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Nurse Patrols Frontline of Preventive Care
Rebecca Hendren, Editor
Kay Renny, RN,is on the frontlines of the preventive care battlefield. She was recently honored for her work developing a vaccination program that has delivered more than 325,000 immunizations, including influenza, pneumonia, and meningitis, at community and corporate sites.[Read More]
February 22, 2011
Editor's Picks

Doctors, Hospitals Should Share Blame For Recalled Medical Devices
My colleague Cheryl Clark writes that last week's report that a whopping 80% of medical devices so dangerous that they had to be recalled had been cleared for use under a flawed, federal process leaves no room for doubt: there's plenty of blame to go around.[Read More]
Medicare Fraud Strike Force Nabs 111 in 9 Cities
At least eight physicians, eight nurses, and several healthcare company executives were among those charged in the largest one-day sweep of its kind. Federal investigators say in total, those charged were responsible for at least $225 million in false billings.[Read More]
S&P: US Healthcare Costs Up 6% in 2010, But Growth Slowing
The growth rate of the average per capita cost of healthcare services covered by commercial health plans and Medicare programs in 2010 matched the lowest growth rates in four years, according to the Standard & Poor's Healthcare Economic Indices.[Read More]
Hospice Rates Rise, But Hospitalizations Remain High
While the use of hospice among Medicare patients with congestive heart failure climbed from 19% in the year 2000 to 40% in 2007, "the potential for hospice to prevent costly hospitalizations has yet to be fully realized," researchers say. [Read More]
Rounds: Orthopedic Leadership Strategies: Engage, Measure, and Perform
Forward-thinking orthopedic leaders are ensuring high performance and coordination among a carefully constructed caregiver team. Those leaders are also exploring the right metrics to know whether the outcomes they are tracking are the most meaningful to patients. Join the executive and clinical leadership team from nationally renowned MemorialCare Health System and orthopedic innovator Marshall Steele, MD, on March 29 for a three-hour dive into essential orthopedic leadership strategy. [Read More]

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NurseLeaders Forum

Tips to Engage Nurses in Mandatory Training
From video gaming approaches to learning management systems, unique training strategies can engage nurses and boost participation, says Jo-Ann Byrne, RN, director of education and organizational development at St. Vincent's Healthcare. [Read More]

Nursing Headlines

Plastic Surgeons Trivialize Cancer in Implant Patients, Group Says
HealthLeaders Media, February 18, 2011

FDA flags risks on popular drug used during pregnancy
USA Today, February 18, 2011

Watson in the examining room?
The Baltimore Sun, February 18, 2011

MN nurse accused of stealing pain meds is in treatment
Minneapolis Star-Tribune, February 16, 2011

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Feb. 17: Nurse Coaching and Mentoring: Set Expectations and Improve Staff Performance

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