HealthLeaders Media NursingLeaders - May 4, 2010 | Nurses Hold Nurses Week Dear
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Nurses Hold Nurses Week Dear
Rebecca Hendren, Editor
I touched a nerve last week when I asked if we still need Nurses Week. Judging from the emails and comments I received, the answer is an emphatic yes. My role as devil's advocate annoyed some readers, who argued that nurses deserve recognition for their hard work and contribution to positive patient outcomes. I agree. [Read More]
May 4, 2010
Editor's Picks

What Can Your Hospital Learn from a Hole in the Ground?
What can your hospital learn about safety from a coal mine? Quite a bit, actually. HealthLeaders Media Senior Editor John Commins says that good hospitals, like good coal mines, have a deeply imbued culture of safety that goes beyond mere words. [Read More]
Can EMRs Lead to a Failure to Communicate?
The application of electronic medical records for inpatient and outpatient use holds a lot of promise. With taps on a keyboard, data on a patient's allergies, prescription use, previous hospitalizations, or clinical tests are instantly available. But could surrounding oneself with this data build a barrier toward effective real-time, face-to-face communications between patients and providers and between providers? [Read More]
Will We Ever Start Calling Nurses 'Doctor'?
My HealthLeaders Media colleague Cheryl Clark writes that she was researching health professionals' efforts nationally to expand their scope of practices when someone sent her an interesting link to a clickable map of the United States. The map shows, from coast to coast, the substantial variation in the extent to which nurses are allowed to function state by state. And it's precisely this variation that irks the American Nurses Association. [Read More]
Insurance and Employment Don't Equal Healthy Behavior, Study Finds
Employed and insured Americans aren't meeting recommended health behavior guidelines, particularly when it comes to taking advantage of preventive services like immunizations and cancer screenings, according to a new study. Overall, utilization of preventive services was poor, even among those with access to care. [Read More]
Breakthroughs: The Impact of Personalized Medicine Today
Take a look at how progressive health systems, medical researchers, and physicians are working together to bring the practical benefits of personalized medicine to the frontlines of healthcare delivery. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, The Ohio State University Medical Center, Partners HealthCare, and Vanderbilt University Medical Center share insights and the lessons learned that will help you explore the current and near-term impact of personalized medicine, determine whether your healthcare information technology foundation is ready for the opportunity, and see where lab research and clinical practice are overlapping. [Read More]

NurseLeaders Forum

A Touch. A Word. A Cause for Healing
In recognition of Nurses Week, Ron Watson, director of communications for Doylestown Hospital in Doylestown, PA, writes about how he learned first-hand what patient care really means and the healing power of care and compassion. [Read More]

Business Rx

Colorado Hospital Evaluates 'Missed Opportunities' in Rapid Response Teams
A hospital examines its missed opportunities to call a Rapid Response Team and uses education and simulation to train nurses to identify patients who need help. [Read More]

Nursing Headlines

Minneapolis-area hospitals, nurses prep for a possible strike
Minneapolis Star Tribune - May 4, 2010

Mass General Hospital staff calmly adjusts routines during water emergency
Boston Globe - May 3, 2010

Hospital Management, Nurses Do Not Agree on Value of Recognition
Sarah Kearns, for HealthLeaders Media - April 29, 2010

Not Enough Time on My Hands for an Online PHR
Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media - April 27, 2010

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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