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Nursing Articles by Topic: Leadership and Management

Blog spotlight: CAUTIs still a problem

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 17, April 30, 2012

    Bit of a plug, but I think my visitors will find HCPro's webcast on CAUTIs (catheter-associated...

Ask the expert: Activities to facilitate change efforts

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 17, April 30, 2012

    This week, Pamela Hunt, BS, MSN, RN and Deborah Laughon, RN, BSM, MS, DBA, CCRN discuss common...

Top 10 most read blogs posts from 2011

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 1, January 9, 2012

    Here's a rundown of the most-read posts from 2011: 1. Analyzing nurse staffing: Understanding...

Nurses key to making healthcare better

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 1, January 9, 2012

    Nurses made a strong showing in this year's HealthLeaders 20, our annual profile of individuals who...

CMS' proposed hospital staffing revisions get cool reception

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 1, January 9, 2012

    A rule proposed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to allow changes in the...

Including policies and procedures in charge nurse orientation

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 1, January 9, 2012

    Q: My organization is developing a charge nurse orientation this year and we are having difficulty...

Nurses are still America’s most trusted professionals

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 51, December 19, 2011

    Americans trust nurses more than any other professionals. Nurses have topped Gallup's list every...

How healthcare execs can improve sharps safety

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 51, December 19, 2011

    A "culture of safety" is a central value in most healthcare institutions. One crucial...

IHI: Getting surgeons to embrace safety

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 51, December 19, 2011

    When Gerald Healy was surgeon-in-chief at Boston Children's Hospital a few years back, a medical...

Choosing a pressure ulcer prevention method

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 51, December 19, 2011

    Q: My unit has been having difficulty deciding which prevention method to use for pressure ulcers...

Tip: Assess patient suicide risk

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 50, December 12, 2011

    Many patients who kill themselves in general hospital inpatient units don't have a psychiatric...

Nursing workforce stats take a surprising turn

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 50, December 12, 2011

    A new nursing study out this week brings hospitals some welcome good news: The nursing shortage may...

IHI: Hospitals, Patients Rethink Care; Berwick Blasts Rhetoric

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 50, December 12, 2011

    This year's Institute for Healthcare Improvement forum, which ended Wednesday in Orlando, provided...

Constructive criticism during nursing competency assessment

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 50, December 12, 2011

    Q: When assessing the competency of a staff member, what is the best way to offer constructive...

Choosing the winners of the 2011 Nursing Image Awards

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 49, December 5, 2011

    I helped pick the winners of the 2011 HCPro Nursing Image Awards, which marks the third year that...

Anatomy of a Nursing Image Awards nominee

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 49, December 5, 2011

    Last week I was writing about hot topics at the annual Nursing Management Congress. This week I've...

HCPro announces 2011 Nursing Image Award winners

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 49, December 5, 2011

    This year's search for nurse leaders and staff who have helped elevate the image of nursing is...

Time management for nurse managers

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 49, December 5, 2011

    Q: With all of my responsibilities at work, it is easy to get side-tracked. Any tips on how I can...

How effective are your unit-level shared governance councils?

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 48, November 28, 2011

    During the November 10th audio conference "Put Shared Governance Into Practice At the Unit...

Puncture brings needlestick safety to the public eye

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 48, November 28, 2011

    Healthcare workers have seen it all when it comes to safety training videos. A throaty narrator...

Ability to pay drives hospital length of stay

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 48, November 28, 2011

    Uninsured patients spend less time in the hospital than insured patients, according to a study that...

Monitor effectiveness of patient hand offs

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 48, November 28, 2011

    Q: What are some strategies to help monitor the effectiveness of patient hand-offs during my...

Apologies and action for famous actors only?

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 47, November 21, 2011

    Hospital chief Sandra Coletta is making waves throughout the healthcare community after being frank...

Top 5 challenges facing nursing in 2012

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 47, November 21, 2011

    The holiday decorations are going up in my neighborhood, Thanksgiving is next week, and my mind has...

ED nurses still wear a bullseye for workplace abuse

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 47, November 21, 2011

    There isn't much good news in the latest nationwide survey of workplace violence against emergency...

Tips to increase nursing staff member’s motivation

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 47, November 21, 2011

    Q: Some of my staff members seem lethargic lately. Any advice on how I can boost staff motivation?

Nurses urged to examine their changing roles

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 46, November 14, 2011

    The three topics on everyone's lips at last week's Nursing Management Congress were transforming...

IOM issues 10 HIT recommendations for patient safety

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 46, November 14, 2011

    Health information technology is said to be key to improving quality and safety. But even as...

Nursing indicators and peer review

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 46, November 14, 2011

    Q: How can I identify nursing indicators during a peer review process?

Nurse leaders upbeat at Nursing Management Congress

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 45, November 7, 2011

    I just returned from the annual Nursing Management Congress and it was a pleasure to meet so many...

AHA adds its voice to call for mandatory flu shots

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 45, November 7, 2011

    Add another voice to the call for mandatory influenza vaccinations for healthcare workers. This...

Kathleen Bartholomew, RN, MN, answers questions about nurse-to-nurse hostility

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 44, October 31, 2011

    Kathleen Bartholomew, RN, MN, dared to ask the question, how can a profession that is based on...

What makes a positive patient experience?

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 44, October 31, 2011

    Hospitals have been working toward better patient satisfaction for years. Now, with patient...

3 health technologies to watch

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 44, October 31, 2011

    Healthcare organizations have checked a lot of technologies off their to-do lists. According to the...

Budget tips for nurse managers

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 44, October 31, 2011

    Q: How can I prepare myself before presenting my budget plan to a supervisor?

Analyzing nurse staffing: Understanding FTEs

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 43, October 24, 2011

    Staffing: what a problem! Developing and monitoring the staffing budget is one of the most, if not...

Four tips for retaining nurses who work past retirement

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 43, October 24, 2011

    Nurses are feeling the pinch from the economy as much as anyone else and a new study reveals many...

ACO final rules ease requirements, reduce risk

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 43, October 24, 2011

    Federal health, trade and anti-trust agencies on Thursday released their long-awaited set of final...

Hiring tips to find the right nurses

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 43, October 24, 2011

    Q: When hiring new nurses, I often wish I could see into the future and whether they will work out...

Performing a SWOT analysis

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 42, October 17, 2011

    One of the most important, although sometimes time-consuming, activities that are frequently...

Stop tolerating bad managers

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 42, October 17, 2011

    "What should we do with a manager who screams at employees in the hallways, gossips, and has...

AMA asks Medicare to start paying doctors for care coordination

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 42, October 17, 2011

    The American Medical Association wants Medicare to start paying doctors for four types of...

Recognizing and rewarding nurses

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 42, October 17, 2011

    Q: We frequently give out formal recognition and rewards on our unit, but I'm wondering if you...

Determining financial goals and objectives

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 41, October 10, 2011

    It is common for highly driven organizations to develop goals and objectives annually. In...

Nurses don’t want to be doctors

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 41, October 10, 2011

    We all know that the title "doctor" refers both to physicians with medical degrees and to...

Vote for your favorite dancing nurses in the Pink Glove dance competition

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 41, October 10, 2011

    More than 135 groups of nurses, physicians, and other healthcare staff have entered the Pink Glove...

Patients with borderline personalities

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 41, October 10, 2011

    Q: We recently had a patient who suffered from Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and really...

Visiting hours

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 40, October 3, 2011

    How do you feel about unrestricted visiting hours? More and more organizations are moving toward...

Prevent readmissions with nurse intervention

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 40, October 3, 2011

    Changing reimbursement incentives are forcing hospitals to focus on preventing readmissions...

Easing patient fears can raise HCAHPS scores

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 40, October 3, 2011

    Not everyone feels the same way about the blue "H" sign indicating a hospital's...

Uncovering nurse-to-nurse hostility

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 40, October 3, 2011

    Q: I am concerned there may be cases of nurse-to-nurse hostility occurring at my facility. How do I...

Rewarding near-miss reporting

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 39, September 26, 2011

    By now, most of us involved in patient safety understand the importance of reporting, collecting...

Nurses stayed with critical care patients during Hurricane Irene

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 39, September 26, 2011

    Nurses at NYU-Langone Medical Center didn't bat an eyelid when Hurricane Irene started barreling...

Winner of HCPro’s nurse leader best practices contest

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 39, September 26, 2011

    Editor's note: A few weeks ago, we asked you to submit best practices regarding culture change...

Building collaboration between nurses and medical staff

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 39, September 26, 2011

    Q: How can I facilitate collaboration between nursing and medical staff at my hospital?

Learning patient satisfaction from the Ritz

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 38, September 19, 2011

    Yet another company outside the field of healthcare has offered its services to teach hospitals...

Recruiting nurses in the fight against CLABSI

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 38, September 19, 2011

    Even with all the effort IPs put into data collection, surveillance, and education on a daily basis...

Best and worst hospitals for 30-day mortality

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 38, September 19, 2011

    Two weeks ago, this column focused on Medicare's latest HospitalCompare spreadsheet, which shows...

Preventing back and foot problems in nursing

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 38, September 19, 2011

    Q: A lot of my nurses have been complaining about back and foot problems. Do you have any tips?

10 ways to help nurses improve patient satisfaction

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 37, September 12, 2011

    Improving patient satisfaction is a financial imperative. Nurses are on the frontline of patient...

Immediate jeopardy at Parkland puts VBP incentive pay in peril

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 37, September 12, 2011

    The possibility that Parkland Memorial Hospital could lose $417 million in federal pay stemming...

Starting a nurse succession planning program

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 37, September 12, 2011

    Q: We don't really have a succession program in place. How do you suggest we get this off the...

Patient safety and agency nurses

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 36, September 5, 2011

    Medication errors are twice as likely to occur with agency and temporary emergency room (ER) nurses...

Enter HCPro’s nurse leader best practices contest

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 36, September 5, 2011

    How do you deal with horizontal hostility among your employees? Do you have one staff nurse who...

Supporting new graduate nurses

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 36, September 5, 2011

    Q: My organization does not have a new graduate nurse residency program in place. What are some...

Free webcast about ending bullying and toxic behavior in nursing

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 34, August 29, 2011

    A live, free, 60-minute webcast, A Conversation with Kathleen Bartholomew: End Bullying and Toxic...

3 obstacles to higher education levels in nursing

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 34, August 29, 2011

    Evidence shows that patient outcomes improve when nurses have baccalaureate degrees. The Future of...

Enter HCPro’s nurse leader best practices contest

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 34, August 29, 2011

    How do you deal with horizontal hostility among your employees? Do you have one staff nurse who...

Delivering constructive coaching to staff nurses

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 35, August 29, 2011

    Q: When should I engage staff nurses in constructive coaching?

Why training nurse leaders matters

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 34, August 26, 2011

    The last thing most hospitals want to do in a time of financial uncertainty is spend money on...

Should all new nurses be required to obtain baccalaureate degrees?

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 34, August 22, 2011

    New nurses need to have four-year degrees, according to the readers of...

Why training nurse leaders matters

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 34, August 22, 2011

    The last thing most hospitals want to do in a time of financial uncertainty is spend money on...

Nurse education key to scope-of-care debate

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 34, August 22, 2011

    The nursing profession is in an upheaval. On one hand, there is pressure to push registered...

Meeting the learning needs of different generations of nurses

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 34, August 22, 2011

    Q: How can I ensure educational activities take into account the different learning styles of the...

Five reasons nurses want to leave your hospital

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 33, August 15, 2011

    Your nurses have one eye on the door if you do any of the following. Although economic woes...

APRNs provide care equal to doctors, review concludes

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 33, August 15, 2011

    Advanced practice nurses can provide care with patient outcomes that are at least as good as, and...

Retaining older, more experienced nurses

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 33, August 15, 2011

    Q: How can I retain my older, more experienced nurses?

Five reasons nurses want to leave your hospital

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 32, August 12, 2011

    Your nurses have one eye on the door if you do any of the following. Although economic woes...

Making the leap from "one of us" to "one of them"

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 32, August 8, 2011

    One day you're part of the group. Helping each other out, complaining about never having the...

Evidence-based staffing enhances patient-centered care

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 32, August 8, 2011

    Patient-centered care is a healthcare buzzword, but what does it really mean? A bedside nurse would...

Low health literacy, high health costs

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 32, August 8, 2011

    When Joe Smith walks into a bar, chances are he isn't going to order an "alcoholic...

Developing shared governance unit-council bylaws

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 32, August 8, 2011

    Q: How do we develop our shared governance unit-council bylaws?

Are you a bully?

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 31, August 1, 2011

    Do you have favorite nurses on your unit? Are there a couple of nurses who make you want to roll...

Nurse educators plot retention strategies

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 31, August 1, 2011

    Until the economy imploded a few years ago, every other article on the profession of nursing...

Economist links higher ER spending to lower mortality

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 31, August 1, 2011

    Hospitals that spend more money on emergency department care for cardiac patients have lower...

Educating charge nurses about policies and procedures

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 31, August 1, 2011

    Q: How should we educate charge nurses about policies and procedures?

How to get started with a nurse residency program

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 30, July 25, 2011

    Want to build a nurse residency program for new graduates but not sure where to start? Kendra...

’Bed wizards’ transform ED throughput

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 30, July 25, 2011

    The introduction of a new role in the emergency department at St. John's Hospital in Springfield...

Last week! Nominate a star for the HCPro 2011 Nursing Image Awards

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 30, July 25, 2011

    There's still time to nominate someone for the 2011 HCPro Nursing Image Awards. The nomination...

Hiring the right candidate for open staff nurse positions

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 30, July 25, 2011

    Q: How can I find good candidates for my open staff nurse positions?

Last week! Nominate a star for the HCPro 2011 Nursing Image Awards

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 29, July 22, 2011

    There's still time to nominate someone for the 2011 HCPro Nursing Image Awards. The nomination...

Are you and your team on automatic pilot?

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 29, July 18, 2011

    A couple of weeks ago, I was running a workshop on The Language of Caring and how to communicate in...

Five ways to retain new graduate nurses

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 29, July 18, 2011

    Hospitals across the country are welcoming recently graduated nurses to their units and hoping to...

Nurse retention strategies a growing priority

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 29, July 18, 2011

    The Great Recession offers few silver linings, but the economic downturn has played a huge part in...

Assessing the current culture before establishing "Just Culture"

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 29, July 18, 2011

    Q: What's the first step to implement a Just Culture?

Making patients safer in the OR: One hospital revamps its blood availability process

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 28, July 11, 2011

    A pediatric patient at Shands Healthcare at the University of Florida, Gainesville made it to the...

Helping new graduate nurses over transition shock: Part 3: The "knowing" stage

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 28, July 11, 2011

    With positive role transition, graduate nurses experience a renewed confidence, sense of calm...

CMS releases 2012 OPPS proposed rule

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 28, July 11, 2011

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2012 OPPS proposed rule late...

How nurse managers can provide feedback to their staff nurses

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 28, July 11, 2011

    Q: How can I make sure I'm providing feedback to all my staff nurses?

Helping new graduate nurses over transition shock: Part 2: The "being" stage

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 27, July 4, 2011

    During the "being" or transition crisis phase, the real work of role transition occurs...

Why advanced degrees for nurse leaders matter

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 27, July 4, 2011

    "I ask my nurses: 'When you're sitting around the table with care managers, physicians...

Nominate a star for the HCPro 2011 Nursing Image Awards

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 27, July 4, 2011

    Nominations are open for the HCPro 2011 Nursing Image Awards, which honor nurses whose leadership...

