September, 2023

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Mitigating the Nursing Shortage Crisis: A Nurse’s Perspective

American Nurse

It’s clear that the state of the nursing shortage is at a crisis level. As an experienced bedside nurse, a recent nursing psychiatric/mental health graduate student, and a clinical adjunct faculty instructor, I have a strong opinion about what must be done. In the recent Nurse.org 2023 State of Nursing report, 91% of nurses said they believed the nursing shortage was continuing to worsen, citing burnout, poor working conditions, insufficient pay, and lack of appreciation as the primary reasons.

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What Are Best Practices in Nursing Practice Redesign?

Health Leaders | Nursing

4 nurse executives who have transformed nursing at their respective organizations share their key tips. Virtual nursing, the return of licensed practical nurses to acute care, and adding advanced practice nurses are among care models nurse executives are implementing as they seek to adapt to the current state of today’s healthcare environment. HealthLeaders talked with four nurse executives who are transforming nursing care at their respective organizations and asked each one, "What are key tips

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The Normalization of Missed Nursing Care

Emerging RN Leader

By Rose O. Sherman, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN Many aspects of routine nursing care were skipped during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nurse leaders are now trying to do a reset on care as they look at declining quality and safety measures. Consider the story a nurse manager recently shared on a webinar: I have been shocked […] The post The Normalization of Missed Nursing Care appeared first on Emerging Nurse Leader.

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Are you really an Independent Contractor?

Nurse Practitioners in Business

If you are not sure if you are an independent contractor or not, don’t worry, you are not alone. Employment laws are not always clear, and as I examine both the IRS 20-point checklist as well as the ABC rules which should simplify things, you’ll see that for Nurse Practitioners, it’s full of grayness. Let’s dive in and see if we can untangle the complex web of guidelines and legalities.

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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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On the Road with the Meaning of Home

Josephine Ensign

I’m honored to be in such good company. I am taking my workshop, The Meaning of Home, on the road throughout Washington State in 2024-2025. If you/your library or other group wants to book me for this in-person or virtual workshop, contact Sarah Faulkner (see below for her e-mail address).

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Justice for Ebenezer * Battling Racial Discrimination in Healthcare

Equality 4 Black Nurses

Dear Friends, Supporters, and Concerned Citizens, I hope this message finds you in good health and high spirits. Today, we come to you with a story of resilience and a call for solidarity in the face of injustice. We are rallying together to support Ebenezer (Name changed), who, after being the target of a racially motivated attack at work, has now been wrongfully accused of assault.

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Why Nurse Practitioners are a Solution to Rural Healthcare Challenges

Health Leaders | Nursing

Despite the advantages of NPs in rural areas, barriers to practice remain. Editor’s note: This article appeared in the July-September 2023 edition of HealthLeaders magazine. With more than 100 million Americans lacking access to primary care, employing more nurse practitioners (NPs) and allowing them to practice at the top of their license is critical to making healthcare more accessible in rural areas, NP leaders say.

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Rethinking Nursing Professionalism

Emerging RN Leader

By Rose O. Sherman, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN A blog reader recently asked me whether I thought some aspects of “nursing professionalism” might be racial or generational constructs. It was an excellent point because ideas about professionalism are tied to our cultural upbringing and experiences. Leaders often talk to me about what they perceive as […] The post Rethinking Nursing Professionalism appeared first on Emerging Nurse Leader.

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Intracranial Aneurysm Risk in Marfan Syndrome: Study Reveals Higher-Than-Expected Prevalence

Consult QD

Researchers at Cleveland Clinic have identified an apparent increased risk for intracranial aneurysm (IA) among people with Marfan syndrome in the largest review of IA in this population reported to date. The retrospective study was published in the Journal of Vascular Surgery ( 2023;76[3]:633-637 ). The relationship between Marfan syndrome and aneurysmal pathology of the aorta is well established.

