HealthLeaders Media NursingLeaders - January 26, 2010 | Nursing Excellence Makes a Difference to Patients
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Nursing Excellence Makes a Difference to Patients
Rebecca Hendren, Editor
Studies have shown that Magnet Recognition Program® organizations have better patient outcomes, higher nurse to patient ratios, lower nurse turnover, higher rates of nurses with advanced degrees or professional certifications, and happier nurses, which generally translates to happier and more satisfied patients. I wanted to know what makes nurses more satisfied at MRP-designated facilities, so I spoke with senior nursing leaders at Massachusetts General Hospital. [Read More]
January 26, 2010
Editor's Picks

Preparing for Emergencies Requires Better Communication, Says GAO
Though hospitals have improved efforts to prepare for so-called "surge" demands posed by mass casualty events, the Government Accountability Office found the federal government can provide more assistance to make sure every state is on the same page when these emergencies occur. [Read More]
Does Mandating Nurse-Patient Ratios Improve Care?
As more than a dozen states consider laws to establish hospital nurse-to-patient ratios, Cheryl Clark examines California's experience—the first state to establish such a rule—since the policy took full effect in 2005. Do patients get better care, experience fewer adverse events, and have shorter lengths of stay and lower mortality? Are nurses doing a better job, and by extension, are doctors and other hospital workers? And how much has the increased expense affected hospitals' bottom lines? Unfortunately, a solid answer remains elusive. [Read More]
Cleveland Clinic Opens Free Wellness Programs for Employee Dependents
Cleveland Clinic should be commended for expanding its free employee wellness and health programs to more than 35,000 dependents. This simple, common sense move is exactly the far-sighted, cost-effective, proactive action needed to address many of the preventable chronic illnesses that otherwise drive healthcare costs beyond control. [Read More]
Human Resources: Simple Steps to Address Burnout
Many healthcare organizations have an effective strategy for dealing with consistently low performers and chronic problem employees in their workforce. They're fired. But what about the otherwise dedicated healthcare professionals—the clinicians, the administrators, the executives—who might find themselves in a funk? John Commins examines what can healthcare organizations can do to recognize burnout and help their staff members regain a sense of mission. [Read More]

NurseLeaders Forum

The Top 10 Mistakes in Setting Goals
For years, healthcare leaders have been evaluated by means of a "Does Not Meet/Meets/Exceeds" scale. But a far more fair method is the use of a clear, objective, and weighted evaluation based on specific goal achievement, says contributor Bill Bielenda. However, initial implementation of this leader evaluation system can be challenging for some organizations. Here, Bielenda provides the top 10 most common mistakes made during the first year of rollout and how they can be handled. [Read More]

Business Rx

Study looks at parenteral nutrition and its effect on bloodstream infections
Typically when infection preventionists evaluate bloodstream infection rates, their initial thoughts turn to central line compliance. Rarely is there much attention given to the use of multichamber bags versus compounded bags for parenteral nutrition. But a study that was presented at the Infectious Diseases Society of America's 47th annual meeting October 29-November 1, 2009, found that the way in which parenteral nutrition is delivered could affect bloodstream infections among high-risk patients. [Read More]

Nursing Health Headlines

Decision looms on advancing healthcare bill
New York Times - January 26, 2010

Health insurers spent big bucks on lobbying over the past year
The Hill - January 26, 2010

Obama Continues to Push for Health Reform
Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media - January 25, 2010

Healthcare unions await Los Angeles workers' vote results
Los Angeles Times - January 25, 2010

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