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Joint Commission RN: Health care needs better safety record | Bone drugs may give breast cancer patients extra boost | Air Force program entices airmen to become nurses
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February 12, 2009
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Joint Commission RN: Health care needs better safety record
The Joint Commission's Ann Blouin says health care needs to have safety records similar to those found in the airline and nuclear power industries. "But we're not there yet," she says. "We have a ways to go." The RN and executive VP in the division of accreditation and certification operations says disparities in compliance rates for quality and safety measures stem from a lack of leadership and governance throughout health care.
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Bone drugs may give breast cancer patients extra boost
A study involving 1,803 premenopausal women showed participants who took the bone drug zoledronic acid had a 36% reduction in cancer recurrences and metastases, compared with women who did not take the drug. Results of two other large studies on bone drugs and breast cancer are expected in the next few years.
NYTimes.com (2/11) 
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Air Force program entices airmen to become nurses
The Air Force is working to reduce its nurse shortage by offering enlisted airmen the opportunity to earn a nursing degree and become an officer. In exchange, the airmen must commit to being an Air Force nurse for four years. The program's goal is to select 40 candidates this fiscal year: 30 who need two years of schooling and 10 who would need one year to earn a nursing degree.
Stars and Stripes (tiered subscription model) (2/12) 
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Job market for Idaho nurses expected to cool by 2012
The hot job market for Idaho nurses could cool by 2012, according to a report by a 22-member nursing council appointed by Gov. Butch Otter. The report found that if nursing education programs expand as expected, the RN supply will meet demand in three years. Report authors cautioned, however, the recession could result in a surplus of nurses earlier than the 2012 prediction.
The Idaho Statesman (Boise) (2/11) 
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Iowa City RN devotes career to caring for burn patients
Iowa City RN Jackie Heinle has dedicated her 28-year career to caring for patients at the Burn Treatment Center and now serves as nurse manager of the 16-bed unit at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, the only burn treatment center in the state. She also travels around the state to fire departments and rural hospitals to teach first responders that burn patients need to receive the best treatment possible immediately.
The Des Moines Register (Iowa) (tiered subscription model) (2/11) 
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Hospital residencies help new RNs handle stress
More hospitals are offering programs and residencies to help new nurses deal with the stress of patient care to reduce turnover and keep staff levels intact. Many programs pair new nurses with veteran staff members who can mentor them in their first few months on the job. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing also is considering a standardized transition program.
Mohave Valley Daily News (Bullhead City, Ariz.)/The Associated Press (2/11) 
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Balancing career and home life requires flexibility
Chicago executive coach Marlanda English says a work-life balance is not always a 50-50 proposition and the key to success is being flexible. Her tips for achieving that zen state between career and home include being aware of stress and recognizing how being overwhelmed can affect you. She says free time must be built into a daily schedule.
The Examiner (2/9) 
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Spas become appealing place to relieve stress from economy
Taking a spa vacation when the economy was buzzing along was generally about pampering oneself. With the economic downturn in full swing, a spa trip has become more of an investment in one's well-being. Americans are "giving up the fluffy gold and caviar facials," said Susie Ellis, president of SpaFinder, "but honing in on core stress busters like therapeutic massage, etc. Especially if the price is right."
NYTimes.com (2/8) 
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Nurses hopeful Obama administration will include them
U.S. nurse executives and leaders are hopeful the Obama administration will include some nurses and have held several discussions with the administration's transition team. Nursing organizations have proffered a list of about eight names for health-related positions, such as heading up CMS or working as high-level policy analysts.
Nurse.com (2/9) 
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Survey: Obama's health reform plans have wide support
About half of the 2,491 adults who participated in a recent nationwide survey said they either "strongly" or "somewhat" agreed with President Barack Obama's plans to reform health care. The more popular proposals include establishing a "national health insurance exchange" and allowing Medicare to directly negotiate with drugmakers about the price of medicines, the survey found.
U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (2/11) 
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