Professional Development

What you need to know about electronic documentation

Electronic health records (EHRs) are here to stay. Beginning January 1, 2014, all public and private healthcare providers were required to adopt and demonstrate “meaningful use” of EHRs to remain eligible for Medicare and...

The rewarding role of clinical documentation specialist

Many organizations now have clinical documentation improvement programs (CDIs) designed to help an organization accurately reflect the quality of patient care, illustrate healthcare services, and make precise reports of diagnosis and procedures. A clinical...

Interdisciplinary rounds in the acute care setting: A powerful tool for student nurses

My colleague shook his head skeptically as he said, “I’m not sure the students know what nurses actually do.” The fall semester was coming to a close, which often prompts faculty members to wax...

Lead to succeed through generational differences

Chelsea enters the unit chewing gum and texting on her new smart phone. Deb stands there, waiting to get report. Minutes pass as Chelsea chuckles and continues to pound out a couple more texts...

Reaping the unexpected benefits of nursing research

The nursing leadership of our ICU and Coronary Care Unit (CCU) realized that the time had come to conduct a true nursing research study. Nursing staff in the units readily supported and participated in...

STOP: A strategy for dealing with difficult conversations

Monica is late for work again. June has body odor. Brian doesn’t comply with the hospital’s cell-phone policy. As a nurse manager, you know you need to do something. Are you avoiding the tough conversations...

When good people make hard choices…*

Leah Curtin discusses the difficulty of making choices in health care and includes a challenging situation she experienced as a student.

Calming the chaos: Simulated code interdisciplinary team training

As a healthcare professional, you’ve probably witnessed the chaos and confusion that ensue when a “code blue” is called for a patient in cardiac arrest. This emergency requires an urgent, organized response with immediate...

Documentation: You’ve got a lot to lose

According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, fraud is “the intentional deception or misrepresentation made by a person with the knowledge that the deception could result in some unauthorized benefit to himself...

Structural empowerment and the Magnet® Model: A perfect fit

Nursing literature abounds with descriptive and predictive studies of structural empowerment and its relationship to nurses’ trust, commitment, control over practice, intent to stay, productivity, job satisfaction, engagement, and quality of care. This article...

Using simulation-enhanced education and nurse-to-nurse mentoring

Every day, on every shift, rural nurses experience geographic and professional isolation. Confined by geography, staff in rural hospitals practice as generalists by necessity, seeing illness and injury in patients across the lifespan. Challenged...

Lessons for more efficient research in healthcare settings

My Own Health Report, a collaboration between seven research institutions with the goal of streamlining how healthcare providers communicate with patients about preventative health topics, has identified four lessons for conducting more efficient research...

Bullying toolkit available

Access “Civility Tool-kit: Resources to Empower Nurse Leaders to Identify, Intervene, and Prevent Workplace Bullying," supported by the RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows Program, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and administered by the...