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November 2011 - Posts

ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses

What Impacts Quality Patient Care (Besides Staffing Levels)?
November 29, 2011 2:51 PM by Linda Jones
Many believe a deficit of 250,000 nurses is likely in the next 15 years. If these numbers are accurate, it's worth looking at what other elements we can change that will ensure patients receive high quality care. Maja Djukic, PhD, RN, of the New York Read More...
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Scheduling Nurses: ‘Just Scheduling’ Aims to End Favoritism
November 29, 2011 9:37 AM by Guest Blogger
Jackie Larson is vice president of client services at Avantas. She is responsible for the executive oversight of its consulting and education branches, including project and client management, technical implementations, business intelligence and workforce Read More...
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Bipolar Disorder: Seeing All Sides
November 25, 2011 10:51 AM by Guest Blogger
Patricia Doughty, RN, is a registered nurse and a graduate of Seton Hall University. As a registered nurse I know that we acknowledge bipolar (manic depressive illness) to be a disorder that takes you from feelings of high mania to depths of depression. Read More...
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HPV Vaccinations for Boys?
November 21, 2011 4:36 PM by Joe Darrah
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the CDC is endorsing vaccinations against human papillomavirus (HPV) for boys of ages 11 and 12. This announcement comes on the heels of new research that reportedly documents the rise in cancers caused Read More...
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New Jobs for New Grads
November 21, 2011 11:21 AM by Pam Tarapchak
So, is it a myth that new nursing grads can’t find jobs? According to some recent surveys, it just might be. A recent survey of nursing schools conducted by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) tells a story of success for recent graduates. Read More...
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Win Dansko’s 20th Anniversary Professional Clog!
November 14, 2011 1:25 PM by ADVANCE Staff
Dansko is celebrating its 20 th anniversary! As part of the festivities, the comfort shoemaker wants to hear about when you bought your first pair of Dansko shoes. Maybe you were fresh out of nursing school or you decided to give Dansko a whirl based Read More...
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Validating Professional Nursing
November 13, 2011 10:29 PM by Candy Goulette
It’s about time. A guilty plea by Dr. Rolando Arafiles in a West Texas courtroom last week closed a painful chapter in the long career of Texas nurses Anne Mitchell, RN, and Vicki Galle, BSN, RN. As part of a plea bargain, Arafiles admitted guilt to retaliation Read More...
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Hoarding as a Mental Health Disorder
November 9, 2011 4:12 PM by Barbara Mercer
Have you caught an episode of Hoarders lately? While I try to avoid reality television, something about this show draws me in. It’s akin to entering a strange land where customs and communication are unlike anything I’ve encountered. Ultimately, each Read More...
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ADVANCE & Dansko Announce Breast Cancer Heroes Contest Winner
November 8, 2011 1:30 PM by ADVANCE Staff
Thank you to everyone who participated in our Breast Cancer Heroes contest. Your entries were truly inspiring and captured the spirit of survival shared by those affected by breast cancer and their families. While choosing a winner was a difficult choice Read More...
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Under the Radar
November 7, 2011 6:30 PM by Robin Hocevar
Those of you who’ve had long careers in acute care were probably the only members of the reading public who weren’t surprised by the Chicago Tribune’s report that 85 percent of hospital complaints were ignored by the state of Illinois last year. Grievances Read More...
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MA Voters May Take Up Physician-Assisted Suicide
November 4, 2011 10:52 AM by Stacey Miller
Next year, Massachusetts may become the fourth state in the U.S. where physicians can assist terminally ill patients to end their own lives . In 2012, residents will likely get to vote on the Massachusetts Death and Dignity Act. If passed, the Bay State Read More...
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Virtual Nurse: Will You Be Replaced By a Computer?
November 2, 2011 1:47 PM by Rich Krisher
A researcher at Northeastern University in Boston has developed a "virtual" discharge nurse that's now available for deployment at hospitals. The goal is to replace nurses with a touch screen computer. A clinical trial began 3 years ago at Boston Medical Read More...
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