HealthLeaders Media NursingLeaders - April 6, 2010 | Is Your Board Missing a Nurse?
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Is Your Board Missing a Nurse?
Rebecca Hendren, Editor
Are you making key decisions about patient safety, quality, and the direction of your organization without involving representatives from the field that knows it best? A University of Iowa study last year reviewed 201 health systems with a total of 2,046 voting board members and found that only 2.4% were nurses. These numbers seem inadequate, especially considering that the study found that physicians represented 22% of voting board members. [Read More]
April 6, 2010
Editor's Picks

New Report Criticizes State Medical Boards for Not Disciplining More Docs
Minnesota is the worst state in the nation for disciplining doctors, according to Public Citizen's seventh annual ranking of state medical boards. The report, released this week, also found that serious disciplinary actions against doctors across the nation rose slightly in 2009, but are still about 18% lower than they were at their peak five years ago. [Read More]
California Docs Must Now Tell Patients Where to Complain About Their Care
Practicing California doctors have until June 27 to post signs in their offices or—if they don't have an office—to otherwise notify their patients in writing the name of the licensing agency to call with quality of care complaints. The new regulation is designed to "inform consumers where to go for information or with a complaint about California medical doctors," according to a statement from the Medical Board of California, the disciplinary and licensing agency for the state's 125,000 doctors. [Read More]
Is Now the Time for a Breakout Quarter in Healthcare Hiring?
HealthLeaders HR analyst John Commins discusses a new tool he thinks will help us read what is going on in the healthcare labor market. Health Workforce Solutions LLC, the San Francisco-based healthcare research and consulting company, has developed a Labor Market Pulse Index—a quarterly barometer of local market healthcare workforce fluctuations in 30 markets across the country. [Read More]
10 Issues New CMS Administrator Will Face
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is the agency many providers love to hate. CMS, which is an $800 billion bureaucracy with nearly 5,000 employees, is also the biggest payer of healthcare bills in the U.S. and arguably the most influential in health reform. President Obama is reportedly on the verge of officially naming Don Berwick, MD, a highly regarded idealist in quality and efficiency, to lead the agency. Senior Editor Cheryl Clark examines the 10 issues the new administrator will have to face. [Read More]

NurseLeaders Forum

Hospital Monitors Infectious Diseases Using Real-Time Surveillance
The responsibilities of an infection preventionist have never been more daunting. With CMS refusing to pay for treatment of hospital-acquired infections, it has never been more important to identify them and prevent them from affecting a hospital's bottom line. [Read More]

Business Rx

See the Discharge Process Through the Patient's Eyes
The most important people in a hospital are not the physicians, the nurses, or the executives, but the patients. Taking the time to see the hospital through their eyes can do wonders for any facility that moves from provider-to patient-centeredness. Basic challenges at any facility include overcoming barriers to discharge, promoting physician buy-in, and increasing patient flow and throughput. In order to address these issues, you also must address the discharge process. [Read More]

Nursing Headlines

AHA Ad Campaign Thanks 16 House Democrats for Health Reform Votes
Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media - April 6, 2010

More healthcare facilities embracing horticultural therapy
Wall Street Journal - April 6, 2010

Alarm fatigue linked to patient's death at Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston Globe - April 5, 2010

Striking Temple University Hospital nurses question fill-ins' credentials
Philadelphia Inquirer - April 5, 2009

Audio Conferences/Webcasts

May 18: Shared Governance in Nursing: Case Studies in Collaborative Decision-Making
June 17: Horizontal Hostility in Nursing: Proven Organizational Strategies for Effective Communication and Collaboration
October 8: Nursing Orientation: Tools and Evidence-Based Best Practices to Engage New Hires
November 4: Nursing Accountability: Promote Personal Commitments with Proven Cutting-Edge Strategies
December 8: Nurse Retention and Workforce Planning: Meaningful Recognition Strategies for Building a Healthy Work Environment
On Demand: Nursing-Sensitive Quality Indicators: Engage Nurses in Quality Improvement and Improve Patient Outcomes

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