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November 5, 2012
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  • Lupus may double risk of developing preeclampsia
    Researchers assessed the pregnancies of nearly 225,000 women in British Columbia and found that those diagnosed with lupus had twice the risk of experiencing preeclampsia. No statistically significant link was found between prenatal use of disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs and preeclampsia. The findings appear in the journal Arthritis Care & Research. HealthDay News (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Achieving Quality of Care
Technology Breakthroughs Turn Theory into Action

A recent survey shows that the top concerns for nursing executives are patient satisfaction/patient experience, quality of care and patient safety, and controlling costs. The quality and skill mix of the direct care staff and the deployment of those caregivers are critical to addressing these top concerns. Read More
  Nursing, Health & Medical Science 
  • Chelation shows small benefit for cardiovascular prevention
    Post-myocardial infarction patients who received chelation had a slightly lower risk of experiencing a cardiovascular episode such as heart attack, stroke or death than the placebo group in a 1,708-person study. The difference in risks could be due to chance or chelation, study author Gervasio Lamas said. The findings were presented at the American Heart Association meeting. MedPage Today (free registration) (11/4), CNN (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study ties multiple C-section deliveries to higher complication risks
    Pregnant women who've had five or more cesarean deliveries had a greater risk of preterm delivery and maternal complications including major obstetric hemorrhage and were more likely to receive blood transfusions and be admitted to critical care units than those who had fewer C-sections, according to a study of 269 women. The findings were published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. HealthDay News (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Comorbid hypertension, type 2 diabetes raises CVD risk
    Patients with comorbid hypertension and type 2 diabetes were more likely to develop cardiovascular disease than those who only had hypertension, according to a Spanish study in Medicica and Clinica. Researchers also found those who had both conditions were at an increased risk of renal failure, atherosclerosis and micro- and macroalbuminuria compared with hypertensive patients without diabetes. (11/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 3rd MMR dose might help control spread of mumps
    The mumps rate dropped from nearly 5% to 0.13% weeks after distribution of a third dose of measles, mumps, rubella vaccine to sixth- to 12-graders in an Orange County village in New York during a 2009-2010 outbreak, a study found. The findings, published in the journal Pediatrics, suggested but did not prove a third dose can be effective in fighting an outbreak, researchers said. Reuters (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fetal alcohol exposure tied to impaired brain activation in study
    Functional MRI scans of 8- to 18-year-olds with and without alcohol-exposed histories showed impaired behavioral performance and neural activation during cued trials among those exposed to alcohol during gestation. The left precentral and postcentral gyrus of the alcohol-exposed group was less activated compared with the control group, researchers reported in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research. News (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Work-Life Balance 
  • Report: Poor employee well-being affects job performance
    A Healthways report found employees who had low levels of well-being were more likely to have low job performance -- including being 47 times more likely to have high presenteeism -- and were twice as likely to have higher health care claim costs. Report author Dr. Yuyan Shi said employers can use such data to create programs to reduce health costs and improve productivity. Employee Benefit News (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Legislative Policy & Regulatory News 
  • CMS finalizes Medicaid rates for primary care docs
    All primary care doctors in the fields of family medicine, general internal medicine and pediatric medicine who are serving Medicaid patients will be paid at a rate equivalent to what Medicare offers over the next two years, effective Jan. 1, the CMS said. The final rule did not include payment increases for obstetricians, gynecologists and emergency medicine doctors. (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Position TitleCompany NameLocation
Clinical Nurse LeaderMinneapolis VA Medical CenterUS - MN - Minneapolis
Licensed, RNAt Home Independent CareUS - NY - Utica
Nurse Manager - Critical Care UnitColumbus Regional HospitalUS - IN - Columbus
Radiology RN / Travel NursingTrustaffConcord, CA
RN Nurse Case Manager - Work from homeUnitedHealth GroupDetroit, MI
Labor and Delivery RN / Travel NursingTrustaffDenver, CO
PA/NPSouthwest Medical AssociatesLas Vegas, NV
Area Clinic Manager/Center Support Manager (LPN/RN)JSA HealthcareUS - FL - St. Petersburg
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  ANA News 
  • Nov. 20 teleforum on engaging frontline nurses in quality improvement
    Frontline nurses have a huge impact on the quality and safety of their patients' care. For quality improvement efforts to succeed, frontline nurses need to be engaged in the quality improvement process. The speaker will review a set of nursing sensitive hospital quality measures, use these measures to explain how nurses have a large impact, and identify ways nurses can improve the quality of their own practice and that of their overall practice setting. ANA Members and NDNQI-participating hospitals receive a special discount. Register today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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