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Stop Losing Experienced Nurses
Rebecca Hendren, Editor
There's no substitute for experience, especially in nursing. Nurses can communicate ably with physicians, and staff and are the glue that holds "multidisciplinary care" together. But experienced nurses are aging and exiting the workforce. An ongoing project on nurse retention shows that hospitals committed to managing and developing talent are the hospitals where nurses want to work.[Read More]
October 26, 2010
Editor's Picks

Radiation Patients Endanger Public, Congressman Says
Patients receiving radiation are exposing the public to dangerous levels of radioactive isotopes, according to Rep. Edward J. Markey, (D-MA). He is calling on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to mandate hospitalization for radiation patients receiving doses above accepted thresholds and enhance oversight of medical licensees. [Read More]
Stop the Blustering About High-risk Patients
My colleague, Cheryl Clark, writes that despite much handwringing over physician discrimination against high-risk patients, empirical evidence of it is limited, a report shows. Patients are not being turned away in droves, despite bluster from surgeons who claim that they are. Maybe they just don't like the transparency. [Read More]
Behind the Huge Variations in Dialysis Patient Mortality
Despite the federal government picking up nearly all dialysis costs for half a million U.S. patients each year, the disease is plagued by enormously high death rates. You would think Uncle Sam would want to count on good quality care for his money no matter where the care was provided. But that is not the case.[Read More]
To Err is Human, to Get it Right Takes a Village
In the OR it's not the superstar surgeon working as a solo act who has the best outcomes; it's the surgeon who has gathered a staff of strong individuals and led them to act as a finely calibrated team. For surgeons in rural hospitals, improving teamwork can be especially challenging.[Read More]
Intelligence Report: Patient Experience — Help Wanted
While 72% of senior healthcare leaders say that patient experience has been a priority in the past year, only 1 of 8 CEOs has primary responsibility for it. Our exclusive, original research and analysis examines this paradox and delves into the realm of patient experience and its challenges, including why healthcare leaders report lack of success in achieving the kind of patient experience they need to provide.[Read More]
Breakthroughs Report: Hospital Merger and Acquisition Strategies
The rules of healthcare are changing. Today, growth isn't about just getting bigger. It's about developing all of the components needed for coordinated care and reduced costs. In this HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs report, leading hospital systems that have seen the value of growth from mergers and acquisitions—North Shore LIJ Health System, Novant Health, Baylor Health Care System, and Bayhealth Medical Center—share insights and lessons learned. [Read More]
HealthLeaders Media Rounds: Building Accountable Care Organizations
Hospitals and physicians are working hurriedly to build systems of care that reward quality, outcomes, and high-value care—the ingredients of the accountable care organization. Innovative healthcare leaders like Carilion Clinic, Norton Healthcare, and Sinai Health System are getting ready now for the future of healthcare system delivery. Join us on Dec. 9 from Carilion Clinic and share the lessons these leaders have learned. [Register today]

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NurseLeaders Forum

Nurse Leaders Advise on Work/Life Balance
In this Q&A, nurse leaders offer advice to their colleagues regarding the role of humor, learning, and a professional balance in the workplace. [Read More]
Business Rx

Technology Monitors Nursing Performance
Implementing the right e-learning software can help heath systems assess staff competency and enhance communication. These practices are implementing learning management systems to track staff input, professional development, and organization.[Read More]
Nursing Headlines

Healthcare Costs Soar Above Overall Inflation
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, October 22, 2010

The Joint Commission Touts Research on Reducing Handoff Failures
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, October 22, 2010

Booze-friendly hospitals aim to ease patient woes
NPR, October 22, 2010

Losing touch with the patient
The New York Times, October 22, 2010

Virginia struggling to counter decline in physicians
The News & Advance, October 26, 2010

University Hospitals (IA) needs more nurses as patient count rises, October 20, 2010
Audio Conferences/Webcasts

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: Shared Governance in Nursing: Case Studies in Collaborative Decision-Making
On Demand: Nursing-Sensitive Quality Indicators: Engage Nurses in Quality Improvement and Improve Patient Outcomes
On Demand: Horizontal Hostility in Nursing: Proven Organizational Strategies for Effective Communication and Collaboration

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Hospitals are Predicting, Adapting to Change

The business models that will emerge in the era of healthcare reform are still unclear, but leading hospitals and health systems are already positioning themselves to adapt when they do come into focus. They're taking the first steps toward becoming accountable care organizations even before anyone knows for sure what an ACO will look like—or even if they'll ever come to fruition. [Read More]