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Dashboards Help Nurses Respond to Quality Data
Rebecca Hendren, Editor
Quality improvement initiatives need the support of staff nurses to achieve their aims, but most staff nurses don't have time to read reports about how their individual unit is progressing. But they do have time to look at a dashboard that tells them at a glance whether their unit is meeting objectives or still has work to do. Many organizations are finding that quality data dashboards can be an excellent way of communicating information throughout an organization and can be customized to drill down to individual unit data or show organizational objectives as a whole. [Read More]
Nov. 10, 2009
Editor's Picks

House Approves Healthcare Reform Measure by Slim Margin
Shortly before the clock ticked down to midnight, the House passed the healthcare reform bill (HR 3962) on Saturday by a narrow margin (220-215). The bill's estimated cost is $1.1 trillion over the next 10 years. [Read More]
Healthcare Reform in the Senate: Three Areas that Will Need to Be Addressed
With the House's passage of HR 3962 Saturday night, many predictions abounded if healthcare reform was on its way to passage or dead on arrival. While the compromise bill has yet to emerge from the Senate, here are three areas that will need to be addressed if healthcare reform can move forward in the Senate. [Read More]
Hospitals Rebound from Dismal 2008
HealthLeaders Media Editor John Commins reports that one year after half of the nation's hospitals were running red ink, a new study finds that 80% of hospitals are back in black, with overall margins approaching levels not seen since the economy tanked. [Read More]
Coca-Cola Partnership Hits a Nerve
A number of family practice physicians are upset with the American Academy of Family Physicians for partnering with Coca-Cola Co., the world's No.1 soft-drink maker. [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 shows how nursing educators in colleges and healthcare systems can 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

Stroke Education for Patient Care Technicians
Designation as a stroke center requires that all clinical and nonclinical hospital employees receive training on how to recognize a stroke and take appropriate actions. A security officer, for example, might encounter a patient or family member exhibiting behaviors consistent with stroke. The officer must be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of stroke and how to promptly summon qualified patient care providers. [Read More]

Nursing Health Headlines

What If All Your Reimbursement Was Medicare?
Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media - November 6, 2009

Voice Recording Technology Improves Patient Handoff Process
Sarah Kearns, for HealthLeaders Media - November 5, 2009

Hand-hygiene Rates Improved Through Variety of Reinforcement Styles
Matt Phillion, for HealthLeaders Media - November 6, 2009

Healthcare Unions Steam Ahead in 2009
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media - November 2, 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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Audio Feature
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