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Monthly Archives: May 2015


Informatics Nurses Impact Technology, Patient Care

According to a recent survey conducted by HIMSS, informatics nurses are greatly impacting health IT in a positive way. In a field where nurse efficiency and satisfaction significantly influence patient care, it is crucial to recognize healthcare workers for their…

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Top 10 Tricks Diverters Use to Steal Medications: Part 2

By Kimberly New, JD, BSN, RN, Diversion Consultant and Educator This is the seventh in a series of posts about drug diversion. This continues the previous discussion of the top 10 most common methods diverters use to steal medications. The…

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Nurses Take Next Steps to Transform Healthcare

It’s no secret that nurses provide an invaluable service by taking care of patients during hospital stays.  What people don’t realize is that nurses can offer even greater value by sharing their knowledge and experience to address many aspects of healthcare…

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News Corner: Is “The Internet of Me” Upon Us?

As the field of health information technology (health IT) continues to grow, attendees at the Information Week Conference noticed an increased push towards personalized medicine. According to speaker Adriana Karaboutis, Vice President of Technology at Biogen, health IT has evolved…

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Top 10 Tricks Diverters Use to Steal Medications: Part 1

By Kimberly New, JD, BSN, RN, Diversion Consultant and Educator This is the sixth in a series of posts about drug diversion. When auditing for drug diversion, it’s helpful to be aware of some typical methods employed by diverters. In…

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Alternative Career Paths for Pharmacists: Part 2

In our last post on alternative pharmacy career paths, we discussed a handful of diverse opportunities those trained as pharmacists could pursue, based on the article by Thora Jones in Pharmacy Times titled “Diversity in Pharmacy: Atypical Jobs for Pharmacists.”…

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News Corner: Results of HIMSS Survey Highlight Nurses’ Mixed Feelings on EHRs

According to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), 97 percent of acute care hospitals are using electronic health record (EHR) technology that meets federal requirements. In light of National Nurses Week, HIMSS Analytics conducted a…

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How to Spot Drug Diversion in Your Hospital

By Kimberly New, JD, BSN, RN, Diversion Consultant and Educator This is the fifth in a series of posts about drug diversion. Though drug diversion cannot be avoided entirely, paying attention to certain patterns and warning signs can aid in…

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News Corner: New Senate Health Group Focuses on Improving Information Exchange Through EHRs

In response to the numerous complaints from physicians and patients around difficult or impractical information exchange using electronic health records, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee this week announced the creation of a bipartisan group to identify ways…

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Options for Managing Insulin With Automated Dispensing Cabinets

Meeting the Challenges of Multi-Dose Vials Managing insulin for hospital patients poses numerous challenges for both nursing and pharmacy, including shortened expiration date when removed from refrigeration; numerous formulary variations that look-alike, sound-alike; and availability for precise scheduled dose times…

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