March, 2024

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What To Do About Patient Balances

Nurse Practitioners in Business

Do you have a fair amount of outstanding patient balances and difficulties collecting? Well, you’re not alone. It’s common, particularly in small practices, to struggle with collecting money from patients. Most patients never blink an eye when asked for their co-pay, deductible, or other balances. They do everything they can to pay on time and in full.

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Planning a Graceful Exit

Emerging RN Leader

By Rose O. Sherman, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN To economize, many health systems are eliminating nursing leadership roles, impacting numerous loyal, hard-working nurse leaders. How do you leave a difficult job situation without conveying anger? I recently talked with a leader who found herself in this situation. She understood that the decision was not personal […] The post Planning a Graceful Exit appeared first on Emerging Nurse Leader.

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What Kind of World Do You Want?

Life of a Nurse

As a Registered Nurse we have many skills and knowledge application that are needed, none more than political advocacy and action. We all engage in political action whether it’s in a small domain or a legislative body we’re obliged to carry out our democratic duties. Show up to vote, gain and disseminate information on issues, and be discerning on the source of materials as propaganda is alive and thriving.

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Nurses Need to Be the Change!

The Nursing Site

I recently had the privilege to attend a Zoom session hosted by Lorie A. Brown RM, MN, JD of Empowered Nurses. The guest speaker was RaDonda Vaught, the former Tennessee nurse who was convicted in 2022 of criminally negligent homicide after injecting the patient with the wrong medication. This was after the Tennessee BON cleared her in 2020 and told her they “ had bigger fish to fry. ” How and why that changed two years later needs your attention!

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Fertility Benefits for Every Age: A HR Roadmap from Gen Z to Baby Boomers

Speaker: Lauri Armstrong, SHRM-SCP - Sr. Director, People Operations at Carrot Fertility

Today’s workforce includes multiple generations of employees all looking for something different from their benefits package. While meeting these disparate needs can be challenging, a comprehensive fertility benefit can support everyone from junior staffers learning about their fertility health to senior leadership managing menopause and low testosterone symptoms.

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Racism Runs Rampant in NHS Disciplinary Procedures

Equality 4 Black Nurses

Confronting the Ugly Truth In the shadows of our esteemed NHS lies a sinister truth that cannot be ignored: Racism thrives within the disciplinary processes of the NHS. The recent revelation of staggering racial disparities in formal disciplinary actions against Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic staff compared to their white counterparts paints a disturbing picture of systemic racism.

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5 Strategies to Shield Your Practice Against Violence and Threats

Nurse Practitioners in Business

No matter how different our political views are, we can’t dispute the increase in violence across the country in the past few years. Every day, we hear about gun violence, hate crimes, gang fights, violence in schools, and crimes in everyday life. While we may not be the victims today, violence affects us all, reaching even the smallest corners of the country.

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Nurse Manager Span of Control and Role Scope

Emerging RN Leader

By Rose O. Sherman, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN A troubling trend is emerging from my discussions with nurse managers. Not only have the managers’ spans of control continued to grow, but so has their role scope. With shortages across all disciplines and departments, nursing is the default for tasks needing reassignment, and the responsibility for […] The post Nurse Manager Span of Control and Role Scope appeared first on Emerging Nurse Leader.

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Thirlwall Inquiry: Nurse whistleblowers apply to give evidence

Nursing Times

Hundreds of nursing and midwifery whistleblowers have applied to contribute to the Lucy Letby inquiry, to give evidence about raising safety concerns in the NHS.

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Time Management Essentials for New Nurses

The Nursing Site

A lot is researched and written about the major struggles for new nurses. Some are blamed on not being taught in nursing school, and others are inherent in the normal adjustments to a new profession. Time management is something that is always included in this discussion. Time management essentials for new nurses is something that is always included in the discussion about major struggles for new nurses.

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Why Menopause Should Matter to Today’s Employers

Speaker: Julie B. Chavez - VP, Strategy & Alliances at Carrot

An estimated 1.1 billion women worldwide will have experienced menopause by 2025. Symptoms like hot flashes, fatigue, and anxiety can be incredibly disruptive — and last for years. But despite its massive impact, little is being done to support those going through menopause in the workplace. In a recent survey, 70% of respondents said they have considered changing their employment to better manage symptoms — perhaps because only 8% received significant support from their employer related to meno

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WWII Navy Nurse Alice Darrow Celebrates 105th Birthday, Honored as One of the Last Links to Pearl Harbor

Daily Nurse

Alice Darrow, a former Navy nurse , was honored for her love of life and patriotic commitment to our country as one of the last living links to Pearl Harbor when she celebrated her 105th birthday in Danville, California, surrounded by family, friends, and community members. Darrow was born in 1919 in Paso Robles and enrolled in nursing school after finishing high school.