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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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Flesh-eating bacteria infections are on the rise in the US

American Nurse

Flesh-eating bacteria sounds like the premise of a bad horror movie, but it’s a growing – and potentially fatal – threat to people. In September 2023, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a health advisory alerting doctors and public health officials of an increase in flesh-eating bacteria cases that can cause serious wound infections.

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Educating About Health Equity

Minority Nurse

Nursing has always held health equity as a critical value in many ways. Nurses strive to deliver the best care to all patients, independent of socioeconomic status, gender, race, or other factors. Health equity arguably gets even more attention than in the past. And that attention also occurs in nursing schools, where nurses are presented with the concept of health equity.

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Six R01 Research Projects Funded at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing 

Johns Hopkins Nursing Magazine

In the last few weeks, Dr. Junxin Li, Dr. Laura Samuel, Dr. Deb Gross, and Dr. Kali Thomas have been awarded R01 grants (Research Project grants) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Ariana Chao has been awarded an R56 (a NIH High-Priority, Short-Term Project Award), which helps renew funding for an existing, funded… The post Six R01 Research Projects Funded at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing appeared first on Johns Hopkins Nursing Magazine.

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Nurses + Engineers = Innovative Healthcare

Health Leaders | Nursing

UConn's new Nursing and Engineering Innovation Center to blend nurses' problem-solving abilities with technology experts. The University of Connecticut (UConn) is combining nurses’ problem-solving, innovative nature with engineers’ technology expertise to create the Nursing and Engineering Innovation Center , one of the first of its kind in the nation.

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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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Evolution of School Nurses

Daily Nurse

It’s back to school time again, which means school nurses are preparing for the year ahead and the challenges and opportunities a new school year will bring. In recent years, the roles and responsibilities of school nurses have evolved. Traditionally, school nurses are tasked with administering first aid and caring for students’ physical health. Still, we are seeing demand for school nurses to manage a broader definition of wellness, including physical and mental health.

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Pairing Deep Learning With Wide-Field Microscopy to Refine Study of Brain Tissue

Consult QD

To better understand neurological disorders through microscopy, scientists need to be able to capture brain activity in a matter of milliseconds and deep within live tissue. An ongoing research collaboration between Cleveland Clinic, Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is developing microscopes and artificial intelligence (AI) models that can rise to the task.

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Telehealth: Navigating healthcare delivery in the new normalized space

American Nurse

The sudden and unexpected emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic presented many new challenges for healthcare delivery in 2020. Since then, much has changed in the way providers render primary care and specialty services across communities and patient populations. Let’s take it back for a moment. In March 2020, the World Health Organization declared a pandemic due to the SARS-CoV2 virus, which spread across the world and, according to Woldometer, infected more than 600 million people and resulted in

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Nursing Education: Pipeline to the Future

Minority Nurse

In the world of nursing, consistent rates of students graduating from nursing programs, becoming licensed, and successfully entering the workforce are critical to the long-term viability of the nursing profession and the healthcare system itself. As the true lifeblood of healthcare delivery, nurses are central to patient care, from long-term and public health to acute care and home health.

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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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When Nursing Faculty Burn Out

Nursology

I have a friend, Margaret, who confesses to being burned out. She’s in a state of panic and malaise, characterized by feeling weighed down by exhaustion, disengagement, and decreased productivity.

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Can Virtual Nursing Help Hospitals Address Workforce Challenges?

Health Leaders | Nursing

OSF HealthCare is one of several health systems launching a virtual nursing program aimed at improving nurse workflows and addressing workforce shortages. When OSF HealthCare encountered problems hiring nurses for its med-surg units, executives decided to launch a virtual nursing program to fill the gaps and improve nurse morale and efficiency. "That's one of the hardest positions to fill," says Kelly George , the Illinois-based health system's vice president of performance improvement.

