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From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 48, November 29, 2012

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SDW news brief: Nurse care coordinators lead to major returns in pilot program

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 47, November 23, 2012

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APRNs in Michigan seek independent practice

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 47, November 21, 2012

    Advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) in Michigan are trying to pass legislation to expand...

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 47, November 21, 2012

    Last week I mentioned that simulation was a “hot” topic at the recent Professional...

Website spotlight: Implementing a just culture

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 47, November 21, 2012

    First and foremost, it goes without saying that we all want to do the right thing, at the right...

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 46, November 15, 2012

    I recently had the privilege of presenting a paper at the 39th annual Professional Nurse Educator...

SDW news brief: Hospitalized patients receive excessive doses of acetaminophen

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 46, November 15, 2012

    More than 6% of hospital patients received acetaminophen in excess of the recommended 4 g per day...

Report focuses on healthcare IT hazards

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 45, November 9, 2012

    Mismatched data in electronic health records, failures of medical devices and health information...

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 45, November 8, 2012

    In September, I asked about the composition of your NPD departments and if there were distinctions...

From the staff development bookshelf: Occurrence reporting thresholds

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 45, November 8, 2012

    Among the factors that can have a negative impact on reporting is an actual or perceived reporting...

Website spotlight: Flu shot compliance varies among hospital, non-hospital, and EMS employees

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 45, November 8, 2012

    It's that time of year again, when infection preventionists (IP) and safety officers begin to plan...

Blog spotlight: Emergency preparation in the face of a hurricane

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 44, November 2, 2012

    The anticipated impact of Hurricane Sandy undoubtedly led many hospitals on the east coast to...

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 44, November 1, 2012

    We’ve been talking about evidence-based monitoring for nursing professional development (NPD...

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 43, October 25, 2012

    Last week I talked about the importance of monitoring the effectiveness of orientation and...

SDW news brief: Meaningful use shows progress, according to CMS

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 43, October 25, 2012

    Nearly half of the 20,000 eligible professionals and 81% of eligible hospitals are registered for...

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 42, October 18, 2012

    Last week I mentioned some tips when identifying priorities for measuring the impact of education...

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 41, October 11, 2012

    After last week’s article pertaining to “other duties as assigned” I received...

Bedsores linked to patient mortality rates

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 40, October 5, 2012

    Hospital-acquired pressure ulcers, or bedsores, are a risk factor associated with morality in older...

Nurse leaders’ commitment to safety influences entire nursing team

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 39, September 28, 2012

    Nurses are more likely to report errors when they feel safe doing so, and feel more comfortable...

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 39, September 27, 2012

    Who doesn’t need to save money? How can we stretch our budget dollars? Nursing professional...

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 38, September 20, 2012

    Being approached by nurse managers to offer remediation education is nothing new for nursing...

SDW news brief: Researchers aim to disprove the July effect

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 38, September 20, 2012

    The so-called “July phenomenon,” in which patients at teaching hospitals supposedly...

Blog spotlight: Live webcast: Onboarding New Graduate Nurses

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 37, September 14, 2012

    Just a reminder that HCPro will present a live, 90-minute webcast on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at...

Tablet app could better detect domestic abuse

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 36, September 10, 2012

    An upcoming study will help determine whether or not a tablet-based application can be used to...

Ask the expert: Advanced beginners in staff development

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 36, September 10, 2012

    This week, Adrianne E. Avillion defines an advanced beginner in staff development and gives...

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 36, September 4, 2012

    All of us have faced questions about what is, and what is not, appropriate for delegation...

A study of nursing environment, error interception, and quality of care

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 35, August 31, 2012

    Working in a supportive practice environment, in which there is teamwork between physicians and...

Blog spotlight: Bringing diversity to the nursing workforce

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 35, August 31, 2012

    This past month, the George Washington University School of Nursing (GW) received a three-year, $1...

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 35, August 30, 2012

    I would be interested in hearing if any of you have trained PCAs to precept their peers. It seems...

From the staff development bookshelf: Accountability and intolerance of non-performers

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 35, August 30, 2012

    Nurse managers often see pockets of non-performance among their staff members, and many times it...

Website spotlight: Hospital decreases patient falls through education, culture change

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 35, August 30, 2012

    Despite already being below the national average on patient falls, Lallie Kemp Regional Medical...

Fewer nurses trust mobile content, medical websites

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 34, August 24, 2012

    Nurses are less likely than physicians to trust the credibility of medical information from mobile...

Website spotlight: ANF to nurses: Get some sleep

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 34, August 24, 2012

    Running on only a few hours of sleep? Just pump the coffee, right? Wrong, according to the...

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 34, August 22, 2012

    I received quite a few emails from readers who wanted to share their own thoughts about future...

SDW news brief: New funding will help states boost numbers of nurses with advanced degrees

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 34, August 22, 2012

    The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announced its selection of nine states to receive funding...

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 33, August 16, 2012

    Over the years I have mentioned the superb Research Day education program, a collaborative effort...

From the staff development bookshelf: Gathering and evaluating evidence for EBP projects

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 33, August 16, 2012

    Perhaps one of the biggest challenges in conducting evidence based practice (EBP) projects is...

Policies and programs do not eliminate medical student mistreatment

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 32, August 10, 2012

    Mistreatment of medical students by senior physicians and residents persists despite policies and...

Blog spotlight: Do as I say, and as I do: Setting a healthy example for patients

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 32, August 10, 2012

    More than one-third of U.S. adults are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and...

Website spotlight: Don?t underestimate damage caused by burned out nurses

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 32, August 10, 2012

    A study published in the August issue of the American Journal of Infection Control shows that nurse...

Ask the expert: Fair use and copyright in staff development

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 32, August 10, 2012

    This week, Adrianne E. Avillion, D.Ed, RN, explains fair use and provides instances in which...

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 32, August 8, 2012

    The Joint Commission is continuing to add to its Targeted Solutions ToolTM inventory. These tools...

SDW news brief: Nurse-led education initiative yields positive outcomes

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 32, August 8, 2012

    A New York hospital’s efforts to  upgrade the skills of unlicensed assistive personnel...

From the staff development bookshelf: Tips on briefings in the nursing environment

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 32, August 8, 2012

    Crew resource management (CRM)-based briefings can and should be used wherever healthcare...

Weekly cognitive behavioral intervention reduces nurses’ stress and improves vigor

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 31, August 3, 2012

    Participating in cognitive behavioral intervention once a week can increases nurses’ sense of...

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 31, August 2, 2012

    About 25 years ago I presented a paper at a staff development convention describing the necessity...

SDW news brief: Study links nurse burnout to infection rates

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 31, August 2, 2012

    Reducing the number of burned-out nurses could prevent thousands of cases of hospital-acquired...

From the staff development bookshelf: Essential traits for charge nurses

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 31, August 2, 2012

    Charge nurses customarily “manage the unit for a shift.” It is a leadership position...

Consumer engagement through health IT a high priority, but strategies lack clarity

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 30, July 27, 2012

    While healthcare providers are placing consumer engagement in health information technology (IT...

Blog spotlight: Outsourcing healthcare, but at what cost?

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 30, July 27, 2012

    The Los Angeles Times reported this week that healthcare firms are increasingly shifting clinical...

Website spotlight: Inside an award-winning ED's nursing department

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 30, July 27, 2012

    The ED nurses at Boston Children's Hospital are never satisfied with the status quo. Whether it's...

Ask the expert: Nurse residency program stakeholders

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 30, July 27, 2012

    This week, Jim Hansen, MSN, RN-BC, explains which members of your organization are the most...

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 30, July 26, 2012

    I am frequently involved in discussions about the development of nurse residency programs. There...

SDW news brief: CMS releases updated readmission rates data

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 30, July 26, 2012

    Frequent readmissions are still an issue at many hospitals nationwide, according to a recent update...

From the staff development bookshelf: Transparency and engagement for quality improvement

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 30, July 26, 2012

    Information and knowledge are crucial to staff engagement in meeting the strategic goals of the...

Website spotlight: Professional translation services in the ED can reduce errors and prevent adverse events

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 30, July 26, 2012

    Thrombosis, sclerosis, embolism-it might not require conjugating verbs, but medical terminology is...

Tool of the month: Charge nurse preceptor evaluation form

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 29, July 20, 2012

    The ARCTIC assessment tool (adapted from Black & Gregersen [2003, p. 84]) can help identify...

Blog spotlight: Nurses identify barriers and facilitators for clinical practice guideline use

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 29, July 20, 2012

    Nurses’ adoption and use of clinical practice guidelines is largely affected by external...

Website spotlight: Geriatric care model centers on nurse leadership

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 29, July 20, 2012

    A study from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, which examined the early results of the...

Ask the expert: The tangible and intangible costs of errors

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 29, July 20, 2012

    This week, Pamela Hunt, BS, MSN, RN, and Deborah Laughon, RN, BSN, MS, DBA, CCRN, outline the...

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 29, July 19, 2012

    Horizontal violence, sometimes referred to as horizontal bullying, horizontal hostility...

SDW news brief: Personal health records boost preventative care

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 29, July 19, 2012

    Patients are more likely to stay up to date with screenings and preventative medical tests when...

From the staff development bookshelf: Components of cultural competence

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 29, July 19, 2012

    Cultural competence is an ongoing process in which the healthcare provider continuously strives to...

Website spotlight: Is your health IT working against you?

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 29, July 19, 2012

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Geriatric care model centers on nurse leadership

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 1, July 19, 2012

      The Nurses Improving Care to Healthsystem Elders program, which aims to add...

Blog spotlight: Social media as a healthcare business tool

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 28, July 13, 2012

    American Medical News released a story last month highlighting four ways that social media can be...

Website spotlight: Time to focus on rural nurse staffing

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 28, July 13, 2012

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News brief: Tennessee improves CLABSI infection rates by 30%

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 28, July 13, 2012

    An initiative among Tennessee hospitals to reduce infection rates, particularly central...

Ask the expert: Standards of behavior and staff accountability

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 28, July 13, 2012

    This week, Eileen Dohmann, RN, BSN, MBA, NEA-BC, discusses accountability language and...

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 28, July 12, 2012

    Collaboration among local hospitals, Sigma Theta Tau, and a local college leads to the promotion of...

From the staff development bookshelf: Continuous evaluation when creating a just culture

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 28, July 12, 2012

    Once you have evaluated change and benchmarked data to find areas for improvement, the job is not...

Blog spotlight: Core curricula, examinations, and national certification on the horizon for preceptors

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 27, July 3, 2012

    The American Academy for Preceptor Advancement (AAPA) has selected The College Network® and...

Website spotlight: Infection control on a shoestring budget

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 27, July 3, 2012

    Duct tape and Ziploc bags were two main ingredients in a culture shift that's helped the Martinez...

News brief: Concerns over weak nursing presence at the WHO

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 27, July 3, 2012

    The percentage of nurses in positions at the World Health Organization (WHO) has dropped from 2.6...

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 27, July 3, 2012

    On June 28, 2012, the Supreme Court declared in a 5-4 vote that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is...

SDW news brief: Number of nurse practitioners expected to nearly double

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 27, July 3, 2012

    The number of nurse practitioners (NP) is projected to increase from 128,000 in 2008 to 244,000 in...

From the staff development bookshelf: Team building for charge nurses

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 27, July 3, 2012

    Team building refers to a variety of techniques that leaders can use to improve team performance...

Blog spotlight: Working while sick: Is it really worth it?

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 26, June 29, 2012

    It happens to everyone at some point: you wake up with a cough, a headache, or a stuffy nose, and...