Expectations for unit-level council membership in shared governanc

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 27, July 4, 2011

    The unit council is the core structure for nursing shared governance. Unit-level shared governance...

Helping new graduate nurses over transition shock: Part 1: The "doing" stage

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 26, June 27, 2011

    It's the time of year when hospitals are welcoming new graduate nurses to their units and nurse...

Ending kneejerk responses to medical errors

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 26, June 27, 2011

    Mistakes are a fact of life. As the Institute of Medicine said, "To err is human." What...

ANA supports bill for APRNs in home health care

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 26, June 27, 2011

    The American Nurses Association (ANA) has thrown its support behind a bill that would give advanced...

Encouraging a Just Culture for reporting errors and near misses

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 26, June 27, 2011

    Q: How does my organization establish a Just Culture that encourages nurses to report errors and...

Understanding the difference between patient satisfaction and patient experience

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 25, June 20, 2011

    Everyone is talking about patient experience these days and the term is often used interchangeably...

How value-based purchasing is changing nursing

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 25, June 20, 2011

    The advent of value-based purchasing has thrown everyone into a mad scramble. You can't stand in a...

Nominate a star for the HCPro 2011 Nursing Image Awards

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 25, June 20, 2011

    Nominations are open for the HCPro 2011 Nursing Image Awards, which honor nurses whose leadership...

Explaining shared governance to direct-care nurses

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 25, June 20, 2011

    Q: How can I explain shared governance to direct-care nurses?

Blog spotlight: CMS proposes making hospital performance data public

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 24, June 13, 2011

    A new proposed rule by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) would allow the use...

Website spotlight: Nursing union goes to Washington

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 24, June 13, 2011

    Nurses are rallying in Washington, DC, today to bring attention to average Americans' healthcare...

News spotlight: ONC and HHS introduce Investing in Innovations Initiative

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 24, June 13, 2011

    The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) and the Department of Health and Human...

Ask the expert: Setting the stage for new nurses

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 24, June 13, 2011

    Q: How do I create an engaging classroom setting for new nurses?

Blog spotlight: ANA says ACO regulations should focus more on nursing

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 23, June 6, 2011

    The American Nurses Association (ANA) has recommended the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid...

News spotlight: Joint Commission releases new educational video

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 23, June 6, 2011

    The Joint Commission has released the latest in a series of short animated videos in its Speak Up...

Ask the expert: New graduate nurse turnover: The key metric

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 23, June 6, 2011

    Q: How do I calculate the new graduate nurse turnover at my facility and use it properly to make...

Blog spotlight: ANA praises Joint Commission standards for nurse-led medical homes

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 22, May 30, 2011

    The American Nurses Association (ANA) issued a press release applauding The Joint Commission for...

Website spotlight: ENA aims to prevent violence against nurses

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 22, May 30, 2011

    Imagine if every time you came to work, there was a pretty good chance you would face a threat of...

News spotlight: Nurses help tornado victims from Joplin hospital

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 22, May 30, 2011

    Nurses at St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Joplin, MO carried patients from their...

Ask the expert: Using performance evaluations to promote healthy communication

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 22, May 30, 2011

    Q: How can nurse managers use performance evaluations to enhance healthy communication among their...

Blog spotlight: Preceptor perspectives: Reporting a near miss even t

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 21, May 23, 2011

    Who likes to get in trouble? I know that I sure don’t! Yet, reporting a near miss event...

Website spotlight: How nurse executives can help tired nurses

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 21, May 23, 2011

    Working long hours can compromise patient safety, yet 12-hour shifts are the norm in nursing...

News spotlight: Joint Commission releases new NPSG

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 21, May 23, 2011

    The Joint Commission has approved a new National Patient Safety Goal (NPSG) set to go into effect...

Ask the expert: Automated alarms and monitoring systems

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 21, May 23, 2011

    Q: How can I make sure the many alarms, systems, and other technologies I use are helping me...

Ask the expert: Task load division for nursing care

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 20, May 16, 2011

    Q: How does crew resource management use task load division to ensure attention distribution, and...

News spotlight: Medical error suicide emphasizes importance of clinician support

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 20, May 16, 2011

    A nurse who administered a medication overdose to a child, causing that child to die, took her own...

Website spotlight: Technology overload: An alarming danger

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 20, May 16, 2011

    Beep. Beep. Beep.

Blog spotlight: Commanding respect from disrespectful physicians

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 20, May 16, 2011

    “I work days and try to have everything ready when the doctors come in (labs in charts...

Blog spotlight: Research shows simple post-surgical step reduces infections

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 19, May 9, 2011

    According to the latest edition of the Archive of Surgery, a basic bedside technique of gently...

Website spotlight: It's Nurses Week. Get it?

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 19, May 9, 2011

    National Nurses Week is upon us once more, giving hospital leaders an opportunity to spend time...

News spotlight: Residency program aids impending need for nurses

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 19, May 9, 2011

    In the coming years, the demand for nurses is projected to increase as the wealth of baby boomers...

Ask the expert:Communicating research results

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 19, May 9, 2011

    Q: After a research project, how do I effectively communicate my findings?

How Google can help nurse managers

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 18, May 6, 2011

    Has Google cracked the secret of how to be a good boss? The data geeks at Google have come to some...

Blog spotlight: Joint Commission and FDA target alarm fatigue

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 18, May 2, 2011

    The Joint Commission recently told The Boston Globe that it would work with the Food and Drug...

Website spotlight: How Google can help nurse mangers

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 18, May 2, 2011

    Has Google cracked the secret of how to be a good boss? The data geeks at Google have come to some...

News spotlight: Hand-washing goes high-tech

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 18, May 2, 2011

    The University of Illinois Medical Center in Chicago has recently installed the HyGreen system, a...

Ask the expert: Decision-making skills for charge nurses

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 18, May 2, 2011

    Q: What decision-making strategies can I teach my charge nurses?

Nurse executives focus on complexity of care delivery

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 17, April 29, 2011

    The average nurse is in cognitive overload, completing about 100 tasks per shift with an...

Blog spotlight: Patient experience undefined, but a top priority

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 17, April 25, 2011

    A new study by the Beryl Institute, an organization that promotes better patient experiences...

Website spotlight: Nurse executives focus on complexity of care delivery

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 17, April 25, 2011

    The average nurse is in cognitive overload, completing about 100 tasks per shift with an...

News spotlight: Free Patient Safety Monitor live demo!

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 17, April 25, 2011

    HCPro will be hosting a complimentary live demo of Patient Safety Monitor on April 26! Patient...

Ask the expert: Teaching your charge nurse to cultivate talent

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 17, April 25, 2011

    Q: What are some strategies I can teach to my charge nurses to develop and facilitate talent in...

Nurses too scared to speak up

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 16, April 22, 2011

    How many quality improvement projects are going on in your organization right now? How many...

Blog spotlight: Preceptor perspectives on a just culture

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 16, April 18, 2011

    Just culture. This term has been thrown around in the nursing literature for many years. Many...

Website spotlight: Communicating heart health education to staff

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 16, April 18, 2011

    Shelley Lockard, RN, BSN, physician marketing coordinator at Indiana (PA) Regional Medical Center...

Ask the expert: Briefings on the nursing unit

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 16, April 18, 2011

    Q: How do I implement effective briefings that are used in the operating room on the nursing unit?

Blog spotlight: Animated short reminds people to "Speak Up"

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 15, April 11, 2011

    The Joint Commission’s Speak Up ™ campaign has launched the second in a series of...

Website spotlight: Prevent readmissions with discharge planning

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 15, April 11, 2011

    Discharge planning is a process that should begin as soon as patients are admitted to the...

News spotlight: 13 ACO buzzwords: Do you know them?

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 15, April 11, 2011

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released its long-awaited proposed regulations...

Ask the expert: From the cockpit to the nursing unit

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 15, April 11, 2011

    Q: How has crew resource management used in the aviation industry been applied to healthcare and...

Blog spotlight: Thomson Reuters names top 100 U.S. hospitals

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 14, April 4, 2011

    Thomson Reuters has announced its annual study naming 100 top U.S. hospitals that have shown...

Website spotlight: Nurses too scared to speak up

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 14, April 4, 2011

    How many quality improvement projects are going on in your organization right now? How many...

News spotlight: CMS gives $37.6 million in EHR reimbursements

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 14, April 4, 2011

    To date, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has enrolled 25,217 hospitals and...

Ask the expert: Blueprint of the best nurse candidate

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 14, April 4, 2011

    Q: What are some important things to look for when I’m considering who to hire for a nurse...

Blog spotlight: HHS develops new strategy to improve healthcare quality

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 13, March 28, 2011

    The Health & Human Services Department has released the National Strategy for Quality...

Website spotlight: How a pilot applies aviation safety principles to nursing

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 13, March 28, 2011

    Gary Sculli responds to both "nurse" and "captain" and the interesting...

News spotlight: Survey shows majority of hospitals happy with patient safety initiatives

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 13, March 28, 2011

    A survey by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) found that 75% of hospitals...

Ask the expert: Common performance rating errors

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 13, March 28, 2011

    Q: What are some important things to avoid when evaluating the performance of my staff?

Blog spotlight: AHAP Conference at Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 12, March 21, 2011

    Save the date, and enter our contest, too!

Website spotlight: Top priorities differ for nurse execs, managers

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 12, March 21, 2011

    So far in 2011, nursing executives have been focused on CMS’ value-based purchasing and what...

News spotlight: ANA starts Japan disaster relief fund

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 12, March 21, 2011

    In response to the tragic earthquake, tsunami, and potential nuclear disaster in Japan, the...

Ask the expert: Nursing peer evaluation

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 12, March 21, 2011

    Q: How do nurse managers conduct a charge nurse evaluation?

Blog spotlight: Choosing top-ranking hospitals for treatment could mean life or death

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 11, March 14, 2011

    According to HealthGrades annual report Patient Safety in American Hospitals, certain medical...

Website spotlight: Virtual discharge assistant cuts readmissions, costs

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 11, March 14, 2011

    Now that patient satisfaction and patient experience are set to be tied to reimbursement, nurse...

News spotlight: Survey says: HIT use produces positive effects

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 11, March 14, 2011

    According to a new study by The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, most recent...

Ask the expert: Managing confrontations

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 11, March 14, 2011

    Q:  How do I know when to give constructive feedback and coaching, and when to confront?

Blog spotlight: Washington, DC, nurses strike again

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 10, March 7, 2011

    After almost a year of on-again, off-again contract talks and labor disputes over wages, benefits...

Website spotlight: Nurses vs. robots: No contest

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 10, March 7, 2011

    An article about robotic technology caused a minor controversy last week when it appeared to imply...

News spotlight: Healthcare groups team up to create ACA website

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 10, March 7, 2011

    A coalition of several health organizations, including the ANA and other groups representing...

Ask the expert: The importance of trust

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 10, March 7, 2011

    Q: I just took on the role of a nurse mentor. How do I build a trusting relationship between myself...

Blog spotlight: Changing the public's image of nursing

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 9, February 28, 2011

    How the media portrays the nursing profession and how the public views nurses has been a...

Website spotlight: Nurse patrols frontline of preventative care

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 9, February 28, 2011

    Kay Renny, RN, is on the frontlines of the preventive care battlefield. As manager of corporate...

News spotlight: Johnson & Johnson launches Safe Surgery Initiative

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 9, February 28, 2011

    Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Systems, Inc. has released a new website for healthcare...

Ask the expert: What should I ask?

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 9, February 28, 2011

    Q: What are some interview questions I should ask candidates who are applying for a charge nurse...

Blog spotlight: 2011 HcPro Nursing Image Awards

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 8, February 21, 2011

    The search is on! HcPro is once again looking for nurse leaders and staff who have helped to...

Website spotlight: Nurse leaders' top concerns: Patient experience and quality care

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 8, February 21, 2011

    Patient satisfaction scores will soon be tied to reimbursement and the change has shifted...

News spotlight: Direct care nurses unhappy with their jobs

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 8, February 21, 2011

    Nurses who work directly with patients in hospitals report higher levels of unhappiness with their...

Ask the expert: Anticipating goals of implementing a just culture

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 8, February 21, 2011

    Q:  What should be my end goals when trying to make a transition to a just culture in my...

Ask the expert: Leadership buy-in for a just culture

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 7, February 14, 2011

    Q: What are some ways that leadership can communicate patient safety and a just culture to staff?

Blog spotlight: Look-alike drugs add to pile of medication errors

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 6, February 7, 2011

    U.S. researchers report that confusion caused by look-alike and sound-alike drugs account for a...

Website spotlight: Hospitals with outstanding nursing quality share 4 key traits

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 6, February 7, 2011

    “Think globally, act locally” is a familiar idiom from the green movement, and...

News spotlight: CA physicians challenge court decision on nurse anesthetists

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 6, February 7, 2011

    Physicians and nurses continue to battle over the right for nurse anesthetists to administer...

Ask the expert: Streamlining the error reporting process

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 6, February 7, 2011

    Q: I get a lot of pushback from my staff when it comes to advent error reporting. They often say...

Blog spotlight: Touch, look, and listen: Incorporate learning styles into orientation

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 5, January 31, 2011

    How many times have you tried teaching a new skill to new orientees only for them to not...

Website spotlight: Nurse advocate exhibits nursing images at U.S. Capitol

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 5, January 31, 2011

    An exhibition of nursing photographs is on display this week at the Russell Senate Office Building...

News spotlight: HealthGrades' 50 top cities for hospital care

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 5, January 31, 2011

    Rating organization HealthGrades has announced its first-ever list of America’s Top 50 Cities...

Ask the expert: Creating a just culture

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 5, January 31, 2011

    Q:  What is a just culture principle document, and what should it include?

What is a just culture principle document, and what should it include?

  • Nurse Manager Website, Issue 1, January 28, 2011

    A just culture principle document in essence articulates quite clearly the organization’s...

What’s new with AHAP!

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 4, January 25, 2011

    AHAP’s next working group call is TODAY, January 25th at 3 pm EST (2 pm Central, Noon...

Blog spotlight: ANA voices opinion on healthcare reform repeal attempts

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 4, January 24, 2011

    The American Nurses Association (ANA) has sent a letter to all members of the House of...

Website spotlight: Nursing employment market looking up

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 4, January 24, 2011

    The stagnant nursing job market is set to pick up in 2011, according to recent reports. After...

News spotlight: MRSA infects one in 20 ED patients

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 4, January 24, 2011

    According to a study published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, 5% of patients in a Boston...

Ask the expert: Improving nurse satisfaction

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 4, January 24, 2011

    Q:  What are some nurse-driven projects I can implement to improve nurse satisfaction?

Blog spotlight: "No decisions about me without me!"

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 2, January 17, 2011

    It’s exciting to see the epidemic of commitment to patient and family-centered care! The...

Website spotlight: Talk to nurses about Facebook before they talk about you

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 2, January 17, 2011

    Yesterday, my mother joined Facebook. When she told me she wanted to sign up, I was perplexed. Who...

News spotlight: CDC finds health disparities based on gender, race, income

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 2, January 17, 2011

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently published a report examining certain...

Ask the expert: Improving patient satisfaction

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 2, January 17, 2011

    Q: What are some nurse-driven projects I can implement to improve patient satisfaction?

Blog spotlight: Best and worst nursing portrayals of 2010

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 1, January 10, 2011

    The Truth About Nursing, a non-profit organization in Baltimore that seeks to increase public...

