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Effect of wind speed on COVID-19 spread

Editor's Note This study by researchers at Stony Brook University in New York finds that low wind speeds and warm stale air are associated with a higher incidence of contracting COVID-19 virus when people socialize outside. Overall, the analysis showed that days with temperatures ranging from 61º to 82º F…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 2, 2021
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CDC confirms first US case of Omicron COVID-19 variant

Editor's Note The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on December 1, issued a statement that the California and San Francisco Departments of Public Health have confirmed that a recent case of COVID-19 in an individual in California was caused by the Omicron variant (B.1.1.529). The individual, who has mild…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 2, 2021
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New survey finds a significant impact of COVID-19 on the future of nursing

Editor's Note A new nationwide survey of nurses by Florida Atlantic University’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, Boca Raton, conducted in partnership with Cross Country Healthcare, Inc, finds that the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced long-lasting negative perceptions of their future careers. Of 570 respondents: 37% said they were burned…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 2, 2021
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Odds of testing positive for COVID-19 after receiving 3 vs 2 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine

Editor's Note The findings of this study by Israeli and Yale University researchers suggest that the waning of vaccine-induced protection against COVID-19 is counteracted in the short-term by a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. In this case-controlled analysis of 306,710 Israeli adults 40 years and older, there was a…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 1, 2021
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Federal judge blocks COVID-19 vaccine mandate for HCWs nationwide

Editor's Note A Louisiana federal judge, on November 30, blocked the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for healthcare workers (HCWs) at facilities participating in Medicare and Medicaid nationwide, the November 30 Axios reports. In his ruling, the judge says the executive branch does not have the authority to bypass Congress in enforcing…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 1, 2021
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Injurious HCW experiences, emotions before COVID-19 vaccine availability

Editor's Note This study led by researchers from Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, finds that healthcare workers (HCWs) had significant changes in their personal and professional lives during the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, before the availability of vaccines. Findings from this analysis of 1,344 HCWs (ie, nurses,…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 30, 2021
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COVID-19 vaccine mandate for HCWs blocked in 10 states

Editor's Note A federal judge, on November 29, blocked a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) mandate requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for healthcare workers (HCWs) in facilities participating in CMS programs in 10 states, the November 29 Bloomberg Law reports. In his ruling, the judge says the CMS mandate requires…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 30, 2021
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RN salaries grew 4% in 2021

Editor's Note A study by Premier healthcare consultants finds that the average annual salary for RNs grew about 4% to $81,376 this year, the November 17 Becker’s Hospital Review reports. The study, which examined salaries of about 60,000 nurses for The Wall Street Journal, notes that RN salaries are rising…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 29, 2021
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Impact of nail brush, duration of surgical hand scrub on bacterial count

Editor's Note This study led by nurse researchers at the University of Health Sciences, Gulhane Training and Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey finds that nail brushes used during surgical hand scrubs are not necessary, and there is no difference between the effects of 1-minute and 2-minute scrubs on bacterial counts. The…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 18, 2021
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CDC: 30% of HCWs remain unvaccinated

Editor's Note This study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds that 30% of healthcare workers (HCWs) in 2,086 US hospitals remained unvaccinated against COVID-19 as of September 15. Analyzing data on more than 3.3 million HCWs, the researchers found that vaccination rates climbed from 36% to…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 18, 2021
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