Website spotlight: 1 in 5 nurses is depressed

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 26, June 29, 2012

    18% of hospital-employed nurses experience depressive symptoms; that's twice the rate of the...

Ask the expert: Standards of behavior and staff accountability

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 26, June 29, 2012

    This week, Kathleen Bartholomew, RN, MN, outlines the reasons for implementing and adhering to...

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 26, June 28, 2012

    As I mentioned last week, nursing professional development (NPD) specialists often have little or...

From the staff development bookshelf: Impact of media representation of nurses

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 26, June 28, 2012

    When looking at the media representation of nurses, it is clear that the nurse rarely is portrayed...

Website spotlight: Strategies for increasing physician engagement

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 26, June 28, 2012

    In the quest to meet Joint Commission standards, it is very helpful to have a highly engaged...

Blog spotlight: Nurses are twice as likely to experience depression as the general public

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 25, June 25, 2012

    Most nurses would agree that a typical shift requires a high level of focus on tasks, good time...

Website spotlight: Hospital-to-home program aims to reduce readmissions

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 25, June 25, 2012

    Much is made of successful hand-offs between hospital departments, but a newly implemented program...

News brief: Healthcare leaders increase focus on collaboration and health IT

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 25, June 25, 2012

    Teamwork is becoming a focus for many healthcare leaders, according to the 2012 HealthLeaders Media...

Ask the expert: Establishing a CAUTI prevention program

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 25, June 25, 2012

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From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 25, June 22, 2012

    For the past few weeks I have provided information about various topics that are relevant to nurse...

From the staff development bookshelf: Consultants as partners in collaboration

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 25, June 22, 2012

    Consultants are persons who help clients solve particular problems or enhance services...

SDW news brief: California nurse anesthetists allowed to administer anesthetics unsupervised

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 0, June 21, 2012

    The California state Supreme Court issued an order last week in which it refused to prevent nurse...

Website spotlight: APRNs have their say in Michigan

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 24, June 18, 2012

    Across the country, APRNs are making strides toward practicing independently. One state currently...

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 24, June 15, 2012

    Nursing professional development (NPD) specialists are always on the lookout for ways to...

SDW news brief: Frequent sleep disruptions in the hospital setting

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 24, June 15, 2012

    Noises from hallway conversations, hospital pagers, and electronic monitors can wake sleeping...

From the staff development bookshelf: Communication and quality improvement

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 24, June 15, 2012

    Good managers know that quality does not happen by fiat or executive order but is the result of...

Website spotlight: Seven tips for slashing ED wait times with limited resources

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 24, June 15, 2012

    As anyone who works in an ED knows, long wait times are not an ED-specific issue. Most of the...

Tool of the month: Charge nurse preceptor evaluation form

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 23, June 11, 2012

    You can ease a charge nurse's transition into the new role by assigning a preceptor devoted to...

Website spotlight: Nurses, hospitals win with transition programs

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 23, June 11, 2012

    It's a no-brainer, really. The more education nurses receive, the better they'll be at their jobs...

Ask the expert: Process improvement opportunity statements

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 23, June 11, 2012

    This week, Barbara J. Hannon, RN. MSN, CPHQ, and Cynthia Barnard, MBA, MSJS, CPHQ, explain the...

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 23, June 8, 2012

    Simulation is one of the most effective teaching/learning techniques and in past issues I've...

SDW news brief: Study shows EHRs improve quality of nursing care

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 23, June 8, 2012

    Nurses in hospitals that have a fully implemented electronic health record (EHR) system reported...

From the staff development bookshelf: Crew resource management in healthcare leadership

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 23, June 8, 2012

    Part of the early mantra of crew resource management (CRM) was “authority with...

Website spotlight: Hospital incident reporting systems not up to snuff; events fall through the cracks

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 23, June 8, 2012

    According to a recent Office of Inspector General (OIG) report, Hospital Incident Reporting Systems...

Website spotlight: Doctor of nursing practice degree programs skyrocketing

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 22, June 4, 2012

    In just a few short years, the number of DNP programs in the country has skyrocketed from 20 in...

Ask the expert: Mentors for nurse orientation programs

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 22, June 4, 2012

    This week, Adrianne E. Avillion, D.Ed, RN, and Debbie Buchwach, BSN, RN-BC, define the role of...

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 22, June 1, 2012

    As we become more and more involved in nursing and nursing professional development (NPD) research...

From the staff development bookshelf: Leadership training for charge nurses

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 22, June 1, 2012

    Leadership training is an essential component to training a charge nurse. Orienting charge nurses...

Blog spotlight: Perception versus practice in quality of care

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 21, May 28, 2012

    Patients' perceived quality of care varied greatly from the actual quality of care as defined by...

Website spotlight: Grand-Aides make nursing go further

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 21, May 28, 2012

    When I'm sick, there are a handful of people who I'd want to take care of me, and my grandmother is...

News brief: Concerns grow for nurses’ safety when handling heavier patients

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 21, May 28, 2012

    The rising weight of the population has hospitals and clinics across the country investing in...

Ask the expert: Active listening and accountability

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 21, May 28, 2012

    This week, Eileen L. Dohmann, RN, BSM, MBA, NEA-BC, explains the merits of active listening and...

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 21, May 25, 2012

    Over the past few months, I have made a point of writing about various organizations and...

SDW news brief: Patients’ perception of poor communication linked to safety

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 21, May 25, 2012

    HealthGrades recently released the results of its annual survey of patient safety and patient...

Incidents of disruptive physician behavior

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 21, May 25, 2012

    According to nurses, disruptive physician behavior most often occurs after they place phone calls...

How to improve your training program

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 21, May 25, 2012

    HIPAA and HITECH have resulted in a whole new career for Tom Dumez, CHP. As human resources...

Website spotlight: Grow your own nurse leaders

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 20, May 21, 2012

    Nurse leaders are hard to come by. The solution? Create them yourself. That's the strategy of...

Ask the expert: Communicating expectations for quality improvement

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 20, May 21, 2012

    This week, Cynthia Barnard discusses the relationship between communication and quality improvement.

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 20, May 18, 2012

    NPD specialists are always on the lookout for useful resources. Last week, I provided information...

SDW news brief: New California RNs struggle to find work

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 20, May 18, 2012

    A recent survey conducted by the California Institute for Nursing and Healthcare found that 43% of...

From the staff development bookshelf: Diagnosing CAUTI

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 20, May 18, 2012

    A catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) is diagnosed only when signs and symptoms of...

Website spotlight: Nurses harness patient engagement tools to educate and empower patients

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 20, May 18, 2012

    Until recently, patients at the four hospitals operated by NorthShore University HealthSystem...

HCPro celebrates Nurses Week: Contest to win a free webcast on preventing CAUTIs!

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 19, May 14, 2012

    We're marking the last day of HCPro's Nurses Week celebration with a fun nursing quiz! Entrants...

Tool of the month: Plan, do, study, act table

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 19, May 14, 2012

    One of the simplest tools to implement successful change is Plan, Do, Study, Act (PDSA). You might...

Website spotlight: VA finds large gaps in RN telemetry training, retraining

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 19, May 14, 2012

    Patient deaths at VA hospitals in Denver and New York City, as well as an overall indictment of...

Ask the expert: Activities to facilitate change efforts

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 19, May 14, 2012

    This week, Vivian B. Miller, BA, CPHQ, LHRM, CPHRM, FASHRM explains the importance of data...

Nurses Week: Contest to win a free webcast on preventing CAUTIs!

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 19, May 11, 2012

    We're marking the last day of HCPro's Nurses Week celebration with a fun nursing quiz! Entrants...

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 19, May 11, 2012

    Most, if not all, nursing professional development (NPD) specialists incorporate simulation as...

SDW news brief: Deceleration in healthcare job growth

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 19, May 11, 2012

    Healthcare sector job growth is slowing, according to April job figures from the U.S. Bureau of...

From the staff development bookshelf: Importance of managing reporting

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 19, May 11, 2012

    When an organization begins to look at incident reporting, it often has to reconcile two divergent...

Ask the expert: Activities to facilitate change efforts

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 18, May 7, 2012

    This week, Kathleen Bartholomew, RN, MN advises on staff behavior and accountability.

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 18, May 4, 2012

    Journal clubs have long been used as a way to help nurses learn. Presenting information about...

From the staff development bookshelf: Defining accountability and responsibility in nursing

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 18, May 4, 2012

    Before you can work toward achieving accountability, you need to ensure that you understand what...

Website spotlight: Avoiding overuse of tests to prevent harm, eliminate waste, and reduce costs

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 18, May 4, 2012

    The Joint Commission recently proposed a new National Patient Safety Goal (NPSG) to take effect...

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...

Website spotlight: Curbing ED dangers requires strong leadership

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

    Most people in most professions don't feel threatened when they go to work every day. But for...

News brief: Nursing excellence designation leads to improved neonatal care

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

    Underweight newborns are less likely to suffer infections and more likely to survive their first...

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...

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 17, April 27, 2012

    Health and wellness of nursing professional development specialists: Taking care of ourselves As...

New law in Virginia encourages healthcare teams

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 17, April 27, 2012

    The Medical Society of Virginia and the Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners teamed up to...

Addressing common barriers to incident reporting

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 17, April 27, 2012

    One of the most common complaints organizations hear from their staff about the event reporting...

Avoiding use of contraindicated medications

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 17, April 27, 2012

    The Joint Commission has three standards containing EPs that address medication contraindications...

Blog spotlight: Nurse uniforms: Should nurses be required to wear prescribed colors?

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 16, April 23, 2012

    According to a recent news article, Allina Health System, a Minneapolis-based hospital group, will...

Website spotlight: Closing the nurse safety gap

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 16, April 23, 2012

    The safety of nurses is always a hot topic, but there is a group that sometimes gets left behind...

Ask the expert: Activities to facilitate change efforts

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 16, April 23, 2012

    This week, Patty Kubus, RN, MBA, PhD, offers tips for improve staff readiness in the face of...

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 16, April 20, 2012

    We all know that outpatient care is rapidly becoming the norm for everything from medical issues...

Patient classification systems to coordinate patient care

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 16, April 20, 2012

    Patient classification systems (PCS), also known as patient acuity systems, are used to assist a...

Buy-in, incentives move patients faster

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 16, April 20, 2012

    Despite sustained attention from hospital leaders, wait times in the University of California, San...

Tool of the month: Nurse residency program session evaluation form

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 15, April 16, 2012

    Just like any good nurse would not give IV narcotics to a patient in pain and not reassess the...

Ask the expert: Engaging nurses in quality improvement

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 15, April 16, 2012

    This week, Cynthia Barnard, MBA, MSJS, CPHQ, and Barbara J. Hannon, RN, MSN, CPHQ, recommend ways...

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 15, April 13, 2012

    Infection control issues are taking center stage as never before. Thanks to the CMS rulings on...

Startup medical company aims to reduce errors

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 15, April 13, 2012

    Baxter Webb, an MBA student at Vanderbilt University, Tenn., is developing an electronic paging...

Incorporating discussions of ethics into your nurse orientation program

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 15, April 13, 2012

    There is not a great deal of time to introduce the topic of ethics in orientation with any...

Teach your physicians, staff proper social media protocol

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 15, April 13, 2012

    Navigating the new world of social media is challenging for many professions, but perhaps none...

Advanced practice nurses battle for autonomy

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 14, April 9, 2012

    As advanced practice nurses gain ground in their battle for autonomy, the Missouri State Medical...

Nurse leadership training program from AACN

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 14, April 9, 2012

    The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is introducing a hospital-based nurse...

