HealthLeaders Media NursingLeaders - February 2, 2010 | Involving Nurses in Shared Decision-Making
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Involving Nurses in Shared Decision-Making
Rebecca Hendren, Editor
We should listen to nurses, said the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recently, which teamed with Gallup to survey opinion leaders from a variety of industries on nursing's influence. While noting that nursing is one of the most trusted professions, this trust does not translate into action, the survey found. But some organizations ensure nursing's voice is heard and that nurses are involved in all decisions through shared governance. [Read More]
February 2, 2010
Editor's Picks

CA Health Unions Have Forgotten Solidarity Forever
Woody Guthrie must be spinning in his grave. His rousing labor song "Union Maid" warns working men and women about "goons and ginks and company finks and the deputy sheriffs who made the raid." So what would Woody make of the internecine organizing battles for healthcare workers in California? The fight that pits the giant Service Employees International Union against the upstart National Union of Healthcare Workers has been most remarkable for its very public vitriol. These guys hate each other, and they're not bashful about saying it, notes my colleague John Commins in his weekly Human Resources column. [Read More]
Surgeons Still Forgetting To Remove Objects from Patients
Why do hospital teams unintentionally leave more than 30 types of surgical tools or other items inside their patients, a category of hospital error that California officials say is the second most common preventable adverse event in acute care? And why does the number of these forgotten items continue to increase? State health officials want to find out and propose using $800,000 in administrative penalties collected from hospitals since 2007 for a collaborative project to study the problem. [Read More]
Group Offers 11 Ways to Improve Maternity Care Quality, Value
Aiming to improve maternity care quality and value, the nonprofit group Childhood Connection released a vision statement and an action plan in Washington, DC, this week. The documents were developed through the group's "Transforming Maternity Care" collaborative, which received input from more than 100 healthcare providers, hospitals, health plans, payers, educators, quality experts, and others during the past several years. [Read More]
Top Hospitals are Improving Faster, Says HealthGrades Study
HealthGrades recently released its Annual Hospital Quality and Clinical Excellence study and the results show that the top 5% of U.S. hospitals are improving faster than the rest of the field. The same top hospitals have a 29% lower risk-adjusted mortality rate, as well as a 9% lower risk-adjusted complication rate than other U.S. hospitals. [Read More]
Live ED Overhaul Webcast on February 23
Join HealthLeaders Media on February 23 for HealthLeaders Media Rounds: ED Overhaul: Reduce costs, improve quality, and increase satisfaction from 9 a.m.-noon, PST. This three–hour Webcast features discussion–including interactive Q&A–of the key issues impacting ED management. Hear top executives from Scripps Health, Tomball Regional Hospital, William Beaumont Hospital, and Methodist Healthcare share solutions to: crowding and wait times, streamlining the admission process, ED and hospital integration, staffing plans that reduce costs and increase coverage during peak hours, physician alignment, and quality and patient safety improvement. For more information and to register click here. To attend the program live on the Scripps La Jolla campus, click here.

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

Evidence-Based Practice and Nursing Research: Avoiding Confusion
Many staff nurses are confused by the difference between evidence-based practice and research. Although the two requirements have the potential for overlapping concepts in the minds of many nurses, evidence-based practice and research projects are distinctly different—and, if the differences are not recognized, it is possible for an organization's documentation for ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® designation to fail to adequately explain how it meets both requirements. [Read More]

Nursing Health Headlines

New ways to calculate the risks of surgery
Wall Street Journal - February 2, 2010

Obama Supports Parts of GOP Congressman's Health Reform Plan
Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media - February 2, 2010

Should Hospitals Drug Test Physicians?
Emily Berry, for HealthLeaders Media - January 29, 2010

Will the iPad Revolutionize Healthcare?
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media - January 29, 2010

Audio Conferences/Webcasts

March 11, 2010: Nursing-Sensitive Quality Indicators: Engage Nurses in Quality Improvement and Improve Patient Outcomes
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