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NY Health System's Bold Stance on Nurse Preparation
Rebecca Hendren, Editor
Why do you need so little education to be a nurse? Physical therapists are required to have a doctoral degree for entry into practice. Speech therapists need a master's. But the most important figures in patient care can enter practice with only as associate's degree.[Read More]
July 20, 2010
Editor's Picks

1 in 3 Physicians Balk at Reporting Incompetent Colleagues
Janice Simmons, HealthLeaders Media quality editor, reports that nearly one-third of physicians responding to a nationwide survey said they would not report other physicians who were "significantly impaired or otherwise incompetent to practice" because of such factors as mental disorders or substance abuse. The study's author said the findings "cast serious doubt on the ability of medicine to self regulate with regard to impaired or incompetent physicians.[Read More]
Balancing Compensation Amid Economic Woes
John Commins, HealthLeaders Media HR editor, writes that all indications show the nation is emerging?however slowly?from the worst recession since the Great Depression. Although the brightening economic outlook will be welcomed, it also creates a new set of challenges as nonprofit hospitals and health system struggle to retain top-level executives. [Read More]
National Database Needed for HAI Tracking
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services last week expanded its popular Hospital Compare website to include outpatient data related to areas such as hospital 30-day mortality rates and 30-day readmission rates for patients with heart failure, heart attacks, and pneumonia. But one critical data point is still missing: the rate of healthcare-associated infections occurring in hospitals. [Read More]
Hospital's Fast Action Stops Potentially Disastrous HAI
A "good news" paper presented at a conference of infection control professionals last week, caught the attention of my colleague Cheryl Clark. The paper tells how officials at a Dallas hospital immediately mobilized to put a halt to a cluster of an increasingly feared drug-resistant strain of bacteria, Acinetobacter baumanni. [Read More]
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NurseLeaders Forum

Take a Vacation: Why Nurse Leaders Need Time Off
Being a nurse leader is not easy and comes with a lot of responsibility, but even you can beat the heat of job stress with the following vacation strategies. [Read More]
Business Rx

Competency Days Help Ensure Nursing Knowledge
Hospitals are always seeking better ways to educate nurses to ensure quality outcomes. For many facilities, part of this education process comes in the form of competency days. And for some, such as Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, CT, these competency days turn out to be a raging success. [Read More]
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Nursing Headlines

'Mystery patients' help uncover medical errors
Chicago Tribune ? July 20, 2010

Doctors reconsider old antibiotics despite risks
Los Angeles Times ? July 19, 2010

Bad nurses able to keep working in other states
John Commins, for USA Today/ProPublica ? July 16, 2010

Nurse Betty's goal: To see every patient, every workday
Charlotte Observer ? July 16, 2010
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