Involving all departments in quality improvement

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 14, April 9, 2012

    This week, Pamela Hunt, BS, MSN, RN, and Deborah Laughon, RN, BSN, MS, DBA, CCRN, offer tips on...

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 14, April 6, 2012

    EBP in Nursing Professional Development (NPD) requires that we communicate with each other and...

Using technology to improve hand hygiene

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 14, April 6, 2012

    An initiative in Alabama aims to use technology and a data-backed network to focus on hand hygiene...

Providing focus in the data presented to department managers

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 14, April 6, 2012

    If you are responsible for providing data to the risk managers at individual facilities in your...

Communication and collaboration: IDT best practices

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 14, April 6, 2012

    The goal at all SNFs should be the same: provide the best possible care to each and every resident...

Transparency...are we there yet?

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 13, April 2, 2012

    Public reporting of surgical site infections is required in only eight states. That fact was...

Don’t take low nurse turnover rates for granted

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 13, April 2, 2012

    The nursing shortage is over and a survey published in the American Journal of Nursing shows that...

ANA president testifies on need for investment in nursing

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 13, April 2, 2012

    Karen Daley, president of the American Nurses Association (ANA), testified before Congress on the...

Involving all departments in quality improvement

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 13, April 2, 2012

    This week, Cynthia Barnard, MBA, MSJS, CPHQ, and Barbara J. Hannon, RN, MSN, CPHQ, recommend steps...

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 13, March 30, 2012

    Some Nursing Professional Development (NPD) specialists think that reactive data are something we...

SDW news brief: No substantial improvement despite hospital pay incentives

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 13, March 30, 2012

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) Premier Hospital Quality Incentive...

Building a long-term antibiotic stewardship program

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 13, March 30, 2012

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the arrival of "Get Smart...

Blog spotlight: Board membership and the role of nurses in healthcare decision making

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 12, March 26, 2012

    Nurses hold leadership roles in healthcare organizations, yet nurses are not perceived as leaders...

Live program: Time-saving tips for nursing professional development

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 12, March 26, 2012

    Join Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN, and Barb Brunt, MA, MN, RN-BC, NE-BC, for a live program on...

Website spotlight: Errors and error prevention: A look at recent developments

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 12, March 26, 2012

    Fatigue has recently been recognized in the medical literature to increase the incidence of...

News brief: Correlation between nurses’ work environment and quality ratings

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 12, March 26, 2012

    Improved work environments and smaller ratios of patients to staff led to increased  quality...

Ask the expert: Engaging in accountability conversations with the nursing staff

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 12, March 26, 2012

    This week, Eileen Lavin Dohmann, RN, MBA, NEA-BC, discusses the three levels of conversation...

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 12, March 23, 2012

    On the occasions when we must develop our own tests, most of us rely on multiple choice questions...

SDW news brief: More men entering nursing from manufacturing jobs

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 12, March 23, 2012

    As warehouses and automobile plants are closing down, men who made a living working those jobs are...

From the staff development bookshelf: Training charge nurses to manage conflicts

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 12, March 23, 2012

    According to a hospital survey of nurses, nurses tend to use avoidance as a primary strategy to...

Website spotlight: Self-scheduling a win for nurses, hospitals

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 12, March 23, 2012

    Eighteen months ago, things were a lot different in the nursing units at St. Francis Hospital in...

Live program: Time-saving tips for nursing professional development

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 12, March 23, 2012

    Join Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN, and Barb Brunt, MA, MN, RN-BC, NE-BC, for a live program on...

Blog spotlight: Room for improvement remains in preventing sharps injuries

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 11, March 19, 2012

    Although there has been substantial progress in reducing needlestick injuries in U.S. healthcare...

Live program: Time-saving tips for nursing professional development

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 11, March 19, 2012

    Join Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN, and Barb Brunt, MA, MN, RN-BC, NE-BC, for a live program on...

Website spotlight: IV catheter risks to nurses frequent, unreported

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 11, March 19, 2012

    Over the past decade, needlestick safety has become de rigueur, but according to a new study...

News Brief: Healthcare jobs grow in February

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 11, March 19, 2012

    A report from the Bureau of Labor statistics revealed that the healthcare industry added 49,000...

Ask the expert: Giving specific and timely feedback to reinforce positive behaviors

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 11, March 19, 2012

    This week, Patty Kubus, RN, MBA, PhD, advises on ways to structure feedback so as to reinforce...

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 11, March 16, 2012

    Falls and medication errors are a common source of concern and dismay among all healthcare...

SDW news brief: Patient satisfaction scores increase when clinicians sit

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 11, March 16, 2012

    Patients perceived that a clinician spent more time at their bedside and reported higher levels of...

From the staff development bookshelf: Anticipated goals of implementing a just culture

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 11, March 16, 2012

    No matter how much planning and communicating is done to prepare for a change in culture, folks...

Live program: Time-saving tips for nursing professional development

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 11, March 16, 2012

    Join Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN, and Barb Brunt, MA, MN, RN-BC, NE-BC, for a live program on...

Nursing borrows a trick from manufacturing

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 10, March 12, 2012

    It can take a lot of courage to do the right thing. To speak up when something's wrong or to...

Tool of the month: Example of a breakeven analysis

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 10, March 12, 2012

    A breakeven analysis or return on investment allows you to determine the point at which your...

Ask the expert: Meeting the challenges of on-demand training and inservices

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 10, March 12, 2012

    This week, Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN, suggests several ways to meet training needs such as...

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 10, March 9, 2012

    Thanks to reports such as the Institute of Medicine's The Future of Nursing it is increasingly...

Poor economy results in higher employer commitment from new graduate nurses

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 10, March 9, 2012

    New RNs reported a higher commitment to their employers, fewer injuries, and a better work...

Nurses get pushed around, again

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 9, March 5, 2012

    Aggression involving nurses is at the center of a he-said-she-said dispute that pits Douglas...

Nurses essential in helping new cancer patients cope

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 9, March 5, 2012

    Nurses can help newly diagnosed cancer patients come to terms with the impact of their disease on...

Nurse residency programs and self-directed learning activities

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 9, March 5, 2012

    This week, Jim Hansen, MSN, RN-BC, explains the need for self-directed learning as part of a nurse...

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 9, March 2, 2012

    Unsuccessful guest speakers are a problem that every nursing professional development department...

Healthcare messaging app lets nurses multitask

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 9, March 2, 2012

    A new healthcare messaging app allows nurses and hospital staff members to communicate through...

Nurses as partners in whole-system shared governance implementation

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 9, March 2, 2012

    Many organizations have developed institutional process models (Porter-O'Grady, 1991), where all...

Ensure correct HPPD for best patient care

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 9, March 2, 2012

    Determining and agreeing on how many hours per patient day (HPPD) it takes to care for your...

All I’m asking is for a little respect

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 8, February 27, 2012

    It's no secret that nurses and physicians do not always maintain the friendliest interactions, and...

CMS 30-minute rule: How does this affect your facility?

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 8, February 27, 2012

    In late 2011, CMS issued a memo to its state survey agency directors regarding updated guidance on...

Nurse practitioners key to healthcare reform

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 8, February 27, 2012

    Nurse practitioners could play an essential role in minimizing the impact of a shortage in primary...

Discussing financial topics with department staff members

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 8, February 27, 2012

    This week, Pamela Hunt, BS, MSN, RN, and Deborah Laughon, RN, BSN, MS, DBA, CCRN, advise on the...

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 8, February 24, 2012

    Sooner or later we all face the uncomfortable prospect of dealing with an ineffective guest...

National shortage of primary-care physicians

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 8, February 24, 2012

    A national shortage of primary-care physicians has led many medical schools to alter their...

Identifying and resolving patient safety problems: the need for a process

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 8, February 24, 2012

    Our hospitals, care facilities, laboratories, and physician practices run based on a combination...

Specialty nursing certifications linked to lower HAI rates

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 8, February 24, 2012

    The challenges to infection control are great. Whether a patient develops a hospital-acquired...

Blog spotlight: Technology and healthcare: Nurses’ use of mobile devices

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 7, February 20, 2012

    New technology has been steadily working its way into all aspects of daily life, and healthcare is...

How to sidestep hospital flu shot mandates

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 7, February 20, 2012

    Should vaccinations against influenza be mandatory for healthcare workers? A debate is currently...

Study explores nurses’ views on patient rounding

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 7, February 20, 2012

    Nurses identify rounding as a useful and valuable process, but find the documentation aspect of...

Ask the expert: Structuring nurse residency programs for new graduate nurses

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 7, February 20, 2012

    This week, Jim Hansen, MSN, RN-BC, gives advice on developing a nurse residency program that uses...

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 7, February 17, 2012

    If you can demonstrate a link between educational products and services that you develop and a...

Survey finds disconnect in conflicts between nurses and physicians

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 7, February 17, 2012

    A survey conducted by HealthLeaders Media uncovered a disconnect between nurses and physicians...

From the staff development bookshelf: Nurturing novices in staff development

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 7, February 17, 2012

    Nurturing novices is not an easy task. They generally have extensive responsibilities as a staff...

Radiation safety: It’s complicated

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 7, February 17, 2012

    X-rays, CT scans, and MRIs are used widely and often in healthcare facilities across the United...

Tool of the month: Sample summary tool supporting capital justification

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 6, February 13, 2012

    This month's tool will help you develop the justification you need for purchasing new equipment...

Designing a hospital? Ask nurses first

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 6, February 13, 2012

    When the nurses at Cass Regional Medical Center in Harrisonville, Missouri, got to pitch in on the...

Nursing poised for largest increase among U.S. occupations

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 6, February 13, 2012

    Registered nursing will add more than 700,000 new jobs by 2020, representing the largest growth...

Pennsylvania hospital will switch to all-RN model

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 6, February 10, 2012

    Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia is planning to replace all CNAs with RNs within the...

Engaging new nurses in the classroom

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 6, February 10, 2012

    New graduates are learning to function within the controlled chaos of the hospital system while...

Healthcare workers top injury and illnesses list

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 6, February 10, 2012

    Their jobs revolve around helping people recover from injuries and illnesses, yet healthcare...

Does being a nurse make you fat?

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 5, February 6, 2012

    Is being a nurse bad for your health? A new survey indicates that this might be the case, and...

Nursing pilot program focuses on patient engagement

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 5, February 6, 2012

    Horizon Healthcare Solutions (HHI), Duke University School of Nursing, and Rutgers University...

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 5, February 3, 2012

    A few months ago I offered some information about nursing apps, the wonderful programs you can...

Free nursing app features new tools for nurses

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 5, February 3, 2012

    Robert Freeman, a registered nurse at Beth Israel Hospital in New York, designed an app for nurses...

How to retain nurses by focusing on the reasons they entered the profession

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 4, January 30, 2012

    Recognizing and building upon nurses' dedication to their line of work could be essential to...

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 4, January 27, 2012

    Simulation equipment allows learners to practice anything from CPR to intravenous insertion to...

CMS initiative designates "innovation advisers" to improve healthcare

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 4, January 27, 2012

    As part of a new initiative from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), 73...

Supply management in nursing

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 4, January 27, 2012

    The cost of inventory in healthcare organizations is generally smaller than the dollar amount from...

3 creative ways to cut nurse labor costs

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 4, January 27, 2012

    Because nurses comprise a huge chunk of labor costs, they often fall under the financial...

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 3, January 20, 2012

    We all have to deal with unexpected needs for just-in-time training. A patient arrives with a new...

Study identifies key factors in nursing retention across three generations

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 3, January 20, 2012

    A study conducted by researchers in Australia found that many nurses are dedicated to healing and...

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 2, January 13, 2012

    The current economic conditions make it more important than ever to keep within our seemingly...

