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Nurse Whistleblower Case
Sets Dangerous Precedent
Rebecca Hendren, Editor
The American Nurses Association's Code of Ethics requires nurses to advocate for and protect the health, safety, and rights of patients. Which is what Anne Mitchell, RN, a former compliance officer at Winkler County Memorial Hospital, TX, says she was doing when she sent a letter to the Texas Medical Board last year. [Read More]
February 9, 2010
Editor's Picks

Nurse Anesthetists Say They Practice Safely Without Physician Supervision
Nurse anesthetists across the country are vehemently defending their ability to administer anesthesia to Medicare patients without physician supervision, saying there's never been a study showing the practice to be unsafe, as alleged by two large physician groups who filed a lawsuit last week. On the contrary, several representatives of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists say studies have shown that certified registered nurse anesthetists perform the service with equal safety, or even more safely, than anesthesiologists. [Read More]
Can Nurses Drive Health Reform?
Upon release last month of a Gallup Survey of opinion leaders about nursing leadership, Risa Lavizzo Mourey, MD, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, said the organization commissioned the survey because of the importance related to "expanding the leadership of nurses and tapping into all the wisdom and expertise that nurses have [which] is critical to healthcare reform and the healthcare system." Many nursing leaders think the tide may be turning in that area and that the roles of nurses—and the work that they do—will be steadily influencing the movement toward healthcare reform and emerging health policy and research issues. [Read More]
There are Big Bucks in Better Patient Flow
Looking at your patient flow could potentially save you hundreds of thousands of dollars. In the case of St. Joseph, MO-based Heartland Health, improving the surgery department patient flow garnered them over $300,000 in savings the first year. [Read More]
Top House Republicans throw cold water on healthcare summit
Leading House Republicans raised the prospect that they might refuse to participate in President Obama's proposed healthcare summit if the White House chooses not to scrap the existing reform bills and start over. In a letter to White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, House Minority Leader John A. Boehner and Minority Whip Eric Cantor expressed frustration at reports that Obama intends to put the Democratic bills on the table for discussion at the Feb. 25 summit, the Washington Post reports. [Read More]
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NurseLeaders Forum

Length of Stay: The Management Headache That Will Not Go Away
The current financial crisis notwithstanding, operating margins have continued to shrink and raising capital has become a daunting task. This increasing financial pressure comes at a time when EMR and other technology investments are needed to stay viable as a quality healthcare provider. Unless you have a lot of empty beds, improving patient throughput is key to successfully managing this pressure, say contributors William F. Ott, Jr., and Michael N. Abrams. [Read More]

Business Rx

Voice Recording Technology Improves Patient Handoff Process
For years, nurses nationwide have used different methods for handling handoff reports, such as using taped records. This causes problems when nurses get interrupted or need to go back later and add some information. So Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Harvey, IL, has implemented a computer-based voice platform technology that is built into the phone system. Nurses can dial into OptiVox and record their patient reports or listen to the patient reports from any phone in the health system. [Read More]

Nursing Health Headlines

Study: Health costs higher where hospital competition is lower
Wall Street Journal Health Blog - February 9, 2010

Insurer plays judge on cancer care
Wall Street Journal - February 9, 2009

A QUEST to Improve Healthcare Cost and Quality
Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media - February 5, 2010

Healthcare hiring continues
Wall Street Journal Health Blog - February 8, 2010

Audio Conferences/Webcasts

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