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Nurse Scheduling Software Helps Reduce Use of Agency Nurses
Rebecca Hendren, Editor
Nothing causes more arguments among staff nurses on a unit than the schedule. But many organizations use new technology to solve this problem, investing in software that allows them to offer open shifts to staff, decrease nurse managers' workloads, and increase flexibility for nurses. [Read More]
January 5, 2010
Editor's Picks

2009: The Year that Redefined How We Provide Quality Healthcare
Quality healthcare is hopefully a goal that all providers and healthcare organizations strive for daily. The results sought are many: good medical outcomes, satisfied patients, improved patient well-being. The list goes on. But one major area that has come under debate is how we can make sure quality care is delivered at affordable levels. This past year brought to the forefront new ways we can provide—and yes, even pay for—quality healthcare. [Read More]
Marathon of Meaningful Use, EHR Standards Just Beginning
CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Improvement Technology have released two anxiously awaited regulations providing both the definition of "meaningful use" for electronic health records and the standards to improve the efficiency of health information technology used nationwide by hospitals and physicians. [Read More]
Reusing Respirators and Managing N95 Supplies While Living Up to OSHA Expectations
Since H1N1 outbreaks surfaced in April, the most hotly contended issue has been the use of N95 respirators versus surgical masks for protection. Meanwhile many wonder if OSHA would take a side, and it finally has, releasing a clarification supporting CDC guidelines that require N95s for protection against H1N1. [Read More]
Treatment Options Narrowing for Drug-Resistant Bacteria
While it may be less well-known than MRSA, drug-resistant strains of the potentially dangerous bacteria, Acinetobacter, are beginning to become increasingly common in American hospitals, according to a study. In reviewing data from 300 hospitals nationwide, the researchers looked at imipenem, an antibiotic often used as a last-line treatment against the bacteria. Between 1999 and 2006, more than a 300% increase occurred in the proportion of Acinetobacter cases resistant to the drug. [Read More]
Breakthroughs: Aligning Hospitals and Physicians Toward Value
The current relationship between hospitals and physicians has been built around rewarding for volume of services and not quality. That model is breaking down as reformers in Washington have hospital and physician inefficiency in their sights, with Medicare pushing toward value-based purchasing and experimenting with a payment system that rewards a system of coordinated care. In this HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs report that you can download for free, four leading hospital systems—Gundersen Lutheran Health System, Sanford Health-MeritCare, SSM Health Care, and Virginia Mason Medical Center—share the lessons they have learned about adding quality to healthcare. [Read More]
NurseLeaders Forum

Developing an Effective Nurse Residency Program
Part two of a discussion about the effectiveness of nurse residency programs, contributed by Vicky Goeddeke, RN, MS, CEN, CPEN, the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® and nursing excellence manager at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, IL. She examines how to structure a program that helps new graduate nurses overcome the challenges of being a new nurse and become successful, competent practitioners. [Read More]
Business Rx

Developing the Next Generation of Nurse Leaders
Mentor programs promote both individual and organizational growth and development. Read about Summa Health System's Mentoring Aspiring Professionals program, a leadership development program for employees who possess leadership potential and want to prepare themselves to compete for management positions within the organization. [Read More]
Nursing Health Headlines

Some foes of healthcare bill hope courts will stop legislation
Washington Post - January 4, 2010

Physicians Must Adapt, Evolve in 2010
Elyas Bakhtiari, for HealthLeaders Media - December 31, 2009

Health cuts with little effect on care
New York Times - December 30, 2009

Justice is (finally) served for nurses in whistleblower case
Minneapolis Star Tribune - December 29, 2009
Audio Conferences/Webcasts

February 25, 2010: Simulation Training in Nursing: Promote Clinical Education and Teamwork on Any Budget
January 11, 2010: Nursing Peer Review: Improve Clinical Performance, Professionalism, and Accountability
On Demand: From Hostility to Collegiality: Strategies for Creating Collaborative Nursing Relationships
On Demand: Nurse Retention: Proven Strategies for Success in any Economy
On Demand: Excellence in Leadership: Practical, Proven Solutions for Today's Nurse Leaders
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Campaign for Nursing Excellence: Barbara "BJ" Hannon, MSN, RN, CPHQ, ANCC Magnet Recognition Program ® project coordinator at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics—and one of HealthLeaders Media's 20 people making a difference for good in healthcare—speaks about her passion for promoting excellence in nursing and how RNs are the unsung heroes in healthcare. [Listen Now]