HealthLeaders Media NursingLeaders - October 20, 2009 | The Future of Nursing is Up for Debate
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The Future of Nursing is Up for Debate
Rebecca Hendren, Editor
It's not very often that one gets a chance to contribute to a nationwide public debate that just might result in changes to your profession. But that's what the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, in collaboration with the Institute of Medicine, is calling for as part of a major study on the future of nursing. As well as securing the opinion of nursing experts from around the country, the study will also be examining testimony submitted from individuals and organizations in the field. [Read More]
October 20, 2009
Editor's Picks

Five Ways to Build the Talent of the Future
HealthLeaders Media managing editor Elyas Bakhtiari reports from last week's HealthLeaders Media '09: The Hospital of the Future Now conference on how building the successful hospital of the future requires attracting the best physicians, nurses, and support staff. Panelists offered five strategies for creating a patient care environment that attracts the talent of the future and keeps them around. [Read More]
Judge halts mandatory flu vaccines for healthcare workers
A judge on Friday halted enforcement of a New York State directive requiring that all healthcare workers be vaccinated for the seasonal flu and swine flu. The temporary restraining order by the judge, Thomas J. McNamara, an acting justice of the State Supreme Court in Albany, is likely to add to the growing debate about the flu vaccine. Justice McNamara scheduled a hearing on the case for Oct. 30. [Read More]
Sleepy Surgeons Cause More Errors Than Well-Rested Docs
Hospitals seeking to reduce their operative complication rates should make sure their attending surgeons get at least six hours of sleep between the time they last performed an operation. That's one of the conclusions from a study by a team at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, led by Jeffrey M. Rothschild, MD, of the Division of General Medicine. [Read More]
How experience spurs even lazy, passive patients into action
The experience patients receive at your organization often matters more than brand name, quality rankings, or convenience of location when patients decide which hospital to choose. This point is illustrated quite succinctly by marketing editor Gienna Shaw, who shares a real-life example of why patient experience matters—perhaps even more than loyalty, location, quality, cost, or brand awareness. [Read More]

NurseLeaders Forum

The Financial Imperative of Staff Development Education
Contributor Deanna R. Miller, RN, MSN/HCE, manager of critical care and staff development at the University Hospitals Geneva Medical Center in Geneva, OH, makes the case for continuing to budget for staff development education during difficult economic times. [Read More]

Business Rx

Advanced Practice Nurses Help Meet Nursing Research Needs
A hospital's program to have advanced practice nurses mentor staff nurses through the research process resulted in six national research presentations by staff nurses in two years—six more than the facility had seen in the previous 25 years. [Read More]

Nursing Health Headlines

White House aides reaffirm public option is not mandatory
Washington Post - October 19, 2009

Secondhand Smoke Bans Improving Heart Health
Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media - October 19, 2009

CBO estimates House health bill at $905 billion or less
Washington Post - October 16, 2009

Influential AMA's support for reform is far from certain
Washington Post - October 16, 2009

Audio Conferences/Webcasts

October 27, 2009: Nursing Orientation: Best Practices for Effective New Hire Programs
November 17, 2009: Nurse Accountability: Six Steps to Create a Culture of Commitment

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