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Category: Nursing


Physician Shortages in Rural Communities Lead to Changing Role of Nurse Practitioners

Many rural areas around the country are underserved when it comes to the availability of physicians. In response to this, some medical schools have started offering programs that prepare students for specific careers in rural medicine. Some are even offering…

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Tips for CNOs to Combat Today’s Nursing Shortage

While there have been nursing shortages in the past, today’s staffing problem is unlike anything seen before – namely because it’s not just driven by a lack of educated nurses. Instead, this shortage stems from the plethora of opportunities nurses have…

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Technology Tools and Mindfulness Strategies Help Nurses Manage Stress

Trying to keep up with patient demands while navigating the complexities of technology, nurses are under serious pressure to perform at a high level throughout the day. As a result, burnout is at an all-time high, and nurses report spending…

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News Corner: Hospital Efforts Save 125,000 Lives, $28 Billion in Costs

Hospitals have increasingly focused their efforts on improving patient care while remaining cost conscious, and those efforts are paying off. A report from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) states that from 2010 to 2015, hospitals were able…

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News Corner: ASHP Releases Industry Guidelines to Hamper Instances of Drug Diversion

The American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP) has answered the call for guidelines to support the creation of controlled substance diversion prevention programs. In October, the organization announced the first set of national guidelines to help healthcare organizations devise…

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News Corner: ICU at Home: A New Care Model to Reduce Costs

Stakeholders in all areas of the hospital seek to reduce costs and readmissions while maintaining excellent patient care. The latest initiative gaining popularity involves providing intensive care at home, which has the potential to ease bed-capacity problems, cut costs, and…

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Disruptive Medication Processes Lead to Increases in Errors

Interruptions and distractions are a constant in nursing, especially when it comes to the medication ordering and administration process. To ensure optimal patient safety, the medication pass process should remain uninterrupted, however many disruptions are largely unavoidable. The very nature…

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Calling For A “Sixth” Patient Right

The five patient “rights” of nursing include the following: right patient, right medication, right dose, right time, and right route. To further improve patient safety and outcomes, healthcare professionals and researchers at Brigham and Women’s Health are proposing a “sixth”…

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Implementing Technology to Create a Safer and Quieter ICU

Unlike other areas of the hospital, the ICU hasn’t undergone any major upgrades in the last 50 years, despite the fact that 6 million patients pass through these departments annually, according to an article in STAT News. Alarms that were…

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Drug Diversion: A Nurse’s Practices Raise Concerns with Peers

By JoAnne L. Myhre, CPhT, BA, Drug Diversion Program Manager, Allina Health This first-hand account of a real diversion incident describes how it was uncovered and addressed by the healthcare institution. Allina Health, located in Minnesota, is one of the…

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