Website spotlight: To boost patient satisfaction scores, engage nurses

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 1, January 10, 2011

    Patient satisfaction is on everyone’s minds in 2011 as we face the prospect that these scores...

News spotlight: What's the buzz for 2011?

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 1, January 10, 2011

    HealthLeaders Media has put together a list of 11 healthcare buzzwords that every care provider...

Ask the expert: Is computer-based learning too expensive?

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 1, January 10, 2011

    Q: I want to use computer-based learning, but how do I justify the cost on a tight budget?

Blog spotlight: You can't teach with apathy: Why it's important to support your preceptors

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 52, January 3, 2011

    I occasionally peruse online nursing forums to see what the hot topics are. Last night, I was on a...

Website spotlight: Top 12 nursing stories of 2010

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 52, January 3, 2011

    In the next few years, will we look back at 2010 and identify it as the year healthcare began to...

News spotlight: Nurses participation in hospital design fosters quality care

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 52, January 3, 2011

    A recent publication of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) suggests that the nurses have a...

Ask the expert: Evaluating computer-based learning vendors

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 52, January 3, 2011

    Q: I’d like to start using computer-based learning (CBL) for my staff training. How do I...

Blog spotlight: Nurses refuse raises in the name of patient care

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 51, December 27, 2010

    Newspapers and websites have been inundated this year with protests, strikes, and complaints of...

Assessing the link between certification, patient outcomes, and nursing behaviors

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 51, December 27, 2010

    As educators, we place great emphasis on the effect of continuing education and training and on...

News spotlight: New ANA ethics advisory board members

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 51, December 27, 2010

    The American Nurses Association (ANA) recently announced the appointment of new members to...

Ask the expert: Making education mobile

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 51, December 27, 2010

    Q:  I’ve been hearing a lot about applications for mobile devices being used for...

Welcome to Nurse Leader Weekly!

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 50, December 20, 2010

    Welcome to your new e-newsletter, where we’ll provide best practices, news, and tips for...

Blog spotlight: Joint Commission announces revisions to medication reconciliation goal

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 50, December 20, 2010

    Medication reconciliation has received a facelift: revisions to the medication reconciliation...

Website spotlight: IOM's long road to reform nursing begins

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 50, December 20, 2010

    In October, the Institute of Medicine released its landmark report, sponsored by the Robert Wood...

News spotlight: ANA creates Career Resources for new RN grads

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 50, December 20, 2010

    The American Nurses Association (ANA) has added a resource section in the ANA Nurse's Career Center...

Classroom education: Evidence-based practice

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 50, December 20, 2010

    Q: How do I incorporate evidence-based practice into my staff orientation?

20 people who make healthcare better in 2010

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 49, December 13, 2010

    Each year, HealthLeaders Media chooses 20 people who make a difference for good in healthcare, and...

A name change is coming for your e-newsletter!

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 49, December 13, 2010

    Starting next week, Nurse Manager Weekly will change its name to Nurse Leader Weekly to expand its...

Nurses win trust; leadership next?

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 49, December 13, 2010

    Nurses are the most trusted professionals in the nation and once again top a list they have...

ANA stresses importance of nurse-led care models

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 49, December 13, 2010

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has asked U.S. health organizations to...

Classroom education: Communication skills

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 49, December 13, 2010

    Q: How do I incorporate communication skills into my staff orientation?

Manager tip of the month: Be a good boss

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 48, December 6, 2010

    Bob Sutton, a professor at Stanford University, is the author of the book Good Boss, Bad Boss. He...

New nurses find jobs scarce in poor economy

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 48, December 6, 2010

    Mass hospital layoffs hit the news in October, and the news probably came as no surprise to recent...

The Leapfrog Group names top-performing hospitals in 2010

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 48, December 6, 2010

    The Leapfrog Group announced its annual list of top-performing hospitals in 2010 at its 10th...

Classroom education: Critical thinking/persuasive discussion

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 48, December 6, 2010

    Q: How do I incorporate critical thinking and persuasive discussion skills into my staff...

Effective precepting: Giving feedback to orientees

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 47, November 29, 2010

    Whenever I conduct a preceptor workshop, I always ask the question, “What is the most...

Celebrating nursing's image: Winners of the HCPro 2010 Nursing Image Awards

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 47, November 29, 2010

    The winners of HCPro’s 2010 Nursing Image Awards have been announced, and this year’s...

CMS adds patient safety measures to hospital comparison website

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 47, November 29, 2010

    Starting in 2011, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) plan to add new standards...

Classroom education: Joint Commission readiness

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 47, November 29, 2010

    Q: How do I incorporate Joint Commission survey requirements into my staff orientation?

Blog spotlight: Who's making the most money?

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 46, November 22, 2010

    According to the recently released 2008 National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses, a...

News spotlight: HCPro reveals winners of 2010 Nursing Image Awards

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 46, November 22, 2010

    The winners of HCPro’s 2010 Nursing Image Awards have been announced for two categories...

Ask the expert: Keeping staff from snoozing during orientation

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 46, November 22, 2010

    Q:  How can I enhance a lecture-style presentation to make it more interesting for my staff?

Tip of the month: Guidelines for using social media as background checks

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 45, November 15, 2010

    The Internet has proved to be a great resource for managers with the greatest challenge seeming to...

Lessons in leadership from outstanding nurses

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 45, November 15, 2010

    In a few days, the winners of HCPro's 2010 Nursing Image Awards will be announced. This week, I'm...

Research collaborative looks at sustainability best practices

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 45, November 15, 2010

    The study is based on HHI’s recently created Healthier Hospitals Agenda that uses...

Quality improvement programs for nurse satisfaction

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 45, November 15, 2010

    Q: What are some quality improvement (QI) programs I can start at my facility to monitor and...

Blog spotlight: Survey results show salary declines for nurse leaders

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 44, November 8, 2010

    A survey published in a recent issue of Nursing Management revealed nurse leaders say they’re...

Website spotlight: Nurses aid Haiti; will your hospital help?

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 44, November 8, 2010

    Long after the TV news cameras have moved on, nurses keep going to earthquake-and now...

News spotlight: Nursing and personal care facilities rank highest in OSHA fines

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 44, November 8, 2010

    Fiscal year 2010 data for OSHA fines shows that of the $708,314 in fines issued through...

Ask the expert: Collaborating with an online education company

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 44, November 8, 2010

    Q: My facility is considering an online education company to gain access to programs that offer...

Who is running the care of the patient?

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 43, November 1, 2010

    A friend of mine went into labor with her first child a few months ago and accounted that while she...

Stop losing experienced nurses

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 43, November 1, 2010

    There's no substitute for experience, especially in nursing. Experienced nurses accomplish all...

Social media improves quality of care

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 43, November 1, 2010

    A report published this week by the Healthcare Performance Management Institute suggests that...

Building your own computer-based learning course

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 43, November 1, 2010

    Q: How do I create an e-mail computer-based learning course?

Can empathy be learned?

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 42, October 25, 2010

    Of course.  That’s how people become empathetic in the first place.  Children are...

Nurse leaders: The next generation

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 42, October 25, 2010

    The nurse manager workforce is aging so rapidly that we face a succession planning crisis in the...

Best places to work in healthcare

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 42, October 25, 2010

    Modern Healthcare announced the numeric rankings of the 2010 Best Places to Work in Healthcare at...

Establishing a viable process improvement team

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 42, October 25, 2010

    Q:  Is it necessary for my facility to have a process improvement team to see significant...

In-room computing: 5 tips to enhance patient-caregiver communication

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 41, October 18, 2010

    When hospitals and medical groups transition to an electronic health record (EHR), many caregivers...

IOM report offers glimpse of nursing's future

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 41, October 18, 2010

    An Institute of Medicine report emphasizes the importance of nurse education in healthcare reform...

News spotlight: RWJF launches Wisdom at Work

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 41, October 18, 2010

    The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has launched Wisdom at Work: Retaining Experienced...

Determining whether a work is copyrighted

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 41, October 18, 2010

    Q:  When researching material for creating an educational or training activity, how can I find...

IOM report offers glimpse of nursing's future

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 1, October 14, 2010

    An Institute of Medicine report emphasizes the importance of nurse education in healthcare reform...

Institute of Medicine publishes milestone report on the future of nursing

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 40, October 11, 2010

    The Institute of Medicine has released a report called The Future of Nursing: Leading Change...

Social media and hospitals: Don't overlook the potential

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 40, October 11, 2010

    In July, the Association for Healthcare Accreditation Professionals (AHAP) established a Facebook...

News spotlight: Next week is Emergency Nurses Week!

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 40, October 11, 2010

    The Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) and healthcare providers all over the country will join...

Behind every healed patient is a critically thinking nurse

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 39, October 4, 2010

    A recent opinion piece published on the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s website brings to...

Three steps to ensure new charge nurses are successful

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 39, October 4, 2010

    Leadership development is an oft-overlooked issue in nursing, so it’s no surprise that charge...

Participate in a nurses' health study

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 39, October 4, 2010

    The American Nurses Association (ANA) is urging members and other nurses to take part in a...

Countering the challenges of staff quality improvement meetings

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 39, October 4, 2010

    Q:  A staff QI meeting for the frontline workforce in my facility is becoming increasingly...

Success in a fall reduction strategy

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 10, October 1, 2010

    Systemic change requires visionary leadership. The board of trustees for our facility established a...

Strengthen shared governance hospitalwide

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 10, October 1, 2010

    When Athens (GA) Regional Medical Center (ARMC) implemented shared governance five years ago, the...

There's no excuse for not delegating

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 10, October 1, 2010

    If any of the excuses below sound familiar to you—if they’re excuses you’ve used...

In-room computing: Five tips to enhance patient-caregiver communication

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 38, September 27, 2010

    When hospitals and medical groups transition to an electronic health record (EHR), many caregivers...

Nurses protest 'appreciation gala' amidst threat of layoffs

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 38, September 27, 2010

    Last week, nurses from a Massachusetts health system were supposed to be gathered at a glittering...

Nursing programs seeing increased male enrollment

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 38, September 27, 2010

    More males than ever are enrolling in Duquesne University's nursing program in Pittsburgh...

Choosing the right people to precept

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 38, September 27, 2010

    Q:  A group of new graduate nurses were recently hired at my facility. How do I ensure that I...

Nurses say they need a break; why leadership should listen

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 37, September 20, 2010

    There has been a spate of news articles in the last few months about nurse protests and threats of...

After nurse protest, hospital cancels appreciation night

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 37, September 20, 2010

    A nursing appreciation gala for UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, MA, scheduled for...

Engaging staff nurses in quality improvement

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 37, September 20, 2010

    Q: I recently designed a quality improvement (QI) program for my facility, but staff nurses...

Hiring from within vs external candidates

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 36, September 13, 2010

    Q:  My organization is hiring a staff development specialist and I’m in charge of...

'Onboard' new nurses to prevent them jumping ship

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 36, September 13, 2010

    Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, September 7th, 2010 I’ve been thinking about new...

Most powerful in healthcare list includes nine nurses

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 36, September 13, 2010

    Congratulations! Modern Healthcare has named nine outstanding nurses on its 2010 list of Most...

The importance of succession planning and training nurse managers

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 35, August 30, 2010

    The management gap in healthcare is a real and increasing issue of concern. We do not seem to have...

Enhance the patient experience: Four pointers on nonverbal communication

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 33, August 23, 2010

    I’ve been doing a lot of communication skill training recently and I’m repeatedly...

Delegation prevents nurse manager burnout

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 33, August 23, 2010

    These are the dog days of August. We’re roasting in high temperatures and dreaming of trips...

Minnesota nurses vote to strike

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 33, August 23, 2010

    More than 1,000 nurses at two hospitals in Duluth, northern Minnesota, have rejected contract...

Best education programs for a classroom setting

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 33, August 23, 2010

    Q: What educational programs are best conducted in a classroom setting?

Take a vacation: Why nurse leaders need time off

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 32, August 16, 2010

    You’re more likely to get burned if you don’t spend some time outside the hospital...

'Ticket to Home' tool helps patients and families prepare for discharge

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 32, August 16, 2010

    The case management department at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) developed a tool...

Recent study shows decline in hospital-acquired MRSA infections

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 32, August 16, 2010

    A recent study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association found that the United...

Effective ways to time manage new nurse orientation

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 32, August 16, 2010

    Q: Is there an effective way to have new charge nurses meet everyone in various departments without...

Online breathing technique program helps reduce stress in nurses and patients

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 31, August 9, 2010

    Nurses are well aware of the stress that comes with the job. Taking care of numerous patients at...

The campaign for a "National Nurse"

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 31, August 9, 2010

    A grassroots campaign is underway to create an Office of the National Nurse. The initiative calls...

Guidelines for holding quality improvement meetings

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 31, August 9, 2010

    Q. My organization is developing a quality improvement program and is going to start holding...

Four basic rules for engaging direct-care nurses in quality improvement

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 30, August 2, 2010

    To engage direct-care nurses in quality improvement, nurse leaders need to follow four basic rules.

Planning nurse staffing with a patient acuity system

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 30, August 2, 2010

    How many patients one nurse can care for is a difficult question to answer with certainty. Some...

Hands-on-only CPR is as effective as traditional version

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 30, August 2, 2010

    Two large studies recently published in The New England Journal of Medicine say compression-only...

Supporting new graduate nurses beyond orientation

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 30, August 2, 2010

    Q. Many new orientees want guidance and support beyond the period of orientation. How can my...

Strategies for Nurse Managers August 2010

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 8, August 1, 2010

    Inside: Nursing excellence program provides framework for patient safety initiatives...

SUD reprocessing: Balancing cost savings, patient safety

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 8, August 1, 2010

    At a time when hospitals are continually searching for ways to reduce costs while maintaining or...

Staff development challenge: Best practices for dealing with resistant learners

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 8, August 1, 2010

    All staff development specialists face the challenge of motivating learners who are reluctant to...

Success in a fall reduction strategy

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 8, August 1, 2010

    Systemic change requires visionary leadership. The board of trustees for our facility established a...

Establishing ethical boundaries among staff

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 8, August 1, 2010

    How often do we hear leadership comment on the lack of ethics in the workplace? We think of ethical...

Nominate a star for the HCPro 2010 Nursing Image Awards

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 29, July 26, 2010

    Nominations are open for the HCPro 2010 Nursing Image Awards, which honor nurses whose leadership...

Ask the expert: Including staff in the interview process

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 29, July 26, 2010

    Q. My organization is going back and forth about including staff members (non-managers) in the...

Survey finds 45% of hospital employees discontented, disengaged

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 29, July 26, 2010

    Nearly half—45%—of hospital employees say they're disengaged, disempowered, and unhappy...

Should nurses be the ones to help patients stop smoking?

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 29, July 26, 2010

    Not being a nurse, I’ve never really thought about what happens when patients are admitted to...

Ask the expert: Developing a charge nurse orientation

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 28, July 19, 2010

    Q: My organization is developing a charge nurse orientation this year and we are having difficulty...

Training day helps nurses learn how to handle heavier patients

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 28, July 19, 2010

    Memorial Medical Center (IL) recently held an event for its staff to learn safe ways for about...

Increasing nurses’ competency with geriatric patients

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 28, July 19, 2010

    A hospital stay often increases confusion and anxiety in patients with Alzheimer's disease or...

Nursing reviews change across the country

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 28, July 19, 2010

    Everyone has to undergo a performance review, including nurses. At some facilities, it can take...

