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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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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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Using Fish Skin to Heal Human Wounds
November 7, 2013 4:23 PM by Chuck Holt
I live in South Florida very near to the Gulf of Mexico, but I’m not exactly an avid fisherman -- although most everyone I know has a good fish story to tell. And while what I’m about to say may sound like another one of those, it is not: There’s a new 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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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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March is National Women's History Month
March 10, 2011 12:21 PM by Chuck Holt
Did you know March is National Women’s History Month ? Designated by joint resolutions of the House and Senate and proclamations by five American presidents, it is an opportunity to honor and celebrate women's achievements throughout history. Nursing Read More...
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Pay to Play
February 18, 2011 7:40 PM by Candy Goulette
Quality is the name of the game in healthcare, and nurses are consistently seen as playing a major role in improving hospital quality. As the demand and requirement from payers (both governmental and private) for high quality healthcare delivery grows, Read More...
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Sight, Sound & Smell
June 16, 2010 11:09 AM by Gail Guterl
My husband says we can't remember everything about a book or a movie or a vacation, so our minds fixate on the most vivid impression and that's what we remember. I just finished reading Nursing in the Storm: Voices from Hurricane Katrina by Denise Danna, Read More...
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Surviving the Tragedy
April 15, 2010 10:24 AM by Gail Guterl
I'm anxious to see what nurses think of the May/June ADVANCE Online Book Club selection Josie's Story: A Mother's Inspiring Crusade to Make Medical Care Safe by Sorrel King. While the book is about the strength of human resolve - detailing how one family Read More...
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What Can Be Done to Protect Nurses from Workplace Violence?
March 10, 2010 12:19 PM by Stacey Miller
Last week, a patient pulled out a gun on a hospital unit and shot a nurse at least three times. It happened March 2 at Danbury Hospital, Danbury, CT. The nurse shot was Andrew Hull, BSN, RN, (click on page 4 to read a short bio). He was wounded, after Read More...
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Got Something to Say? Go Public
August 5, 2009 11:35 AM by Valerie Newitt
I saw an item from the Mason County News, Mason County, Texas. It offered snakebite tips to readers who probably have seen more than their fair share of rattlers, water moccasins and copperheads. But what caught my eye was the fact that the tip sheet Read More...
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Primetime Portrayals
June 24, 2009 5:45 PM by Luke Cowles
Most of us probably know by now that no less than three primetime shows are featuring nurses in primary roles. After decades of St. Elsewhere, Quincy, House Calls and most recently ER and Grey's Anatomy ; it's about time a healthcare drama was put forward Read More...
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World Holds Collective Breath in Face of Potential Swine Flu Pandemic
April 27, 2009 11:09 AM by Chuck Holt
Posted April 30, 2009 The American College of Emergency Physicians ( ACEP ) and the Emergency Nurses Association ( ENA ) issued a joint statement April 30 about the then 109 confirmed cases of swine flu in the U.S., and offered recommendations to the Read More...
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MRSA, Stethoscopes & Elmo
March 25, 2009 3:13 PM by Adrianne OBrien
Clipped to the stethoscope of one of the physicians at the pediatric practice my family visits is a small Elmo. A small, grimy Elmo. The physician has mentioned on more than one occasion that he's had his furry friend since 1991. Looking at the worn Sesame Read More...
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