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  • Hourly Rounding Improves Patient Care

    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 goals while also organizing our workflow. Hourly rounding, or checking on the ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on April 15, 2014
  • Instituting Controversial Bans on Hiring Smokers

    By Anny Su, BSN, RNApproximately 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 by instituting controversial bans on hiring smokers with the goal of stigmatizing smoking ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on March 25, 2014
  • Identity Theft: Who’s Got Your Number?

    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), 5% of identity theft victims report medical fraud.  In response, FTC in ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on January 21, 2014
  • What’s In a Name? Nurses as Doctors

    ''Hi. I'm Dr. Patti McCarver, and I'm your nurse.'' That's how an Oct. 1 New York Times article describes a nurse-patient interaction in a primary care setting. McCarver is a nurse practitioner who recently earned a doctorate. The trend of nurses earning doctor of nursing practice degrees has spawned a backlash from some physicians, who claim ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on October 7, 2011
  • Facebook Post Gets Nursing Students Kicked Out of School

    Doyle Byrnes, a 22-year-old nursing student at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, KS,  is suing the school in federal court for dismissing her from its registered nursing program in response to a photo she posted on her Facebook page showing her posing with a human placenta in a lab class, according to a ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on January 5, 2011
  • NHS Looking For Volunteers

    In 1976, more than 120,000 female registered nurses signed on to the first Nurses' Health Study to volunteer information that would be used to assess risk factors for cancer and heart disease in older women. In 1980, questions were added looking at diet and other factors. The aim was to look at risk factors for major chronic diseases in women and ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on October 26, 2010
  • Homage to an Unsung Hero

    It's back to school time again. You can bet of all the back-to-school reports in newspapers, local TV or radio, you won't hear one on school nurses. And I want to know why? With nurse-to-patient/student ratios of 1-to-1,000 in some communities, why isn't the school nurse the hero we all want to thank? Fifty years ago, the job of a school nurse ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on August 27, 2010
  • Debating the Nursing Shortage

    Sometimes the right thing to do feels counterintuitive. When your car hits an icy patch and begins to spin, you automatically want to hit the brakes and steer away from the direction the car is sliding. That instinct is exactly opposite what experts recommend: Tap the brakes and steer into the slide to maintain control. The Tri-Council for ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on August 5, 2010
  • Assisted Suicide: What If It Were Me?

    I recently edited a compelling article on physician-assisted suicide (PAS) written by Lisa Siminski, BSN, RN, CHPN, staff nurse, St. Luke's Hospice House, Bethlehem, PA.   In her report on PAS, Siminski points out straight away that the American Nurses Association Code of Ethics for Nurses ''clearly specifies that nurses ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on June 23, 2010
  • Faith & Community: A Nursing Natural

    Nursing’s ranking as the most trusted profession in America the past 8 years in Gallup’s annual Honesty & Ethics poll is testament to the reverence with which the public holds the caring profession. It’s a sentiment nurses return each day when they go to work. In fact, for some that sense of commitment to caring about and for ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on January 13, 2010
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