Nurses

A tisket, a tasket ... No LPNs in the RN basket

A tisket, a tasket ... No LPNs in the RN basket

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Reporting direct care hours is nothing new, but the Affordable Care Act takes it to the next level with mandatory quarterly electronic submission of staffing and census data. This focus on staffing ratios should not come as a surprise — but you could be in for a shock if you don't pay attention to your details.

Leave the cape at home to become a caregiving hero

Leave the cape at home to become a caregiving hero

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OK, let's face it. We all have an inner superhero in us or we wouldn't be in the business of serving. But sometimes we need to leave that cape at home.

Briggs Healthcare partners with ErgoNurse

Briggs Healthcare will be the exclusive distributor for ErgoNurse's "no-lift" patient repositioning system, the company announced.

Case could change nursing meal breaks

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A California court case concerning waived breaks could have widespread implications for healthcare workers encouraged to give up meal time during extra-long shifts.

Nurse-directed intervention eases heart disease, diabetes

Nurse-directed intervention eases heart disease, diabetes

Having primary care nurses promote physical activity could be effective enough to reduce heart disease and Type 2 diabetes risk among seniors, according to a British study.

Also in the News for Wednesday, February 18

Oklahoma jury recommends $1.2M in damages to family of nursing home resident ... NY nursing home lawsuit settled for $750,000 ... Nurses can increase physical activity in older adults

Microchips for nurses

Microchips for nurses

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My dog has a microchip embedded between his shoulder blades, and it's really setting my mind at ease. So I think it might be time for every member of your nursing staff to get one, too.

A nurse invented that! (But most likely didn't get credit for it)

A nurse invented that! (But most likely didn't get credit for it)

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Nurses have invented some really cool stuff. But most likely they've received just pats on the heads for coming up with a "work-around" or a "creative solution." Then someone else slaps a patent on it and becomes the financial victor.

Also in the News for Sept. 23, 2014

Trial begins in $1 billion-plus nursing home case tied to Illinois candidate for governor ... Long shifts for nurses correlate to decline in quality, European study finds ... Legally married same-sex couples are family members under HIPAA, according to HHS guidance.

Philosophy good for nurses, study says

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Philosophical awareness is not only relevant to nurse education but "vital," according to researchers from the University of Victoria in Canada.

Nursing homes may benefit from delayed RN retirements

Nursing homes may benefit from delayed RN retirements

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Nursing homes may benefit from registered nurses working longer after age 50, researchers from RAND Corporation say.

If you want it, YOU have to make it happen!

If you want it, YOU have to make it happen!

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A recent article on Medline Nursing alleged that the average registered nurse (RN) wants more sleep, authority respect and work-life balance. We can get what we want. We just have to learn to "ask" in the right way. And who should we ask? Well, mostly ourselves.

Survey: Nurses under dangerous stress

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A lack of necessary authority and problems with management are contributing to nurses' high levels of stress, according to recently released survey results.

Advancing Excellence now embraces nurses in policy

Advancing Excellence now embraces nurses in policy

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Nurses' efforts to be leaders in a national effort to improve long-term care showed how they can attain greater influence over healthcare policy, according to an article recently published in Geriatric Nursing.

Survey: Nurses are 'dangerously' stressed due to lack of authority, poor management

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A lack of necessary authority and struggles with management are among multiple factors contributing to nurses' high levels of stress, according to recently released survey results.

The Safe Use of Opioids in the Treatment of Pain

The Safe Use of Opioids in the Treatment of Pain

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of primary-care physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners who treat patients with substance use disorder. It explores the safe use of opioids in the treatment of pain
. To minimize the risk of abuse and addiction, evidence-based prescribing practices must be used when treating acute and chronic pain with opioids.

Tackling nurse bullying

Tackling nurse bullying

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In a session on bullying among nurses at NADONA's annual conference this week, audience members were invited to say how they felt when a supervisor yelled at them. I heard "embarrassed," "disparaged," and "incompetent." But one other word stuck with me: "scary."

Health IT not a panacea for what's wrong in healthcare

Health IT not a panacea for what's wrong in healthcare

If you listen to the lobbyists for medical device manufacturers, health information technology is the answer to our biggest healthcare troubles. America's registered nurses have a different perspective.

Residents reciprocate when nurses initiate warm regards

Residents reciprocate when nurses initiate warm regards

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Relations between long-term care nurses and residents can be understood through the concept of "reciprocity," and cultivating certain types of reciprocity can improve care, according to recent research out of the University of South Australia.

Nursing home nurses most likely to want other work setting, survey finds

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Long-term care nurses are more likely than their colleagues in other settings to be looking to transfer into a different healthcare realm, a recent poll showed.

Stroke patients should have access to robust palliative care, American Heart Association urges in first-of-its-kind statement

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Stroke survivors have "enormous" palliative care needs, and healthcare providers should ensure they can provide these services, according to a scientific statement released Friday by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

Assigning nurses' desired shifts improves their work ability and health, large study finds

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Nurses' job performance and health are better when they can work the shifts that they want, suggests recently published findings from a large European study.

Nursing home that posted a 'no colored nurses' order reaches settlement with NY attorney general

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A New York nursing home that accommodated a racist resident by barring black workers from certain areas of the facility has entered into a legal settlement, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Tuesday.

Nurses are tired of being tired

Nurses are tired of being tired

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Nurses regret more than clinical decisions when they're too tired at work — and that happens all to often. Here's what we should do about it.

MDS staff face time crunches

MDS staff face time crunches

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Each nursing home resident assessment takes five hours on average for a Minimum Data Set or nurse coordinator to finish, according to survey results from the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination.

How's this for a change? Poll says they like you

How's this for a change? Poll says they like you

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Lost in the year-end shuffle was nursing home operators' most optimistic story of 2013: The public has an all-time high opinion of you.

Nurses who use a smartphone before bed may be more distracted at work, researchers say

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Nurses who use a smartphone at night for work-related reasons are likely to be less effective on the job the next day, according to recently published research from Michigan State University.

Caring for their own family members creates unique burdens, benefits for geriatric healthcare professionals, study finds

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Healthcare professionals who work with seniors experience complex and at times distressing effects when they also are caregivers for aging family members, according to a recently published study. The research was described as the first of its kind.

Fatigued nurses more likely to regret their clinical decisions, study finds

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Nurses who are fatigued are more likely to regret decisions they make on the job, according to a recent study.

Specialized nurses better for RA: study

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Clinical nurse specialists provided more education and psychosocial support for rheumatoid arthritis patients, who in turn improved more and had fewer unplanned hospital admissions than those seeing a physician, a new study shows.

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