The use of contract agency staff to fill nurse aide and licensed nurse vacancies is escalating. This increase is seen across many states, not to mention across the nation as a whole. Yes, we have a well-documented nursing shortage. Who, if anyone, is concerned? Let's all take a number and get in line!
Sometimes we get so bogged down in what we are doing that we forget why we were doing it in the first place. Unfortunately, my favorite TV show doesn't seem to realize this. Don't do the same.
The American Association of Directors of Nursing Services will hold its first national conference Wednesday through next Friday in Baltimore.
My first experience dealing with impaired practice in the healthcare setting came when I was a young nurse. I just passed my boards and was still a novice nurse in my practice. The situation was layered in complexity and safety issues.
Maybe I'm getting old, or the world is more complex, but lately I find my thoughts drifting to simpler times and moments that shaped me into the person I am today. Take, for example, by experience with Helen when I was 18 and she was 90.
There's a thing or two new nurses can learn from us "veterans." Those of us who make it to veteran status tend to share some common habits. Let me break them down for you.
American International College announced the receipt of a one-time $347,000 Nursing Workforce Diversity Grant from the Health Services and Resources Administration in support of its Nursing Education Achievement Program.
Yes, July 4th is right around the corner. Time to think of backyard barbecues, fireworks, blockbuster movies and ... §483.25 — Quality of Care.
Organizers for the 2016 NADONA LTC national conference are putting the final touches on the program and accepting registrations at an increasing pace. The event spans six days (June 24-29) and takes place in Austin, TX.
I saw a question on LinkedIn asking you to think back to your first job and what you wish you knew back then that you know now. It really got me thinking. After pondering on it for a while, my answer is ... "nothing."
It's generally understood that this sector faces a severe nursing shortage that's likely to worsen. Money alone is not going to make this problem disappear. That's because the real challenge goes beyond take-home pay.
Ask a nurse how she consoles patients with difficult diagnoses, stabilizes a critical patient or quickly saves a life. Nurses do these things masterfully, and often. But ask a nurse how she takes care of herself and you might be shocked by what you hear ... or don't hear.
Can you give some highlights on patient-centered care?
There is several benefits to considering an Acuity Based Primary Permanent Nursing Assignment in your efforts to attract acute and managed care providers.
How is the decision made whether a resident should be resuscitated?
Years of education, long hours, physical and emotional demands: These characterize what an individual can look forward to when nursing is their chosen profession. So what makes it his or her choice and why do so many stick with it year in year out, with a smile, an understanding tone of voice and empathy galore?
Vivian Pasternak is the new Director of Clinical Services for The Ambassador, the new assisted living and memory care community opening in Scarsdale, NY. She will oversee the community's policies and procedures and establish nursing care standards.
Sigma Theta Tau International Foundation for Nursing announced it is accepting proposals for the $20,000 Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI)/American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Evidence-Based Practice Implementation Grant Program, which is the largest single grant available through the foundation.
Dana Alexander, RN, MSN, MBA, FAAN, FHIMSS, is the new vice president of Clinical Transformation at Divurgent. She will lead the company's clinical transformation consulting practice.
While providers have made some progress with reducing rehospitalizations, the era of managed care organizations and better hospital partnerships means new strategies are needed. Attendees at the McKnight's Online Expo this month will learn nursing practices to reduce rehospitalizations and attract partners during the Quality session.
Georgette Ngembus was named the new Director of Nursing at Greenspring, an Erickson Living retirement community in Springfield, VA, in December.
As a Charlton Heston movie once illustrated in an indirect way, it's important to know about the lives of who is living in our home. It's about relationships, not about heads in the beds.
A while back I was asked to speak to a group of graduating nurses — new to practice and excited to start their careers. As I spoke, I gave insights from Florence Nightingale and the changing face of healthcare. I was feeling confident that I had inspired them to spread their wings, expand their practice; the world was their oyster, as the saying goes.
Good news for career nurses with bachelor's degrees: You're killing it compared to teachers, journalists and high school graduates.
A Texas certified nursing assistant can continue to pursue charges that his former nursing home employer has made false, defamatory statements about him in the job referral process, a federal court recently ruled.
A recent article in Health Affairs centered on nurses delaying retirement and claimed this is boosting the workforce. Should we believe this?
Managed care will completely replace today's healthcare payment system by 2025, former White House adviser saysJuly 02, 2014
Healthcare providers should expect that they will be paid exclusively through managed care systems by 2025, a former White House adviser said Tuesday.
When I was a student nurse, I had a professor who said, "You will never know what gem is before you, unless you are willing to open your eyes and your heart." Being young and excited about being a nurse, I smiled but really didn't think much of what she said, at least until I met Dorothy.
As the youngest of four children in a small rural town in Minnesota, Neal Larson grew up in a tight-knit circle where hard work and putting family first were cherished values.
Limiting shift length prevents nurse overwork better than banning mandatory overtime, researchers findMay 08, 2014
Restricting mandatory overtime is not the most effective way to keep nurses from being overworked, according to new research. Laws that limit the number of consecutive hours worked were found to be better in keeping patients and nurses safe.