Minnesota nurses vote and approve new contract

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 27, July 12, 2010

    Nurses at 14 Minnesota hospitals have finally reached an agreement that will preserve nurses...

Former Staff Nurse Returns as CEO

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 27, July 12, 2010

    Bedside nurses often grumble that the C-suite is clueless about what it's like in the trenches...

Charge Nurses Take on Exemplary Roles

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 27, July 12, 2010

    Charge nurse is a term that has been around since the early 1980s and has often been used...

Minnesota nurses reject proposed contract, leaving hospital officials "disappointed"

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 26, July 5, 2010

    Officials of the Minnesota Twin City hospitals say they are disappointed after the Minnesota Nurses...

CE Article: Illinois hospital stays restraint free for five years*

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 26, July 5, 2010

    The Cancer Treatment Centers (CTC) of America at Midwestern Regional Medical Center in Zion, IL...

Seven strategies to prevent nurse burnout

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 26, July 5, 2010

    In a recent post, I discussed the issue of nurses being double at risk for a heart attack. This...

The verdict is in: Mock trials are guilty of teaching learners

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 7, July 1, 2010

    Mock trials are similar to debates since learners must review literature, gather evidence, and...

Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development, July 2010

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 7, July 1, 2010

    Inside: The verdict is in:  Mock trials are guilty  of teaching...

Checklist tool helps staff evaluate the entire patient, identify readmissions

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 7, July 1, 2010

    Healthcare professionals tend to focus on the reason patients present to the hospital and sometimes...

Prepping presenters: Helping nurses develop poster presentations

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 7, July 1, 2010

    When Cheryl Burnette, MEd, BS, RN, CPLP, nurse retention coordinator at Centra in Lynchburg, VA...

A culture of trust: Staff development's role in enhancing organizational culture

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 7, July 1, 2010

    As an educator, how many times have you been asked to participate in changing a culture? The...

Encouraging employees to remain engaged

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 7, July 1, 2010

    As managers, we recognize the association of employee buy-in to outcomes. The Baptist Leadership...

Quilt, staff brainstorm contest help promote patient safety

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 7, July 1, 2010

    Next time you’re brainstorming a way to engage staff in a patient safety–related fair...

Ask the expert: Engaging nurses in quality improvement

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 25, June 28, 2010

    Q. How can I engage the nurses on my unit in quality improvement initiatives?

Nurse has charges dropped in death of 72-year-old patient

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 25, June 28, 2010

    In 2007, nurse Lorie Hentges was accused of killing a sick former bank executive. Now, three years...

Suspicious woman at MPMC later attempts kidnapping

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 25, June 28, 2010

    There are plenty of locations hospital security personnel have to worry about in their hospital and...

The Maddeningly Difficult Patient

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 25, June 28, 2010

    Editor's note: This post comes from our monthly guest blogger; Wendy Leebov. The maddeningly...

Ask the expert: Communicating change after conducting nursing research

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 24, June 21, 2010

    Q: Nursing research in my organization has just been completed. Can you suggest some effective ways...

Some nurses fired during February snowstorm still fighting for their jobs

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 24, June 21, 2010

    Back in February, the Washington (DC) Hospital Center (WHC) fired 18 staff members because they...

Maryland program provides road map for reducing patient falls

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 24, June 21, 2010

    More than two dozen hospitals are participating in the Maryland Patient Safety Center's SAFE from...

A picture is worth 1,000 words: Tell your nursing story in photos

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 24, June 21, 2010

    In a continuing effort to recognize nurses, the Center to Champion Nursing in America (CCNA) is...

Ask the expert: Understanding the nurse manage's role in finance and budgeting decisions

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 23, June 14, 2010

    Q: I just transferred to a new organization, and as a nurse manager, what kind of financial role...

California nurses respect judge’s wishes and call off strike

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 23, June 14, 2010

    Members of the California nurses union have respected a judge's order barring them from striking at...

Nurses find simple ways to improve satisfaction

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 23, June 14, 2010

    Staff members are often trained to report a potential medical error or near-miss event. However...

Stressed out nurses more likely to have heart attacks

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 23, June 14, 2010

    The New York Times recently blogged about studies regarding the ill effects of workplace stress...

Identifying nursing’s role in shared governance

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 22, June 7, 2010

    Q: My organization is developing a shared governance model. How can I help identify nursing’s...

Nurses working in crowded hospitals more likely to be depressed

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 22, June 7, 2010

    Finnish researchers report that nurses working on units that are filled to capacity have a higher...

CE Article: Good Catch program encourages near-miss reporting*

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 22, June 7, 2010

    Staff members are often trained to report a potential medical error, or near-miss event. However...

June 1 nursing strike postponed; National Nurses United prepare for June 10 strike

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 22, June 7, 2010

    June 10 could mark the largest registered nurses strike in U.S. history if nurses from California...

Former staff nurse returns as CEO

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 22, June 4, 2010

    Bedside nurses often grumble that the C-suite is clueless about what it's like in the trenches...

Strategies for Nurse Managers June 2010

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 6, June 1, 2010

    Inside: Combating the nurse shortage Colorado hospital evaluates ‘missed...

Combating the nurse shortage

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 6, June 1, 2010

    Market-savvy healthcare organizations have implemented workforce development strategies to address...

Colorado hospital evaluates 'missed opportunities’ in rapid response teams

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 6, June 1, 2010

    Over the past five years, rapid response teams (RRT) have been brought to the forefront of American...

To blog or not to blog: CNO connects with staff nurses

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 6, June 1, 2010

    There are a number of methods organizations can use to help demonstrate visibility of their CNO...

Improving hand hygiene compliance rates with marketing, accountability, and incentives

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 6, June 1, 2010

    The perennial problem in healthcare facilities around the country usually comes back to a very...

Promoting performance excellence

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 6, June 1, 2010

    As managers and leaders, we all want to improve our patient outcomes while balancing staff...

Ask the expert: Developing a code of conduct

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 21, May 31, 2010

    Q: I am a new nurse manager and am looking to develop a code of conduct for the unit. What should...

Joint Commission to release communication and language standards to encourage health equity

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 21, May 31, 2010

    The Joint Commission will be releasing new standards for hospitals surrounding language, culture...

Death before life, a new way of teaching nurses

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 21, May 31, 2010

    Nurse educators are taking a new approach to help nurses understand and feel competent in providing...

Have a great infection control policy, checklist, or tool?

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 21, May 31, 2010

    Have a great IC policy, checklist, or tool? Enter our contest to win a free product!Take this...

Nominate a star for the HCPro 2010 Nursing Image Awards

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 21, May 31, 2010

    Nominations are open for the HCPro 2010 Nursing Image Awards, which honor nurses whose leadership...

Ask the expert: Categorizing nursing sensitive indicators

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 20, May 24, 2010

    Q: My organization has just recently identified its nursing sensitive indicators. Is there a way I...

Physicians, nurses defend allegations of substandard care

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 20, May 24, 2010

    Physicians and nurses of Olive View-UCLA Medical Center in Sylmar, CA, gathered outside on May 19...

Ongoing safety assessment in the psychiatric milieu

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 20, May 24, 2010

    NPSG.15.01.01 requires that patients being treated for emotional or behavioral disorders be...

Twin Cities nurses prepare for strike

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 20, May 24, 2010

    After months of negotiations, nurses in Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN, have voted and authorized a...

Ask the expert: Identifying nursing indicators

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 19, May 17, 2010

    Q: How can I identify nursing indicators during a peer review process?

Canadian study looks at nursing quality at designated hospitals

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 19, May 17, 2010

    Rural Canadian hospitals share a common problem with their U.S. counterparts: Retention of health...

All hospitals could benefit from hospitalist programs, say advocates

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 19, May 17, 2010

    Hospitalist programs could help all types of institutions, according to speakers at the pre-course...

Male nurses try to break free of stereotype

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 19, May 17, 2010

    Nurses are all too familiar with stereotypes. Just a few weeks ago, nurses around the world spoke...

Ask the expert: Importance of communication in quality improvement

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 18, May 10, 2010

    Q: What kind of role does communication play in quality improvement?

Survey: Nurses spending up to one quarter of time on indirect patient care

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 18, May 10, 2010

    Next time your nursing staff members complain about having too much paperwork and not enough time...

Celebrating Nurses’ Caring: Meaningful Activities for Nurses’ Week

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 18, May 10, 2010

    Every year in May, as Nurses Week approaches, I stop and reflect about the gifts of caring that...

Ask the expert: Understanding the essentials of nursing excellence in shared governance

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 17, May 3, 2010

    Q: My facility is in the early stages of preparing to apply for American Nurses Credentialing...

Nursing workforce getting more diverse, older

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 17, May 3, 2010

    An extensive federal survey of nursing trends from 2004 to 2008 shows a growing diversity of...

Improving nursing culture in your organization

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 17, May 3, 2010

    Nursing culture is shaped by many internal factors, including barriers such as poor communication...

A vision for staff development: Is a vice presidency in your future? 

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 5, May 1, 2010

    Staff development specialists have always believed in the intrinsic value of our services. We know...

Strategies for Nurse Managers May 2010

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 5, May 1, 2010

    Inside: See the discharge process through the patient’s eyes Ohio hospital keeps...

See the discharge process through the patient’s eyes

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 5, May 1, 2010

    The most important people in a hospital are not the physicians, the nurses, or the executives; they...

Ohio hospital keeps TABS on patients

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 5, May 1, 2010

    In October 2008, staff members at Riverside Methodist Hospital (RMH) in Columbus, OH, approached...

EBP and nursing research: Avoiding confusion

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 5, May 1, 2010

    The ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® requires hospitals to have evidence-based practice...

Staffing effectiveness in 2010: The interim standards

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 5, May 1, 2010

    Originally introduced by The Joint Commission to the standards in July 2002, staffing effectiveness...

Growing the emerging field of simulation in healthcare

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 5, May 1, 2010

    Simulation in healthcare is often considered an emerging field. In the past 10–15 years, we...

Ask the expert: Preventing pressure ulcers

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 16, April 26, 2010

    Q: My unit has been having difficulty deciding which prevention method to use for pressure ulcers...

Staff development on the evening and night shifts

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 16, April 26, 2010

    Providing learning opportunities for evening and night shift staff requires innovation and...

Program helps improve retention rates to near-perfection

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 16, April 26, 2010

    The University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) AACN Nurse Residency Program TM (NRP) has helped...

Differentiating between orientation and skills checklists

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 15, April 19, 2010

    Q: What are the differences between orientation and skills checklists?

Nurses say distractions cut bedside time by 25%

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 15, April 19, 2010

    Hospital nurses spend three hours of a typical 12-hour shift away from the patients' bedside to...

Study: Board of directors missing nurses

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 15, April 19, 2010

    In 2009, the University of Iowa conducted a study reviewing 201 health systems with a total of...

Understanding research design

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 14, April 12, 2010

    Q: What kind of advice can I offer the few nurses on my unit who have begun research studies and...

Nurses lack process management tools, study reveals

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 14, April 12, 2010

    A recent study conducted by Jackson Healthcare, in Alpharetta, GA, found that 73% of the 2,439...

Suicide risk assessment important part of survey and patient safety*

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 14, April 12, 2010

    Identifying patients at risk for suicide has been a requirement of the National Patient Safety...

Study looks at 2009 economy in nursing

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 14, April 12, 2010

    A recent benchmarking report posted on the Strategies for Nurse Managers Web site surveyed 179...

Understanding nursing roles in quality improvement

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 13, April 5, 2010

    Q: My facility has put an emphasis on quality improvement over the past few months. How can I...

Hospitals shouldn't get stingy with disinfectants, says study

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 13, April 5, 2010

    Over the past several years, MDROs have become a leading concern for medical facilities attempting...

Blog spotlight: Book clubs help nurses connect with patients

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 13, April 5, 2010

    When the phrase “book club” comes up, one thinks of a group of people, meeting at a...

Credibility: Strategies to enhancing your influence

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 4, April 1, 2010

    Author’s note: I am the director of employee and organizational development at Aurora Health...

Strategies for Nurse Managers April 2010

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 4, April 1, 2010

    Inside: Matching the right people to the right responsibility New code of conduct...

Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development, April 2010

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 4, April 1, 2010

    In this issue, read how to enhance your credibility; learn best practices for providing education...

Getting the job done: Matching the right people to the right responsibility

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 4, April 1, 2010

    Nurse managers are used to having to do morewith less, and finding staff to take on new duties to...

New code of conduct improves employee outlook, patient satisfaction

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 4, April 1, 2010

    When it comes to certain policies, it’s all about the details. In 2006, Pam Harmon, RN...

Daily flash rounds improve interdepartmental communication

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 4, April 1, 2010

    The “silo effect” can be very damaging to a hospital system. It occurs when hospital...

Nurse scheduling software increases nurse satisfaction

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 4, April 1, 2010

    Staffing and scheduling is a tiresome process for most organizations. Nothing causes more arguments...

Meeting challenges when building and implementing a successful orientation program

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 4, April 1, 2010

    A successful new hire orientation requires planning, execution, and follow-up of learning...

Tip of the month: Progress is a powerful staff motivator

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 4, April 1, 2010

    Just when you think we understand our staff, their needs, and how to motivate them, someone comes...

Creating a working relationship between nurses and physicians

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 12, March 29, 2010

    Q: I am a new nurse manager on my unit and am wondering how I can improve communication and...

Nurse mentoring program helps VT hospital with nurse retention

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 12, March 29, 2010

    Statistics show that one in every five nursing graduates will leave their jobs after the first year...

Nurses associations look for new protections, federal laws to protect nurse whistleblowers

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 12, March 29, 2010

    The quick acquittal in February 2010 of Texas whistleblower Anne Mitchell, RN, has nursing...

Developing principles of recognition and reward

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 11, March 22, 2010

    I am working on improving how staff members on my unit are recognized and rewarded. What are the...

Are hospitalist physician assistants the answer to shortages?

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 11, March 22, 2010

    It’s no secret that hospitals across the country struggle with many challenges. Among them is...

New findings say progress means more than recognition

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 11, March 22, 2010

    A new report in the Harvard Business Review contradicts the idea that employees value recognition...

Limiting liability when dealing with problem employees

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 10, March 15, 2010

    Q: How can I ensure I will not be brought to court for letting go a problem employee?

Get in the know about your nurse informaticist

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 10, March 15, 2010

    Guest writer Carol Anne Kozik, CAS, MS, FNP discusses the roles of nurse informaticists. Imagine a...

Exploring why nurses eat their young

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 10, March 15, 2010

    To those outside the nursing profession, it may be a bit frightening to hear the phrase...

Changing your unit's culture

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 9, March 8, 2010

    Q: How can I improve the nursing culture on my unit?

Nurses address issue of violence in the workplace

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 9, March 8, 2010

    For years, workplace violence has affected many nurses because of the type of environment they work...

CE article: Growth in cross-cultural competency improves patient care*

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 9, March 8, 2010

    Overcoming the cultural boundaries that can prevent a patient-physician relationship from forming...

Snow storm paralyzes D.C. area, leaves 11 nurses jobless

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 9, March 8, 2010

    In the aftermath of what President Obama dubbed “Snowmaggedon,” the Washington, DC...

Developing unit orientation for preceptees

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 8, March 1, 2010

    Q: A new preceptor recently joined my unit and wants to develop a unit-specific competency-based...

Physician shortage spurs need for nurse practitioners

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 8, March 1, 2010

    In one small New Jersey town, Irene Cavall is the lone primary care provider overseeing 4,000...

