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Nurse and therapist are two of the best jobs in the US — or are they?

Nurse and therapist are two of the best jobs in the US — or are they?

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Registered nurse, physical therapist and nurse practitioner are three of the top 10 jobs in the United States, according to new rankings from U.S. News and World Report. This might come as a big surprise to anyone who's been following the recent news in McKnight's.

Doing nurse shift handovers at bedside improves outcomes and satisfaction, study finds

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Nurses can cut down on errors and improve patients' satisfaction by conducting shift change meetings at bedsides rather than at a nursing station, according to recently published research.

Pathway Health launches 'Grow Your Own' MDS program

It is estimated that by 2020, there will be a 26% increase in demand for MDS coordinators. Consulting company Pathway Health Services has started a program to help meet the demand for MDS professionals.

Burnout equals HAIs and higher costs

Burnout equals HAIs and higher costs

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A team of researchers at the University of Pennsylvania used a survey tool called the Maslach Burnout Inventory to analyse nurse burn out, or what they defined as a "burnout nurse". Now, if you ask, me, just look around any hospital or especially any nursing home and you don't need a survey tool to tell you that you're working your average nursing staff to death.

How Wingate Healthcare resolved every eldercare provider's worst nightmare

How Wingate Healthcare resolved every eldercare provider's worst nightmare

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Staff call outs are a nursing staff's worst nightmare and are a prime reason that employee turnover for staff schedulers remains at a high level. Staff call outs often happen at the last minute and always at the worst time. Researchers found that absenteeism rates among nurses can reach 12%.

Breaking down the binaries

Breaking down the binaries

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We have a tendency to think of someone as either healthy - and therefore without an urgent need for our healthcare or senior care system - or sick - and therefore high-cost and in a state of inevitable decline. But we need to rethink how we view health and sickness.

A nudge toward budgeting

A nudge toward budgeting

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There is many a manager who has been told "work on the budget" and left to sink or swim. If that's different in your facility — that is, if each nurse manager is giving a course in the budgeting — I congratulate you. Otherwise, I have a helpful recommendation.

A nudge toward budgeting

A nudge toward budgeting

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There is many a manager who has been told "work on the budget" and left to sink or swim. If that's different in your facility — that is, if each nurse manager is giving a course in the budgeting — I congratulate you. Otherwise, I have a helpful recommendation.

A nudge toward budgeting

A nudge toward budgeting

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There is many a manager who has been told "work on the budget" and left to sink or swim. If that's different in your facility — that is, if each nurse manager is giving a course in the budgeting — I congratulate you. Otherwise, I have a helpful recommendation.

Nursing home payment cuts on the table, Obama administration says

Nursing home payment cuts on the table, Obama administration says

Obama administration officials say that trimming payments to nursing homes and other providers would substantially reduce future Medicare and Medicaid outlays. But officials are insisting that Republicans accept tax hikes as a condition for such spending cuts.

It's not a bad habit: What's your coffee IQ?

It's not a bad habit: What's your coffee IQ?

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So it's 4 a.m. and I'm still up finishing a project and jonesing for a cup of my favorite brand of coffee, NuJava. Yes, I am a coffee snob, because I like my coffee like I like my men ... straight! (And hot and strong and full bodied ... and where was I going with this? Sorry, I digressed!)

California toughens enforcement of nurse staffing ratio

A new law in California strictly enforces the nursing home staffing mandate of 3.2 nursing hours per patient day.

McKnight's Newsmaker Videos: Golden Living hiring more nurses to handle high-acuity residents, Kurtz says

McKnight's Newsmaker Videos: Golden Living hiring more nurses to handle high-acuity residents, Kurtz says

Golden Living is expanding its nurse force to handle the growth of higher-acuity residents, says Dr. Neil Kurtz, president and CEO of the nursing home chain. Kurtz talked to McKnight's at the American Health Care Association's annual conference in Long Beach, CA.

New DEA nurse prescribing policy still needs work, providers say

Recent Drug Enforcement Agency guidance that allows nurses to to fill certain pain medication prescriptions is a good start, but it doesn't go far enough, provider groups say.

In big move, DEA allows nurses to relay pain medication prescriptions to pharmacies

In big move, DEA allows nurses to relay pain medication prescriptions to pharmacies

The Drug Enforcement Agency has eased off of restrictions that have prevented nurses in long-term care from communicating prescription orders for controlled pain medications to pharmacies.

IOM report: Nurses should have more independence, greater role in implementation of healthcare reform

The Institute of Medicine on Tuesday released a report calling for a larger role for nurses in the delivery of healthcare and in the implementation of healthcare reform.

New respect for nurses

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A new report underscores what many nurses already know: They play an increasingly important role in the practice of medicine.

Survey: Registered nurse workforce climbs between 2004 and 2008

A new survey from the Health Resources and Services Administration found that the number of licensed registered nurses in the U.S. increased by more than 5% between 2004 and 2008.

Fewer nurse faculty available to teach new nurses, association report finds

Fewer nurse faculty available to teach new nurses, association report finds

The vacancy rate for nurse faculty members at U.S. nursing schools has risen over last year. That has further limited the growth of schools of nursing and contributed to the current shortage of nurses, according to a new survey from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

Cash-strapped Indiana nixes nurse background check program

Indiana cannot afford its $1 million share of a federal nurse background check initiative. It therefore will not participate in the program, the state said Monday.

Nurses group elects new president at biennial meeting

The American Nurses Association on Monday announced the election of Karen Daley as its new president. Daley will hold the post for two years.

The advantages of remote medication dispensing

The advantages of remote medication dispensing

Medication dispensing technology has evolved in the long-term care pharmacy field. Remote dispensing is a new model that speeds up access to medications and allows nurses to spend more time with residents.

Nurses march on Capitol Hill, call for staff ratio laws, more health reform

Nurses march on Capitol Hill, call for staff ratio laws, more health reform

Roughly 1,000 nurses have gathered in Washington D.C. this week to advocate for legislation that would help address the nursing shortage and provide safer patient care, according to reports from the capital.

CMS to waive ban on nurse-aide training program in some civil monetary penalty cases

CMS to waive ban on nurse-aide training program in some civil monetary penalty cases

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Friday published a rule in the Federal Register that will permit a waiver in some cases of the two-year ban on nurse-aide training. This will apply to facilities assessed a civil money penalty (CMP) of at least $5,000 for noncompliance that is not related to quality of care.

DEA loosens grip on nursing home pain medications

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency on Thursday issued an interim rule that slightly relaxes its position on pain medications in nursing homes.

RNs on the rise: Report shows number of nurses continues to climb

America's registered nurse workforce is larger and more diverse than ever before, according to the results of a recently released quadrennial study.

Database of caregivers to be available March 1, but it is incomplete, news investigation finds

Database of caregivers to be available March 1, but it is incomplete, news investigation finds

After 22 years of delays, a federal database of potentially dangerous caregivers will be made available to healthcare providers on March 1. But a news report finds that thousands of disciplinary records are missing from it.

Nearly half of nurses planning career change soon, survey finds

Nearly half of all nurses say they plan to make a career change over the next three years. That could exacerbate the nursing shortage, according to the results of a recent survey of registered nurses. An unrelated survey finds that most nurses experience violence on the job.

While respected, nurses are not seen as influential over reform, survey finds

Despite being highly respected and well-trusted sources of healthcare information, nurses are not viewed as having much influence over healthcare reform, according to a recent Gallup survey.

Nurses highlight pro-nursing healthcare reform provisions in letter to Congress

Members of the American Organization of Nurse Executives recently expressed their support for certain pro-nursing provisions in the healthcare reform bills.

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