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Nurse Staffing Costs Must Be Weighed Against Cost of Errors
Rebecca Hendren, Editor
When revenues fall, hospitals stop investing in the biggest budget expense: nurses. That's a bad short-term solution to a long-term problem. Executives must acquaint themselves with studies demonstrating how nurse staffing affects a hospital's overall performance and base staffing decisions on evidence. [Read More]
August 30, 2011
Editor's Picks

Temp ER Nurses a Safety Threat to Patients, Study Shows
A study of emergency department medication errors by researchers at Johns Hopkins finds mistakes made by temporary nurses are more likely to reach the patient, result in at least temporary harm, and be life-threatening. [Read More]
Parkland Faces Second Review
Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas is expecting a review by the state on behalf of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to assess whether the safety net hospital is in compliance with its corrective action plan to address deficiencies in emergency department care and infection control. [Read More]
TJC Calls for Restraint in Diagnostic Radiation
Healthcare organizations must be more judicious in deploying CT imaging and other technologies that use harmful radiation for diagnoses, says the Joint Commission. [Read More]
Medication Lapses Put Discharged Patients at Risk
Elderly patients who are discharged from the hospital exhibit an elevated risk of failing to renew prescriptions for long-term medications taken to treat chronic diseases, study shows. [Read More]
Selecting a Strategy to Stop HAI
A tale of three urban hospitals, each grappling with nosocomial infection prevention in different ways. It's hard to tell which works best, but all are tackling an issue that is at the center of a national debate. [Read More]
Webcast: Quantify & Cultivate Patient Engagement
Date: September 22, 2011
About: More than just a buzzword, patient experience has become the quintessential objective in our healthcare climate. Fortunately, the thriving world of social media offers proven pathways to not only create patient engagement, but actually build community around your organization. Learn how Emory University Orthopaedics and Spine Hospital consistently scores above the 90th percentile in patient satisfaction using social media tools and metrics. [Register Today]

Webcast: Slash Your Readmission Rates
Date: September 16, 2011
About: With 20% of Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries discharged from a hospital readmitted within 30 days, Baylor Heart and Vascular Center in Dallas, which boasts one of the lowest readmission rates nationwide (17.3%), and Our Lady of Resurrection Medical Center in Chicago, which cut its readmission rate from the nation?s second-highest (32.4%) to 15%, share strategies to help you reduce your readmission rates. [Register Today]

NurseLeaders Forum

7 Ways Hospitals Can Trim Costs
Hospitals are under intense pressure to reduce their cost of operations as they prepare for an altered healthcare environment requiring higher quality care at a lower price. Here are some tips from a nurse leader. [Read More]

Nursing Headlines

Mammography Screening Debate Reignites
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 29, 2011

MMR Vaccine Does Not Cause Autism, Says IOM
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 26, 2011

Former cancer patient helps oncologist with ALS who once treated her
The Boston Globe, August 26, 2011

Obesity rates rising worldwide, half of US could be obese by 2030
PBS NewsHour, August 26, 2011

Thorough study likely won't put vaccine worries to rest
The Seattle Times, August 26, 2011

Rate of teen vaccination for HPV lagging
NPR/Associated Press, August 26, 2011

Solution to 'Devastating' Surgical Awareness Remains Elusive
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Medi, August 25, 2011

Reductions in Blood Infections Shown to Slash Hospital Costs
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 24, 2011


September 15: Rounds: Women's Health Strategies for Service Line Growth and Quality

September 16: Webcast: Slash Your Readmission Rates

September 22: Webcast: Quantify & Cultivate Patient Engagement

October 26: Rounds: Performance Improvement for Quality and Bottom-Line Outcomes


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