Nurse anesthetists say they practice safely without physician supervision

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 8, March 1, 2010

    Nurse anesthetists across the country are vehemently defending their ability to administer...

Half of nurses plan career change, says survey

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 8, March 1, 2010

    AMN Healthcare recently conducted its 2010 Survey of Registered Nurses to address the issues of job...

Strategies for Nurse Managers March 2010

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 3, March 1, 2010

    Inside: Voice recording technology improves patient handoff process RapidView provides real-time...

Voice recording technology improves patient handoff process

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 3, March 1, 2010

    When Kathleen Mikos, RN, MSN, CNO and vice president of patient care, came to Ingalls Memorial...

RapidView provides real-time snapshots of the facility; improves patient access

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 3, March 1, 2010

    A small room just off the admissions area at Tufts Medical Center in Boston contains what many in...

Developing the next generation of leaders

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 3, March 1, 2010

    It takes a special person to be a mentor. It takes time, energy, and commitment. “I became a...

FDA warning forces alternative sterilization methods

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 3, March 1, 2010

    On December 3, 2009, the FDA issued a safety alert to healthcare providers concerning adverse...

Keeping up in a down economy: Fixing employee morale

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 3, March 1, 2010

    More than 90% of companies have instituted some form of cutbacks of late and, as a result, employee...

Simplifying medication storage

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 3, March 1, 2010

    In November 2006, CMS changed its requirement for security of medications, stating that...

Tip of the month: Best practices for employee terminations

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 3, March 1, 2010

    No manager wants to terminate an employee, but sometimes performance issues require you do so. As...

The effects of horizontal hostility

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 7, February 22, 2010

    Q: On my unit, I am beginning to notice some hostility between nurses, and was wondering what...

California program uses telemedicine to reach medically underserved

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 7, February 22, 2010

    Physician-patient interaction is the key to a new telemedicine pilot program with community centers...

Concluding charge nurse education and training

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 7, February 22, 2010

    The first section of the workshop presentation summarizes the charge nurse role. The role...

Helping new preceptees overcome reality shock

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 6, February 15, 2010

    This week, Diana Swihart, PhD, DMin, MSN, CS, RN-BC, discusses how to help new nurses overcome...

Whistleblower nurse found not guilty in Texas

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 6, February 15, 2010

    The charges against Anne Mitchell, a former administrative nurse at Winkler County Memorial...

Nurse leaders should champion peer review

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 6, February 15, 2010

    Physicians have been doing it for decades, but nursing has been slow to adopt peer review as a...

Providing workshops for your charge nurses

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 6, February 15, 2010

    The workshop should open with an icebreaker activity called “Fear in the Bucket.” This...

Washington nurses picket for nursing and patient safety concerns

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 5, February 8, 2010

    On February 2, more than 1,500 nurses from the Washington State Nurses Association (WSNA) held an...

Current EMRs may be more helpful with billing than care coordination

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 5, February 8, 2010

    A gap appears to exist between policymakers' expectations of commercial electronic medical records...

Helping charge nurses understand their role

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 5, February 8, 2010

    As the amount of patients admitted to hospitals every day increases, it becomes more pressing to...

Beginning the journey to nursing excellence

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 5, February 1, 2010

    This week, Gina Boring, MSN, RN, NE-BC, senior nurse consultant, HealthLinx, Inc. discusses the...

Survey says nurses should have more influence on healthcare

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 5, February 1, 2010

    According to a recent survey conducted by Gallup on behalf of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation...

Bridging the generation gap with diverse, creative education*

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 5, February 1, 2010

    For the first time in history, there are four distinct generations in the American workplace...

People are talking...

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 5, February 1, 2010

    In one of our recent blog posts on The Leaders' Lounge, we talked about how a Tennessee hospital...

Tip of the month: Office safety: Protecting yourself from workplace violence

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 2, February 1, 2010

    The complexities of healthcare delivery systems require communication tools that are effective and...

Nurses save time and prevent frustration with addition of new computer carts in patient rooms

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 2, February 1, 2010

    When the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) moved to a new facility in July 2007, it saw an...

Study: Nurses use repetitive processes to catch medication errors, improve patient care

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 2, February 1, 2010

    Each year, medication errors are responsible for 7,000 patient deaths and cost the healthcare...

Pilot program identifies the cause of frequent ED visits; patients overcome barriers

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 2, February 1, 2010

    Coughing children, teens with gunshot wounds, patients with broken bones; for many facilities, the...

Multiple interventions reduce VAP rates

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 2, February 1, 2010

    Although The Joint Commission’s National Patient Safety Goals force many organizations to...

Hand hygiene rates improved through variety of reinforcement styles

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 2, February 1, 2010

    It takes more than one method to bring a hospital’s hand hygiene compliance rate above 90...

Strategies for Nurse Managers, February 2010

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 2, February 1, 2010

    Inside this issue, learn how to improve hand hygiene rates through a variety of reinforcement...

Nominate a star for the HCPro 2010 Nursing Image Awards

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 4, January 25, 2010

    Nominations are open for the HCPro 2010 Nursing Image Awards, which honor nurses whose leadership...

Twitter can play key role in disaster management

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 4, January 25, 2010

    While it might not qualify yet as a warm embrace, safety and facilities professionals in hospitals...

Butt out: TN hospital will no longer hire nurses who smoke

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 4, January 25, 2010

    The next time you get ready for a pre-employment drug test, remember to stay away from poppy seed...

Understanding peer review protection laws

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 4, January 25, 2010

    Q: I am beginning to develop a peer review process on my unit, but am concerned about the legal...

The importance of nursing research

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 3, January 18, 2010

    A few of the nurses on my unit have approached me about nursing research. What information can I...

Hospital increases time nurses spend with patients

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 3, January 18, 2010

    Nurses on a med-surg unit at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, MI, used to spend only 30% of...

Wound healing centers benefit hospital financially, strategically

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 3, January 18, 2010

    Chronic wound care is among the procedures patients are not putting off amid the economic...

More nurses finding ways to make a difference outside the hospital

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 3, January 18, 2010

    Nurses are always trying to find ways to do more for the profession that they love. In most cases...

Helping charge nurses understand their leadership role

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 2, January 15, 2010

    As the amount of patients admitted to hospitals every day increases, it becomes more pressing to...

Orientation checklists versus skills checklists

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 2, January 11, 2010

    What are the differences between orientation checklists and skills checklists?

Texas hospital fires nurse for refusing to get H1N1 shot, wear mask

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 2, January 11, 2010

    When the first doses of the H1N1 vaccine became available to those at high risk of contracting and...

ED wait times touted online, but docs point to a dangerous trend

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 2, January 11, 2010

    There were no patients waiting for emergency care at Oregon's Sacred Heart Medical Center RiverBend...

NCLEX passing standard raised due to sicker patients with longer life spans

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 2, January 11, 2010

    The amount of care required by hospitalized patients seems to grow every year, and many nurses in...

Monitoring hand-off effectiveness

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 1, January 4, 2010

    What are some strategies to help monitor the effectiveness of patient hand-offs during my nurses...

Hospital gathers on New Year’s Day for ’Million Nurse Project’

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 1, January 4, 2010

    At noon on New Year's Day, the nursing staff of Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital (OLBH) joined other...

Coaching project helps facilities prepare for patient falls

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 1, January 4, 2010

    When a new patient enters a hospital, staff members generally follow the same routine. The...

Apple?s iTouch and iPhones connect nurses in Florida hospital

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 1, January 4, 2010

    On any given day at Sarasota Memorial Healthcare System in Florida, the overhead page was going off...

Tip of the month: Healthy work environments boost nurse retention

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 1, January 1, 2010

    Although we are in the midst of great financial challenges, do not let this mislead you regarding...

Experts: Hospitals not the place for social networking sites

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 1, January 1, 2010

    Covered entities and business associates can protect themselves against the dangers of unsecured...

Joint Commission’s role in internal quality data

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 1, January 1, 2010

    In a world where consumers can collect encyclopedic knowledge on a car or home electronics...

Educating visitors about isolation precautions: Visitor education will help control transmission, especially during flu season<

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 1, January 1, 2010

    With Joint Commission standards requiring patient and visitor education on healthcare-associated...

Simulation learning modalities: Going beyond the basics

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 1, January 1, 2010

    The phrase “simulation modalities” may conjure up a variety of images. For example...

Debating the evidence: A hospital sparks an argument to get nurses engaged

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 1, January 1, 2010

    When nurses hear the word “research,” they often run in the opposite direction. But...

Strategies For Nurse Managers, January 2010

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 1, January 1, 2010

    Inside this issue, one organization shares how it engaged nurses in evidence-based practice through...

Taking disciplinary action

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 51, December 28, 2009

    Q: I am new to the nurse manager’s role and still have trouble distinguishing between the...

UMC’s remote monitoring program helps improve quality of care

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 51, December 28, 2009

    Many intensive care units do not have enough doctors and nurses to care for their patients, so many...

Patient photos help reduce hospital’s medication errors

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 51, December 28, 2009

    When a new patient enters a hospital, staff members generally follow the same routine. The...

Patient Safety Monitor

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 51, December 28, 2009

    Have you ever needed to look up a hospital regulation in a neighboring state and not known where to...

Defining the role of a mentor

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 50, December 21, 2009

    Q: Some preceptors on my unit are training to be mentors and I am unfamiliar with the role mentors...

2010 could be the international year of the nurse

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 50, December 21, 2009

    2010 marks the 100th anniversary of Florence Nightingale's death, and Holly Shaw, RN, PhD...

More attention being paid to diagnosis errors

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 50, December 21, 2009

    When a patient visits his or her doctor, a certain level of trust is inherent in the interaction...

Let your voice be heard on the future of nursing

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 50, December 21, 2009

    The Initiative on the Future of Nursing was launched at the beginning of 2009 by the Institute of...

Nursing advocate makes list of top 20 people who make healthcare better

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 49, December 14, 2009

    Each year, HealthLeaders Media selects 20 people who are making a difference for good in...

Stroke education for patient care technicians*

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 49, December 14, 2009

    Designation as a stroke center requires that all clinical and nonclinical hospital employees...

Nurse liability: Keeping you and your staff educated and aware

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 49, December 14, 2009

    As a nurse manager, you have many legal concerns. Not only must you be concerned with your own...

Helping new RNs overcome stress

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 48, December 7, 2009

    Q: Transitioning from a nursing student to an RN can be stressful. How can I help new RNs identify...

Focus on why nurses stay, not why they leave

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 48, December 7, 2009

    Despite the recession, the number of vacant nursing positions still has most facilities concerned...

Nursing department improves quality and patient satisfaction with culture change

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 48, December 7, 2009

    In 1998, The University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, KS, was faced with a patient...

Interactive Web site helps determine when flu symptoms are serious and when to seek help

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 48, December 7, 2009

    Trying to decide whether that cough and on and off fever is something you should go see your doctor...

Tip of the month: Confronting nurses over unacceptable behavior

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 12, December 1, 2009

    Kathleen Bartholomew, RC, RN, MN, is well known for her work related to nurse-to-nurse hostility...

Don’t put patients in egress halls when ED overcrowds: The Joint Commission is against such actions

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 12, December 1, 2009

    Those who plan to move patients into exit corridors when routine ED overcrowding occurs may want to...

Planning ahead to change behaviors: Patient Safety First campaign focuses staff and patients on a common goal

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 12, December 1, 2009

    Keeping many new patient safety topics and initiatives fresh in the minds of frontline caregivers...

Every picture tells a story: Poster presentations that get the message across

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 12, December 1, 2009

    Encouraging staff members to submit posters for presentation at local and national conferences or...

The many variations of CHF discharge instructions

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 12, December 1, 2009

    When patients come into the hospital with an illness or health problem, staff members must do all...

Bringing down infection rates quickly: A Syracuse hospital brings above-average rates down to zero within a year

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 12, December 1, 2009

    On June 31, the New York State Health Department released a report detailing the...

Strategies for Nurse Managers, December 2009

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 12, December 1, 2009

    Inside this issue: In this issue learn how a hospital quickly reduced its central line bloodstream...

Methods for calculating your budget

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 47, November 30, 2009

    Q: What are the different methods used for calculating budgets?

Nurse offers counseling for returning soldiers from Iraq

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 47, November 30, 2009

    Psychiatric nurse Trisha Pearce witnessed first hand what the war can do to returning soldiers and...

Clinical nurse leaders improve patient care and quality

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 47, November 30, 2009

    If your organization doesn’t employ clinical nurse leaders (CNL), perhaps it’s time it...

Different ways peers are improving nurse satisfaction

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 47, November 30, 2009

    The July 28 blog post discussing ways to boost nurse morale in a time of uncertainty has been one...

Understanding ethics in nursing

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 46, November 23, 2009

    Q: As a nurse manager dealing with new nursing graduates, what are some key ethical concepts I...

Georgia nurse inspires hope in third world countries

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 46, November 23, 2009

    Like most nurses that have been practicing for more than three decades, Mary McMahon, a nurse from...

Joint Commission, HHS stress importance of healthcare communication

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 46, November 23, 2009

    The Joint Commission and the Department of Health and Human Services last week released a 30-minute...

Why the public image of nursing is important

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 46, November 23, 2009

    In one of our recent blog posts on the Leaders' Lounge, we talked about the public image of nursing...

Maine nurse starts non-profit program to collect unwanted hospital waste

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 45, November 16, 2009

    Every year, millions of dollars in unused medical supplies are thrown away because of strict...

The house that nurses built: Nurses design an innovative way to illustrate their professional practice model

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 45, November 16, 2009

    Some people love diagrams and charts. The concentric circles and interpretive arrows make...

People are talking...

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 45, November 16, 2009

    In one of our recent blog posts on the Leaders' Lounge, we talked about programs geared toward...

Checking the emotional pulse of work relationships

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 44, November 9, 2009

    Recently on my unit, I have noticed a strain between nurse-physician relationships. Are there any...

Telephone nurse triage system improves Texas hospital emergency room

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 44, November 9, 2009

    In July 2009, Midland Memorial Hospital (MMH), in Midland, TX, went live with a telephone nursing...

Five easy ways to protect staff from violent patients

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 44, November 9, 2009

    When a professional fighter allegedly went haywire in a Nevada hospital and attacked nurses, it...

People are talking...

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 44, November 9, 2009

    In one of our recent blog posts on the Leaders' Lounge, we talked about re-recruiting for...

Transforming care at the bedside to increase nursing satisfaction

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 43, November 2, 2009

    The New Jersey Hospital Association's Institute for Quality and Patient Safety (NJHA) has launched...

Nurses stay at the bedside by outsourcing discharge follow-up calls

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 43, November 2, 2009

    In the wake of the country's nurse shortage, many nurses are wearing more than one hat during the...

People are talking...

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 43, November 2, 2009

    In one of our recent blog posts on the Leaders' Lounge, we talked about alternative therapies and...

Tip of the month: Economic challenges and bringing new initiatives to life

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 11, November 1, 2009

    Managers everywhere are hearing the same song played repeatedly, and the name of the tune is...

Hiring the right nurse starts wih attracting the right candidates

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 11, November 1, 2009

    Imagine the situation: You have just finished interviewing a nurse for an open position. Her...

Hospital focuses on improving patient ID processes

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 11, November 1, 2009

    In 2007, as part of an annual performance improvement review, Leisa Butler, RHIA, CPHQ...

