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New Clinical Nurse Leader Role Benefits Patient Care and Quality
Rebecca Hendren, Editor
If your organization doesn't employ any clinical nurse leaders, perhaps it's time you did. Units with CNLs have been shown to have shorter length of stay and readmission rates, improvements in quality and patient safety such as decreased fall and infection rates, and lower RN turnover. In fact, these master's degree-prepared nurses have been shown to have such a positive effect on patient care and the healthcare environment that the VA has committed to having a minimum of three CNLs at every one of its facilities by 2016. [Read More]
November 3, 2009
Editor's Picks

Nurses Use Repetitive Processes to Catch Medication Errors
Heather Comak explores how nurses act as a safety net to prevent patients experiencing medication errors. Each year, medication errors are responsible for 7,000 patient deaths and cost the healthcare system $2 billion. Even more shocking, perhaps, is the knowledge that nearly 50% of potential medication errors are caught before making it to the patient. Of those potential errors, 87% are intercepted by nurses. [Read More]
House's Revamped Health Reform Bill Would Cover 96% of Americans
On the Capitol's west front Thursday morning, the House Democratic leadership unveiled the 1,990-page "Affordable Health Care for America Act" (HR 3962), the bill representing the reconciled version of the healthcare reform legislation that will be going to the House floor next week. [Read More]
Mass. General Stabbing Shows Difficulties in Preventing Violence
Violence at Boston hospitals over the past two weeks—including a fatal patient shooting—proves that healthcare security is an unpredictable business. While it's hard to immediately learn lessons from this latest series of incidents, safety and security professionals at several medical centers offered steps they take to prevent and respond to workplace violence. [Read More]
Feds Dole Out Dollars to Fight Hospital-Acquired MRSA
The chance a hospital will have to deal with a patient acquiring methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, while receiving care has more than tripled between 2000 and 2005, with 386,600 infections. And it's only getting worse. Hospital acquired infections contribute to at least 99,000 deaths a year, and an additional $28 billion to $33 billion in healthcare costs. That's why the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced awards of $17 million in projects to prevent these avoidable mistakes. [Read More]

NurseLeaders Forum

A Nursing Professor's Perspective: Transitioning From Nursing Student to Staff Nurse
Contributor Richard Freedberg, RN, MSN, MPA, professor of mental health nursing at Lansing Community College in Lansing, MI, examines the disconnect between nursing school and real-world practice, and asks how can nursing educators in colleges and healthcare systems should create an environment that fosters evidence-based practice and empowers new graduates to feel confident and assertive about what they've learned while being respectful of their professional "elders." [Read More]

Business Rx

The Many Forms of Simulation Training
The high-tech world of simulation training goes way beyond Sim Man, Resusci Anne, and their ilk. This article examines the many simulation modalities available and how nursing staff development specialists can incorporate them in professional development training. [Read More]

Nursing Health Headlines

Tempers flare in Virginia over shortage of H1N1 vaccine, answers
Washington Post - November 2, 2009

Swine flu: Worst-case outbreak could severely strain hospitals
Chicago Tribune - November 2, 2009

Nurses Protest H1N1 Respirator Mask Shortage
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media - November 2, 2009

12 New Features in the Latest House Health Reform Bill
Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media - October 30, 2009

Audio Conferences/Webcasts

December 18, 2009: Succession Planning: Retaining and Developing Talent in the Nursing Workforce
November 17, 2009: Nurse Accountability: Six Steps to Create a Culture of Commitment
On Demand: Hostility to Collegiality: Strategies for Creating Collaborative Nursing Relationships
On Demand: Shared Governance: Effective Strategies to Enhance Your Decision-Making Model

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