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During Hard Times, Nurses Trim Expenses, Focus on Morale
Rebecca Hendren, Editor
While hospital layoffs are still in the news, a recent nursing leader survey conducted by HealthLeaders Media's parent company, HCPro, Inc., has revealed some bright spots. The survey was a follow up to one conducted in April 2009 and showed an improvement in nurse leaders' outlooks. It also revealed interesting ways nurses pitched in to save their organizations money. [Read More]
March 23, 2010
Editor's Picks

House Approves Health Reform, But More Work Remains
On Sunday, the House finally passed a historic healthcare reform measure with a vote that was largely along party lines (219-212). But approval of the bill is hardly the end of a year-long, hard-fought, and sometimes bruising process that took place on Capitol Hill. [Read More]
11 Health Leaders React to House Passing Health Reform
Lawmakers finally passed historic health reform legislation and now leaders will have to figure out how the government will implement and administer the numerous provisions over the coming months. And many key mandates of the new law won't take effect for years. But what do health leaders think of Sunday's health reform vote? Here are some thoughts from 11 of them. [Read More]
Hospital Layoffs Creep Back into the Headlines
It seems like hospital layoffs are creeping back into the news, but the fact is they never really went away. Bureau of Labor Statistics data show that there were 152 mass layoffs—defined as 50 job losses or more—at nongovernmental hospitals in 2009. This resulted in more than 13,000 job cuts, up from 112 mass layoffs with more than 12,800 job cuts in 2008, which was the first full year of the recession that started in December 2007. [Read More]
Lesser-known C-diff a bigger hospital threat than MRSA?
In community hospitals in the Southeast United States, an easily spread bacterium appears to have overtaken MRSA as the most common hospital-acquired infection. But a pilot project in Ohio found that pushing hard on things, such as hand washing and thorough cleaning, can lower rates of that bug significantly. A study of a quarter of the state's hospitals showed that following strict guidelines on hand washing, contact isolation, and cleaning caused the number of cases to fall from 7.7 per 10,000 patient days in the hospital to 6.7 between the first and last half of 2009. [Read More]

NurseLeaders Forum

Social Marketing Helps Translate AHRQ Research Into Practice
The federal Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research has expanded its portfolio of work to include comparative effectiveness research and health information technology. Along with traditional and new media outreach, AHRQ uses social marketing techniques to identify and address the needs of targeted audiences, including clinicians, hospitals, pharmacists, healthcare purchasers, public policy decision-makers, and patients. [Read More]

Business Rx

To Blog or Not to Blog: CNO Connects with Staff Nurses
As part of the journey to excellence, hospitals seeking ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® status must demonstrate that staff nurses have contact with the chief nursing officer and that the CNO is visible in the organization. With readily available, user-friendly technology all around us, something as simple as blogging can turn into a road of communication between the CNO and the staff. St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital, for example, turned to the nursing portal on its intranet. [Read More]

Nursing Headlines

Nurses at Taunton, MA-based Morton Hospital mull a strike
Boston Globe - March 23, 2010

Campaign aims to bring a healthier menu to nation's hospitals
Washington Post - March 23, 2010

Employee Retention Is the CEO's Job
Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Magazine - March 2010

Study: Almost One-Third of Direct-Care Jobs Will be Held by Older Women by 2018
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media - March 17, 2009

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