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Six Steps to Ensure New Nurse Manager Success
Rebecca Hendren, Editor
How are vacant nurse manager positions filled at your hospital? Too often, nurses are promoted to managers because they are excellent clinicians, critical thinkers, and communicators. In their new role, they suddenly have to deal with finance and budgeting, patient safety concerns, quality improvement projects, recalcitrant staff, and many other tough topics. And they are expected to achieve a blend of clinical and business management with little to no training. Mary Ann Holt, partner, operations improvement at IMA Consulting, says organizations must set expectations for new nurse managers so they understand their role and that it is vital to invest in training, coaching, and mentoring for new managers. [Read More]
June 22, 2010
Editor's Picks

'Doc Fix' Vote Contains Unwelcome News for Hospitals
After weeks of debate, the Senate finally agreed in a unanimous voice vote Friday to postpone a 21% decrease in Medicare and TRICARE physician reimbursements through a six-month period ending Nov. 30. But the vote comes with an unpleasant tradeoff for hospitals. Like the House bill, the Senate measure calls for reducing hospital payments by preventing hospitals from submitting separate claims for inpatient and outpatient therapeutic care provided within 72 hours of an admission. According to the Congressional Budget Office, this provision is expected to save $4.2 billion over 10 years and reduce excess spending. [Read More]
Holding Ground on Super Bugs
Antibiotic-resistant organisms—the so-called "super bugs"—may be gaining an upper hand if action is not taken very soon on the healthcare front. At a hearing last week on antibiotic development, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA), chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said that the goal both in the United States and abroad is that individuals keep on benefitting from life-saving treatments. Providing that, though, can be tough. [Read More]
What Physicians Want
HealthLeaders Media's leadership editor, Philip Betbeze, says the prevailing wisdom is that physicians don't want to work in private practice anymore. Instead, says this line of thinking, new doctors just want steady employment, preferably in the hospital environment, where all they have to do is take care of patients instead of dealing with the billing and staffing challenges, and all the other headaches that a physician in private practice is expected to take care of. The problem with this theory is that it's only partly true, and he explains why. [Read More]
Hospitals, Healthcare Sector 'Walk The Talk' With Wellness Programs
My colleague John Commins examines the progress the healthcare sector has made on healthy workplace issues such as smoking cessation and weight-loss counseling. Just a few years ago, the healthcare sector lagged behind the rest of the nation, but now an impressive number of hospitals and healthcare sector businesses have joined other prestigious Fortune 500 companies on the National Business Group on Health's list of 2010 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles. [Read More]
NurseLeaders Forum

Success With a Fall Reduction Strategy
Neal T. Loes, RN, BSN, MS, chief nursing officer at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames, IA, writes about his hospital's efforts to reduce patient falls as part of its three-year strategic plans based on six indicators of success. [Read More]

Business Rx

Study: Universal Gloving Could Be Viable Alternative for Contact Precautions
A study published in the May issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology found that a universal gloving policy could be equally as effective as placing patients under contact precautions for a multidrug-resistant organism infection. [Read More]

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Minnesota nurses: A strong yes to strike
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Hallucinations in hospital pose risk to the elderly
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