Big Brother is on your side: New eICU technology provides additional support for bedside staff members

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 11, November 1, 2009

    Imagine you could interact with multiple patients, diagnose and treat their illnesses, administer...

Medication error prevention: Defeating work-arounds

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 11, November 1, 2009

    In an effort to eliminate medication errors, Central Vermont Medical Center (CVMC) in Barre has...

Bridging the generation gap with diverse, creative education

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 11, November 1, 2009

    For the first time in history, there are four distinct generations in the American workplace...

Strategies for Nurse Managers, November 2009

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 11, November 1, 2009

    Inside this issue: In this issue learn how different generations’ characteristics affect...

Defining accountability for your staff

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 42, October 26, 2009

    Q: As a nurse manager, how can I get staff members to be accountable?

RWJF and AARP hold conference to address nursing faculty shortage

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 42, October 26, 2009

    The nursing shortage threatening to plague the country over the next decade was recently addressed...

Patient advisory boards engage patients in their own care*

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 42, October 26, 2009

    In today's culture, many hospitals are increasing their focus on patient-centered...

People are talking...

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 42, October 26, 2009

    In one of our recent blog posts on the Leaders' Lounge, we addressed the issue of nurse...

Team assessment tool to identify strengths and weaknesses

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 41, October 19, 2009

    Our new feature highlights one free downloadable tool each month. Click over to our Web site...

Program earns national award and provides education on sleep for nurses

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 41, October 19, 2009

    The amount of sleep a healthcare worker receives each day or night affects everyone in the...

Outsourcing discharge follow-up calls keeps nurses at the bedside

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 41, October 19, 2009

    The head wound patient in the emergency department's bay three just threw up and a patient...

People are talking...

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 41, October 19, 2009

    In one of our recent blog posts on the Leaders' Lounge, we posted some time management tips for...

What are the steps for creating a culture that drives great nurse performance?

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 40, October 12, 2009

    Q: What are the steps for creating a culture that drives great nurse performance?

Prodigy program fast tracks nurses from the classroom to the hospital

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 40, October 12, 2009

    Texas Health Resources, a large nonprofit health system primarily operating in north Texas, has...

Mandatory H1N1 flu vaccination causes controversy

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 40, October 12, 2009

    The first doses of the H1N1 vaccination have officially arrived in the United States and a nurse...

How can I create a healthy environment when nursing students are on my unit?

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 39, October 5, 2009

    Q: How can I create a healthy environment for nursing students?

The Joint Commission releases National Patient Safety Goals for 2010

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 39, October 5, 2009

    The official version of the 2010 National Patient Safety Goals (NPSG) have been released by the...

Protecting your work force from MDRO infections

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 39, October 5, 2009

    In recent years, multi-drug resistant organisms (MDRO) have come under increased scrutiny...

Nurses use artistic talents to improve patient experience and hospital atmosphere

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 39, October 5, 2009

    This past summer, nurses Mary Cohn and Annette Bargmann of Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC) in...

Computer system, redefined staff member roles strengthen medication reconciliation process

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 10, October 1, 2009

    Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in...

Building an antimicrobial stewardship program: Simple steps for better antibiotic management can save money and reduce the IC burden

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 10, October 1, 2009

    Preventing the spread of multidrug-resistant organisms (MDRO) in your facility is increasingly...

Most notable nurses of 2009: The votes are in for the Nursing Image Awards … and here are the winners

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 10, October 1, 2009

    We received close to 200 nominations for the two categories in the HCPro 2009 Nursing Image...

Make EBP as easy as 1-2-3

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 10, October 1, 2009

    Perhaps one of the biggest challenges in conducting EBP projects is learning how to search the...

Create a culture of compliance: ?HIPAA guy? personalizes education and eliminates problems from the start at Hawaii facility

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 10, October 1, 2009

    Training staff members on HIPAA is tough because two things are certain: You have to train nearly...

Strategies for Nurse Managers, October 2009

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 10, October 1, 2009

    Inside this issue: Discover how customizing HIPAA training for different employee groups can make...

Is NBC’s new nursing show a hit or miss?

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 38, September 28, 2009

    Wednesday saw the season premiere of NBC's new nursing series, Mercy, and we want to know what you...

Medication safety: A complex puzzle

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 38, September 28, 2009

    The National Quality Forum (NQF) included modifications to the medication management chapter in its...

New technology detects nurses’ dirty hands

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 38, September 28, 2009

    A new technology to monitor hand hygiene being tested at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical...

Diagnosing and treating catheter-associated urinary tract infections

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 38, September 28, 2009

    Q: What are the criteria for treating a catheter-associated urinary tract infection?

Don’t forget to train senior leadership

  • HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, Issue 38, September 22, 2009

    Q: Our senior leadership is enthusiastically supportive of our effort to achieve ANCC Magnet...

Advance your leadership skills by adjusting your perspective

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 37, September 21, 2009

    Peter Druker, often called the Father of Modern Management, made the following observation...

What will this mean for your facility in 2010 surveys?

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 37, September 21, 2009

    The Joint Commission has announced it will adopt a new accreditation decision for 2010. This...

Universal floor plan makes patients safer, nurses happier

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 37, September 21, 2009

    A universal floor plan instituted at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in LA since 2007 has been shown to...

Critical thinking skills essential for proper nursing documentation

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 37, September 21, 2009

    Q: What role do critical thinking skills play when charting?

New nursing programs geared toward preparing and retaining nurses

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 35, September 7, 2009

    Studies show that up to 60% of new nurse graduates leave their first job within their first year...

CE spotlight: Flu pandemic preparation: What does your facility need to know?*

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 35, September 7, 2009

    It seems like potential pandemics require an animal in the title—especially if the word...

Winners of the 2009 Nursing Image Awards!

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 35, September 7, 2009

    HCPro, Inc. is proud to announce the winners of the 2009 Nursing Image Awards. The awards recognize...

Scripting tool to improve HCAHPS ratings

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 35, September 7, 2009

    The Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) hospital survey was...

What's your style of leadership?

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 9, September 1, 2009

    When you ask nurse managers what their style of leadership is, you may hear responses such as...

Ease nurses’ public speaking jitters

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 9, September 1, 2009

    Many staff nurses at The Methodist Hospital System in Houston have experienced the racing heart...

Developing an effective nurse residency program

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 9, September 1, 2009

    A nurse residency must be more than an extended orientation. New graduate nurses are not just...

Strategies for Nurse Managers, September 2009

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 9, September 1, 2009

    Inside this issue: Discover how to implement a successful nurse residency program; how public...

Re-recruiting for retention

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 34, August 31, 2009

    This week, Bonnie Clair, MSN, RN, retention project manager at CoxHealth in Springfield, MO, shares...

Proposed changes to National Patient Safety Goals

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 34, August 31, 2009

    On May 12, The Joint Commission released proposed changes to the National Patient Safety Goals...

House calls making a comeback

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 34, August 31, 2009

    A practice most Americans assumed belonged to a bygone era could be about to make a comeback. A...

Assessing risk factors for catheter-associated urinary tract infections

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 34, August 31, 2009

    Q: What risk factors should my nurses watch for to identify patients who may have a...

Strategize now to minimize economic effects

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 33, August 24, 2009

    This week, Bonnie Clair, BSN, RN, retention project manager at CoxHealth in Springfield, MO, shares...

Nursing students learn about rural healthcare

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 33, August 24, 2009

    A divide commonly exists between rural communities and healthcare access, but a grant will soon...

Flu vaccine stockpiles fall short of goal

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 33, August 24, 2009

    The U.S. will have only accrued 45 million doses of the H1N1 vaccine—also known as the swine...

Scripts for improving communication during pain assessment

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 33, August 24, 2009

    Q: Can you provide me with scripting techniques that will help my staff confidently discuss pain...

Managers' role in promoting a professional image

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 32, August 17, 2009

    We all try to shape up our physical appearance at one time or another. Or we may make an internal...

CE spotlight: Don’t forget infection control in the MRI suite*

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 32, August 17, 2009

    If a patient walked into a physician's office or a hospital and saw evidence that the facility...

Study finds four healthy behaviors dramatically drop disease risk

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 32, August 17, 2009

    What’s the secret to a long, healthy life? According to a new study, there isn’t just...

Design PowerPoint presentations that appeal to all learners

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 32, August 17, 2009

    This week, learn how to enhance educational PowerPoint presentations with advice from staff...

Precautions to take for fall-prone patients

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 31, August 10, 2009

    This week, experts Sandra Petersen, DNP, APRN, GNP-BC, program track administrator and assistant...

Study shows Americans spend millions on alternative therapies

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 31, August 10, 2009

    A recent national study conducted among 23,000 people by the Centers for Disease Control and...

Nurse sues hospital after allegedly being forced to assist in abortion

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 31, August 10, 2009

    A New York City nurse slapped a lawsuit on her hospital after allegedly being forced to assist in a...

Antidepressant use climbs in the U.S.

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 31, August 10, 2009

    A growing number of Americans are seeking medication—rather than therapy—to treat...

Improve nurse satisfaction in a time of uncertainty

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 30, August 3, 2009

    Improving nursing satisfaction is tough in bad economic times, when many hospitals are experiencing...

More nurses seek help for substance abuse

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 30, August 3, 2009

    Peer Assistance Services, a Colorado nonprofit organization that provides guidance, support, and...

Survey finds more than half of ED nurses assaulted at work

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 30, August 3, 2009

    More than half of emergency department (ED) nurses who participated in a national online survey by...

Scripts for difficult conversations

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 30, August 3, 2009

    Effective communication is complex in the healthcare setting. Emotions, thoughts, and reactions to...

See if candidates can pass the test

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 8, August 1, 2009

    Our reliance as managers on the interview process has served us well in the past—or has it?

Use peer review to boost nursing autonomy and competence

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 8, August 1, 2009

    Peer evaluations and self appraisals can be useful tools to measure competence and professional...

Residency programs help prepare competent nurses

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 8, August 1, 2009

    Editor's note: This article is part one of a two-part series about nurse residency programs. Keep...

StrategiesforNurseManagers, August 2009

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 8, August 1, 2009

    Discover how nurse residency programs help new graduates overcome the difficult transition from...

Encouraging new graduate nurse development

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 29, July 27, 2009

    This week, expert Judith "Ski" Lower, RN, MSN, CCRN, CNRN alumnus, independent lecturer...

2.0 Web technologies integrate a nursing program near you

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 29, July 27, 2009

    As the terms "podcasts", "wikis", and "blogs" fill the vocabulary of...

Nurse salaries remain on the rise

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 29, July 27, 2009

    Nurse salaries are climbing considerably across the nation, according to recently released employer...

Recession draws more men to nursing profession in Maryland

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 29, July 27, 2009

    More Maryland men are entering nursing schools and seeking nursing jobs during the current...

Correlating study tips with learning styles

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 28, July 20, 2009

    It can be helpful for adult learners to identify their own learning style so they can determine...

Poll finds nurses believe staff shortages are affecting patient care

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 28, July 20, 2009

    Nearly three-quarters of nurses who participated in an American Nurses Association (ANA) online...

World Health Organization pushes for H1N1 virus vaccines

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 28, July 20, 2009

    The World Health Organization (WHO) stated the H1N1 virus was "unstoppable" last week and...

Prevent falls by identifying extrinsic risk factors

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 28, July 20, 2009

    This week, expert Carole Eldridge, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, dean, campus director, and associate professor...

Form a virtual nurse education committee

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 27, July 13, 2009

    This week, staff development expert Adrianne Avillion, DEd, RN, owner of Avillion’s...

Twittering nurses connect us all

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 27, July 13, 2009

    Twitter, the social networking site that allows users to keep friends, family, and colleagues...

The emotional cost of nursing

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 27, July 13, 2009

    Nurses cure the sick, heal the wounded, and comfort the dying, but are they doing so at their own...

CDC tracking network to find environmental causes of disease

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 27, July 13, 2009

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently set an environmental public health...

Retaining new grads with residency programs

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 26, July 6, 2009

    More than 60% of nurses end up leaving their job within the first two years of becoming a nurse. In...

Forensic nurses provide care, help solve crime

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 26, July 6, 2009

    Nurses all too often see the brutal aftermath of gun shootings, sexual assault, child abuse, and...

Institute of Medicine unveils top healthcare priorities

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 26, July 6, 2009

    An advisory panel of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) issued a report last week identifying 100...

Crafting a creative cover letter

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 26, July 6, 2009

    This week, Kathleen L. Garrison, MSN, RN, clinical educator in the nursing practice, education, and...

Strategies for Nurse Managers, July 2009

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 7, July 1, 2009

    Inside this issue: The new multi-drug resistant organism that’s worrying infection control...

New antibiotic-resistant organism elicits CDC recommendations

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 7, July 1, 2009

    Although much of the focus of multidrug-resistant organisms has been on MRSA, a relatively new and...

Project RED reduces rehospitalization rates

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 7, July 1, 2009

    Patient discharge usually takes a backseat to ¬other quality and patient safety measures that...

Helping new nurses with the fine art of delegation

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 7, July 1, 2009

    Delegation is critical to time management and productivity. Each member of the team has a valuable...

Picked by peers: Put the hiring process in staff nurses' hands

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 7, July 1, 2009

    Interviewing for a nursing job can be daunting. Your body stiffens, your mouth goes dry, and your...

Motivate your nurses to conduct research

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 7, July 1, 2009

    Finding ways to motivate staff nurses to conduct nursing research can be difficult. From the...

Making data collection meaningful

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 7, July 1, 2009

    Data collection is a hallmark for nursing as a process to measure and assess the care we provide to...

The power of everyday recognition

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 25, June 29, 2009

    This week, Bonnie Clair, MSN, RN, retention project manager at CoxHealth in Springfield, MO...

Boston nurses rap to promote hand hygiene compliance

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 25, June 29, 2009

    Hospitals commonly display visual aids, such as banners, posters, and signs to remind staff to...

Study finds long waits less concerning for ED patients than communication

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 25, June 29, 2009

    Lengthy wait times are not patients' top concern in hospital emergency departments (ED), according...

Evidence-based pain assessment resources

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 25, June 29, 2009

    Nurses are patient advocates who play a lead role in helping manage and relieve their patients...

Nurse reflects on Haiti medical mission trip

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 24, June 22, 2009

    Along with sorting through the emotions and memories from her medical mission trip to Haiti, Bonnie...

CE spotlight: Florida hospital system weathers survey surprises

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 24, June 22, 2009

    One survey. Five hospitals. More than 40 ambulatory and outpatient locations. When Joint Commission...

Study predicts recession will temporarily fill the nursing shortage

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 24, June 22, 2009

    The declining economy has led to surging nurse employment rates that could soon end the nation's...

Overview of right- versus left-brain learners

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 24, June 22, 2009

    The right and left hemispheres of the brain process information differently, and learners tend to...

Create positive energy when speaking with your manager

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 23, June 15, 2009

    We have all been in the situation where we are talking with a manager or supervisor about something...

Sight gags abound in patient safety 'room of horrors'

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 23, June 15, 2009

    Propped up on a pillow, wearing a baseball hat and a pink cast on his ankle, the patient is...

Recession decreases hospital infection prevention resources

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 23, June 15, 2009

    Slimmer budgets have led to trimmer infection prevention staff and resources in several U.S...

Design a structure to support shared governance

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 23, June 15, 2009

    This week, expert Diana Swihart, PhD, DMin, MSN, CS, APRN,BC, clinical nurse specialist at the Bay...

