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Helping Older Nurses Stay in the Workforce
Rebecca Hendren, Editor
A Virginia Department of Health Professions study found 30% of the state's RNs ages 66-70 plan to work at least another five years, a bonus for organizations that retain the extensive knowledge, critical thinking capabilities, and excellent patient care skills of experienced nurses. Nursing leadership can help older nurses stay in the workforce as long as they want by making simple adjustments to the work environment. [Read More]
February 23, 2010
Editor's Picks

Nurses Associations Look for New Protections, Federal Laws to Protect Nurse Whistleblowers
The quick acquittal earlier this month of Texas whistleblower Anne Mitchell, RN, has nursing organizations relieved, but also pressing ahead with remedies to prevent a similar case. Alice Bodley, general counsel for the American Nurses Association, says only 22 states have whistleblower protections "specifically geared toward healthcare workers." [Read More]
Nurse-on-Nurse Hostility Remains an Issue
To those outside the nursing profession, it's frightening to hear the phrase, "nurses eat their young," but to any nurse, it's a well-known expression referring to the practice that occurs everywhere: nurses bullying, harassing, or generally being mean to fellow colleagues. "Nurses eating their young has been around since I started in nursing 25 years ago as a nurse's aide," says Frances Hodgkins, RN, PMHN-BC, from Michael E. Debakey Department of Veterans Affairs in Houston. [Read More]
Sepsis, Pneumonia Caused by HAIs Killed 48,000 Patients in One Year, Study Says
In one of the largest national studies to date, two common conditions—sepsis and pneumonia—caused hospital-acquired infections that killed an estimated 48,000 people and cost the healthcare system $8.1 billion in one year, according to researchers in a new study. The researchers looked at HAIs that are often preventable, such as a serious bloodstream infection that could occur during surgery. [Read More]
Obama Leaves Public Option Out of Reform Plan
The 10-year, $950 billion healthcare reform package called for by the Obama administration leans more toward the Senate bill approved in December. Missing from the bill is a public insurance option, but taking on new significance is a section that calls for protection from rising health premium costs. Approximately 31 million would be covered under the proposal, which will be discussed this Thursday at the healthcare summit. [Read More]
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

Healer, Heal Thyself: Hospital Addresses Health Issues Among Staff Through Education
It is a bit of an industry joke: Hospital employees are statistically among the most unhealthy Americans, particularly when it comes to cardiovascular health. To combat this fact, Spartanburg (SC) Regional Healthcare System sought to improve the health of its 5,000 employees as it also aimed to reduce the comparatively high rate of deaths from heart disease in the region. Spartanburg successfully inspired employees to exercise, helped employees lose 1,759 pounds collectively, and identified 250 employees with elevated systolic blood pressure, while simultaneously improving the overall health of its community and laying a blueprint for other hospitals to follow. [Read More]
Nursing Headlines

Use Medical Checklists as Tools, Not Cure-Alls, for Patient Safety Problems
Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media - February 18, 2010

Patient-Friendly ER Lobby Designed to Reduce Stress
Ben Cole, for HealthLeaders Media - February 18, 2010

Disparities in Care Deserve More Attention
Elyas Bakhtiari, for HealthLeaders Media - February 18, 2010

CMS Announces Re-alignment to Focus on Three Key Areas
Les Masterson, for HealthLeaders Media - February 18, 2009
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