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Kimberly McClintick Enhances School Health with Nebraska School Nurse Mentor Program

Daily Nurse

Kimberly McClintick, MSN, RN, the children’s school health coordinator at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska, embarked on a mission in 2018 to elevate the experience of school nurses across the state. Through surveys and conversations, she discovered a crucial need for mentors, particularly in rural communities, where school nurses often find themselves as the sole healthcare provider for an entire district.

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Novel Approach Shows Efficacy in Fragmenting Kidney Stones

Consult QD

An innovative approach to fragmenting kidney stones using photonic nanoparticles is effective for several common types of stones. That is the major finding of a proof-of-concept study by Cleveland Clinic researchers published in Nano Letters. Kidney stones affect nearly 1 in 10 people in the United States and the prevalence is expected to increase to 13% by 2030.

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Re-imagining nursing’s social contract with the public

American Nurse

The current state of nursing requires change. Takeaways: Nursing’s collective experience with the pandemic requires a re-evaluation of the profession’s relationship with the public. Ethical practice and the integrity of the profession depends on supportive social conditions. Nurses should act as full partners in the re-design of an equitable healthcare system.

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Safety Culture in Healthcare Settings

NIOSH Science Blog

As of 2019, more than 18 million people, 11.5 % of the United States workforce, were employed in healthcare settings. Everyday healthcare workers face hazardous work conditions due to exposures to infectious agents and hazardous drugs and chemicals.

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The benefits of rehiring 'boomerang' nurses

Becker's Hospital Review

In May, some hospitals started reporting a positive trend : Former nurses who left their full-time positions for travel gigs or earlier in the pandemic were interested in returning.

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How CNOs Can Avoid Nurse Turnover and Knowledge Gaps

Health Leaders | Nursing

Retired nurses offer coaching and mentoring to Novant Health's novice nurses to solve retention challenges. With nearly one-third of overwhelmed novice nurses quitting in their first year nationwide, Amy Akers, RN, BSN, MBA, NEA-BC , vice president and chief nurse executive at Novant Health New Hanover Regional Medical Center, is working to buck that trend by bringing retired RNs back to the floor through its Emeritus Nursing Program to help inexperienced nurses succeed and stay.

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What Exactly is Workplace Culture Anyway? 

Minority Nurse

Every organization or workplace in healthcare or any other industry has a workplace culture , whether those working there are conscious of it or not. The best workplace cultures are consciously and proactively created by everyone involved, and the worst cultures exist without a shred of intention. But what exactly is workplace culture, and how do you know your organization’s culture?

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International Study Examines Mental Health and Well-being of Nurses and Physicians

Consult QD

Cleveland Clinic is one of 67 U.S. hospitals participating in the Magnet4Europe initiative, launched in January 2020 to improve the mental health and well-being of nurses, physicians and other healthcare professionals in Europe. The four-year initiative has two key components: Twinning relationships were formed between U.S. Magnet-accredited hospitals and European hospitals aspiring to improve their work environment by implementing Magnet principles.

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Tips for thriving–not just surviving–on the night shift

American Nurse

Pay attention to sleep, nutrition, exercise, and your personal life. Takeaways: Night Council leadership saw a need to help night shift teammates have healthier lifestyles. The council addressed four core needs of shift workers: sleep, nutrition, exercise, and commitments outside of work. A healthy night shift team enhances staff and patient safety via increased productivity and engagement.

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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage and the Importance of Representation in Nursing

Diversity Nursing

Each year, from September 15th through October 15th, Americans honor and celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month. Hispanic Heritage Month is a month-long celebration where we recognize the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Hispanic or Latino Heritage. The celebration begins on September 15th because it marks the anniversary of when Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua gained independence.

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Trinity rolls out hybrid nursing teams to 1K+ hospital beds

Becker's Hospital Review

Some health systems employ virtual nurses for administrative work and watching patients who are at a high risk of falling. Trinity Health is diving into virtual care with three-person hybrid nursing teams, according to Gay Landstrom, PhD, RN.

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