began taking orders from the states for the new swine flu vaccine. Anne Schuchat, MD, the CDC's director of immunization and respiratory disease, said there was "significant flu activity in virtually all states," which, she added, was "quite unusual for this time of year." [Read More]

NurseLeaders Forum

Outsourcing Discharge Follow-up Calls Keeps Nurses at the Bedside
Contributor Mark Williard, senior vice president of Beryl, discusses the benefits of post-discharge follow-up calls to patients and offers solutions for outsourcing the responsibility. [Read More]

Business Rx

Bridge the Generation Gap in Nursing with Diverse, Creative Education
For the first time in history, there are four distinct generations in the nursing workplace, all with their own distinct characteristics and learning styles. Although no one learning style or preference is common to all members of a specific generation, there are some general characteristics that serve as guidelines for nursing leaders. [Read More]

Nursing Health Headlines

Health overhaul is drawing close to floor debate
New York Times - October 5, 2009

Healthcare job growth continues
Wall Street Journal - October 5, 2009

Document Disruptive Behavior
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media - October 2, 2009

Hospitals use drive-thrus for swine flu
AP/Yahoo News - September 30, 2009

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Audio Feature
Focusing on Staff Morale in a Tough Economy: Meryl Montgomery, MSN, RN, ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® director at the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon, discusses how the economy is affecting bedside caregivers, and how managers can improve staff morale. [Listen Now]
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