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'Creative' nurse shifts gain traction at Mercy Health hospital

Becker's Hospital Review

At Mercy Health-St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima, Ohio, gone are the traditional scheduling demands for nurses. Instead, nurses get "creative shifts" that fit their needs, Cory Werts, MSN, RN, chief nursing officer for the Lima market, told Becker's.

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Taxes and Legal Structures: What You Must Understand

Nurse Practitioners in Business

Recently, a tax-related question posted in the Nurse Practitioner in Business FB Group caught my eye. The question concerned FICA taxes and how they are paid. Taxes can be confusing, and since Tax Day is approaching fast, I thought it might be helpful to review taxes as they relate to different business structures. But before I continue, and for the record, what follows is not tax or legal advice.

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The Role of Nurse Recognition

Emerging RN Leader

By Rose O. Sherman, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN The topic of recognition is coming up more frequently today as I talk with nurse leaders. They see it as a double-edged sword. While most understand the importance of giving recognition, they now find many staff who want recognition for doing the bare minimum. One manager explained […] The post The Role of Nurse Recognition appeared first on Emerging Nurse Leader.

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Maximizing Your Benefits Strategy: Reframing the Way We View Fertility

Speaker: Lizzie Wright - Director of Customer Success at Carrot Fertility

Employee expectations around benefits and workplace support have evolved in step with the growing need for fertility and family-forming care. As HR professionals, it is our job to ensure employees have a comprehensive understanding of the benefits our organizations offer and how they can utilize them. Before educating employees, we first need to understand the rising healthcare costs and the financial burden of fertility care.

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You’re Welcome

Johns Hopkins Nursing Magazine

The most common question I am asked as a nursing instructor and diversity, equity, and inclusion practitioner is how to translate knowledge into action for individuals and organizations. There is a plethora of content surrounding diversity, equity, and inclusion as it relates to nursing as a profession, but few offerings leave nursing professionals with something… The post You’re Welcome appeared first on Johns Hopkins Nursing Magazine.

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Plans for £30m investment to tackle fitness to practise backlog

Nursing Times

The UK nursing regulator, the Nursing and Midwifery Council, has put forward a draft plan to make the biggest investment in fitness to practise (FtP) in a decade, in an effort to process decisions safely but more quickly.

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Here Are 4 Ways CNOs Can Drive Down Costs

Health Leaders | Nursing

With rising costs in healthcare, CNOs need to brainstorm how to keep expenses down. Cost containment is an issue throughout all of healthcare, and because of the nursing shortage, keeping costs down has become an even more difficult task. According to Gail Vozzella, senior vice president and chief nurse executive at Houston Methodist, the nursing shortage drives up labor costs and turnover costs in nursing.

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Nurse managers' 4-day workweeks: How it's going at Mount Sinai

Becker's Hospital Review

In fall 2022, New York City-based Mount Sinai launched its four-day workweek program for nurse managers. More than a year later, the program continues to improve staff engagement, satisfaction and has become an important retention strategy, leaders told Becker's.

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Leveling the Playing Field: How HR Can Equitably Improve Health Outcomes Through Fertility Benefits

Speaker: Julie B. Chavez - VP, Strategy & Alliances at Carrot

As HR and total rewards professionals, we are often seeking opportunities to foster a better sense of community and belonging amongst employees - ensuring that all employees have an equitable opportunity to receive fertility treatments is one of the many ways this can be achieved. Fertility benefits make it possible for employees to access treatments like IVF.

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Words Matter

Nursology

These days I am immersed in a major writing project – preparation of the 12th Edition on the text that many nursing students have learned to refer to as “Chinn and Kramer”! This edition is co-authored with my colleagues Lucinda Canty and Lucy Mkandawire-Valhmu.

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When AI Becomes Your Co-Pilot

Emerging RN Leader

By Rose O. Sherman, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN Many nurses today fear AI and wonder if the intent behind AI development is to replace nurses with Artificial Intelligence. These fears were not quelled with the recent headline Nvidia Wants to Replace Nurses With AI for $9 an Hour A better metaphor for healthcare might be […] The post When AI Becomes Your Co-Pilot appeared first on Emerging Nurse Leader.

