December 2011, Vol. 6 No. 12

ANA supports Tavenner to head CMS

The American Nurses Association (ANA) commends the White House for its recent decision to nominate Marilyn Tavenner, MHA, BSN, RN, to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid…

Bassett Medical Center wins 2011 Magnet Prize®

At the National Magnet® Conference held October 4 to 6 in Baltimore, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and Cerner® Corporation announced Bassett Medical Center of Cooperstown, New…

FDA approves expanded use of Prevnar vaccine

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of Prevnar 13, a pneumococcal 13-valent conjugate vaccine, in people 50 years and older. Read More.
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From our readers…A cycle of caring

It began a long time ago A woman walks through the dark room, with just a candle to light her way The soldiers can sense her presence She…
nonadherent refuse treatment nurse challenged challenge

From our readers…Nonadherent or compassion challenged?

Over the years nurses have labeled patients who choose (knowingly or unknowingly) to disregard instructions that could potentially alter their health condition toward a “better outcome” as noncompliant,…

Hospital holidays

‘Twas the month of major holidays when all through the house Lots of creatures were stirring, tapping tablets or clicking a mouse. Nurses brought medication, soothing words, and…

Improving clinician-patient communication

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recently released a discussion paper that offers principles on effective communication to guide nurses, physicians, social workers, and others working to provide the…

Team training reduces surgical morbidity

The Veterans Health Administration Medical Team Training program, designed to improve teamwork between nurses and physicians, significantly decreased surgical morbidity according to a study in Archives of Surgery.…

What new nurses like

According to a Nursing Research and Practice study of 1,152 newly registered nurses, what they like best about nursing can be summed up in five themes: “providing holistic…

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