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February 2018
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Nurse staffing levels tied to patient satisfaction

Editor's Note Patients’ satisfaction with hospital care is strongly associated with missed nursing care, which is related to poor nurse staffing and poor work environments, finds this study led by Linda H. Aiken, PhD, RN, director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 17, 2018
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Education brochure helps surgical patients improve opioid disposal

Editor's Note Dissemination of low-cost patient education brochures improved disposal of unused opioids after surgery, this study finds. The study involved 334 patients−164 who did not receive the brochure and 170 who did receive it. Patients who received the brochure informing them of appropriate methods for disposal were twice as…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 12, 2018
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Night shift work increases risk of cancers in women

Editor's Note This meta-analysis of 61 articles (involving 3,909,152 patients) finds a positive relationship between long-term night shift work and several common cancers in women, including breast, digestive system, and skin cancers. A subgroup analysis found that for every 5 years of night shift work, the risk of breast cancer…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 9, 2018
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Effect of standardized handoff on improved clinician preparedness in the ICU

Editor's Note The UW [University of Washington]-IPASS standardized handoff curriculum improves provider preparedness and workflow in the ICU, this study finds. The intent of UW-IPASS is to standardized and improve clinician handoffs through the use of a mnemonic and electronic medical record tool that ensures communication of essential information. UW-IPASS…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 8, 2018
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Effectiveness of structured nursing leadership development program for succession planning

Editor's Note A structured nursing leadership development program that included a Web-based modular approach combined with engaged nursing executive mentorship significantly increased the competence of developing nurse leaders, in this study. The program involved nurses in a large academic health system in the southeastern US in the following roles: Clinical…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 4, 2018
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OR Manager Presents: Staffing and Personnel Retention Free Report

According to a recent OR Manager survey, staffing is one of the thorniest issues for managers and directors of the operating room. Employee satisfaction, recruitment, retention, and morale are essential to any successful healthcare facility, but effectively managing a staff can be extremely stressful when dealing with countless other daily…

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Joint Commission changes requirements for independent pathologists

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on January 3 announced that it is no longer requiring hospitals, critical access hospitals, or ambulatory care organizations to credential and privilege pathologists who provide diagnostic services through independent reference (contract) laboratories. The Joint Commission says accredited organizations can safely presume that pathologists who work…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 4, 2018
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New York first state to pass ‘BSN in 10’ law

Editor's Note New York is the first state to require new nurses to obtain a bachelor’s degree or higher in nursing within 10 years of initial licensure, the January 2 HealthLeaders Media reports. The legislation takes effect immediately; however, the degree requirement does not start for 30 months. The new…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 3, 2018
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Work-related musculoskeletal disorders in surgeons, interventionalists

Editor's Note The prevalence of work-related musculoskeletal disorders in surgeons and interventionalists is high, this meta-analysis finds. Of 5,828 physicians, there was: degenerative cervical spine disease in 17% rotator cuff pathology in 18% degenerative lumbar spine disease in 19% carpal tunnel syndrome in 9%. From 1997 to 2015, the prevalence…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 2, 2018
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Joint Commission cites ‘continuous improvement’ as 2018 survey goal

When Medicare and Medicaid legislation was passed and signed into law in 1965, the US Congress formed the precursor federal agency to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to write the rules and regulations spelling out the “Conditions of Participation” (CoPs) required to obtain federal funding under these…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
December 14, 2017
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Bullying: From conflict to confrontation to civility in the OR—Part 1

Nurse bullying is a hot issue, even in the lay press—consider the 2015 Marie Claire article, “Mean Girls of the ER: The Alarming Nurse Culture of Bullying and Hazing.” Numbers vary, but the American Nurses Association reports that between 18% and 31% of nurses have experienced bullying at work. The…

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By: Cynthia Saver
December 14, 2017
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