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Seven Strategies to Reduce Nurse Burnout
Rebecca Hendren, Editor
In some offices, the summer is a slow period. As the weather heats up, people take vacations, Friday dress codes get ever more casual, and the stress level goes down. Not in hospitals. Patients get sick year round and nurses don't get a respite from stress. But too often, stress reduction programs fail because they aren't relevant for bedside nurses or because bedside nurses do not receive support for such programs from leadership. Here are some stress-reduction strategies that were found to be effective. [Read More]
June 15, 2010
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Survey Finds 45% of Hospital Employees Discontented, Disengaged
Nearly half—45%—of hospital employees say they're disengaged, disempowered, and unhappy on the job, with younger workers and those at the patients' bedside expressing the most discontent, according to the 2010 Hospital Pulse Report: Employee and Nurse Perspectives on American Health Care from Press Ganey Associates. [Read More]
Obama Calls for Permanently Fixing Physician Payment Formula
Physicians worried about the 21% cut in Medicare and TRICARE payments that started June 1 were the subject of President Obama's weekly address Saturday in which he called for "permanently reforming" the way physicians are paid. Citing the initial role of the sustained growth rate instituted a decade ago to slow Medicare costs, Obama said the cuts proposed by the SGR would not "only jeopardize our physicians' pay, but our seniors' healthcare." [Read More]
In-Hospital Mortality Rates Higher for the Uninsured
Patients who are uninsured or on Medicaid are more likely to die in the hospital when being treated for heart attack, stroke, or pneumonia, a new study finds. Researchers examined 154,381 discharges with one of those three diagnoses, and compared in-hospital mortality, length of stay, and cost-per-hospitalization for Medicaid and uninsured patients with the privately insured. The data revealed that, compared to privately-insured patients, uninsured patients had 52% higher odds of dying in the hospital after a heart attack and 47% higher odds of dying in the hospital after a stroke. [Read More]
Kaiser Study Shows Reduction in Fatal and Non-Fatal Heart Attacks with Preventive Care
In what is the biggest study of its kind, Kaiser Permanente researchers say their ability to reduce and control enrollees' cardiovascular risk factors such as cholesterol levels and blood pressure has led to a decrease in the worst kind of heart attack—called an ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction or STEMI—among Northern California enrollees over a 10-year period. HealthLeaders Media's Cheryl Clark examines how. [Read More]
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Improve Scheduling To Boost Nurse Satisfaction
Karla Schnell argues that if we normalize nursing schedules, not only could we make nurses' lives a little less stressful, we could maximize staffing efficiency for providers, lower their personnel costs, and contribute to nursing's long-term viability. [Read More]

Business Rx

Hospital Nearly Doubles Medication Scanning Rates
In April 2008, Baystate Medical Center, a 653-bed teaching hospital in Springfield, MA, began implementation of its Bar Code Point of Care technology to positively impact medication administration in reducing errors. In the early pilot programs, BMC reported a 50% bedside scanning rate for all medications and a medication error rate of 1.2 errors per 1,000 patient days. [Read More]

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