When nurses catch compassion fatigue, patients suffer

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 2, January 13, 2012

    Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis is now offering a program to help nurses battle compassion...

Suicide risk: Solutions to rapid assessment and documentation

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 2, January 13, 2012

    In November 2010, The Joint Commission issued a Sentinel Event Alert requiring all hospitals to...

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 1, January 6, 2012

    As we look forward to all that the New Year will bring, consider collaborating with your local...

CMS's proposed hospital staffing revisions get cool reception

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 1, January 6, 2012

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

Preceptors in staff development

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 1, January 6, 2012

    Some staff development colleagues automatically assume that all staff development personnel make...

Nurses key to making healthcare better

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 1, January 6, 2012

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

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 55, December 30, 2011

    Most, if not all, NPD specialists have had to deal with requests for remediation education, which...

BSN course offers students more opportunity to experience nursing

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 55, December 30, 2011

    Medical News Today reports that the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of...

Nurse residency programs and the preparation-practice gap

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 55, December 30, 2011

    In the last few years, academic and industry nurse leaders have worked from both sides of the...

Final rule pushes for equal hospital visitation and representation rights

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 55, December 30, 2011

    In response to the presidential memorandum, on November 19, 2010, CMS published a final rule for...

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 54, December 23, 2011

    A few months ago I recommended the Joint Commission’s weekly complimentary online publication...

Walkouts by nurses loom as hospitals seek to cut costs

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 54, December 23, 2011

    Strains in staffing, changes to health benefits, and an overall feeling of disrespect has prompted...

Critical thinking in staff development

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 54, December 23, 2011

    Critical thinking is a learned skill. The ability to gather and assess relevant evidence and use...

Social media: Patient friend or foe?

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 54, December 23, 2011

    By now, HIPAA is well known to the healthcare community. Hospital staff and physicians have long...

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 53, December 16, 2011

    Much of our on-demand training and inservices have to do with equipment updates, psychomotor...

Joint Commission sentinel event alert highlights fatigue-related errors

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 53, December 16, 2011

    "We understand that fatigue has been a contributing factor in many adverse events that we...

The 15-year capital budget plan

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 53, December 16, 2011

    Even if your organization does not require a 15-year capital budget plan, it is the best way to...

How healthcare execs can improve sharps safety

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 53, December 16, 2011

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

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 52, December 9, 2011

    The plethora of information with which Nursing Professional Development (NPD) specialists must...

Study suggests link between night-shift work and diabetes

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 52, December 9, 2011

    A study of night-shift nurses, conducted by Frank Hu, MD, of the Harvard School of Public Health...

Nurse leaders’ role in purchasing capital equipment

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 52, December 9, 2011

    Providing patients with current technology and staff with safe equipment is a primary goal of the...

Nursing workforce stats take a surprising turn

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 52, December 9, 2011

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

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 51, December 2, 2011

    Finding time to participate in education activities can be a challenge at any time of the year. But...

HCPro announces 2011 Nursing Image Award winners

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 51, December 2, 2011

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

One profession, many images: It starts at the top

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 51, December 2, 2011

    As with many things in healthcare, what happens at the top is a reflection of how things are at the...

Anatomy of a Nursing Image Awards nominee

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 51, December 2, 2011

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

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 50, November 18, 2011

    Most of us have attended or provided education sessions on legal implications of clinical nursing...

ED nurses still wear a bullseye for workplace abuse

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 50, November 18, 2011

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

Reporting errors: Where did we go wrong?

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 50, November 18, 2011

    In healthcare, where virtually every process and activity can have a direct impact on the...

Top 5 challenges facing nursing in 2012

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 50, November 18, 2011

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

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 49, November 11, 2011

    It's a challenge for all of us to find time to meet essential education needs let alone initiate...

Stop letting poor scheduling bleed hospital payrolls

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 49, November 11, 2011

    Just-in-time scheduling can often mandate when employees will work, when they'll work overtime, and...

Best practices for successful shared governance

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 49, November 11, 2011

    Schedule a day-long retreat away from the organization to prepare organizational and nursing...

Nurses urged to examine their changing roles

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 49, November 11, 2011

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

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 48, November 4, 2011

    Several recent publications have triggered a need for change to the ANCC Accreditation Program...

When medical errors happen, executives shouldn’t hide

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 48, November 4, 2011

    When a provider makes a tragic mistake that harms a patient, most healthcare organization...

Put shared governance into practice at the unit level

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 48, November 4, 2011

    Join shared governance expert Diana Swihart, PhD, DMin, MSN, CS, RN-BC, for a 90-minute multimedia...

Website spotlight: What makes a positive patient experience?

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 48, November 4, 2011

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

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 47, October 28, 2011

    The topic of bullying in healthcare is receiving more and more attention as its negative impact on...

Medicare rule may discourage brain CTs in ED

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 47, October 28, 2011

    Headache patients who come to the ED could die or become permanently disabled for lack of a brain...

Analyzing nurse staffing: Calculating FTEs

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 47, October 28, 2011

    The million-dollar question most nurse leaders struggle with is, "How many FTEs do I need on...

Four tips for retaining nurses who work past retirement

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 47, October 28, 2011

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

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 46, October 21, 2011

    Simulation as a means of providing continuing education is growing with the rapidity of other...

MRSA down, C. Difficile up slightly, says CDC

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 46, October 21, 2011

    Four types of common healthcare-associated infections are in decline, according to the Centers for...

Analyzing nurse staffing: Understanding FTEs

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 46, October 21, 2011

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

Stop tolerating bad managers

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 46, October 21, 2011

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

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 45, October 14, 2011

    Generation Y and the youngest of our healthcare colleagues were raised on technology that many of...

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

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 45, October 14, 2011

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

Performing a SWOT analysis

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 45, October 14, 2011

    Last week we examined the process of planning goals and objectives. One of the most important...

Nurses don’t want to be doctors

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 45, October 14, 2011

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

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 44, October 7, 2011

    Having recently entered the world of the smart phone, I find myself testing (reluctantly) and...

Home laundry no match for pathogen-infected scrubs

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 44, October 7, 2011

    Halloween is four weeks away, but infectious disease researchers already have a scary story to...

Determining financial goals and objectives

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 44, October 7, 2011

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

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 43, September 30, 2011

    Learners demand education that is easy to access at times and places convenient to them. One...

How to motivate clinical staff for value-based purchasing

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 43, September 30, 2011

    You're probably well aware of the performance-based penalties and rewards that accompany...

Leading the way with strategic planning

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 43, September 30, 2011

    You may remember the days when strategic planning was only the responsibility of those in the...

Organization revamps wound care documentation policies and procedures

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 43, September 30, 2011

    Chronic wounds not only affect millions of patients, but they also represent a significant burden...

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 42, September 23, 2011

    Many of us are facilitating research and evidence-based practice among our clinical and...

CIED-related infections, costs rising

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 42, September 23, 2011

    The use of cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIED) is accompanied by an increase in...

What is staff development research? Part 2

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 42, September 23, 2011

    What kinds of research questions can you think of that are appropriate for staff development...

Recruiting nurses in the fight against CLABSI

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 42, September 23, 2011

    Even with all the effort infection preventionists (IP) put into data collection, surveillance, and...

Joint Commission top hospitals list shuns academic medical centers

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 41, September 16, 2011

    Joint Commission president Mark Chassin on Wednesday issued the agency's first collective...

What is staff development research? Part 1

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 41, September 16, 2011

    Staff development research may be defined as an organized, systematic approach to identifying and...

10 ways to help nurses improve patient satisfaction

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 41, September 16, 2011

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

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 40, September 9, 2011

    Many Nursing Professional Development (NPD) specialists are fortunate to work in organizations that...

Nurses put patient safety before their own

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 40, September 9, 2011

    A study showing that hand washing increases among medical professionals when the organizational...

Recognizing generational differences in learning styles

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 40, September 9, 2011

    Generational differences affect the learning process, which makes it essential for educators to...

Nurse staffing costs must be weighed against cost of errors

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 40, September 9, 2011

    When revenues fall, hospitals stop investing in the biggest budget expense: nurses. That's a bad...

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 39, September 2, 2011

    The recent publication of Educating Nurses: A Call for Radical Transformation (Benner et al, 2009...

Temp ER nurses a safety threat to patients, study shows

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 39, September 2, 2011

    Temporary emergency room nurses who are unfamiliar with their surroundings may inadvertently be a...

Recognizing generational differences in learning styles

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 39, September 2, 2011

    Generational differences affect the learning process, which makes it essential for educators to...

3 obstacles to higher education levels in nursing

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 39, September 2, 2011

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

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

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

    Sometimes we just wish we had time to surf the Internet and look for resources to help us with...

Reductions in blood infections shown to slash hospital costs

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

    Using a hospital safety checklist to reduce deadly bloodstream infections can save lives and...

Recognizing generational differences in learning styles

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

    Generational differences affect the learning process, which makes it essential for educators to...

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...

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 33, August 19, 2011

    I had not given much thought to virtual world education until I attended an educational session...

Nurse education key to scope-of-care debate

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 33, August 19, 2011

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

Recognizing generational differences in learning styles

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 33, August 19, 2011

    Generational differences affect the learning process, which makes it essential for educators to...

New NPSG addresses CAUTIs: What you need to know for compliance

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 33, August 19, 2011

    The Joint Commission released a new National Patient Safety Goal (NPSG) on May 17. The new goal...

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

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

    Last month I had the privilege of attending the National Nursing Staff Development Organization's...

APRNs provide care equal to doctors, review concludes

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

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

Evaluating new graduate nurses

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

    Nurse residency program (NRP) coordinators can receive uncertain and conflicting information with...

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...

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 31, August 5, 2011

    In October 2010, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) published The Future of Nursing: Leading Change...

CMS scales back on payment cuts

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 31, August 5, 2011

    CMS included a major surprise when it released its final rule for the FY 2012 Inpatient Prospective...

Advertising staff development programs

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 31, August 5, 2011

    Think about the way you advertise your education programs. Learners need to know what programs are...

Medical interpreters key to patient communication, safety

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 31, August 5, 2011

    According to Joint Commission standards and federal law, patients have the right to effective...

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 30, July 29, 2011

    Nursing professional development (NPD) specialists may think that reactive data provides little or...

While VA wrong surgery rates drop, close calls rise

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 30, July 29, 2011

    The rate of serious adverse events involving wrong surgeries in the Veteran's Health...

The survival of staff development

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 30, July 29, 2011

    Today we reap the benefits of those nurses who persevered in their quest to establish the specialty...

Nurse educators plot retention strategies

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 30, July 29, 2011

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

Does better service excellence mean better care quality?

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

    How many of you have had your inbox flooded with the announcement of final rules for value-based...

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

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

    Critical thinking is a skill that must be nurtured at all levels of practice. Even highly...

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...

How to set goals for improvement

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

    When setting goals, use the SMART guide. Goals should be: Specific, Measureable, Achievable...

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 28, July 15, 2011

    Simulation is truly the latest hot topic in continuing education in the healthcare setting. Many of...

Drug shortages increasing at ’alarming rate,’ says AHA

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 28, July 15, 2011

    An American Hospital Association (AHA) survey of 820 hospitals across the nation found that almost...

Precepting advanced beginners in staff development

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 28, July 15, 2011

    Some staff development colleagues automatically assume that all staff development personnel make...

Five ways to retain new graduate nurses

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 28, July 15, 2011

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

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 27, July 8, 2011

    We often need to explore innovative options to meet the continuing education needs of nurses and...

