January 15, 2021
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Professional Development
Interim HealthCare is hoping to increase staffing with recruitment focusing on job candidates' opportunities to make a career change. Interim is hoping to offer flexibility and autonomy to nurses who may be feeling burned out in hospital settings, company executive Carolina Lobo said.
Full Story: Home Health Care News (1/11) 
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Tammy Castles, nurse director of a cardiovascular telemetry unit in Pennsylvania, writes that it is important for people to understand the seriousness of the continued COVID-19 pandemic and continue to take preventive measures. Castles, whose unit has been designated the COVID-19 floor at the hospital, said she never expected to have to handle such intense emotions as she has experienced over the past nine months.
Full Story: The Pocono Record (Stroudsburg, Pa.) (tiered subscription model) (1/5) 
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California has given 60-day waivers to at least 250 hospitals during the pandemic, allowing increased patient workloads for intensive care and emergency department nurses. Many hospitals in the state have put elective procedures on hold.
Full Story: The Associated Press (1/8) 
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Education & Training
Nurses are all learning as they go through the pandemic, say Jacquelyn Evans and Hailey Ryan, who work in the COVID unit at St. Joseph's Health Hospital in Syracuse, N.Y. Ryan said it was nerve-wracking to be on the unit not even a year after graduation.
Full Story: Spectrum News (1/15) 
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Integrated EHR interfaces reduce nurse burnout risk
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Nurses are less likely to experience EHR-related burnout if they have high personal digital literacy and use EHRs with integrated displays, according to a review. The amount of data in EHRs is likely to increase, and nurses should be equipped with skills to use data to support clinical decisions, the researchers wrote.
Full Story: EHR Intelligence (1/7) 
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Leadership
OCLC CEO Skip Prichard describes how he dealt with testing positive for COVID-19, ultimately deciding to be vulnerable and share his story with employees. "In so many ways, this pandemic has driven us apart and isolated many, but my experience shows that we long for connection and hope," he writes.
Full Story: Skip Prichard Leadership Insights (1/11) 
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Leaders should be starting 2021 by looking to innovate, anticipate change and rethink everything from their office space to their mission, says Denise Lee Yohn in this video and blog post. "Also, we need to craft an optimistic vision of the future of our business and set realistic goals for everyone -- and then show how we plan to achieve them," she says.
Full Story: SmartBrief/Leadership (1/12) 
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