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More Important Than Reimbursement
October 3, 2014 9:56 AM by Chuck Holt
U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and 33 other members of the House of Representatives recently sent a letter to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Marilyn Tavenner asking her "to adopt recommendations that would adequately Read More...
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CMS Policy Hurting Hospice Patients & Families
July 29, 2014 8:40 AM by Guest Blogger
A hospice patient in Oklahoma City is being denied his medications to treat his COPD, while coping with a diagnosis and treatment for tongue cancer. In Cadillac, Michigan a patient struggling with colon cancer is being denied insulin to treat his diabetes Read More...
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Hourly Rounding Improves Patient Care
April 15, 2014 7:46 AM by Guest Blogger
By Lauren Petrillo, MSN, RN-BC As nurses, we are charged with the responsibility of ensuring patient safety and improving patient satisfaction. Although at first it may seem like another task to add to the list, hourly rounding can help us achieve these Read More...
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Instituting Controversial Bans on Hiring Smokers
March 25, 2014 6:28 PM by Guest Blogger
By Anny Su, BSN, RN Approximately 45.3 million people smoke in the U. S. (CDC, 2008) Many of these smokers seek employment in healthcare institutions. Within the past 6 years, healthcare institutions have stepped up to challenge this unhealthy behavior Read More...
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Identity Theft: Who’s Got Your Number?
January 21, 2014 4:08 PM by Chuck Holt
In the wake of the massive data breach at retail giant Target, nurses likely will find patients expressing concerns about identity theft and the safety of their healthcare information. The threat is real. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Read More...
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Take Your Coat Off, Doc, Sit a Spell
October 9, 2013 11:39 AM by Chuck Holt
I have a confession to make: I suffer from White Coat Syndrome. My brow sweats, my heart pounds and my blood pressure spikes with each doctor’s office visit. Some call it White Coat Hypertension . Fortunately, I finally have a doctor who understands this, Read More...
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Get Your Pink Glove Groove On!
August 7, 2013 11:55 AM by Chuck Holt
From funny skits breaking into sillier dance routines to hundreds of very carefully and cleverly choreographed productions, nurses from all corners of the U.S., Canada — and this year Panama as well — are submitting their videos for Medline's third annual Read More...
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Nurses Can't Seem to Escape Being Honest & Trustworthy
October 9, 2012 2:19 PM by Chuck Holt
As most everyone knows by now, nurses have for several years been ranked the "Most Trusted Profession" in an annual Gallup survey of Americans. But now a new study reveals nurses are also very good at assessing the quality of care delivered in the hospital Read More...
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Don't Miss a Step: What Every Nurse Can Do to Help Stop C.diff
June 4, 2012 10:26 AM by Chuck Holt
It all started with a missed step. The bottom step of a stairway at my brother's house that is, which my mom completely missed one morning about 18 months ago causing her to land funny and break her left ankle. At 75, and having fought a 30-year battle Read More...
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Appealing to the Masses through Social Media
March 12, 2012 11:13 AM by Barbara Mercer
For the second time in the past few months, social media and the Internet are lighting up as a consumer fights a denial for healthcare services by enlisting the public’s help. In a current case, a Washington, DC-based college student started a petition Read More...
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What's Your Story?
July 25, 2011 11:15 AM by Chuck Holt
Great ideas come in many forms. And sometimes great ideas are forms. Take for example, the idea for a "Stages of Surgery" form brought to our attention by its creator, Kevin Visitacion, BSN, RN, an OR nurse in Chicago. The aim of the form is to keep patients Read More...
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Bias in Healthcare
June 20, 2011 5:14 PM by Joe Darrah
The New York Times recently wrote about a male patient at an HIV clinic in the city who was under the impression that he had been living with the disease that causes AIDS for nearly 20 years. Today, thanks to a hunch one of his providers, a nurse practitioner, Read More...
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‘Happy Nurse' Game Launches for Nurses Week
May 9, 2011 1:42 PM by Chuck Holt
It's official. Nursing, the Internet and wireless technology are now inextricably intertwined - even when it comes to de-stressing, as evidenced by the new mobile app from the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing's Future called the "Happy Nurse" Read More...
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Does Your Résumé Say 'Non-Smoker'?
April 27, 2011 7:39 AM by Valerie Newitt
"Smokers Need Not Apply." That sign was theoretically hoisted by the human resources department at St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley one year ago. The network consists of five hospitals and some 7,000 employees serving Read More...
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Does Family Presence in the ICU Help or Hinder?
April 20, 2011 12:51 PM by Guest Blogger
By Kathleen Rose Umali Senior Nursing Student Dominican University of California San Rafael, CA I am writing in response to an article, "Does Family Presence in the ICU Help or Hinder?" by Beth Puliti, posted on Oct. 11, 2010 for Advance for Nurses . Read More...
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