A report on nursing and the economy

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 22, June 8, 2009

    Last week, we released a report on the state of nursing in the current economy on...

Skepticism and some optimism surround new nurse dramas

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 22, June 8, 2009

    Two new fictional nurses, “Jackie Peyton” (portrayed in Showtime’s Nurse Jackie...

Farmers markets becoming growing trend at hospitals

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 22, June 8, 2009

    Fast food establishments have come to a halt at several hospitals in the U.S. Farmers markets, on...

Improve nurse-patient communication with AIDET

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 22, June 8, 2009

    This week, Jo-Ann C. Byrne, RN, BS, MHSA, director of education and organizational development at...

Ask effective questions to ensure meetings are productive

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 21, June 1, 2009

    In a meeting, you want participants to process information in a useful way that adds value. Each...

Enterprising nurse earns high marks with RNReport Card

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 21, June 1, 2009

    Marsha-Gaye Elson-Joseph, BSN, knew her nursing career could take her anywhere. Different...

Ten lucky nurses win best-selling book from HCPro

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 21, June 1, 2009

    As part of our Nurses Week celebration, HCPro, Inc. included a quiz about Florence Nightingale in...

Pave the way through changing times

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 6, June 1, 2009

    Are you strapped in for the roller-coaster ride of change? It is a time when healthcare managers...

Caring for the aging population: Plan for the future

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 6, June 1, 2009

    By 2030, there will be more than 72 million Americans over 65 years old—almost 20% of the...

Electronically enhancing handoffs: How one facility's switch to an electronic hall pass improved communication and safety

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 6, June 1, 2009

    Staff members at Abington (PA) Memorial Hospital (AMH) knew their patient handoff process needed...

Maintaining readiness for validation surveys: How to be prepared when CMS surveyors come knocking

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 6, June 1, 2009

    Reports from the field indicate that validation surveys by state surveyors on behalf of...

Stop patient falls with a nursing toolkit

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 6, June 1, 2009

    At Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, the use of sitters (staff members who sit with...

Overcoming survivor guilt: How to strengthen your work force after layoffs

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 6, June 1, 2009

    It's called survivor guilt, and many people are dealing with it as layoffs continue to affect their...

Study finds multicolored scrubs brighten pediatric care

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 6, June 1, 2009

    Hospitals can be a frightening place for children, which creates a barrier of distrust nurses must...

Strategies for Nurse Managers, June 2009

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 6, June 1, 2009

    In this issue, find out how one facility's hall passes enhance patient handoffs; supporting your...

Appraise staff and improve communication at the close of shift

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 21, June 1, 2009

    This week, expert Judith “Ski” Lower, RN, MSN, CCRN, CNRN, former nurse manager of the...

Arm yourself in the battle against fatigue

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 20, May 18, 2009

    Last week, we provided a checklist to help you recognize the presence of fatigue at your facility...

CE spotlight: Health system lowers VAP rates with eICU

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 20, May 18, 2009

    Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is a constant headache for hospitals around the country. It...

Proposed 2010 fiscal year budget increases nursing incentives

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 20, May 18, 2009

    President Barack Obama’s proposed healthcare workforce development funding for fiscal year...

Electronic documentation elements for CAUTI patients

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 20, May 18, 2009

    This week, June Marshall, RN, MS, NEA-BC, Lucy Bird, RN, and Laura Maverick, BSN, RN-BC, provide...

Recognize fatigue at your facility

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 19, May 11, 2009

    The difficult economy has added stress and anxiety to the workplace. Longer hours, smaller staff...

College’s plan to phase out nursing program raises concerns

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 19, May 11, 2009

    The State University of New York (SUNY) New Paltz will say goodbye to 167 graduating nursing...

Obama devises expansive global health strategy

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 19, May 11, 2009

    President Barack Obama requested Congress disburse $63 billion over the next six years to drive his...

Pointers for writing and presenting an executive summary

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 19, May 11, 2009

    This week, expert KT Waxman, DNP, MBA, RN, CNL, president of Waxman & Associates healthcare...

Pandemic risk increases as swine flu cases emerge

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 18, May 4, 2009

    Numerous cases of the new strain of the swine flu surfaced last week in several corners of the U.S...

How well do you know Florence Nightingale?

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 18, May 4, 2009

    Florence Nightingale is regarded as the founder of modern nursing. She helped establish the...

Health system lays off nurse during patient surgery

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 18, May 4, 2009

    A Dean Health System physician made an incision during a recent routine surgery. A nurse manager...

Integrate evidence-based practice in nursing committees

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 18, May 4, 2009

    This week, Suzanne C. Beyea, RN, PhD, FAAN, director of nursing research at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock...

Strategies for Nurse Managers May 2009

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 5, May 1, 2009

    Learn how to get more infection control for your money; Web site lets facilities surf toward...

Cost-effective ways to strengthen your facility’s infection control program

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 5, May 1, 2009

    If you work in the healthcare industry today, you are likely feeling the pressure of doing more...

Virtual world sets scene for real-life safety

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 5, May 1, 2009

    Imagine someone showing up with a suspicious package on one of your hospital floors. Would your...

Prevent catheter-associated urinary tract infections

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 5, May 1, 2009

    CAUTIs are the most common of all hospital-acquired conditions (HAC). Eighty percent of UTIs result...

Find your facility’s fit

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 5, May 1, 2009

    Achieving complete patient satisfaction is every facility’s goal when implementing a patient...

Mock surveys make a difference in staff education

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 5, May 1, 2009

    Constructing a tracer process from scratch for a 645-bed hospital is no simple matter, but that was...

Balance work and life on a staycation

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 5, May 1, 2009

    Although flying to a tropical island or a snowy ski resort are great ways to spend a vacation, a...

When error occurs: Create a culture free of blame

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 5, May 1, 2009

    How do you handle a staff member who has made a medical error? Does your intervention vary...

Counting down to Nurses Week with 10 fun and easy ways to combat stress

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 17, April 27, 2009

    Stress can be around every corner of your facility. Nurses must care for complicated patients, work...

Motivate your nurses to conduct research projects

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 17, April 27, 2009

    Finding ways to motivate staff nurses to conduct nursing research can be difficult. At the outset...

HIPAA survey

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 17, April 27, 2009

    We want to hear from business associates about their need for HIPAA training. Business associates...

Help staff make the switch to the nightshift

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 17, April 27, 2009

    This week, expert Debbie Buchwach, BSN, RN-BC, education consultant in the Center for Learning and...

Save 25% on nursing products

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 16, April 20, 2009

    Are you searching for the ideal gift to show your gratitude to a fellow nurse? Is it time to reward...

Study finds multicolored scrubs brighten pediatric care

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 16, April 20, 2009

    Hospitals can be a frightening place for children, creating a barrier of distrust nurses must work...

Electronic health records could lead to healthcare glitches

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 16, April 20, 2009

    Patients using Google Health—a new free online resource for storing and managing healthcare...

Evidence-based guidelines to monitor patients post falls

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 16, April 20, 2009

    This week, Carole Eldridge, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, dean, campus director, and associate professor at St...

Free tool to help improve the professional image of nursing

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 15, April 13, 2009

    As HCPro continues its countdown to Nurses’ Week, our focus moves to improving the image of...

Enhancing patient safety culture with simulation

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 15, April 13, 2009

    It’s not uncommon for hospitals to offer some variation of simulation-based training in which...

Economy leads to job shortage for nurses

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 15, April 13, 2009

    The economic downturn has led to a scarcity of available jobs and an abundance of job-hungry people...

Promote effectiveness and accountability in staff meetings

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 15, April 13, 2009

    Nurse managers have many opportunities to expect accountability from their staff, both during...

Set a solid foundation for success on the journey

  • HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, Issue 14, April 7, 2009

    As the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® (MRP) coordinator, your role and responsibilities can...

Show how the CNO influences organizationwide change

  • HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, Issue 14, April 7, 2009

    This week, a reader asks how to demonstrate in the written documentation that the CNO influences...

Counting down to Nurses’ Week: Start celebrating with a free communication tool

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 14, April 6, 2009

    Nurses’ Week doesn’t start officially until May 6, but HCPro, Inc. is starting the...

CE spotlight: Address health literacy by adopting patient-centered approaches

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 14, April 6, 2009

    In 2003, staff members at Iowa Health System (IHS) identified poor health literacy as an ongoing...

Study locates top facilities for specialty care

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 14, April 6, 2009

    The quest for specialized healthcare can take patients hundreds of thousands of miles away from...

Assessing new hires as critical thinkers

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 14, April 6, 2009

    This week, learn how a self-assessment tool can shine a light on new nurses’ critical...

Enhanced system assessments improve patient flow

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 4, April 1, 2009

    Poor patient flow affects patient care, safety, and satisfaction. Patients often face obstacles to...

When colleagues clash

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 4, April 1, 2009

    In a healthcare facility, nurses, physicians, administrators, and other employees are likely to...

Facility's homegrown HIPAA video entertains and educates staff

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 4, April 1, 2009

    Mandatory HIPAA training is usually met by staff members with the same excitement as a trip to the...

Mesh your facility's mission statement with its culture

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 4, April 1, 2009

    For years we have placed great emphasis on the mission and value statements of our organizations...

Hospital offers helping HAND

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 4, April 1, 2009

    In 2005, Pam Stodghill, MS, RN, director of performance improvement and risk management at Shriners...

Strategies for Nurse Managers, April 2009

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 4, April 1, 2009

    In this issue: One facility's HIPAA video trains and entertains staff; boost nursing research...

Celebrate the image of nursing

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 4, April 1, 2009

    Since Shelley Cohen, RN, BS, CEN, president of Health Resources Unlimited, a healthcare education...

Build up nursing research collaboration with a database

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 4, April 1, 2009

    The research director at Cleveland Clinic has successfully guided staff nurses through research...

Setting expectations for accountability with staff

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 13, March 30, 2009

    Nurse managers are in one of the most difficult roles in any organization. They must manage nursing...

Speedy strategies for staff education

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 13, March 30, 2009

    Sometimes it seems as though the “e” in e-mail could stand for “easy.” With...

Healthcare reform may expand coverage and need for nurses

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 13, March 30, 2009

    President Barack Obama’s plans to restructure the U.S. healthcare system would allot $634...

Time management tips for new grads

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 13, March 30, 2009

    This week, Patricia A. Duclos-Miller, MS, RN, NE-BC, associate professor of nursing at Capital...

Set the tone for nurse-physician collegiality

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 12, March 23, 2009

    This week, Kathleen Bartholomew, RC, RN, MN, discusses how nurse managers can create collaborative...

Women in healthcare want a healthy work-life balance

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 12, March 23, 2009

    Only 9% of women who work in the healthcare industry are very satisfied with their work-life...

Make the most of patient safety with free tips and tools

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 12, March 23, 2009

    March is patient safety month, and to celebrate, below are some tips for hospitals to increase...

Using care when advancing your career

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 12, March 23, 2009

    This week, Kathleen Garrison, MSN, RN, clinical educator of nursing education and professional...

Organize a steering committee for designation success

  • HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, Issue 11, March 17, 2009

    This week, a reader asks for methods for organizing a steering committee. Read the response from...

Is moral distress a nursing epidemic?

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 11, March 16, 2009

    Being a nurse can be empowering. You and your staff have the knowledge to ease pain, heal injury...

Get a high five for your patient care

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 11, March 16, 2009

    Patient satisfaction scores fell to 33% at CHRISTUS Hospital-St. Mary in Port Arthur, TX, in 2005...

Applaud leaders and staff for improving nursing’s image

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 11, March 16, 2009

    Nursing is an ever-changing profession. With every shift comes a new challenge to work through...

Getting to the heart of cardiovascular medication

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 11, March 16, 2009

    This week, Jill Duncan, RN, MS, MPH, director of the IHI Open School for Health Professions in...

Applaud leaders and staff for elevating nursing’s image

  • Stressed Out Nurses Weekly, Issue 10, March 9, 2009

    Since Shelley Cohen, RN, BS, CEN, president of Health Resources Unlimited, a healthcare education...

Poll takes a look at time frames for new grad orientation

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 10, March 9, 2009

    Orientation is a critical, and often stressful, period for new graduate nurses. Adapting to a new...

Secret shoppers uncover staff hand hygiene compliance

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 10, March 9, 2009

    If you want to see someone's true behavior, watch what they do when they think no one is looking...

Hospital profits plummet in U.S., study says

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 10, March 9, 2009

    Hospitals' median profit margins dropped to zero in the third quarter of 2008, an all-time low...

Tackle hospital-acquired conditions with a prevention team

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 10, March 9, 2009

    This week, Laura J. Weber, RN, BSN, MBA/HCM, director of quality management, and Melissa A...

Survey staff to shape up the nursing image

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 9, March 2, 2009

    This week, Shelley Cohen, RN, BS, CEN, president and founder of Health Resources Unlimited in...

Overcome challenges to reduce surgical site infections

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 9, March 2, 2009

    The OR can be a world unto itself. It's physically separated from the rest of the hospital, entry...

Healthcare expansion could bring significant economic benefits, study says

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 9, March 2, 2009

    Healthcare coverage for all would not only ease the pockets of ailing Americans—but also the...

Minimize pressure ulcers by preventing friction and shear

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 9, March 2, 2009

    Pressure ulcers are among the most prevalent hospital-associated infections, making them a top...

Main goals for instituting a shared decision-making model

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 8, February 23, 2009

    This week, Barbara Hannon, RN, MSN, CPHQ, coordinator for the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®...

Increase face time to improve staff performance

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 8, February 23, 2009

    Carving out time for additional meetings with staff can be difficult for nurse managers with...

Stimulus package to provide healthcare relief

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 8, February 23, 2009

    Healthcare hope may come in the form of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act President Barack...

Four steps to elevate the nursing image

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 8, February 23, 2009

    This week, Shelley Cohen, RN, BS, CEN, president and founder of Health Resources Unlimited in...

Educate and inspire staff for the journey to nursing excellence

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 7, February 16, 2009

    This week, Gina Boring, MSN, RN, NE-BC, director of the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® (MRP...

Identify modifiable risk factors to prevent patient falls

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 7, February 16, 2009

    This week, Carole Eldridge, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, dean, campus director, and associate professor at St...

Color-coded scrub attire to brighten patient care

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 7, February 16, 2009

    Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, OH, is limiting nurses’ scrub attire to navy blue and white...

Dos and don’ts for conducting a successful interview

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 7, February 16, 2009

    Just because you aren’t in the hot seat doesn’t mean an interview shouldn’t take...

Achieve accountability when working with physicians

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 6, February 9, 2009

    We have many opportunities to work with physicians. It may be in caring for a specific patient or...

Help staff rise above horizontal hostility

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 6, February 9, 2009

    This week, learn strategies staff can use to confront a peer's unprofessional behavior with expert...

Low-cost solutions improve geriatric patients’ comfort and care

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 6, February 9, 2009

    Overcrowded hectic emergency departments (EDs) seldom allow for speedy, serene patient stays. Lucky...

Huddle up to get staff closer to evidence-based practice

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 6, February 9, 2009

    Successful implementation of evidence-based practice (EBP) can bring a number of patient care...

Get nursing research underway at your facility

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 5, February 2, 2009

    Research is a high-focus area in nursing departments across the country. It is highly emphasized in...

Hints for helping travel nurses settle in

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 5, February 2, 2009

    This week, Kathleen Garrison, MSN, RN, shares some expert advice for acclimating travel nurses at...

