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Nurse Leaders Should Champion Peer Review
Rebecca Hendren, Editor
Physicians have been doing it for decades, but nursing has been slow to adopt peer review as a quality of care imperative. To avoid being left behind, it's time nurse leaders added peer review to their strategic plans. [Read More]
January 19, 2010
Editor's Picks

Joint Commission: Quality of Patient Care Improved in 2009
The U.S. has seen a steady improvement over the past seven years in patient care quality, according to The Joint Commission's new annual report. The annual report, "Improving America's Hospitals: The Joint Commission's Report on Quality and Safety 2009," looks at heart attacks, heart failures, pneumonia, and surgical conditions, and provides evidence of improvements made. [Read More]
New Nurse Testing Standard Raises Bar
The amount of care required by hospitalized patients seems to grow every year, and many nurses in the field question whether recently-graduated nurses are sufficiently prepared to take on the demanding task. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing considers this a major issue and recently raised the passing standard on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. [Read More]
Health Reform Pilot Projects Look to Transform Healthcare
Buried in the healthcare reform bill are dozens of pilot and demonstration projects that may become a permanent part of the healthcare landscape. While proponents say the programs can reduce overall costs, skeptics argue that pilot programs hardly ensure success. A key plan is the proposed expansion and revisions of a national Medicare pilot program for bundled payments. [Read More]
Broad Demand for Healthcare Workers Seen in Most US Markets
The demand for healthcare workers appears to be accelerating in most areas of the nation, a new study shows. Labor trends in 30 markets found demand growing fastest in Sacramento, Riverside/San Bernardino, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and Dallas for the fourth quarter of 2009. The New York/Northern New Jersey area ranked at the bottom of the 30 markets tracked. [Read More]

NurseLeaders Forum

Providing Quality Healthcare in a Values-Driven Culture
While healthcare has not been hit as hard by the economic downtown as some market niches, our industry has not escaped completely and there have been job cuts. Whether from inside the industry or due to career changes from other disciplines, in this bad economy we have the chance to find good people and bring them onto our teams. [Read More]

Business Rx

Hand Hygiene Rates Improved Through Variety of Reinforcement Styles
It takes more than one method to bring a hospital's hand hygiene compliance rate above 90%. At Barnes-Jewish St. Peters (MO) Hospital, it was a matter of trial and error to reach its compliance goal. [Read More]

Nursing Health Headlines

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Improve Patient Safety With Simulation Training: Nurse Educator Mary Holtschneider, RN, BC, BSN, MPA, NREMT-P, speaks about the surprisingly affordable ways to utilize simulation training and how it can improve patient safety. Holtschneider is the former assistant clinical professor and director of the Center for Nursing Discovery at Duke University School of Nursing in Durham, NC, where she ran the student simulation learning center and collaborated with the School of Medicine on interprofessional team training as a TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer. [Listen Now]
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