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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.

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.

Oregon tops list of best states for nurses

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With a supportive work environment and plenty of opportunity, Oregon took first in a 2014 ranking of the best and worst states for nursing.

Expanded role empowering yet stifling for many nurses

Expanded role empowering yet stifling for many nurses

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Efforts at reducing rehospitalization of nursing home residents can empower nurses, but such initiatives can also put them in challenging positions, according to study results published in the May issue of Research in Gerontological Nursing.

Veteran nurses struggle to make grade

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Registered nurses with a lot of experience might have a harder time in graduate school than less seasoned nurses, according to a first-of-its-kind pilot study from California State University-San Marcos.

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.

Lighter work is little help for retention

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Engaging late-career nurses in special projects while reducing their load of physically or psychologically demanding tasks can improve their perception of managers, but it doesn't improve retention. This was one takeaway from a large-scale initiative in Ontario, according to findings recently published in the Journal of Nursing Management.

Survey says 'faking' feelings may bring on nurse burnout

Survey says 'faking' feelings may bring on nurse burnout

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Nurses who don't have a natural ability to control their emotions and who feel like they're regularly "faking" feelings at work are more likely to experience burnout, depression and be absent, according to recently published research in the International Journal of Nursing Studies.

AMDA to allow NPs, physician assistants as full members

AMDA to allow NPs, physician assistants as full members

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The American Medical Director's Association has a new name and will now allow nurse practitioners and physician's assistants full membership.

Physical demands on CNAs differ by shift

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Certified nursing assistants who work in long-term care are put in severe postures for their shoulders and elbows at night, and for their neck during the day, according to a new study.

Zinc, hand washing lead to cold prevention

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As long-term caregivers wind down winter and its accompanying illnesses, a new review indicates that hand washing and zinc might help prevent the common cold.

New RNs trending more to nursing homes, expert says

New RNs trending more to nursing homes, expert says

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Newly licensed registered nurses are less likely to work in hospitals and more likely to be hired in a nursing home, says a new analysis in the American Journal of Nursing.

CDC outlines 2014 global health threats

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Antibiotic resistance and prescription drug abuse are among the top global threats expected in 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Program cut MRSA by a third in VA facilities, analysis finds

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A nationwide initiative to reduce methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in veterans' nursing homes dramatically slashed the infection rate, and could provide a framework for other nursing homes to achieve similar results.

Managers promoting fun can be harmful

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While manager-approved "fun at work" activities lower turnover, particularly for younger employees, sales performance may suffer, according to a new report.

Researchers: Be careful with assignment of irregular shifts

Researchers: Be careful with assignment of irregular shifts

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The children of single mothers working a nonstandard shift are more likely to engage in delinquent behaviors, according to a new analysis.

To fight dementia, learn a new language

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People who speak more than one language tend to develop dementia up to five years later than those who are monolingual, new research reveals.

Easing immigration rules can trim worker shortage: RAND

Easing immigration rules can trim worker shortage: RAND

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Foreign-born registered nurses comprise up to 15% of the total RNs in the United States, a new study finds.

Ask the nursing expert ... about stopping staff turnover

Ask the nursing expert ... about stopping staff turnover

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As one of the leaders in my nursing facility, how do I stop turnover and motivate my staff to improve our performance?

'Prosocial' bonuses at work boost mood

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Giving employees money to spend on charities or their coworkers is a way to increase job satisfaction and performance, according to Duke University research.

Nurse practitioners struggle to be taken seriously: study

Nurse practitioners struggle to be taken seriously: study

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Nurse practitioners are among professionals who are often misunderstood, according to a new management study.

Ask the nursing expert ... about readmissions penalties

Ask the nursing expert ... about readmissions penalties

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What do we need to know about federal authorities coming out with more penalties for hospitals?

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.

Workaholics suffer mentally and physically, analysis says

Workaholics suffer mentally and physically, analysis says

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Working long hours may result in decreased mental health and skipping meals, according to new research. While there has long been an assumed link between workaholism and well-being, there has been a lack of supporting research.

Greater use of NPs boosts primary care

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States with the fewest restrictions on nurse practitioners have two-and-a-half times more patients receiving primary care, per a new analysis.

Employers giving too much credit when hiring: research

Employers giving too much credit when hiring: research

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Employers often use correspondence bias when hiring, with potentially negative results, a study has found.

Night shift work is tied to breast cancer

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A new study identifies a link between night shift work and risk of breast cancer, according to Canadian researchers. In an investigation of 1,100 women with breast cancer and more than 1,100 without it, Queen's Cancer Research Institute researchers found that those who had worked for more than 30 years on a night shift had a higher rate of breast cancer.

