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Thanksgiving is National Family Health History Day

Each year since 2004, the Surgeon General has declared Thanksgiving to be National Family Health History Day.During this annual holiday when people around the country give thanks to God for their abundance, the Surgeon General encourages Americans to talk about, and to write down, the health problems that seem to run in their family.Family health history can be a powerful screening tool and is fundamental to nursing assessments of patients. Use the free Surgeon General's My Family Health Portrait to ...

Posted on: November 27, 2014
Press Ganey Tapped by CMS to Administer Hospice CAHPS Reporting

Press Ganey has been approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to administer the Hospice Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) survey. As the nation's leading patient experience company and CAHPS data submitter, Press Ganey's addition of Hospice CAHPS further complements its comprehensive suite of patient experience solutions across the continuum of care.Hospice CAHPS was developed by CMS to collect and share benchmark quality and performance data for ...

Last Updated: November 26, 2014 | Posted on: November 24, 2014
PNCB Celebrates 25th Anniversary of Certified Pediatric Nurse Credential

The Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB) celebrated two milestones this week and the nurses who made them happen - the 25th anniversary of the respected Certified Pediatric Nurse (CPN®) credential and the fifth year of offering the No Pass, No Pay program to reduce barriers for nurses wanting to test."There's never been a more exciting time for nursing certification," said Peg Harrison, MS, CPNP-PC, CAE, PNCB chief executive officer. "CPNs discover a personal sense of accomplishment and reach ...

Posted on: November 26, 2014
Vero Beach, Fla. - IRMC Earns 5-Star Rating for Value to Community

Indian River Medical Center is one of only nine hospitals in Florida, and the only Treasure Coast hospital, to earn 5-star recognition this year from Cleverley and Associates. Cleverley and Associates, a national, independent hospital review organization, has once again named IRMC one of its "Community Value Five-Star Hospitals."The designation means IRMC has reached the top 20% of all hospitals in the nation based on the value the hospitals provide for their communities.  "It's a great honor to be ...

Posted on: November 26, 2014
Nurse's Union Launches Ebola Hotline for Nurses, Frontline Caregivers

The AFT, the nation's second-largest nurses' union, today launched an Ebola Information Hotline and national ad buy to help ensure all healthcare workers receive the resources, equipment and training to prepare for and contain Ebola in the United States.The hotline (202-393-6300) provides a place for frontline healthcare workers to confidentially report concerns that could put them at risk for potential exposure to Ebola, so they can protect themselves, their patients and their communities. The hotline ...

Posted on: November 25, 2014
New Britain, Conn. - HOCC Meets Federal Criteria for Electronic Records Program

The Hospital of Central Connecticut (HOCC) is now one of less than 2% of U.S. registered hospitals as of Aug. 1 to successfully meet Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Stage 2 criteria for its electronic health records incentive program - meaningful use - that also gives patients the option to securely view their medical records online. HOCC recently attested to meeting Stage 2 criteria, meeting set standards of the federal program aimed at improving patient safety and care quality while reducing ...

Posted on: November 24, 2014
Bowles Earns Prestigious American Academy of Nursing 'Edge Runner' Award

Kathryn Bowles, PhD, RN, FAAN, van Ameringen Chair in Nursing Excellence; Professor of Nursing and co-founder of RightCare, has been designated an Edge Runner, a prestigious recognition from the American Academy of Nursing.Bowles is being recognized for her continued commitment to addressing and improving the way in which clinicians identify high-risk patients and make referral decisions regarding post-acute care. Her risk-assessment tool, Discharge Decision Support System, is an evidence-based screening ...

Posted on: November 23, 2014
New STTI Book Outlines Nursing & Healthcare Research Administration

Healthcare research administration is much like an orange: remove the peel, and what appears to be simple is actually made up of many connected yet separate sections. Now two of the top clinical researchers and research coordinators are joining forces and sharing their tried-and-true policies, templates, and resources to create one of the only comprehensive references regarding clinical research management.In Business Administration for Clinical Trials, authors R. Jennifer Cavalieri, BSN, RN, CCRC, CCRP, ...

Posted on: November 22, 2014
ANA Calls for Stronger RN-Employer Collaboration to Reduce Nurse Fatigue

In a new position statement, the American Nurses Association is calling for stronger collaboration between registered nurses (RNs) and their employers to reduce the risks of nurse fatigue for patients and nurses associated with shift work and long hours, and emphasizing the need to strength a culture of safety in the work environment in U;.S. hospitals and healthcare facilities. ANA contends that evidence-based strategies must be implemented to proactively address nurse fatigue and sleepiness. Such ...

Posted on: November 21, 2014
McHenry, Ill.- Centegra, Loyola Partner for Cardiac Care

$0Centegra Health System announces a new partnership with Loyola University Health System to provide patients streamlined access to advanced heart failure care. Per the agreement, an advanced heart failure specialist will see patients at the Centegra Cardiovascular & Thoracic Center and if they need more advanced heart failure treatment he will connect them to the team at Loyola.$0$0Patients will visit the Centegra Heart Failure Clinic at the new Centegra Cardiovascular & Thoracic Center (CCTC) in ...

Posted on: November 20, 2014
Clinical Nurse Specialists Form Task Forces to Improve Care in U.S. Hospitals

The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) has announced the formation of two new task forces that will address two pressing issues in healthcare: malnutrition in hospitalized patients; and caring for patients with multiple chronic conditions. Clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) are advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) who ensure high quality nursing care that is evidence-based and promotes patient safety, while improving patient outcomes and lowering healthcare costs. The ...

Posted on: November 20, 2014
Nurse's Refusal to Force-Feed Guantanamo Detainees Ethically Sound, ANA Says

The American Nurses Association on Wednesday hosted a conference call with reporters to discuss the possible punishment of a U.S. Navy nurse for refusing to carry out orders to force-feed detainees at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba.  Since March 2013, media reports have noted that detainees at the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp have engaged in hunger strikes and that Naval medical personnel, including nurses, were being used to force-feed the detainees. The nurse who refused to continue managing two ...

Posted on: November 19, 2014
National Nursing Leaders Issue Blueprint for 21st Century Ethics

In the wake of media focus on the trials and bravery of nurses in the context of the Ebola crisis, leaders in the fields of nursing and clinical ethics have released an unprecedented report on the ethical issues facing the profession, as the American Nursing Association prepares to release a revised Code of Ethics in 2015.  The report captures the discussion at the first National Nursing Ethics Summit, held at Johns Hopkins University in August. Fifty leaders in nursing and ethics gathered to discuss ...

Posted on: November 19, 2014
Durham, N.C. - Duke Nursing Is Ninth in Funding from National Institutes of Health

Duke University School of Nursing is now ninth in the country in the amount of National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded research, among 63 other schools of nursing receiving NIH funding, according to new federal data. This is the highest NIH standing for the Duke School of Nursing, moving up two places from last year. As of October 2014, the School has received $4.24 million in research funding from the NIH. "The entire school community takes incredible pride in the research that is being conducted by ...

Posted on: November 19, 2014
Westminster & Baltimore, Md. - Carroll Hospital Center and LifeBridge Health Announce Letter of Intent to Partner

The boards of Carroll Hospital Center and LifeBridge Health announced today that they have approved a letter of intent to form a partnership, combining the strengths of their two health systems to move forward with the vision and resources to enhance and offer exceptional care to the people of Carroll County and the greater Baltimore region, while fostering a model system of quality in an industry undergoing fundamental transformation. The alliance reflects a vision by leaders from two of Maryland's ...

Posted on: November 18, 2014
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