Nursing

Agency staffing on the rise? Believe it — and plan for it

Agency staffing on the rise? Believe it — and plan for it

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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!

Don't be like 'The Walking Dead'

Don't be like 'The Walking Dead'

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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.

Inaugural AADNS conference kicks off Wednesday

The American Association of Directors of Nursing Services will hold its first national conference Wednesday through next Friday in Baltimore.

Impaired practice: The reality of a taboo topic

Impaired practice: The reality of a taboo topic

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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.

'Patient' is a virtue

'Patient' is a virtue

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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.

7 habits of highly successful nurses

7 habits of highly successful nurses

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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.

Nursing achievement program receives $347,000 grant

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.

Independence Day — for all

Independence Day — for all

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Yes, July 4th is right around the corner. Time to think of backyard barbecues, fireworks, blockbuster movies and ... §483.25 — Quality of Care.

Preparations for NADONA annual conference in full stride

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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.

What I wish I knew back then

What I wish I knew back then

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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."

For too many in nursing, the thrill is gone

For too many in nursing, the thrill is gone

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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.

Nurses, help your patients by helping yourselves

Nurses, help your patients by helping yourselves

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.

Ask the nursing expert ... about patient-focused care

Ask the nursing expert ... about patient-focused care

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Can you give some highlights on patient-centered care?

Advice on primary permanent nursing

Advice on primary permanent nursing

There is several benefits to considering an Acuity Based Primary Permanent Nursing Assignment in your efforts to attract acute and managed care providers.

Ask the Nursing Expert about ... CPR

Ask the Nursing Expert about ... CPR

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How is the decision made whether a resident should be resuscitated?

Why would anyone become a nurse?

Why would anyone become a nurse?

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?

Pasternak starts at Ambassador

Pasternak starts at Ambassador

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.

Proposals being accepted for nurse grant program

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.

Divurgent adds Alexander

Divurgent adds Alexander

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.

Lowering rehospitalization rates a focus at Online Expo

Lowering rehospitalization rates a focus at Online Expo

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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.

Greenspring promotes Ngembus

Greenspring promotes Ngembus

Georgette Ngembus was named the new Director of Nursing at Greenspring, an Erickson Living retirement community in Springfield, VA, in December.

Bed A and Bed B are people!

Bed A and Bed B are people!

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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.

Not your mother's (or father's) nursing practice

Not your mother's (or father's) nursing practice

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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.

Four-year nursing degree still a great choice

Four-year nursing degree still a great choice

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Good news for career nurses with bachelor's degrees: You're killing it compared to teachers, journalists and high school graduates.

Male CNA who wears women's clothing can pursue charges that nursing home defamed him

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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.

How old is too old to work?

How old is too old to work?

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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 says

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Healthcare providers should expect that they will be paid exclusively through managed care systems by 2025, a former White House adviser said Tuesday.

The gems before you

The gems before you

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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.

Profile: Faith in nursing and family

Profile: Faith in nursing and family

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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 find

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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.

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