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Session: How will we staff the economic engine of the hospital?

Editor's Note Surgical services contribute a considerable portion—roughly 60%—of a facility’s revenue; healthcare facilities cannot afford to not staff surgical departments and ORs. James Stobinski, PhD, RN, CSSM(E), CNOR, CNAMB, CEO of the Competency & Credentialing Institute (CCI), offered this year’s conference attendees a more holistic outlook when discussing the…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
May 17, 2022
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Effect of ‘serenity lounges’ on nurse stress, burnout during COVID-19

Editor's Note This study by nurse researchers from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles evaluates the effect of “serenity lounges” (ie, dedicated rooms where nurses can take breaks to relax and rejuvenate) and massage chairs on nurse anxiety, stress, and burnout, during the COVID-19 pandemic. The researchers analyzed 67 paired…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 12, 2022
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FDA limits use of J&J COVID-19 vaccine because of TTS risk

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on May 5 announced that it has limited the authorized use of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine to those 18 years of age and older for whom other COVID-19 vaccines are not accessible or clinically appropriate and to those who would…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 10, 2022
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COVID-19 experiences of CNOs

Editor's Note This study by nurse researchers at Baptist Health Lexington, Kentucky, describes both emotional and administrative challenges chief nursing officers (CNOs) in the US faced during the COVID-19 crisis. Interviews conducted with 9 CNOs revealed they: were frustrated with constant change were saddened by the volume of death felt…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 9, 2022
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Healthcare employment up in April

Editor's Note Overall healthcare employment in the US was up in April to a seasonally adjusted 16,240,800 workers, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on May 6. That’s up 34,000 since March. Hospital employment also was up by 4,500 jobs. The overall unemployment rate for March was 3.6%, for a…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 9, 2022
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Impact of classical music virtual reality on burnout

Editor's Note This study by nurse researchers at Children’s Hospital of Orange County, California, provides evidence that classical music virtual reality (VR) may reduce burnout in healthcare workers (HCWs). A total of 71 HCWs completed 3 sessions of VR and took a baseline survey before engaging in VR and a…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 5, 2022
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Nurses’ Health Study: Effect of rotating night shift work on healthy aging

Editor's Note After 24 years of follow-up in the Nurses’ Health Study, researchers from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, find that night shift work was associated with decreased odds of healthy aging. Healthy aging was defined as reaching at least 70 years of age and…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 5, 2022
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ANA report addresses three longstanding nursing issues

Editor's Note A report issued May 2 by the American Nurses Association (ANA) addresses three issues nurses have struggled with for decades—staffing shortages, mandatory overtime, and safety—but, these issues have reached a tipping point in the COVID-19 pandemic, ANA says. ANA notes that: Staff shortages due to cost-cutting, an aging…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 5, 2022
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CDC: Comparison of COVID-19 home antigen test with RT-PCR, viral culture

Editor's Note This study, led by researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), finds that symptomatic individuals with an initial negative home antigen test should test again 1 to 2 days later because test sensitivity peaks several days after COVID-19 onset. In 225 adults and children with…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 3, 2022
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ACS: May is STOP THE BLEED month, special commemoration May 19

Editor's Note In a May 2 news release, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) announced that to raise awareness on how to learn skills to stop serious bleeding, May 19 will observe the fifth annual national STOP THE BLEED day, which falls during the broader observance of national STOP THE…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 3, 2022
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