Verbal abuse frequently used against newly licensed RNs

Verbal abuse frequently used against newly licensed RNs

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Almost half of newly licensed registered nurses were likely to have been verbally abused at work by their colleagues within the past three months, according to a new study.

Sick leave reduces flu infections: report

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Giving employees paid sick days would reduce flu infections in the workplace, according to a new analysis. Researchers simulated an influenza epidemic in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County and discovered that paid sick days would reduce flu cases by close to 6%, according to the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.

Practice sessions can pay off during surveys, expert claims

Practice sessions can pay off during surveys, expert claims

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Directors of nursing need to lead their employees through survey practice sessions in order to achieve peak success, a long-term care expert said at the annual National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration in Long-Term Care conference.

Anticholinergics impair seniors: report

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Cognitive impairment can result when older adults are taking or given medications with strong anticholinergic effects, a new study has found.

Gen X members seek more degrees, other credentials

Gen X members seek more degrees, other credentials

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There's good news for long-term care facilities trying to hire staff with more education: More than 1 in 10 members of Generation X are taking classes to continue their formal education, according to a new study.

Guidance on conversations could help nurses, residents

Guidance on conversations could help nurses, residents

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Nursing leaders should curb 'lateral hostility' by addressing incidents as soon as they occur, advises a recent article in American Journal of Nursing. In a series coordinated by the American Organization of Nurse Executives, nurses are given guidance on leadership. In "Crucial Conversations in the Workplace," Katherine Major, MSN, RN, writes about a framework for conflict resolution.

Meditating leads to compassion: study

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Meditation can make people more compassionate, according to a new study. Researchers from Harvard University and Northeastern University looked at whether meditating could lead to more compassionate behavior. Meditation participants did eight-week trainings, and then were given a test.

Conflict perceptions change based on gender, study says

Conflict perceptions change based on gender, study says

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Women involved in workplace disputes are believed to be less likely to repair their relationship, a new study finds.

NPs face pay challenges in some states

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While the number of nurse practitioners is expected to nearly double by 2025, many in the field say payer policies hurt their efficiency, even more than state scope-of-practice laws.

Ask the nursing expert ... about filling leadership positions

Ask the nursing expert ... about filling leadership positions

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I have three leadership positions open in my facility and I just can't seem to find what I am looking for. Any suggestions?

New nurses need help with QI, study says

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Newly registered nurses should be encouraged to participate in online modules to learn about quality improvement protocols, and healthcare providers should make sure staffing levels are high enough for RNs to participate in QI activities, researchers said recently.

Supervisor abuse has ripple effects in workplace: study

Supervisor abuse has ripple effects in workplace: study

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A bullying supervisor isn't hurting just a specific employee. He or she also is creating a negative workplace culture, researchers say.

Low wages means higher BP, study says

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Low-wage workers have a greater risk for hypertension than workers with higher wages, University of California-Davis investigators have discovered.

New Johns Hopkins process tackles dementia symptoms

New Johns Hopkins process tackles dementia symptoms

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A new six-step approach from Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing professors outlines management of behavioral symptoms in dementia.

Ask the nursing expert... How to get staff to work during bad weather, and how to deal with tardy worker

Ask the nursing expert... How to get staff to work during bad weather, and how to deal with tardy worker

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We have just had a run of very bad weather and, as usual, I had several nursing staff call off work. Department heads are never encouraged to come in and help us out. Do you have any suggestions on how to help staff to understand that we are a 24-hour facility, even in bad weather?

Nurse practitioner associations merge

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The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the American College of Nurse Practitioners were set to merge at the beginning of January. The newly created American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) will have a membership of 40,000.

New flu tool is able to predict outbreaks, researchers show

New flu tool is able to predict outbreaks, researchers show

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With the flu season kicking off early and strong in December, a new system purported to tie together weather forecasting with outbreak predictions was unveiled.

Federal grant puts APRNs into facilities

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A $15 million grant from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will allow more advance practice registered nurses to be in skilled nursing facilities in Missouri.

Longer nursing shifts cause dropouts, unhappy patients

Longer nursing shifts cause dropouts, unhappy patients

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Nurses who work long shifts are more likely to leave the profession, and also have dissatisfied patients, a new study has discovered.

Study finds medical error reduction trigger

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Nurse managers who give verbal expectations about safety protocols or who offer constructive responses to admitted errors have lower overall error rates in their facilities, a Belgian study has found.

Fewer LTC workers are getting their flu vaccines, report finds

Fewer LTC workers are getting their flu vaccines, report finds

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While influenza vaccination rates among healthcare workers have increased overall, fewer long-term care facility employees are being vaccinated, a government survey has found.

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