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Nurse staffing linked to healthcare-associated infections

Editor's Note In this study from the Columbia University School of Nursing, New York City, researchers found that nurse understaffing is associated with increased risk of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). Using data from 2007 to 2012 in a large urban hospital system: 15% of patient days had one shift understaffed (defined…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 13, 2019
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CDC: Hepatitis A infections up nearly 300%

Editor's Note In the May 10 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that hepatitis A infections were up 294% in 2016-2018, compared with 2013-2015. The increases are related to outbreaks among homeless people, men who have sex with men, people who use drugs,…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 13, 2019
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Study: How patient registries could help control spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Editor's Note This study by Johns Hopkins researchers finds that the spread of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) bacteria that have high levels of resistance to most antibiotics could be reduced if only 25% of large healthcare facilities in a region used a patient registry. The researchers developed a computer simulation model…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 9, 2019
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AONE announces name change

Editor's Note The American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) on May 5 announced that it is changing its name to the American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL). The name change, which was announced at AONE’s annual meeting, also comes with a new tagline−Education Advocacy Community. The organization says the new…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 7, 2019
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Hospital employment up 8,300 jobs in April

Editor's Note US hospitals added 8,300 jobs in April to a seasonally adjusted 5,229,200, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on May 3. That’s up 105,700 more employees than a year ago. Overall, healthcare employment has increased 403,500 in the past year. The overall unemployment rate fell to 3.6% in April…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 6, 2019
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You may also be interested in these sessions at the OR Manager Conference this September in Nashville, TN

Dare to Dream: The Guide to Extraordinary Leadership

After this session you’ll be able to: Create balanced strategies and keep these at the heart of your organization’s work on a daily basis., Elevate your results with goal setting that aligns with your organization’s strategies. , Identify and overcome common change barriers., Why this is important: We aspired to…

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Association between nurse work environment and outcomes

Editor's Note The nurse work environment is associated with the quality of nursing care, nurse job outcomes, patient outcomes, and patient satisfaction, this study finds. This meta-analysis of 17 articles that reported data from 2,677 hospitals, 141 nursing units, 165,024 nurses, and 1,368,420 patients, in 22 countries found consistent, significant…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 2, 2019
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HHS lowers maximum penalties for HIPAA violations

Editor's Note The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on April 26 announced it is lowering the maximum civil penalty for healthcare providers, health plans, and business associates who violate the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA), based on the level of culpability. A 2013 rule created four…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 1, 2019
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Trends, factors linked to physician burnout

Editor's Note Physician burnout has reached a critically high level, fueled by regulatory, compliance, and technology demands, but health system leaders at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston are working to address and relieve burnout and bring the joy back to the practice of medicine with centrally and locally designed…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 30, 2019
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Improving hand hygiene compliance among anesthesia providers

Editor's Note Education and monitoring of hand hygiene among anesthesia providers in the OR improved hand hygiene compliance in this study from the Duke University School of Nursing, Durham, North Carolina. Anesthesia providers were educated on the World Health Organization’s five indications for hand hygiene, and their access to hand…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 29, 2019
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How will artificial intelligence impact surgical patient care? Part 1

Artificial intelligence (AI) may be coming to your OR sooner than you think. AI is already being used to identify areas needing quality improvement by analyzing surgical workflow, communication patterns, and errors that went unnoticed during a procedure. OR leaders need to understand AI and participate in its development and…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
April 22, 2019
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You may also be interested in these sessions at the OR Manager Conference this September in Nashville, TN

Personality Plus: Styling Your Leadership for Today’s OR

After this session you’ll be able to: Identify your own personality type and its effect on your leadership style., Explain how personality type and emotional intelligence affect employee interactions and relationships., Define opportunities through self-awareness to face the challenges of leadership.,   Why this is important: Effective leadership requires a…

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