Category Archives: Nurse Staffing

Proposed Bill to Set Nurse Staffing Levels

By Karen M. Cheung, Fierce Healthcare Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) last week introduced legislation that would establish a federal minimum of nurse-to-patient ratios at all hospitals, according to a press release. Aimed at decreasing mortality rates and preventing medical errors, … Continue reading

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AONE Addresses Complexity of Nursing Care

Rebecca Hendren, HealthLeaders Media, 4/19/2011 The average nurse is in cognitive overload, completing about 100 tasks per shift with an interruption every three minutes. At its annual meeting, the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) put the spotlight on the … Continue reading

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CA Reintroduces Legislation to Support Nurses & Patient Care,  5/13/2011 U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) today reintroduced theNational Nursing Shortage Reform and Patient Advocacy Act, legislation to protect the rights of nurses to advocate on behalf of their patients, set minimum nurse-to-patient ratios in hospitals and invest in … Continue reading

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Nurse Fatigue & Patient Safety: CNO’s Can Help

Rebecca Hendren, HealthLeaders Mediam 5/17/2011 Working long hours can compromise patient safety, yet 12-hour shifts are the norm in nursing. Nurses love the flexibility offered by 12-hour shifts and healthcare facilities find them easier to schedule and manage. But research … Continue reading

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Health IT Systems Could Assist with Nursing and Physician Shortage

Health IT News, 5/6/2011 MILWAUKEE – Healthcare information technology could ease some of the spotty care, long waits and medical errors anticipated by the growing shortage of nurses, doctors and other healthcare workers, according to the American Society for Quality (ASQ), which … Continue reading

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STUDY: Nurse Staffing Affects Patient’s Readmission

Sylviane Duval, Health Services Research  Higher non-overtime staffing levels of registered nurses lower the probability of patient readmissions to the hospital, a new study finds. However, higher levels of RN overtime increase the likelihood of unplanned visits to emergency departments … Continue reading

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Endless Nursing Benefits of Electronic Medical Records (EMR)  Christina Orlovsky As America’s hospitals venture farther into the electronic age, nurses are beginning to recognize the benefits the electronic medical record (EMR) provides both to their patients and their profession. Pat Wise, MSN, RN, vice president of electronic … Continue reading

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