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April 2024
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Nurse leaders on how to improve nurse wellness, reduce burnout

Takeaways Research shows that there are high nurse burnout rates from systemic workplace issues, including unmanageable case-loads, poor communication, excessive administrative burdens and an overall lack of care. Nurse wellness programs—including resilience training, peer-to-peer counseling, and meditation—are critical, because of high exposure to trauma and suffering, but these efforts need…

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By: Brita Belli
February 27, 2024
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Survey shows nationwide surge in nurses reporting workplace violence

Editor's Note New survey data indicate most nurses have experienced workplace violence within the past year, and the problem appears to be getting worse. Conducted by National Nurses United (NNU), the nation’s largest union and professional association of registered nurses, the nationwide survey gathered data from nearly 1,000 nurses working…

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By: Matt Danford
February 14, 2024
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Mood changes, sleep quality improve after primary hyperparathyroidism surgery

Editor's Note Benefits to mood and sleep should be considered in preoperative consultations with patients with primary hyperparathyroidism, according to a study published February 12 in the journal Surgery. The researchers’ recommendation reportedly departs from the latest recommendations published according to the primary hyperparathyroidism surgical consensus, which exclude these neuropsychological…

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By: Matt Danford
February 12, 2024
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Hospital institutes $100,000 bonuses to improve nurse retention

Editor's Note Palomar Health, a hospital system in Escondido, California, reports improvement in nurse retention after instituting $100,000 sign-on bonuses for new nurses and $100,000 retention bonuses to current staff paid over a three-year period.  Becker’s Hospital Review reported the news on January 17. The $100,000 bonuses were instituted in March…

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By: Brita Belli
February 12, 2024
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Congressional hearing focuses on bill to protect healthcare workers from violence

Editor's Note Nearly 100 house and senate staff attended a January 30 briefing on the Safety from Violence for Healthcare Employees (SAVE) Act, a bill under congressional consideration that aims to protect healthcare workers from assault or intimidation while on the job. In addition to criminalizing these acts, the bill…

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By: Brita Belli
February 2, 2024
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Study: Perioperative nurses experience high rates of “disruptive” behavior

Editor's Note: Healthcare institutions urgently need intervention strategies to reduce disruptive behavior toward perioperative nurses, according to a report published in the Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing on January 9. The recommendation follows a cross-sectional survey designed to “investigate the prevalence, characteristics, causes, consequences, and predictors of and responses to disruptive…

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By: Matt Danford
January 26, 2024
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Burnout-battling physicians often work on vacation

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Editor's Note:  Lack of quality vacation time explains part of the reason why so many physicians are experiencing burnout, according to a study published January 12 in Jama Network Open. Specifically, the study found that 7 out of 10 participating US physicians did at least some work on a typical…

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By: Matt Danford
January 23, 2024
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AI-powered documentation tool undergoes successful pilot run

Editor's Note:  Initial testing of an AI-driven documentation tool showed great promise in reducing administrative burdens on primary care clinicians at Atrium Health, according to a January 9 report in Chief Healthcare Executive. The health system is reportedly the first to widely test the Nuance Dragon Ambient eXperience (DAX) Copilot, which records…

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By: Matt Danford
January 18, 2024
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Mental health peer support more common among health systems

Editor's Note Healthcare systems are increasingly leveraging peer support programs to help reduce staff burnout and combat problems of loneliness and isolation. Examples cited in a January 4 report from Becker’s Hospital Review include: NYC Health + Hospitals has assigned each unit a “well-being buddy”–a volunteer who checks in on…

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By: Brita Belli
January 5, 2024
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Chronic conditions spike nationwide

Editor's Note Eight chronic conditions—arthritis, depression, diabetes, asthma, cancer, cardiovascular diseases (CVDs), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and chronic kidney disease (CKD)—continue to expand nationwide along with premature deaths from drugs, firearms, and more, according America’s Health Rankings 2023 Annual Report. Presented by the United Health Foundation in partnership with…

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By: Matt Danford
December 22, 2023
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