Joint Commission unveils wrong site surgery prevention tool

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 27, July 8, 2011

    With wrong-site surgeries occurring an estimated 40 times a week in the U.S., the Joint Commission...

Designing a model for unit-level councils in shared governance

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 27, July 8, 2011

    The first step in building the structure for unit-level practice councils is to select a structure...

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

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 27, July 8, 2011

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

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 26, July 1, 2011

    Most of us receive so many emails each day that it's almost impossible to differentiate between...

Risk of surgical infection rises with OR noise levels

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 26, July 1, 2011

    A link on an infection surveillance website seemed to scream "Click Me!" It read: Noise...

Proving the value of staff development with evidence

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 26, July 1, 2011

    Being able to produce evidence that links staff development products and services to organizational...

Organizational issues for prevention of HAIs and the systemic nature of the problem

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 26, July 1, 2011

    You can't read anything about patient safety and quality or health reform without running into the...

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 25, June 24, 2011

    A business plan is an excellent way to plan and organize your departmental priorities and to...

Ending kneejerk responses to medical errors

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 25, June 24, 2011

    Mistakes are a fact of life. As the Institute of Medicine said in 1999, "To err is...

Helping new graduate nurses learn to delegate

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 25, June 24, 2011

    New graduate nurses often find directing care at the bedside particularly challenging. Yes, they...

Disaster planning: What we can learn from recent events

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 25, June 24, 2011

    On Friday, March 11, a magnitude 8.9 earthquake occurred near the east coast of Honshu, Japan. The...

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 24, June 17, 2011

    Nursing professional development (NPD) specialists rely on professional association memberships for...

Nominate a star for the HCPro 2011 Nursing Image Awards

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 24, June 17, 2011

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

Transforming nursing practice through change remapping

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 24, June 17, 2011

    Leading strategic change in transforming professional nursing practice through shared governance...

Focusing on central line-associated bloodstream infections

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 24, June 17, 2011

    In April, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Healthcare Infection Control...

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 23, June 10, 2011

    Have you ever dreamed of using your education skills in an independent setting? Have you reached...

Medical error self-reporting stifled by fears of retaliation

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 23, June 10, 2011

    It's been established that one effective method for improving patient safety is to create an...

Structuring time in a nurse residency program

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 23, June 10, 2011

    Developing new graduate competency takes time, patience, and diligence, but it can be done and it...

Nursing union goes to Washington

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 23, June 10, 2011

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

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 22, June 3, 2011

    Experts (using Benner's work as a foundation) have a minimum of 10 years of experience in staff...

ENA aims to prevent violence against nurses

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 22, June 3, 2011

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

History and development of shared governance

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 22, June 3, 2011

    The concepts of shared governance and shared decision-making are not new ones. Philosophy...

What must be documented when a nurse receives a critical test result?

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 22, June 3, 2011

    The critical result itself, like all testing values, must be documented in the medical record. If...

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 21, May 27, 2011

    Using Benner's (1984) work as a foundation, I define Proficient NPD specialists as those who have...

Surgical survival predictors may be next big quality metric

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 21, May 27, 2011

    What's next for value-based purchasing metrics, hospital transparency, and quality scoring...

Strategies to promote cultural competence

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 21, May 27, 2011

    Nursing professional development (NPD) educators can play a key role in improving cultural...

Facility finds new ways to improve hand hygiene success rates

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 21, May 27, 2011

    Of all the challenges U.S. hospitals face, few are as unifying as hand hygiene—extremely...

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 20, May 20, 2011

    Sometimes we're so busy nurturing others that we forget about ourselves. This is especially true...

Suicide after medical error highlights importance of support for clinicians

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 20, May 20, 2011

    A tragic story about the death of a child from a medical error turned even sadder last month after...

Foundation of nurse residency programs: Deciding on competencies

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 20, May 20, 2011

    To design an effective nurse residency program (NRP), you have to start with the end in mind. A...

Turning Joint Commission survey preparation into a treat

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 20, May 20, 2011

    One of the ongoing challenges for Joint Commission survey coordinators is also one of the most...

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 19, May 13, 2011

    If you want to find out whether revising your educational methods to meet the needs of learners...

Hospitals need anti-bullying programs

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 19, May 13, 2011

    Theresa Brown, RN, wrote an interesting opinion piece in The New York Times last week about how it...

New graduate nurse experience

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 19, May 13, 2011

    The topic of what new graduate nurses think, feel, and experience has been widely studied and...

It’s Nurses Week. Get it?

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 19, May 13, 2011

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

Filling staff development vacancies

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

    When a position opens up for a new staff development specialist, you will likely receive...

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

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

    ll too often staff development is the first department scrutinized when budget cuts and downsizing...

Hawaii hospitals launch nurse residency program

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

    Major hospitals in Hawaii are collaborating to launch a nurse residency program that aims to help...

Filling staff development vacancies

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

    When a position opens up for a new staff development specialist, you will likely receive...

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...

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

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

    Using Benner's (1984) clinical model as a guide, experts are the most sophisticated staff...

IOM calls for national quality measures for pediatric healthcare

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

    As surprising as it may seem, the U.S. lacks a unified system to measure quality of care and health...

Evidence-based staff development

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

    It is important to differentiate between evidence-based clinical practice and evidence-based staff...

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...

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

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

    Proficients have at least five years of experience in staff development. They perceive situations...

Patient Safety Monitor free live demo

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

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

Tools to validate competence

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

    Competency checklists are one way of validating competence, but there are many methods for...

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...

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 15, April 15, 2011

    Competents in staff development have been in the same job or worked in similar situations for two...

One in three hospitalized patients suffers an adverse event

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 15, April 15, 2011

    Just when you thought you and your fellow providers have made hospitals safer, the April edition of...

Teaching strategies for right-brain learners

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 15, April 15, 2011

    The right-brain learner processes information holistically, seeing the "big picture" or...

Prevent readmission with discharge planning

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 15, April 15, 2011

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

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 14, April 8, 2011

    Advanced beginners are not nursing professional development (NPD) specialists. They have dealt with...

Slashing central line-associated bloodstream infections

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 14, April 8, 2011

    More than 350 hospitals in 22 states in a national pilot project to tackle central line-associated...

When computer-based learning doesn’t work

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 14, April 8, 2011

    Computer-based learning (CBL) is any learning that involves a computer as the focal point for...

How a pilot applies aviation safety principles to nursing

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 14, April 8, 2011

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

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 13, April 1, 2011

    Differentiating among the various levels of expertise of clinical nurses was a ground-breaking...

Nurses still too scared to speak up when errors occur

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 13, April 1, 2011

    Eighty-five percent of nurses and nurse managers in a national survey said a safety tool had...

Supporting new graduate nurses

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 13, April 1, 2011

    If you organization does not have a nurse residency program or some other form of new graduate...

Communicating heart health education to staff

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 13, April 1, 2011

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

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 12, March 25, 2011

    Not everyone is cut out to be a preceptor. Yet nursing departments often expect all nurses to...

Readmission reduction strategies pay off

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 12, March 25, 2011

    Preventing avoidable hospital readmissions is not only a hospital quality issue, it's a financial...

Compiling needs-assessment data

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 12, March 25, 2011

    Assessing learners' needs can become an exercise in futility. Have you ever been faced with a...

Technology overload: An alarming danger

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 12, March 25, 2011

    Beep. Beep. Beep. The telltale noise of a hospital is the bleeps, the sweeps, and the creeps of...

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 11, March 18, 2011

    Staff development departments are often the recipients of tasks that management or administration...

ANA establishes disaster relief fund for Japan

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 11, March 18, 2011

    The American Nurses Association (ANA) has established a special fund within its American Nurses...

Consider nonverbal cues during difficult conversations

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 11, March 18, 2011

    Whether you are planning a confrontation or some other difficult conversation, or simply a...

As the diet wheel turns, errors decrease

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 11, March 18, 2011

    In July 2008, a diabetic patient at Methodist LeBonheur Germantown (TN) Hospital looked down at his...

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 10, March 11, 2011

    Publishing is rapidly becoming an expectation for those who are proficient nursing professional...

How mobile apps improve quality of care

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 10, March 11, 2011

    A subtle but significant sign that mobile apps to improve quality of care have come of age appeared...

Using mobile devices in nursing staff development

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 10, March 11, 2011

    Mobile devices and mobile platforms are rapidly changing and expanding due to ever-developing...

Unsafe injection practices remain a concern

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 10, March 11, 2011

    There's good news when it comes to safe injection practices: The majority of healthcare workers are...

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 9, March 4, 2011

    Research shows that mentorships enhance job satisfaction and increase retention. In healthcare...

Prescription instructions confuse even educated patients

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 9, March 4, 2011

    Even for highly educated patients, following instructions to take multiple medications a day is a...

Length of charge nurse preceptorships

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 9, March 4, 2011

    New charge nurses are learning many new skills, which will be much easier if they are provided a...

Nondiscrimination in healthcare

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 9, March 4, 2011

    Think back to the last time you sought medical care. You went to a healthcare facility trusting...

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 8, February 25, 2011

    When orienting new members of your department, there are some department-specific elements of...

Ventilator-associated pneumonia rates drop 70% in study

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 8, February 25, 2011

    Checklists and hand washing are again documented as strategies that have reduced...

Supporting staff when an adverse event occurs

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 8, February 25, 2011

    Patients and families are not the only ones affected by a medical error that results in an adverse...

Evaluating outcomes demonstrates value of education

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 8, February 25, 2011

    Nursing professional development is a specialized nursing practice that promotes the professional...

NJ hospital group teaches gang awareness

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 7, February 18, 2011

    Here's a pop quiz on street gang affiliation: Can you tell the difference between a Crip and a...

Staying legal when adapting material for education

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 7, February 18, 2011

    Staff development professionals often wonder whether the work they use as resources when developing...

Proposed NPSGs focus on additional HAIs

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 7, February 18, 2011

    Remember in August 2010 when The Joint Commission announced there would be no new National Patient...

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 6, February 11, 2011

    Those of us who specialize in staff development must do more to reduce the costs of our products...

Five ways to reduce first-year nursing turnover

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 6, February 11, 2011

    Turnover among first-year nurses remains a huge cost driver and source of frustration for hospital...

Evaluating the effectiveness of new hire orientation

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 6, February 11, 2011

    To analyze data and revise orientation, you must have a plan that is implemented consistently...

Hospitals with outstanding nursing quality share 4 key traits

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 6, February 11, 2011

    "Think globally, act locally" is a familiar idiom from the green movement, and it's...

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 5, February 4, 2011

    Q. How do I decrease the length of orientation and still provide new employees with the orientation...

MRSA screenings of ICU patients can reduce hospital costs

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 5, February 4, 2011

    Aggressive methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) screening of patients upon admission...

Using checklists to improve patient safety

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 5, February 4, 2011

    In nursing, we often see checklists in the form of order sets, flow sheets, protocols, cognitive...

Nurse advocate exhibits nursing photos at U.S. Capitol

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 5, February 4, 2011

    An exhibition of nursing photographs was on display last week at the Russell Senate Office Building...

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 4, January 28, 2011

    There is so much information pertaining to healthcare on the Internet that it is virtually...

CMS issues guidance on hospital inpatient admissions

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 4, January 28, 2011

    Medical necessity determinations are not just a hot button issue with Recovery Audit Contractors...

In a just culture, incident and near miss reporting must be user-friendly

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 4, January 28, 2011

    As part of a just culture, organizations need to make incident reporting much more user-friendly...

Nursing employment market looking up

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 4, January 28, 2011

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

Low-tech methods best at preventing MRSA

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 3, January 21, 2011

    Hand washing is the best and most cost-effective way to prevent the spread of MRSA in the ED and...

