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Nurse trustee advocates for more nursing representation on hospital boards

Editor’s Note In the December 12 episode of the American Hospital Association (AHA) Advancing Health podcast, Ellen Brzytwa, RN, trustee at the Cleveland Clinic, discussed why more nurses should serve on hospital governing boards. With a background in psychiatry and behavioral and public health, Brzytwa became the first nurse trustee…

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By: Brita Belli
December 13, 2023
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Critical shortage of rehab beds highlights a strained system, impact on patient safety

Editor's Note A critical lack of beds in rehabilitation facilities and postdischarge care is impacting patient recovery postoperatively, Forbes December 12 reports. According to the article, procedures involving brain and spinal cord injuries are the most impacted. Authors Robert Glatter, MD, an emergency physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New…

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By: Brita Belli
December 12, 2023
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Healthcare employment up in November

Editor's Note Healthcare employment in the US rose by 76,800 from November to December, according to the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, released on December 8. That is compared to the average monthly gain of 240,000 over the prior 12 months, for a total of 17,213,900 seasonally…

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By: Brita Belli
December 8, 2023
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Study examines infection precautions during pandemic based on healthcare roles

Editor's Note A first-of-its-kind study examined a range of different professional healthcare roles during the pandemic and how they complied with precaution guidelines around infection prevention. The study, published in the American Journal of Infection Control on December 6, found statistically significant differences between job roles.  The researchers conducted a…

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By: Brita Belli
December 7, 2023
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Looking more closely at nurse burnout, impact on quality care

Editor's Note A recent story on PBS NewsHour has recently looked at nurses’ vulnerability to burnout, and how it is impacting quality care. The story is part of the PBS series titled, “Critical Care: The Future of Nursing,” released on November 28. According to the story: A federal study last…

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By: Brita Belli
December 5, 2023
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Online training program significantly reduces postop complications following colon surgery

Editor's Note An online training program from the University of Birmingham’s Global Surgery Unit, called the EAGLE study, has been shown to reduce major postoperative complications following certain types of colon surgical procedures. The findings were published in the British Journal of Surgery on November 29. Researchers found that surgical…

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By: Brita Belli
December 4, 2023
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Study: Professional judgment from nurses underutilized in workforce planning

Editor's Note A comparative study found that nurses’ professional judgment is not being utilized during workplace planning. The findings were published in the November 2023 issue of the International Journal of Nursing Studies.  Conducted in England and Wales, the study found that nurses were consulted for operational purposes during staff…

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By: Brita Belli
November 28, 2023
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Navigating the ‘tripledemic’: Flu, RSV, and COVID-19 in the OR

The healthcare sector has begun grappling with a repeat challenge this fall and winter: the simultaneous surge of three significant respiratory diseases—flu, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and COVID-19 among both children and adults. When these diseases collide, they constitute what experts have termed a “tripledemic,” which poses a significant strain…

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By: Tra Vu, PhD
November 17, 2023
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Nurses short-changed in healthcare philanthropy

Editor's Note According to a first-of-its-kind study from the American Nurses Foundation, nurses receive just one penny of every dollar donated to healthcare, despite being the largest group of healthcare professionals in the US, a November 15 press release from the foundation reports. Some findings include: Private donations to healthcare…

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By: Brita Belli
November 16, 2023
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Survey: Compensation rising for in-demand APPs

Editor's Note According to the 2023 survey from consulting firm SullivanCotter, published in August 2023, compensation for Advanced Practice Providers (APPs) has grown at a faster rate than pay for physicians and nurses, BusinessWire November 15 reports.  The final report included data on more than 124,000 individual APPs and over…

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By: Brita Belli
November 15, 2023
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