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Q & A With Forensic Nurse, Michelle Patch

Johns Hopkins Nursing Magazine

Michelle Patch, PhD, APRN-CNS, DF-AFN, FAAN, is an assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, an adult health clinical nurse specialist, and an advanced forensic nurse. We caught up with Dr. Patch to learn more about forensic nursing and her career and research as a forensic nurse. Can you explain what forensic nursing… The post Q & A With Forensic Nurse, Michelle Patch appeared first on Johns Hopkins Nursing Magazine.

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A Pediatric ICU Nurse Finds Relief in Not Compartmentalizing Hard Emotions Like Grief

Amercan Journal of Nursing

Editor’s note: Hui-wen Sato is a pediatric ICU nurse in California and a regular writer for this blog who has gone deeply into the topic of grief, her own and that of patients and their families. Her insights reverse our usual ways of understanding grief, finding a generative energy instead of a wasteland. Here is a key passage from a TED-style talk (see video below) she gave at the last End Well Project conference in November 2023.

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Recruiting and Retention: Bridging the Gap, Part One

Health Leaders | Nursing

These nurse leaders outline best recruiting and retention practices for CNOs. The biggest challenge facing CNOs these days is the workforce shortage. Not only are there not enough nurses entering the industry, but there are also many tenured nurses who are leaving the profession or retiring, and taking their knowledge with them. Nursing leaders must implement creative solutions to recruit and retain nurses of all generations who will continue providing the best standard of care to patients.

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Oklahoma governor vetoes bill on independent prescribing authority for APRNs

Becker's Hospital Review

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt on March 29 vetoed a bill that would allow advanced practice registered nurses to prescribe certain medications without the supervision of a physician.

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The 12 Best Hand Lotion for Nurses

NurseBuff

When you buy something using the links on our posts, we may earn a small commission at no additional cost to you. Learn more. Handwashing is one good way to prevent infections. However, doing it too often can take a toll on your hands. Overwashed hands can feel rough, dry, and unhealthy. And when you’re […] The post The 12 Best Hand Lotion for Nurses appeared first on NurseBuff.

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Do We Need All These Meetings?

Emerging RN Leader

By Rose O. Sherman, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN In talking with nurse managers today, they all want to spend more time with their staff and on their units. But finding that time can be challenging. In focus groups we recently conducted for my AONL plenary, we learned that attending meetings ranked first in how nurse […] The post Do We Need All These Meetings?

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Implicit Bias Training for Dental Healthcare Providers

American Medical Compliance

The following Implicit Bias Training for Dental Healthcare Providers course is designed to educate dental healthcare providers on how to recognize and mitigate implicit bias in the workplace. Most of us don’t recognize our own biases, yet we have them. It is the very nature of being human. In this implicit bias course, we’ll define diversity, show why it matters in your dental practice, discover what prevents it, and learn how to foster it.

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Nursing Certification: Achieving Excellence and Professionalism

Daily Nurse

In the world of nursing, certifications and their corresponding designations carry with them the concepts of excellence, professionalism, and focused dedication to career growth. Not all nurses pursue certification during their years of service in healthcare, but many hear the call and take inspired action to achieve such a goal. Making an effort to become certified in your nursing specialty is like doubling down on your skills and knowledge.

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Recognizing GI Nurses and Associates’ Work

Minority Nurse

This week honors GI Nurses and Associates Week , the annual tribute to GI nurses that the Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates (SGNA) has celebrated for more than a decade. Gastroenterology (GI) nurses treat and often diagnose patients who have symptoms and conditions related to the entire digestive tract. The spectrum of GI symptoms is nuanced and can have a big impact on quality of life for patients, so GI nurses listen carefully to help patients most effectively.

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Guatemala Re-visited: Rainwater Project Shows Value of Service-learning Trips

Johns Hopkins Nursing Magazine

Global health journeys are back, in the form of recent visits by Johns Hopkins School of Nursing students to Guatemala and—in a first for JHSON students—Nepal. The “how” is leadership by the Center for Global Initiatives (CGI) and a renewed openness and eagerness to travel after years lost to COVID restrictions. The “why” is clear:… The post Guatemala Re-visited: Rainwater Project Shows Value of Service-learning Trips appeared first on Johns Hopkins Nursing Magazine.

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Heal Your Healing Hands: The 10 Best Hand Creams for Nurses

NurseBuff

When you buy something using the links on our posts, we may earn a small commission at no additional cost to you. Learn more. As a nurse, you know too well how important hand washing is. Apart from preventing the spread of diseases, it’s also a good way to protect ourselves. However, frequent handwashing can […] The post Heal Your Healing Hands: The 10 Best Hand Creams for Nurses appeared first on NurseBuff.

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