February 2014 Vol. 9 No. 2

Best hospitals share secrets for success

Healthgrades has released “America’s 100 Best Hospitals 2014” list. Based on interviews with representatives from the various hospitals, there are three themes that are vital for success: ensure…

FDA launches campaign to stop youth tobacco use

On Feb. 4, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the launch of a national public education campaign, called “The Real Cost”, to prevent youth tobacco use…

Number of RN smokers declines

According to a study in JAMA, the number of RNs who smoke significantly declined from 2003 to 2010-2011 (from 11% to 7%, a 36% decline.) The 2010-2011 survey…

Our Readers Respond

Some thoughts on nursing In 1994, after 12 years in software and system engineering, I decided that I wanted the same job satisfaction that my friends found with…

Quiz time

Which of the following does not help address issues related to post-intensive care syndrome? a. Diaries kept jointly by family, ICU staff, and physicians b. Post-ICU clinics for…

Recovery lessons from the Sandy Hook trauma

Children are people with small hearts and big emotions that often come from the people around them, particularly family members. As a pediatric nurse and mother of two…

Study: Melanoma increases among middle-aged adults

A study in Mayo Clinic Proceedings reports that the incidence of cutaneous melanoma among middle-aged adults (40 to 60 years) has increased nearly eightfold between 1970 and 2009,…

The patient engagement imperative

Engaging patients is essential to ensure optimal reimbursement. Here are tips for engagement that leaders can apply in their organizations

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