December 2010 Vol. 5 No. 12

10 best and worst nursing bosses

Check out these five worst and five best leadership styles, and then take the quiz and find out which one you are.Read more…

AACN endorses white paper on medication reconciliation

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) recently endorsed a white paper that calls for system-wide programs for medication reconciliation — the process of verifying that current patient…

AWHONN releases new staffing guidelines

The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) recently announced that it has published new perinatal nurse staffing guidelines to reflect the demands of providing care…

ECRI releases top 10 health technology hazards for 2011

ECRI Institute has released its Top 10 Lists of Health Technology Hazards for 2011: radiation therapy dose errors, alarm hazards, cross-contamination from flexible endoscopes, high radiation dose of…
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From our readers…Three elephants for safety

A familiar safety protocol in hospitals is the time-out. Mandated for many invasive procedures, this “work stop” ensures the right site, right procedure, and right patient are verified…

Giving from the heart

The December calendar lights up with many religious and cultural celebrations such as Hanukkah, Islamic New Year, Christmas, and Kwanza, times for gathering with family and friends to…

NEJM interviews HHS Secretary on healthcare reform

The New England Journal of Medicine features an interview about healthcare reform with Health and Human Services’ Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Read more at http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1014722.

NIH plans new center for promoting drug development

A National Institute of Health (NIH) advisory board has approved the creation of National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, a move intended to accelerate drug development. Read more…

Nurses discuss the future of nursing in NEJM

On Dec. 15 The New England Journal of Medicine published two perspective articles by nurses. Linda H. Aiken, PhD, RN’s “Nurses for the Future” discusses the recent recommendations…

Penn again WHO/PAHO collaborating center

The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing has again been designated as a World Health Organization/Pan American Health Organization (WHO/PAHO) Collaborating Center for Nursing and Midwifery Leadership. As…

Placebos without deception effective for IBS

An open-label study of 80 patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) found that those who knew they were receiving a placebo still experienced improvements, including reduced symptom severity,…
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Retaining nurse managers

The nurse manager role is pivotal in staff nurse satisfaction and retention, quality of patient care, and achieving organizational goals, which is why the decreasing numbers of qualified…

What is burning mouth syndrome?

You’ve probably have heard of PMS, but what about BMS? Burning Mouth Syndrome (BMS) is a little-known condition that affects some 1.3 million Americans. It most commonly affects…

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