Training charge nurses to handle conflict

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 3, January 21, 2011

    Conflict is inevitable. Charge nurses will be leading and holding team members accountable, and it...

NY hospital reaches 1,000 days with no central line-associated bloodstream infections

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 3, January 21, 2011

    In September, the New York State Department of Health released a report that listed infection rates...

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?

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 2, January 14, 2011

    Historically, bulletin boards are one of the oldest methods of sharing information and offering...

Private ICU rooms slash healthcare-associated infections by half

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 2, January 14, 2011

    Hospitals with multi-bed intensive care units (ICU) are well advised to convert to single bed...

Best practices for brushing up your interviewing skills

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 2, January 14, 2011

    Interviewing and hiring, like any other skill, takes practice. It is an art, and like all artists...

To boost patient satisfaction scores, engage nurses

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 2, January 14, 2011

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

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?

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 1, January 7, 2011

    Concept maps are actual visual representations of the relationships among important pieces of...

12 ways to reduce hospital readmissions

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 1, January 7, 2011

    In just 21 months, the federal government will start penalizing hospitals with higher than expected...

Orientation for foreign-educated nurses

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 1, January 7, 2011

    Foreign-educated nurses have complex transitional needs that healthcare organizations should...

Measuring the effects of nursing education

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 1, January 7, 2011

    Years ago, while working in nursing professional development and education, consultant Gen Guanci...

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...

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 50, December 31, 2010

    Q: I am the manager of a staff development department and am in the process of compiling a list of...

Get ready for union worksite soliciting

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 50, December 31, 2010

    The National Labor Relations Board, which has leaned toward organized labor since President Obama...

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

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 50, December 31, 2010

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

Nurses win trust, leadership next?

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 50, December 31, 2010

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

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...

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 49, December 17, 2010

    The use of simulation as an education strategy is an effective way of teaching not only psychomotor...

Telemedicine in ICUs may trim critical care costs

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 49, December 17, 2010

    Tele-ICU technology could save 350 additional lives and more than $122 million annually if broadly...

Collaboration and teamwork facilitate integration of the Synergy Model into acute care practice

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 49, December 17, 2010

    The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses' (AACN) Synergy(tm) Model is based on the concept...

Prepare to respond to breaches of privacy

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 49, December 17, 2010

    While your healthcare organization awaits a breach notification final rule from HHS, there are some...

Classroom education: Communication skills

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

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

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 48, December 10, 2010

    Q: Lots of my friends and colleagues spend time on Facebook and love Twitter. Recently, a friend of...

Kathleen Bartholomew: Standing up to physician bad behavior

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 48, December 10, 2010

    HealthLeaders Media's annual HealthLeaders 20 profiles individuals who are changing healthcare for...

Evaluating outcomes demonstrates value of education

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 48, December 10, 2010

    Nursing professional development is a specialized nursing practice that promotes the professional...

New nurses find jobs scarce in poor economy

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 48, December 10, 2010

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

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...

From the desk of Adrianne Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 47, December 2, 2010

    Q: I submitted a manuscript for publication that was rejected, and I am so discouraged. It was the...

From the desk of Adrianne Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 46, November 19, 2010

    Q: It's so difficult to keep up-to-date with all of the changes that come up in healthcare on a...

HCPro announces winners of 2010 Nursing Image Awards

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 46, November 19, 2010

    This week, HCPro, Inc. announced the winners of the 2010 Nursing Image Awards, which recognize...

Performance gap or knowledge deficit? Investigate before you educate

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 46, November 19, 2010

    Staff development specialist (SDS) time is a valuable yet scarce commodity, so we must identify...

Methods to improve tracking nurse education and training

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 46, November 19, 2010

    How quickly can you call up your nurse training and skill set data? Midland (TX) Memorial Hospital...

From the desk of Adrianne Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 45, November 12, 2010

    Q: Can I be personally held liable if someone is injured during one of my classes (e.g., skills lab...

End-of-life pain widespread, potentially controllable

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 45, November 12, 2010

    In the first study to look at the prevalence of pain experienced among older people during the last...

What is it you do? Explaining the role of staff development

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 45, November 12, 2010

    When asked to report on staff development activities, many staff development specialists (SDS) use...

Acknowledging medical errors leads to more transparent, safer culture

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 45, November 12, 2010

    Preventing medical errors and patient harm is a top priority for most hospitals. Physicians...

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...

From the desk of Adrianne Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 44, November 5, 2010

    Q: I've learned about a number of clinical nursing theories, but have been unable to find a...

Half of elderly women unnecessarily catheterized in the ED

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 44, November 5, 2010

    Emergency department personnel place unnecessary urinary catheters in nearly half of women age 80...

Mandatory madness: Transforming training from a burden to a pleasure

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 44, November 5, 2010

    It's that dreaded time of year again. All staff members must complete annual mandatory education...

Stop losing experienced nurses

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 44, November 5, 2010

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

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?

From the desk of Adrianne Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 43, October 29, 2010

    Q: We expect our nurses to do literature reviews as part of their evidence-based practice and...

Reducing in-hospital patient falls

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 43, October 29, 2010

    Fall-related injuries can be some of the most common, disabling, and expensive health conditions...

Creating a motivating learning environment

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 43, October 29, 2010

    Nursing staff development specialists can extend our influence by creating a motivating...

Linking medical errors, nurses’ 12-hour shifts

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 43, October 29, 2010

    It's well known that caregiver fatigue is a huge cause of errors, whether the caregiver involved is...

From the desk of Adrianne Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 42, October 22, 2010

    Q: We have both preceptors and mentor programs at our hospital and some nurses have served in these...

Nurses’ role as patient advocates

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 42, October 22, 2010

    Last week, Theresa Brown, RN, wrote an interesting piece in The New York Times' Well blog about...

Revisions to the Nursing Professional Development Scope & Standards of Practice

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 42, October 22, 2010

    An updated edition of the Nursing Professional Development Scope & Standards of Practice was...

IOM report offers glimpse of nursing’s future

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 42, October 22, 2010

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

From the desk of Adrianne Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 41, October 15, 2010

    Q: I've been doing some part-time work as a private consultant in addition to my full-time job as a...

CA court rejects nurse anesthetists supervision petition

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 41, October 15, 2010

    In a victory for nurse anesthetists, a California Superior Court judge has rejected a petition...

Hot topics from the 2010 NNSDO convention

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 41, October 15, 2010

    "How do we measure our impact on patient outcomes?" was an underlying question throughout...

Dallas hospital stops MDRO outbreak in its tracks

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 41, October 15, 2010

    In February, a study—conducted by Extending the Cure, a research project under Resources for...

From the desk of Adrianne Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 40, October 8, 2010

    Q: I recently submitted a manuscript for publication to a professional nursing journal. It is my...

IOM: Nurses need more education, training

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 40, October 8, 2010

    With ranks of more than 3 million, nurses represent the largest workforce segment in healthcare...

What is it you do? Explaining the role of staff development

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 40, October 8, 2010

    Have you ever had a colleague ask you, "What is it you actually do?" Have you been able...

Leapfrog Group report says without proper monitoring, HIT could negatively affect patients

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 40, October 8, 2010

    A new report released by The Leapfrog Group shows that computer physician order entry (CPOE...

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...

From the desk of Adrianne Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 39, October 1, 2010

    Q: Many of my colleagues are interested in pursuing a master's degree and I'm thinking of earning...

Four signs of surgeons’ inattention in the OR

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 39, October 1, 2010

    We all know that the more often a doctor performs a procedure, the better the chances of a good...

Enhancing brain function, facilitating learning, and improving outcomes

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 39, October 1, 2010

    As educators, we are asked to enhance outcomes, demonstrate results, and provide evidence of return...

Three steps to ensure new charge nurses are successful

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 39, October 1, 2010

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

Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development, October 2010

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 10, October 1, 2010

    Inside: Enhancing brain function, facilitating learning, and improving outcomes What is it you...

Enhancing brain function, facilitating learning, and improving outcomes

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 10, October 1, 2010

    As educators, we are asked to enhance outcomes, demonstrate results, and provide evidence of return...

What is it you do? Explaining the role of staff development

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 10, October 1, 2010

    Have you ever had a colleague ask you, “What is it you actually do?” Have you been able...

Hot topics from the 2010 NNSDO convention

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 10, October 1, 2010

    NNSDO is the professional association representing more than 3,000 staff development specialists...

Revisions to the Nursing Professional Development Scope & Standards of Practice

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 10, October 1, 2010

    An updated edition of the Nursing Professional Development Scope & Standards of Practice was...

From the desk of Adrianne Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 38, September 24, 2010

    Q: A number of excellent certified nursing assistants have recently been hired by our organization...

Shooting gives hospital violence prime time attention

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 38, September 24, 2010

    Last week saw a murder-suicide at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore that also left an attending...

Teaching nurses the skills to advance professionally

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 38, September 24, 2010

    At Yale-New Haven (CT) Hospital, Pina Violano, MSPH, RN-BC, CCRN, PhD(c), was concerned that too...

Social media and hospitals: Don’t overlook the potential

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 38, September 24, 2010

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

From the desk of Adrianne Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 37, September 17, 2010

    Q: Are there any options for journal clubs other than the old method of reading and discussing...

Obesity pumps up healthcare costs

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 37, September 17, 2010

    During the past two decades, the adult population in the United States has not only become heavier...

Resources for patient safety information

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 37, September 17, 2010

    Patient safety initiatives are critical to all aspects of patient care. The Joint Commission's...

’Onboard’ new graduate nurses to prevent them jumping ship

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 37, September 17, 2010

    Onboarding is a business management term that describes the process of assimilating new employees...

From the desk of Adrianne Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 36, September 10, 2010

    Q. We have an excellent clinical ladder advancement program for nursing staff, but few apply. The...

Fall prevention strategies depend on indoor, outdoor risk factors

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 36, September 10, 2010

    Older adults have different risk factors when it comes to indoor and outdoor falls. This subtle...

Orientation tips for proficient nursing staff development specialists

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 36, September 10, 2010

    A colleague recently approached me and shared a story about hiring an experienced, proficient staff...

Vaccination in the form of a patch

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 36, September 10, 2010

    Imagine if you only had to walk to your mailbox or your local supermarket in order to be vaccinated...

From the desk of Adrianne Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 35, September 3, 2010

    Q: I have been hearing a lot about using standardized patients as part of simulation training...

Labor board restores Cambridge hospital nurse benefits

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 35, September 3, 2010

    Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) CEO Dennis D. Keefe says the nonprofit health system is reviewing...

Keeping it real: Standardized patients bring training to a whole new level

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 35, September 3, 2010

    Are you a staff development educator who uses simulation techniques? Do you sometimes wonder how...

Hospital nearly doubles medication scanning rates

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 35, September 3, 2010

    In April 2008, Baystate Medical Center (BMC), a 653-bed teaching hospital in Springfield, MA, began...

Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development, September 2010

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 9, September 1, 2010

    Inside: Helping nurses climb the clinical ladder Keeping it real: Standardized patients bring...

Helping nurses climb the clinical ladder

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 9, September 1, 2010

    Does your organization have a process for clinical advancement? Do many nurses pursue advancement...

Keeping it real: Standardized patients bring training  to a whole new level

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 9, September 1, 2010

    Are you a staff development educator who uses simulation techniques? Do you sometimes wonder how...

Orientation tips for proficient staff development specialists

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 9, September 1, 2010

    I recently had a conversation regarding the orientation and professional growth of proficient staff...

Resources for patient safety information

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 9, September 1, 2010

    Patient safety initiatives are critical to all aspects of patient care. The Joint...

