OSHA to launch initiative focused on preventing nurse injuries | Nursing informatics plays increasing role in long-term care | Fla.'s new standards for assisted living nurses may boost recruitment
June 26, 2015
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OSHA to launch initiative focused on preventing nurse injuries
Inspectors with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will investigate and fine hospitals that are not acting to prevent injuries related to the lifting of patients, according to Assistant Secretary of Labor David Michaels. The agency will send memos to regional offices describing the initiative, Michaels said. National Public Radio (6/24)
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Nursing informatics plays increasing role in long-term care
Long-term care offers increasing opportunities for nurses who specialize in informatics, and 30% of facilities have an EHR system, writes Bon Secours Health System Chief Nursing Informatics Officer Patricia Sengstack. Telehealth is another emerging technology in long-term care that will require nurses with informatics skills. McKnight's Long-Term Care News (6/19)
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Fla.'s new standards for assisted living nurses may boost recruitment
Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed into law legislation revising state standards for nurses who work in assisted living facilities, which could boost staff recruitment. The goal is to allow nurses to provide care that avoids hospitalizations. McKnight's Long-Term Care News (6/21)
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Intervention helps ICU nurses reduce blood culture contamination
Intensive care nurses given a two-hour course on optimal blood culture collection techniques had lower rates of culture contamination, compared with nurses using standard techniques, researchers reported in the American Journal of Infection Control. The nurses in the intervention arm had higher contamination rates with blood cultures drawn through a catheter compared with blood taken using venipuncture, researchers said. Healio (free registration) (6/22)
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Engaging and retaining a new generation of RNs
As nurses approach retirement in larger numbers, the demand for new ones increases. In a Cornerstone Blog post, nursing informaticist Christine Corning urges hospitals to take steps to engage the next generation of nurses, ensuring a bright future and continued quality care. Read the full post on Cornerstone Blog.
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Empower front-line nurses to be leaders, nurse educator says
Health care facilities should educate and empower front-line nurses to become leaders who can make decisions, solve problems and improve the performance of their health care teams, writes nurse educator Grinetta Elston of the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. "Enfranchised clinical nurses will embrace a feeling of personal achievement and recognition as they begin to identify themselves as essential change agents for their institutions," Elston writes. EndoNurse (6/17)
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Nurse-led intervention boosts vaccination rates on liver waiting list
A nurse-led tracking system helped increase hepatitis A and B vaccination rates from 45% to 87% among patients waiting for liver transplants, according to a study presented at the American Association of Nurse Practitioners National Conference. The intervention included an electronic medical record flagging system. "The research shows that the more you use EMR for reminders, the better you do," said Shari Perez of Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz. Medscape (free registration) (6/22)
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