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Championing the Capstone Experience
January 7, 2015 2:37 PM by Guest Blogger
By Agnes Gutowski, MSNc, BSN, and Ryann Nocereto, MSNc, BSN In recent years, hospital administrators and staff nurses have reported dissatisfaction with the level of preparedness of new graduate nurses. Despite decreased availability of clinical sites, Read More...
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Men in Nursing: A Diversity Solution
November 10, 2014 10:04 AM by Guest Blogger
By Sam Osei, RN In my opinion, I do not think the body of nursing has done enough to acknowledge the presence of males in the nursing profession in this 21st century. Low interest in nursing for men contributes to the lack of gender diversity in the profession. Read More...
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Affordable Care Act is About Wellness & Prevention
July 7, 2014 9:02 AM by Guest Blogger
By Elinor Abraham, MSN, APRN, BC, Nurse Coordinator, Federal Occupational Health Unit, Program Support Center, National Courts Building, Washington, D.C. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is designed to help health professionals like me have more time and Read More...
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ANA Lauds Registered Nurse Safe Staffing Bill Introduced In Senate
May 19, 2014 10:36 AM by Guest Blogger
The American Nurses Association (ANA) collectively applauds the introduction of federal legislation in the U.S. Senate that empowers registered nurses (RNs) to drive staffing decisions in hospitals, protect patients and improve the quality of care. The Read More...
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The Right or the Duty to Die: Making the Case for Physician-Assisted Suicide
May 5, 2014 2:36 PM by Guest Blogger
By Susanne Marie Johnson, BSN, RN In February 2013, Barbara Mancini of Philadelphia was arrested and subsequently charged with a felony of assisted suicide. The prosecution asserts Mancini provided her 93-year-old and terminally ill father, Joe Yourshaw, 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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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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Fighting Fatigue
March 26, 2013 10:20 AM by Pam Tarapchak
There's no doubt nurses work long hours doing challenging work. And based on a recent survey, this scheduling is starting to take its toll on nurses, patients and the healthcare system. A new survey titled "Nurse Staffing Strategy," commissioned by Kronos Read More...
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Benefits of Low Nurse-to-Patient Ratios
December 12, 2012 1:25 PM by Guest Blogger
(Editor's note: This guest blog was written by Suzanne LeBeau, BSN, RN, CLNC.) We all know the scenario. You're getting report on your sixth patient and the nurse who is giving report is spent, burnt out and just wants to go home to her cozy bed. As you Read More...
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Target Waste, Not Jobs
October 1, 2012 10:58 AM by Rich Krisher
A report issued in September generated headlines by forecasting hundreds of thousands of lost jobs if a 2% sequester (read: reduction) of Medicare spending set to begin in 2013 goes forward. The report, commissioned by the American Hospital Association, Read More...
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Government Mandate Threatens Jobs
September 17, 2012 1:42 PM by Rebecca Hepp
Even in this tough economy, the healthcare sector has managed to create 169,800 jobs in the first quarter of 2012 alone, which accounts for one out of every five jobs created, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But a recent report released by Read More...
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Guide to Professional Health in an Otherwise Unhealthy Environment
January 26, 2012 1:54 PM by Guest Blogger
Colleen Claffey RN-BC,MSN,CEN,CPEN, is nurse educator in the emergency department/critical care at Jackson North Medical Center in North Miami Beach, FL. Never had I imagined that hospital workers, including nurses, would be mandated to take leave without Read More...
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BSN-Go-Round: Will profession finally grab brass ring on upgrading education standards?
January 17, 2012 11:02 AM by Guest Blogger
Kay Bensing, MA, RN, is senior staff nurse consultant at ADVANCE. Recently, I talked to an editor on the ADVANCE staff who was excited about a program that aims to meet the elusive goal the American Nurses Association proposed in its famed 1965 position Read More...
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