Benefits of computer-based learning

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

    Q: What are the advantages of using computer-based learning as an educational approach?

Nurses allege employment discrimination at California hospitals

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 34, August 27, 2010

    The California Nurses Association is alleging discrimination at two California hospitals based on...

Helping nurses climb the clinical ladder

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 34, August 27, 2010

    Does your organization have a process for clinical advancement? Do many nurses pursue advancement...

Delegation prevents nurse manager burnout

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 34, August 27, 2010

    Nurse managers are often promoted without enough training or support, which leads to burnout. There...

From the desk of Adrianne Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 33, August 20, 2010

    Q. As a nursing staff educator, am I legally responsible if a nurse fails to apply knowledge...

Study finds nurse working conditions equal in designated and nondesignated hospitals

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 33, August 20, 2010

    A study by the University of Maryland's school of nursing has found that working conditions for...

Improving the tracer process

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 33, August 20, 2010

    The word "tracer" is sometimes interpreted negatively by staff. They perceive it as a way...

Has the nursing shortage disappeared?

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 33, August 20, 2010

    It's that time of year again. Graduating nursing students are preparing to take the NCLEX and are...

From the desk of Adrianne Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 32, August 13, 2010

    Q: Developing critical-thinking skills is an issue for new nurses. How can preceptors work on...

Pressure ulcers top the list of most costly, frequent medical errors

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 32, August 13, 2010

    Pressure ulcers are the most expensive and frequent avoidable medical error, according to a...

Using benchmarks to evaluate continuing education

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 32, August 13, 2010

    Benchmarking is a systematic process of evaluating the work processes of organizations based on...

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

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 32, August 13, 2010

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

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...

From the desk of Adrianne Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 31, August 6, 2010

    Q: I really enjoy working with our Generation Y nurses. As a baby boomer, I'm in awe of their...

Unsupervised nurse anesthetists pose no increased risk, study says

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 31, August 6, 2010

    Allowing nurse anesthetists to provide anesthesia services without supervision from a doctor does...

Characterizing staff development specialists according to Benner’s levels of expertise

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 31, August 6, 2010

    There are several reasons for characterizing staff development specialists. Clinical nurses are...

Planning nurse staffing with a patient acuity system

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 31, August 6, 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...

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...

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...

Seeing the big picture: Facilitating critical thinking in new nurses

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 8, August 1, 2010

    Critical thinking is the ability to recognize problems and raise questions, gather evidence to...

Using benchmarks to evaluate continuing education

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 8, August 1, 2010

    Benchmarking is a systematic process of evaluating the work processes of organizations based on...

From the desk of Adrianne Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 30, July 30, 2010

    Q. I am orienting a new staff development specialist who had about a year of experience in the...

Famous pilot urges hospitals to adopt aviation culture of safety

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 30, July 30, 2010

    Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, the man who landed his plane on the Hudson River in...

Facilitating critical thinking in new nurses

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 30, July 30, 2010

    Critical thinking is the ability to recognize problems and raise questions, gather evidence to...

Scripting provides firm bedrock for new nurses

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 30, July 30, 2010

    Some nurses and administrators recoil at the term "scripting," envisioning robotic...

From the desk of Adrianne Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 29, July 23, 2010

    Q:  I work as an educator for a traveling nurse agency. Many of our nurses are thinking about...

Mystery patients help educate physicians on social factors

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 29, July 23, 2010

    Physicians often fail to consider socio-economic factors when making diagnoses, says a Chicago...

Strategies for teaching communication skills

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 29, July 23, 2010

    One strategy to use when teaching communication skills is to have learners observe examples of good...

Competency days help ensure nursing knowledge

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 29, July 23, 2010

    Hospitals with ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® (MRP) designation are always seeking better...

From the desk of Adrianne Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 28, July 16, 2010

    Q: I'm frustrated with some of my older colleagues who are in their late 60s and even early 70s. I...

Survey says administrators not willing to spend enough to prevent infections

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 28, July 16, 2010

    Only three in 10 hospital administrations are willing to spend what's necessary to prevent...

Improve the focus of your Periodic Performance Review

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 28, July 16, 2010

    The Periodic Performance Review (PPR) is an annual self-assessment process designed to enhance...

Health system’s journey to nursing excellence shows human touch

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 28, July 16, 2010

    The road to ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® (MRP) status is not a new journey for University...

From the desk of Adrianne Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 27, July 9, 2010

    Q: I have shared an idea with my boss, the director of my staff development department, to form a...

Automated calls increase colon cancer screening

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 27, July 9, 2010

    A new study has found that automated phone calls made people more likely to undergo routine...

Teaching strategies to improve communication

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 27, July 9, 2010

    Communication skills can be taught in a variety of ways. Distance learning is an efficient...

New AHRQ tool to help hospitals better display quality data

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 27, July 9, 2010

    All you need to take advantage of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) latest...

From the desk of Adrianne Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 26, July 2, 2010

    Q: I work full time in staff development at a large metropolitan health system. I also work...

Division among Twin Cities nurses over whether to strike

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 26, July 2, 2010

    The temperature is rising in the dispute between the Minnesota Nurses Union and Twin Cities...

Nursing professional development specialists and implementing shared decision-making

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 26, July 2, 2010

    Whether your organization is new to shared governance or is trying to revitalize a current program...

President Obama thanks nurses for their commitment

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 26, July 2, 2010

    On June 16, President Obama spoke in front of more than 1,000 cheering nurse delegates and RNs at...

Joint Commission readiness: Improve the focus of your PPR

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

    The Periodic Performance Review (PPR) is an annual self-assessment process designed to enhance...

Importance of nursing professional development specialists to implementing shared decision-making

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

    Whether your organization is new to shared governance or is trying to revitalize a current program...

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...

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...

Improving the tracer process

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 8, July 1, 2010

    The word “tracer” is sometimes interpreted negatively by staff. They perceive it as a...

From the desk of Adrianne Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 25, June 25, 2010

    Q: I would like to use some classical music by Mozart as part of a convention presentation on...

Higher price reduces soda consumption at Boston hospital

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 25, June 25, 2010

    Raising the price of non-diet sodas by 35% reduced consumption by 26% at Boston's Brigham and...

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

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 25, June 25, 2010

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

AHRQ releases latest version of Common Formats to standardize data collection

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 25, June 25, 2010

    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released Common Formats Version 1.1...

From the desk of Adrianne Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 24, June 18, 2010

    Q: We have large bulletin boards on every nursing unit and at strategic points throughout the...

Survey finds 45% of hospital employees discontented, disengaged

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 24, June 18, 2010

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

It’s time to stop punishing people for making medical errors

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 24, June 18, 2010

    Dr. Lucian Leape, a member of the Quality of Health Care in America Committee at the Institute of...

Increasing nurses’ competency with geriatric patients

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 24, June 18, 2010

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

From the desk of Adrianne Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 23, June 11, 2010

    Q: I've been a staff development specialist for more than 10 years. Some colleagues in other...

California nurses temporarily barred from striking

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 23, June 11, 2010

    A judge in California has issued a temporary ban on a planned strike by nurses at several...

Pay attention to subtle changes in Survey Activity Guide

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 23, June 11, 2010

    The Survey Activity Guide (SAG) was last updated by The Joint Commission in February. According to...

Suspicious woman at one hospital later attempts kidnapping at another

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 23, June 11, 2010

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

From the desk of Adrianne Avillion, DEd, RN

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

    Q: Years ago, we had a Journal Club that met at lunchtime, but people didn't want to give up their...

Mandatory flu shots gain traction as the future of influenza prevention

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

    Every year, medical facilities plead with employees to get their annual influenza vaccinations...

Staff development challenge: Best practices for dealing with resistant learners

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

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

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...

Joint Commission readiness: Pay attention to subtle changes in Survey Activity Guide

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 6, June 1, 2010

    The Survey Activity Guide (SAG) was last updated by The Joint Commission in February. According to...

Patient safety: Facilitating the establishment of a just culture

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 6, June 1, 2010

    Just culture refers to a values-supportive model of shared accountability. It’s a culture...

Teaching strategies: Staff development challenge: Best practices for dealing with resistant learners

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 6, June 1, 2010

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

Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development, June 2010

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 6, June 1, 2010

    Inside: Professional growth and development of educators  Facilitating the establishment of...

Professional development: Professional growth and development of educators

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 6, June 1, 2010

    As staff development specialists, we generally focus our time and attention on the continuing...

Strategies for Nurse Managers June 2010

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

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

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...

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...

From the desk of Adrianne Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 21, May 28, 2010

    Q: I've been reading about mock trials as an educational strategy? Is the intent just to simulate a...

C. diff can travel through the air

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 21, May 28, 2010

    British researchers have discovered Clostridium difficile (C. diff) can travel through the air...

Strategies to establish a just culture

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 21, May 28, 2010

    Just culture refers to a values-supportive model of shared accountability. It's a culture that...

Maryland program provides road map for reducing patient falls

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 21, May 28, 2010

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

From the desk of Adrianne Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 20, May 21, 2010

    Q: We are in the beginning stages of establishing a nursing research council. One of our first...

Academic hospitals team up to stop catheter-related infections

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 20, May 21, 2010

    University HealthSystem Consortium, an alliance of 107 academic medical centers with 234 affiliated...

Professional growth and development of educators

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 20, May 21, 2010

    As staff development specialists, we generally focus our time and attention on the continuing...

Nurses find simple ways to improve satisfaction

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 20, May 21, 2010

    Although a relatively minor clinical concern in a nurse's day, relatives tend to call to check on...

From the desk of Adrianne Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 19, May 14, 2010

    Q: I work as the only staff development specialist in a 150-bed community hospital in a rural...

Medication vending machines offer patient convenience in rural areas

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 19, May 14, 2010

    When patients leave the ER at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia, MN, there aren't a lot of...

Use scenarios as a basis for ethics education

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 19, May 14, 2010

    Here's an example of an ethical scenario to use as a basis for ethical discussions: Cynthia is a...

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

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 19, May 14, 2010

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

From the desk of Adrianne Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 18, May 7, 2010

    Q. I work in a small hospital with limited technology tools, but I've been hearing a lot about...

Natural orifice trials begin, a potential ’game changer’ for hospitals

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 18, May 7, 2010

    Two weeks ago, surgeons in Massachusetts and California enrolled the first three of 140 patients in...

Patient education: Preparing written materials at the appropriate reading level

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 18, May 7, 2010

    Patient education remains a problematic standard. Many, if not all, healthcare organizations rely...

Innovation and design thinking as a tool

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 18, May 7, 2010

    Innovation and design thinking is a fascinating methodology that holds much promise for healthcare...

Patient education: Preparing written materials at the appropriate reading level

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

    Patient education remains a problematic standard. Many, if not all, healthcare organizations rely...

Practical strategies for delivering education about ethics

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

    Ethical dilemmas occur with increasing frequency in the healthcare environment. Examples of...

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

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

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

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...

Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development, May 2010

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

    In this issue, read how a vice president of professional development enhances education across a...

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...

From the desk of Adrianne Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 17, April 30, 2010

    Q: I am on the education planning committee for my local chapter of NNSDO. I also am responsible...

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

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 17, April 30, 2010

    The Joint Commission's January 2011 hospital manual will include new standards for hospitals...

Practical strategies for delivering education about ethics

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 17, April 30, 2010

    Ethical dilemmas occur with increasing frequency in the healthcare environment. Examples of...

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

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 17, April 30, 2010

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

From the desk of Adrianne Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 16, April 23, 2010

    Q: I'm struggling with a generational issue. Within the past couple of years, we have hired several...

