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Bad Situations Can Lead to Good Opportunities for Nurses

In a newly released article titled, “Top 10 Concerns of Chief Nursing Officers,” a majority of CNOs who attended a recent roundtable discussion were worried about nurse retention and staffing. Because facilities have been forced to minimize staffing and put…

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BSN for Nurses – Nice or Need to Have?

A 2010 National Academy of Medicine Report, “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health,” examined the state of the nursing workforce and the experience and degrees obtained by nurses at that time. The report made several recommendations, including that…

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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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Medication Reconciliation Programs Shown to Reduce Readmissions

With growing concerns over readmission rates, many hospitals have chosen to take advantage of the value that pharmacists bring to the job by enlisting their services to set up medication reconciliation programs as part of the discharge process. These programs…

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Advances in Technology Create Expanded Roles for Pharmacists

Advanced technology in the hospital is becoming more common with the advent of tools including electronic health records, e-prescribing, and big data analytics programs. Beyond adding to the responsibilities of hospital IT professionals, these technologies are changing the roles of…

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Hospital Pharmacists Tackle C-Suite Pain Points

Thanks to a growing body of research indicating initial success, pharmacists are now increasingly being incorporated into patient care teams to offer their own unique perspectives and medication insights.  Hospital pharmacists are also becoming active in medication reconciliation and discharge…

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Vendor Neutral Archives Is All About Access

When examining which technologies will have the most impact in the healthcare industry in the near future it’s hard to ignore Vendor Neutral Archives. Hospitals are looking to VNAs to improve patient safety and reduce readmissions by improving communication and…

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The Dangers of Polypharmacy and How Pharmacists Can Help

It’s common for elderly patients to be on multiple medications, but many people don’t realize the dangers associated with this practice. As pharmacists well know, some medications can be dangerous when they interact with others, or when combined with common…

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Tackling Readmissions: The Role of Hospital Administrators in Reducing Readmissions

This is the fourth and final post in our series on reducing hospital readmissions. With high readmission rates causing concerns—and steep financial penalties—for hospitals all over the country, medical professionals are seeking ways to reduce and prevent the number of…

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Tackling Readmissions: The Role of Pharmacists in Reducing Readmissions

In part three of this series we look at the role pharmacists can play in reducing avoidable readmissions. The clinical process of care and patient experience–both of which have pharmaceutical implications–make up 45 percent and 30 percent of hospitals’ performance…

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