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Ten Ways to Increase Nurses' Time at the Bedside
Rebecca Hendren, Editor
A new report shows nurses lose three hours of patient care every 12-hour shift to non-direct care tasks, such as redundant paperwork and regulatory requirements. Time away from the bedside, often spent on frustrating and exhausting tasks, increases stress and burnout. Decreasing distractions that take nurses away from patient care benefits both nurses and patients. How can healthcare organizations help their nurses spend more time in patient care? Here are 10 successful strategies. [Read More]
March 16, 2010
Editor's Picks

Nurses Say Distractions Cut Bedside Time by 25%
HealthLeaders Media Senior Editor John Commins examines the recent survey where hospital nurses revealed just how much time is eaten up by distractions and time eaters that include documenting patient care information in multiple locations, and completing logs, checklists, and other "redundant" paperwork. [Read More]
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NurseLeaders Forum

Quality Challenges from Within
Many healthcare quality leaders see themselves as being proactive-taking steps quickly to save time, money, and patients' lives. Sometimes, though, they bump up against institutional or cultural roadblocks. In some cases, leadership support is lacking, and in some cases, the HealthLeaders Media Industry Survey 2010 shows, what is lacking is courage. [Read More]
Business Rx

Recruitment and Retention: Combating the Nurse Shortage
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Nursing Headlines

New focus on averting errors: Hospital culture
Wall Street Journal - March 16, 2010

With Medicaid cuts, doctors and patients drop out
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November 4: Nursing Accountability: Promote Personal Commitments with Proven Cutting-Edge Strategies
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