Hope rises as body temperature drops with new cooling therapy

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 5, February 2, 2009

    Hypothermia is a life-threatening condition rarely treated in the balmy climate of Palm Beach, FL...

Hone your skills as a nurse mediator to manage staff conflict

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 5, February 2, 2009

    Your professional title might be nurse manager, but sometimes it could just as easily be nurse...

Blog spotlight: For nurses, now is the time to hold each other accountable

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 4, January 26, 2009

    This week, Laura Harrington, RN, MHA, CHCQM, FAIHQ, senior nurse consultant in the consulting...

Expert spotlight: Creative and safe ways to administer meds to peds

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 4, January 26, 2009

    This week, Jill Duncan, RN, MS, MPH, director of the IHI Open School for Health Professions in...

News spotlight: Checklist helps hospitals make 40% cut in surgery-related deaths

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 4, January 26, 2009

    The solution to slashing surgical deaths and complications may come in the form of a 19-item...

Web site spotlight: Diversify your leadership style to motivate multigenerational staff

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 4, January 26, 2009

    Today’s workforce is more generationally diverse than ever before. Thus, today’s nurse...

Blog spotlight: Dealing with verbal abuse

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 3, January 19, 2009

    It’s inevitable that some of your decisions will be unpopular. However, you are not a manager...

Expert spotlight: Project pointers for evidence-based practice

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 3, January 19, 2009

    This week, expert Suzanne C. Beyea, RN, PhD, FAAN, director of nursing research at the Dartmouth...

News spotlight: Care model builds on eye-to-eye communication

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 3, January 19, 2009

    A new nursing care model has staff at Oakwood Hospital in Dearborn, MI literally pulling up a chair...

Web site spotlight: Try these tricks to manage time and stress

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 3, January 19, 2009

    Even though the stress of holidays is behind us, the role of the nurse manager allows little time...

Inside the Program: Understand Component I: Transformational leadership

  • HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, Issue 2, January 13, 2009

    The 14 Forces of Magnetism are now integrated under one of the new 5 Model Components in the 2008...

Blog spotlight: Hone your hiring skills

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 2, January 12, 2009

    This week, Shelley Cohen, RN, BS, CEN, president and founder of Health Resources Unlimited in...

Web site spotlight: Get a flashback to 2008 with your poll results

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 2, January 12, 2009

    You piled your plate high and fell into a Thanksgiving turkey slumber. You raced through opening...

Inside the news: Pennsylvania hospital recycles to save money

  • HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, Issue 1, January 6, 2009

    Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network (LVHHN) in Allentown, PA, is on the path to reducing its...

Blog spotlight: Improve the nursing image with professional communication

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 1, January 5, 2009

    This week, Kathleen Bartholomew, RC, RN, MN, discusses professional communication and simple steps...

Expert spotlight: Roll out evidence-based practice with resources

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 1, January 5, 2009

    This week, Suzanne C. Beyea, RN, PhD, FAAN, director of nursing research at the Dartmouth Centers...

Web site spotlight: CE Article: Leadership standards make patient safety a priority

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 1, January 5, 2009

    It’s the start of a new year, and The Joint Commission (formerly JCAHO) expects nurse...

Web site spotlight: Improve culture amid an economic crisis

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 1, January 2, 2009

    There are no quick fixes for cutting costs within a facility. System issues and problems often...

Held accountable: Making and keeping commitments

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 1, January 1, 2009

    Nurse managers know that an environment in which staff members are accountable is one that fosters...

Give your leadership style a makeover

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 1, January 1, 2009

    Is your leadership approach out of style and ready for a makeover?Without realizing it, our work...

Blog spotlight: Communicate and commit to nursing

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 68, December 29, 2008

    This week, Kathleen Bartholomew, RC, RN, MN, peers into the crucial need for communication, and...

Expert spotlight: Prep before presenting your budget plan

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 68, December 29, 2008

    This week, learn how deliver a successful budget presentation with expert advice from KT Waxman...

Blog spotlight: Shape relationships by showing off your personal side

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 67, December 22, 2008

    Most interpersonal relationships in organizations are position-to-position relationships, rather...

Expert spotlight: Encourage teamwork to drive change

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 67, December 22, 2008

    This week, expert Debra Nussdorfer, MS, RN, PMHCNS-BC, ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®...

Blog spotlight: Quick tips to boost staff retention

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 66, December 15, 2008

    This week, Bonnie Clair, BSN, RN, retention project manager at CoxHealth in Springfield, MO, shares...

Expert spotlight: Perfect staff performance reviews

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 66, December 15, 2008

    This week, KT Waxman, MBA, RN, provides nurse managers some guidance in conducting staff...

Inside the Forces: Advocate for nurses

  • HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, Issue 49, December 9, 2008

    In Force of Magnetism 1: Quality of nursing leadership, which falls under Component 1...

Blog spotlight: Lead the charge for change and innovation

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 65, December 8, 2008

    As leaders in healthcare organizations, it is often a nurse manager’s responsibility to be a...

Blog spotlight: Encourage staff to work and play together

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 64, December 1, 2008

    Nurses of different generations are bound to hold different values, beliefs, and interests. For...

Web site spotlight: Beware of monkeys on your back by managing your time

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 64, December 1, 2008

    If you are overwhelmed by a growing to-do list, bulging calendar, and approaching deadlines, you...

Carnivals can give staff the ticket to all-around compliance training

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 11, December 1, 2008

    Carnivals or fairs require substantial planning, but they can be a great way to train many...

Empower staff members with stories of success

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 12, December 1, 2008

    In his book The Best Practice: How the New Quality Movement is Transforming Medicine, Kenney...

Break down the barriers to nursing research

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 12, December 1, 2008

    The word “research” can send nurses running. Barriers such as a lack of knowledge on...

Travel ticket navigates facility through improved handoffs

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 12, December 1, 2008

    Sometimes, it’s all about the journey, not the destination. And in hospitals, the journey a...

Minimize HIPAA mistakes when responding to the media

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 12, December 1, 2008

    It doesn’t matter whether your facility is located in the largest U.S. metropolitan area or...

Sounding the alarm on disruptive behavior

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 12, December 1, 2008

    Many nurses have experienced disruptive physician behavior and the hostile work environment it can...

Engage patients in infection prevention

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 12, December 1, 2008

    Healthcare facilities are increasingly seeking ways to empower patients in their own care. When it...

Prevail during your next Joint Commission visit

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 12, December 1, 2008

    Priming staff members for inevitable Joint Commission visits is one of the most daunting tasks for...

Blog spotlight: Improve nursing culture amid an economic crisis

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 63, November 24, 2008

    This week, Denise Danna, DNS, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, assistant professor and acting associate dean for...

Expert spotlight: Enhance charge nurse communication and productivity

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 63, November 24, 2008

    This week, Brandon G. Bennett, MSN, RN, shares some expert advice on how to communicate effectively...

Inside scoop from our experts: Utilize your steering committee

  • HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, Issue 46, November 18, 2008

    This week, our reader asks what role the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® (MRP) steering...

Blog spotlight: Time management tips to increase energy and improve performance

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 62, November 17, 2008

    This week, Debra Nussdorfer, MS, RN, PMHCNS-BC, ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® coordinator at...

Expert spotlight: Praise staff with informal recognition and rewards

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 62, November 17, 2008

    This week, expert Shelley Cohen, RN, BS, CEN, president and founder of Health Resources Unlimited...

News spotlight: New credentialing puts nurse leaders to the test

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 62, November 17, 2008

    Nurse managers willing to put themselves to the test can extend their list of credentials by...

Web site spotlight: Facility hosts pajama party to recruit nightshift nurses

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 62, November 17, 2008

    As the sluggish economy comes down on hospital budgets across the country, many facilities are...

Blog spotlight: Spark staff motivation with surveys

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 61, November 10, 2008

    This week, Shelley Cohen, RN, BS, CEN, president and founder of Health Resources Unlimited in...

Expert spotlight: Caring for patients living their last chapter

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 61, November 10, 2008

    This week, Kathleen Bartholomew, RC, RN, MN, shares some advice for your staff when caring for...

Inside the news: A Texas hospital serves its community in a time of need

  • HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, Issue 44, November 4, 2008

    In a time where money is tight and poverty is on the rise, Medical City Dallas Hospital is changing...

Blog spotlight: Manager2Manager mentorship

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 60, November 3, 2008

    This week, Bonnie Clair, BSN, RN, retention project manager at CoxHealth in Springfield, MO, peers...

Expert spotlight: Get nursing documentation on track in your facility

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 60, November 3, 2008

    This week, consider some expert advice from Patricia A. Duclos-Miller, RN, MS, NE-BC, associate...

Gain trust through first impressions

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 11, November 1, 2008

    All too often, nurse managers preparing for their new role feel as if they have to hit the ground...

Cultural competence for the diverse population

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 11, November 1, 2008

    The rapidly changing U.S. population is exemplified within your hospital’s walls. With...

Avoid the "dirty little secret" inside healthcare

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 11, November 1, 2008

    Curiosity. Malice. Efficiency. Rivalry. To be helpful. To be hurtful. Because they have a brief...

Put on a rave performance review

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 11, November 1, 2008

    Nurse managers and staff members communicate effectively every shift about a number of topics...

Take on UTIs with a bundled approach

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 11, November 1, 2008

    Urinary tract infections (UTI) might not be the most expensive or life-threatening infections, but...

Create amusement at your facility

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 11, November 1, 2008

    Carnivals or fairs require substantial planning, but they can be a great way to train many...

Inside the news: Survey says senior leadership plays a role in nurse satisfaction

  • HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, Issue 43, October 28, 2008

    A recent survey revealed that the actions of a hospital’s senior leadership often lead to...

Inside HCPro's MRP workshop: Get connected

  • HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, Issue 43, October 28, 2008

    On October 2-3, attendees at HCPro’s Workshop on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® in...

Blog spotlight: Calming the hysterical

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 59, October 27, 2008

    This week, expert Deanna R. Miller, RN, MSN/Ed, HCE, gives us an inside look at the assistance and...

Expert spotlight: Help new nurses keep patients in focus while completing tasks

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 59, October 27, 2008

    This week, expert Kathleen Bartholomew, RC, RN, MN, shares some tips to help your staff balance...

Inside HCPro's MRP workshop: Help appraisers travel cheap and light

  • HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, Issue 42, October 21, 2008

    On October 2-3, attendees at HCPro’s Workshop on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®...

Blog spotlight: Manage staffs’ special requests

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 58, October 20, 2008

    This week, expert Deanna Miller, RN, MSN/Ed, HCE, sheds some light on how to handle staffs&rsquo...

Expert spotlight: Elevate your facility’s nursing culture

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 58, October 20, 2008

    This week, expert Laura Cook Harrington, RC, RN, MHA, CPHQ, CHCQM, shares some insight on how...

Inside scoop from our experts: Encourage evidence-based practice projects

  • HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, Issue 41, October 14, 2008

    This week, a reader asks for ways to encourage staff to complete an evidence-based practice (EBP...

Blog spotlight: Display your means of retention

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 57, October 13, 2008

    This week, retention expert, Bonnie Clair, BSN, RN, shares some strategies for recognizing staff...

Expert spotlight: Kick start critical thinking skills

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 57, October 13, 2008

    This week, expert Shelley Cohen, RN, BS, CEN, lends some advice to pass on to your preceptors when...

News spotlight: Compendium offers hospitals infection control relief

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 57, October 13, 2008

    Hospitals wanting to minimize healthcare-acquired infections have a new resource for prevention...

Web site spotlight: Facility takes staff recognition 'above all'

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 57, October 13, 2008

    Working as a nurse can be gratifying, but a little encouragement, appreciation, and recognition can...

Blog spotlight: Challenge staff to come up with the evidence

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 56, October 6, 2008

    This week, Deanna R. Miller, RN, MSN/Ed, HCE, shares some insight on engaging staff in...

Expert spotlight: Give staff a dose of med delivery relief

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 56, October 6, 2008

    This week, expert Jill Duncan, RN, MS, MPH, shares some tips to share with your nurses when...

Top hospital performers’ secrets unveiled 

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 10, October 1, 2008

    Fifteen years of research on hospital performance has given Thomson Healthcare’s senior vice...

Experts urge hospitals to spot healthcare disparities

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 10, October 1, 2008

    A report released by The Joint Commission calls on hospitals to improve patient care by eliminating...

Be immune to respiratory infection season

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 10, October 1, 2008

    With fall under way, it’s time to start gearing up for respiratory virus season. That means...

Take back your life

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 10, October 1, 2008

    How many times have you heard yourself or another manager make a comment about how “you have...

Communicate research findings effectively

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 10, October 1, 2008

    It takes a lot of work, but conducting nursing research projects at your facility can result in...

Punch clocks keep physician orders on target, raise  hospital’s compliance to 100% 

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 10, October 1, 2008

    Being open to change is a must at a hospital. Cecile Broussard, RN, MS, quality manager at Our Lady...

Blog spotlight: Engaging the unengageable

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 55, September 29, 2008

    This week, Deanna Miller, RN, MSN/Ed, HCE, reveals her secrets to successful staff engagement: As...

Expert spotlight: Fill staff scheduling needs of all generations

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 55, September 29, 2008

    This week, expert Judith "Ski" Lower, RN, MSN, CCRN, CNRN, shares some insight on how to...

Web site spotlight: Lead your facility into a culture of accountability

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 55, September 29, 2008

    Would you consider allowing hand washing to be optional in your organization? No. What about...

Praise your preceptors 

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 10, September 23, 2008

    The right person in the preceptor role boosts job satisfaction of new nurses and raises retention...

Blog spotlight: Send the message of retention

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 54, September 22, 2008

    This week, retention specialist, Bonnie Clair, BSN, RN, shares some thoughtful strategies to retain...

Expert spotlight: Curb disruptive behavior at your facility

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 54, September 22, 2008

    This week, expert Kathleen Bartholomew, RC, RN, MN, lends some advice on how to prevent disruptive...

Web site spotlight: Explore the benefits of life coaching

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 54, September 22, 2008

    Nurses are amazing individuals. Their nature is to be present and available to others. They enjoy a...

Inside best practice: Prepare for the site visit by sailing

  • HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, Issue 37, September 16, 2008

    It’s important to start planning site visit activities once you submit your ANCC Magnet...

Blog spotlight: Take the fear out of performance reviews

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 37, September 15, 2008

    This week, learn how to remove the tension during staff performance reviews: Nurse managers and...

Expert Spotlight: Follow these feedback tips

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 37, September 15, 2008

    This week, expert Shelley Cohen, RN, BS, CEN, gives us some tips on how to provide staff...

Blog spotlight: Celebrate staff in a snap

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 36, September 8, 2008

    This week, our retention specialist, Bonnie Clair, BSN, RN, shares a practical idea to recognize...

Expert spotlight: Spot patient and consumer expectations in the ED

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 36, September 8, 2008

    This week, expert Brandon G. Bennett, MSN, RN, provides some advice on how to identify patient and...

Blog spotlight: ’Polling’ for collaborative practice

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 35, September 1, 2008

    This week, learn how staff surveys can help boost collaboration at your facility: You want your...

Expert spotlight: Deal with disciplinary issues

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 35, September 1, 2008

    This week, expert Shelley Cohen, RN, BS, CEN, tells us how to handle the termination of a...

Web site spotlight: Tips to turn back the time for staff

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 35, September 1, 2008

    Almost all nurse managers want to spend more time with their staff, but they have so many...