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Ansell kicks off HERO awards for nurses

Ansell is launching its 2014 Ansell H.E.R.O. [Heal, Educate, Reach, Overcome] Nurse Service Award.

Still answering many calls

Still answering many calls

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When he entered nursing school, Steve Proctor was answering a call to serve others that he first heard years earlier. As a child growing up near Lake Huron, Proctor suffered from severe allergies and asthma and was in and out of doctors' offices. A series of shots helped him overcome his condition, and he saw that healthcare workers could change lives.

Nurse hiring remains difficult, hurting staff morale and patient care, survey shows

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Healthcare providers are having a hard time hiring nurses, and the vacancies are having a negative impact on staff morale and patient care, according to a new survey from CareerBuilder.

Looking ahead: Will you become a resident?

Looking ahead: Will you become a resident?

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We should always work under the premise "what if this were me or a loved one?"

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.

New chief clinical officer at MDI Achieve

Denise Wassenaar, RN, MS, NHA, has joined MDI Achieve as the new chief clinical officer, the company announced.

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.

Southern providers charge less for care, East Coast price tags bigger, data shows

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The most expensive nursing home care is on average found on the East Coast, according to data released Wednesday.

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.

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.

Nurses focusing on quality of care indicators to share experiences

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Nursing and healthcare professionals from around the globe will convene Wednesday through Friday at the 7th Annual American Nurses Association "Nursing Quality Conference." The latest research relating to organizational performance and its effects on care will be a focal point that all providers can learn from for the coming era of bundled payments and team care. Findings gleaned from 1,900 hospitals in the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators Former will be featured. Registered nurse and country music star Naomi Judd will be a keynote speaker. Safe patient handling is the focus of one special breakout session on opening day. Up to 13.5 contact hours may be earned.

Joint Commission replaces Long Term Care Accreditation program

The Joint Commission recently unveiled a Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Accreditation program. The program — which replaces its Long Term Care Accreditation program — is designed to help providers achieve, maintain and demonstrate excellence.

Nursing home quality improves; increasing staff retention remains goal, AHCA report says

Nursing home quality improves; increasing staff retention remains goal, AHCA report says

Quality levels and customer satisfaction levels continue to improve in skilled nursing facilities, although increasing retention levels in certain positions remains a challenge, according to a new quality report from the American Health Care Association.

Making changes in communication

Making changes in communication

When you look the possible issues that result in the transition from acute care to long-term care, lack of communication is a major issue.

Wisdom from a prune

Wisdom from a prune

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I love being a nurse and I can't think of being anything else. Do you remember a time when there was a turning point, that is, there was something that actually framed or shaped WHO you would become in your career?

Provider group pushes for observation stay loophole fix

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A long-term care group is urging regulators to continue work on fixing the "observation stay loophole" that makes it harder for Medicare beneficiaries to get nursing home care.

Nursing: the happiest job in the world ... or not

Nursing: the happiest job in the world ... or not

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Even if I hadn't been raised by a nurse, and even if I didn't write about the basic functions of their jobs on a daily basis for McKnight's, I would probably still idolize them. That much was clear to me recently when I had the rare opportunity to witness, quite possibly, the best and worst parts of a nurse's job.

Preparation key in preventing fatalities at Texas nursing home hit by a tornado

Preparation key in preventing fatalities at Texas nursing home hit by a tornado

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The lack of major injuries or fatalities at a Texas nursing home during a deadly tornado Tuesday reflects the hours spent preparing for such an event, officials said.

Number of nursing students rise, many turned away

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More students than ever are trying to become nurses, but many qualified applicants are being turned away due to lack of faculty and teaching space, a nursing college group said Friday.

Nurses more committed to current position during recession, study finds

Nurses more committed to current position during recession, study finds

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While the recession led to the perception of fewer jobs for new registered nurses, it also led to increased loyalty to employers, a new study reveals.

Going back to servant leadership

Going back to servant leadership

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I have to wonder why, when some people get in a "power" position, they kind of turn into real ... dictators. We've all seen it, everyone from the nursing assistant who gets promoted to mentor "newbies," to CEOs of large associations or corporations, to some in political positions. Maybe they feel serving their own needs outweighs others.

Poll: Nursing tops the list of most trusted professions

Nurses continue to dominate in people's perceptions of the most trustworthy profession, according to a recent Gallup poll.

Here's how you can effectively schedule rehab

Here's how you can effectively schedule rehab

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When the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services implemented its latest rounds of new and stricter regulations, the groan was heard throughout nursing homes across the country. But, I have good news: It is possible to keep an efficient schedule and here's how ...

Study: Nursing home nurses top job-dissatisfaction list

Study: Nursing home nurses top job-dissatisfaction list

Even as demand is growing for nurses in all segments of healthcare, 27% of nursing home nurses and 24% of hospital nurses reported being dissatisfied with their jobs, a newly released study found. Just 13% of nurses in other healthcare environments reported such feelings of dissatisfaction.

RN jobs to rise by 25% in nursing facilities over next decade, government report finds

Registered nursing employment is expected to grow by 25% in nursing care facilities from 2008 to 2018. That is according to the 2010-2011 edition of the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook.

HHS awarding $159 million in grants for worker training

The Department of Health and Human Services is awarding $159.1 million to support healthcare workforce training.

Growth slows in nursing school admissions

Annual admissions to pre-licensure nursing programs fell in 2008 for the first time in at least six years, according to a report from the National League of Nursing.

New nursing grads face rough job market

Job prospects for recently graduated nursing students aren't nearly as plentiful as they were a few years ago, according to recent reports.

Nursing students smoke twice as much as general population, Italian survey finds

More than half of nursing students are current or former smokers, according to the results of a recent survey in Italy.

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