Study: 18% of new RNs leave first job in a year | Hospitalist survey finds increase in NP employment | Ties to experienced nurses aid college's recruitment
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September 12, 2014
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Study: 18% of new RNs leave first job in a year
A report in the journal Policy, Politics & Nursing Practice found almost 18% of new registered nurses departed their first jobs within a year, and 34% left within two years. The RN Work Project study was supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. It found that large hospitals can incur up to $6.4 million in RN turnover costs, although hospitals kept new RNs at higher rates than other settings. (9/5)
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Hospitalist survey finds increase in NP employment
Data from the Society of Hospital Medicine's 2014 State of Hospital Medicine Report showed that 65.5% of responding hospital medicine groups employed nurse practitioners and physician assistants, an increase from 53.9% in 2012. Researchers also noted an increase in hiring nocturnists and family medicine physicians. (9/8)
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Education & Training
Ties to experienced nurses aid college's recruitment
The University of Portland School of Nursing in Oregon changed its clinical program to better recruit and train students. The school switched to using a Dedicated Education Unit clinical education model in which veteran nurses at area health care facilities help train nursing students. U.S. News & World Report (9/5)
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Anatomy class can be obstacle in path of high-paying RN jobs
The nursing school course Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology can be one of the most difficult for students who want nursing jobs. The Human Anatomy and Physiology Society found that only about half of students get through the course, which can include long lectures and lots of reading. National Public Radio/Planet Money blog (9/2)
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Children's hospital uses traffic-light monitoring system
Hurley Children's Hospital in Flint, Mich., uses a traffic-light system to help nurses monitor patients based on the risk that their condition will deteriorate. Pediatrics and NICU nurse Stephanie Allen said it is a tool to improve patient safety and can bring "more caregivers to the bedside so they can pool their experiences." (Michigan) (free registration) (9/2)
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Nurses call for more funding to increase RN workforce
Aging baby boomers, nurse retirements and health care reform initiatives mean the U.S. will need 1.1 million new registered nurses by 2022, according to the American Nurses Association. The group has asked for a 12% increase in federal nursing workforce development funding for 2015 and says hospitals should hire new nurses who can gain experience from veteran RNs. Medscape (free registration) (9/5), Healthcare Dive (9/5)
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Survey examines physician, nurse views on care before death
A survey of clinicians at hospitals and cancer clinics in Germany found 72% of physicians said it was normally possible for patients to have a dignified death on their ward, compared with 52% of nurses. Researchers reported in the journal Cancer that 92% of palliative care professionals said patients were getting enough pain medication at the end-of-life, compared with 82% of physicians who were not palliative specialists and 65% of nurses. Medscape (free registration) (9/8)
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September Safety Action Series: Obstetric Hemorrhage Patient Safety Bundle
Join us on Tuesday, September 23rd, for the September Safety Action Series presented by Dena Goffman, M.D., FACOG, and Elliott Main, M.D., FACOG. This session will: provide an in-depth overview of the Obstetric Hemorrhage Patient Safety Bundle, look at the processes, methods and tools that were used to develop the bundle, give suggestions for how to effectively implement and utilize the bundle within your organization and identify resources to customize for use within your organization. An open Q-and-A session with Drs. Goffman and Main will follow. Register today.
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AWHONN recognizes five Fetal Heart Monitoring Program Award winners for first quarter 2014
Each year, the AWHONN Fetal Heart Monitoring (FHM) Program educates approximately 15,000 perinatal clinicians around the world. The focus of the program is to teach physicians and nurses on how to confidently and accurately measure and interpret fetal heart rate and uterine monitoring data. These practices will ensure that mothers and their newborns have the healthiest possible start for life. Congratulations to first quarter winners: Rebecca Chavez, BSN, RN; Amy E. Davis, MSN, RNC; Deborah (Debby) Davis, MS, RNC-OB, C-EFM; Melissa Gabaldon, BSN, RNC-OB, C-EFM; and Jeannette M. Hoopfer, AD, RNC. Read more.
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