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October 2021
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Value of hospital staffing with nurse practitioners

Editor's Note This study led by nurse researcher Linda H. Aiken, PhD, at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia, finds that having more nurse practitioners (NPs) in hospitals has favorable effects on patients, staff, and efficiency—adding value to labor resources. Data on 579 hospitals gleaned from nurse, patient,…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 13, 2021
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ACS raises awareness about surgeon suicide

Editor's Note The American College of Surgeons (ACS) on September 10 announced that through its Surgeon Well-Being program, it is striving to build awareness about surgeon suicide during September, which is National Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month. ACS is emphasizing Physician Suicide Awareness Day, September 17, in order to destigmatize…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 13, 2021
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Surgical patients find postop virtual visits more convenient without loss of satisfaction

Editor's Note In this study by researchers at Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, North Carolina, surgical patients find virtual follow-up care more convenient than traditional in-person appointments without loss of quality or efficiency, which are important components of patient satisfaction. The analysis included 289 patients having laparoscopic appendectomy or…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 9, 2021
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CDC: COVID-19 transmission is high in more than 95% of US counties

Editor's Note A total of 95.19% of US counties are reporting high COVID-19 transmission rates, with at least 100 new cases per 100,000 people in the past 7 days, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The surge in COVID-19 cases is being driven largely by the Delta…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 9, 2021
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Study: Early social distancing linked to smaller death rates, larger second waves

Editor's Note This study led by researchers at State University of New York, Binghamton, finds that social-distancing measures implemented by states in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in smaller death rates, but led to larger second waves. Conversely, social-distancing measures implemented by states later in the pandemic…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 9, 2021
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ANA urges HHS to declare nurse staffing shortage a national crisis

Editor's Note The American Nurses Association (ANA) on September 1 wrote a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), urging the agency to declare the ongoing shortage of nurses in the US a national crisis, citing the spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant as a factor. In…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 8, 2021
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Survey: 30% of UCMC nurses would quit if hospital mandates COVID-19 vaccines

Editor's Note A survey at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center (UCMC) finds that 30% of nurses would quit their jobs if the hospital mandates COVID-19 vaccines, the September 1 Dayton Daily News reports. Of 456 nurses surveyed, 136 said they would leave over a vaccine mandate. UCMC agreed to…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 8, 2021
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CDC: More than 83% of Americans had COVID-19 antibodies before Delta surge

Editor's Note A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds that more than 83% of Americans had COVID-19 antibodies before the surge of the Delta variant began. Researchers examined data from 1,443,519 blood donation specimens obtained before the Delta variant. Overall infection-induced COVID-19 antibodies increased…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 7, 2021
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Healthcare employment down in August

Editor's Note Overall healthcare employment in the US was down in August to a seasonally adjusted 15,978,700 workers, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on September 3. That’s down 4,900 since July. However, hospital employment was up 3,200 jobs. The overall unemployment rate fell to 5.2%.

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By: Judy Mathias
September 7, 2021
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COVID-19 exacerbates domestic violence underreporting, racial disparities in Chicago

Editor's Note This study by researchers at the University of Chicago finds that the rate of domestic violence reporting in Chicago decreased after the March 2020 COVID-19 stay-at-home order was issued, and the decreased rate of reporting was substantially greater in majority Black vs majority White communities. Of 77 communities…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 2, 2021
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