Better nurse-patient ratios could save thousands of lives annually, says study

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 16, April 23, 2010

    If California's mandatory nurse-patient ratios had been in effect in Pennsylvania and New Jersey...

Staff development’s role in enhancing organizational culture

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 16, April 23, 2010

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

Consider human factors engineering when designing your patient safety projects

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 16, April 23, 2010

    When Barbara Wilson, PhD, RNC, begins any new patient safety project, she first examines the...

From the desk of Adrianne Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 15, April 16, 2010

    Q: I am the manager of a staff development department in a 500-bed community hospital. Our...

CMS issues new anesthesia guidelines

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 15, April 16, 2010

    A recent round of edits to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) interpretive...

Is a vice-presidency in your future?

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 15, April 16, 2010

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

All hospitals could benefit from hospitalist programs, say advocates

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 15, April 16, 2010

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

From the desk of Adrianne Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 14, April 9, 2010

    Q: I am a one-person staff development department. I am feeling overwhelmed and need to organize my...

Patients prefer when physicians sit, study says

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 14, April 9, 2010

    A recent study from the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, KS, revealed patients feel...

Recruitment and retention: Combating the nurse shortage

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 14, April 9, 2010

    The recent economic downturn will have lasting effects, and the recession, which officially started...

Suicide risk assessment important part of survey and patient safety

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 14, April 9, 2010

    Identifying patients at risk for suicide has been a requirement of the National Patient Safety...

From the desk of Adrianne Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 3, April 2, 2010

    Q: I am the manager of a small staff development department of three people. I rely on...

Patient safety incidents showed little change in 2009, says HealthGrades

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 13, April 2, 2010

    While the number of patient safety incidents that occurred among hospitalized Medicare patients...

Follow these tips to meet requirements for most-cited standards

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 13, April 2, 2010

    Staff development specialists are essential to Joint Commission preparedness. We...

Nursing workforce getting more diverse, older

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 13, April 2, 2010

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

Follow these tips to meet requirements for most-cited standards

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 4, April 1, 2010

    Staff development specialists are essential to Joint Commission preparedness. We...

Recruitment and retention: Combating the nurse shortage

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 4, April 1, 2010

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

Staff development on the evening and night shifts:  Tips for providing meaningful learning experiences

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 4, April 1, 2010

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

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...

Joint Commission readiness: Complying with medication storage requirements

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 3, April 1, 2010

    Joint Commission experts identify medication storage as a problem, even though storage requirements...

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...

From the desk of Adrianne Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 12, March 26, 2010

    Q: I’ve decided to take the plunge and sit for the Nursing Professional Development...

Healthcare reform provisions kick in over 10 years

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 12, March 26, 2010

    Many of the provisions included in the healthcare reform legislation approved Sunday—and the...

Tips for providing meaningful learning experiences on the night shift

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 12, March 26, 2010

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

Growth in cross-cultural competency improves patient care

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 12, March 26, 2010

    Overcoming the cultural boundaries that can prevent a patient-physician relationship from forming...

From the desk of Adrianne Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 11, March 19, 2010

    Q: I’ve been a staff development specialist for nearly 20 years and I seem to have lost the...

Almost one-third of direct-care jobs will be held by older women by 2018

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 11, March 19, 2010

    Older women aged 55 and older will become 30% of the nation’s direct-care workforce by...

Credibility: Strategies to enhancing your influence

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 11, March 19, 2010

    In our fast-paced environments, we often ask, "How can I extend my influence? And how can I...

Hospitals make employee flu vaccinations a patient safety issue

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 11, March 19, 2010

    The emergence of the H1N1 flu put a spotlight in early 2009 on a question: Should healthcare...

From the desk of Adrianne Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 10, March 12, 2010

    Q: I have just earned my certification in Nursing Professional Development. I know I need...

Nurses say distractions cut bedside time by 25%

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 10, March 12, 2010

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

Growing the emerging field of simulation in healthcare

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 10, March 12, 2010

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

Hospital educates patients on dangers of PAD

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 10, March 12, 2010

    Hospitals look for ways to improve patient education all the time. Once in a while, this education...

From the desk of Adrianne Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 9, March 5, 2010

    Q: Am I legally responsible if a nurse fails to apply knowledge from one of my educational programs...

Follow these four precautions to prevent ED violence

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 9, March 5, 2010

    When it comes to workplace violence in hospitals, emergency departments (ED) act as a potential...

Every day is a Joint Commission day

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 9, March 5, 2010

    Each year across the United States, numerous healthcare organizations begin a full court press...

Trained interpreters improve patient and provider satisfaction, says stud

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 9, March 5, 2010

    Even as the Joint Commission introduced standards for medical interpreters, a new study reveals...

Survey preparation: Every day is a Joint Commission day

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 3, March 1, 2010

    Author’s note: I am the director of accreditation and clinical professional development at...

Teaching/learning strategies: Growing the emerging field of simulation in healthcare

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 3, March 1, 2010

    Author’s note: I have worked in staff development and academic teaching as a nurse educator...

Orientation: Incorporating legal  perspectives into orientation

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 3, March 1, 2010

    You probably address legal concepts when talking about documentation, medication administration...

Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development, March 2010

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 3, March 1, 2010

    In this issue, learn how to incorporate legal concepts in orientation programs; find out about the...

Reflections: Hardwiring documentation: A treasure map worth following

  • HCPro's Advisor to the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®, Issue 3, March 1, 2010

    Preparing and writing the documentation for the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® (MRP) was an...

Ask the expert: Evaluating effectiveness of staff education

  • HCPro's Advisor to the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®, Issue 3, March 1, 2010

    Q: What are some ways to evaluate the effectiveness of MRP education? A: Integral to the MRP...

HCPro's Advisor to the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®, March 2010

  • HCPro's Advisor to the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®, Issue 3, March 1, 2010

    Inside this issue, read how scheduling software helps improve nurse satisfaction; understand the...

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...

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...

From the desk of Adrianne Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 8, February 26, 2010

    Q: I switched one of my ongoing, regular programs on safety from classroom style to computer-based...

New survey terminology cropping up in Joint Commission visits

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 8, February 26, 2010

    The term "observed but corrected on-site" has been cropping up in survey terminology in...

Announcing Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 8, February 26, 2010

    Starting today, you will notice a change in the name of this e-newsletter and the companion monthly...

Are hospitalist physician assistants the answer to shortages?

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 8, February 26, 2010

    It's no secret that hospitals across the country struggle with many challenges. Among them is a...

From the desk of Adrianne Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 7, February 19, 2010

    Q: I really need another position in my staff development department, but the budget is tight...

When the nurse is a bully

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 7, February 19, 2010

    "Why are nurses so mean to each other?" asks Theresa Brown, RN, in The New York Times...

Announcing Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 7, February 19, 2010

    Starting next week, you will notice a change in the name of this e-newsletter and the companion...

Hospitals focus on training staff members, engaging patients about safety issues

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 7, February 19, 2010

    The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) has sponsored Patient Safety Awareness Week (PSAW...

From the desk of Adrianne Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 6, February 12, 2010

    Q: The ANA's Professional Development Scope and Standards of Practice always refer to the role of...

Nurse whistleblower case sets dangerous precedent

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 6, February 12, 2010

    Anne Mitchell, RN, a former compliance officer at Winkler County Memorial Hospital, TX, says she...

Overcoming orientation challenges

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 6, February 12, 2010

    A successful new hire orientation requires planning, execution, and follow-up of learning...

Nurse anesthetists say they practice safely without physician supervision

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 6, February 12, 2010

    Nurse anesthetists across the country are vehemently defending their ability to administer...

From the desk of Adrianne Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 5, February 5, 2010

    Q: I am a one-person staff development department. I barely have time to conduct orientation and...

Top hospitals are improving faster, says HealthGrades

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 5, February 5, 2010

    HealthGrades recently released its eighth HealthGrades Annual Hospital Quality and Clinical...

Passing the professional development certification exam

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 5, February 5, 2010

    Becoming certified in professional development is a way of gaining professional recognition while...

Nurse leaders should champion peer review

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 5, February 5, 2010

    Physicians have been doing it for decades, but nursing has been slow to adopt peer review as a...

HCPro’s Advisor to the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program February 2010

  • HCPro's Advisor to the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®, Issue 2, February 1, 2010

    Inside this issue, read how scheduling software helps improve nurse satisfaction; understand the...

Evidence-based practice and nursing research: Avoiding confusion

  • HCPro's Advisor to the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®, Issue 2, February 1, 2010

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

Hit the hay: Program helps new grads get the sleep they need

  • HCPro's Advisor to the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®, Issue 2, February 1, 2010

    Starting your first job as a nurse is a difficult transition for any new graduate, but the process...

HCPro's White Papers on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®: Collecting evidence for the written documentation

  • HCPro's Advisor to the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®, Issue 2, February 1, 2010

    Inside this white paper, find out how to collect evidence from across the entire organization, and...

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...

From the desk of Adrianne Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 4, January 29, 2010

    Q: Based on staff feedback and a review of the literature, I believe that a mentor program would...

Nurses debate whether hospital should hire smokers

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 4, January 29, 2010

    Smokers may not want to apply to work for Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga, TN. As part of a new...

Prepping for surveys: Dealing with the most frustrating standards

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 4, January 29, 2010

    Maintaining a constant state of readiness is a challenging prospect. The following are some tips...

Helping charge nurses understand their leadership role (part 3 of 3)

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 4, January 29, 2010

    The first section of the workshop presentation summarizes the charge nurse role. The role...

From the desk of Adrianne Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 3, January 22, 2010

    Q: Our hospital is having some financial difficulties and looking to cut costs. What can I do to...

Nominate a star for the HCPro 2010 Nursing Image Awards

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 3, January 22, 2010

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

Helping charge nurses understand their leadership role (part 2 of 3)

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 3, January 22, 2010

    The charge nurse workshop should open with an icebreaker activity called "Fear in the...

From the desk of Adrianne Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 2, January 15, 2010

    Q: I hear colleagues from other organizations talk about mission and vision statements for their...

Scrubbing patients can prevent infection

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 2, January 15, 2010

    More than 300,000 patients develop a surgical site infection in the United States each year, and...

Developing the next generation of nursing leaders

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 2, January 15, 2010

    It takes a special person to be a mentor, as being one requires time, energy, and commitment to the...

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...

From the desk of Adrianne Avillion, DEd, RN

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 1, January 8, 2010

    Editor's note: Welcome to our new feature written by staff development expert Adrianne Avillion...

Patient and family involvement emphasized in new NQF Safe Practices

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 1, January 8, 2010

    The National Quality Forum (NQF) recently released an updated list of Safe Practices for Better...

Concept mapping helps improve new grad’s critical thinking skills

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 1, January 8, 2010

    Helping nurses develop and enhance their critical thinking skills is part of the staff development...

Current EMRs may be more helpful with billing than care coordination

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 1, January 8, 2010

    A gap appears to exist between policymakers' expectations of commercial electronic medical records...

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...

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...

Prepping for surveys: Dealing with the most frustrating standards

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

    Maintaining a constant state of readiness is a challenging prospect. The following are some tips...

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...

Perspectives of adult education: Strategies for tailoring training to meet adult learners’ needs

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

    Theoretical perspectives of adult education serve as useful guidelines for educators by helping...

Developing the next generation of leaders

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

    It takes a special person to be a mentor, as being one requires time, energy, and commitment to the...

Do your orientees need help with critical thinking skills? Try concept mapping

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

    Helping nurses develop and enhance their critical thinking skills is part of the staff development...

The Staff Educator, January 2010

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

    In this issue, read about helping new graduate nurses with critical thinking skills by teaching...

Ask the expert: Engaging nurses in quality improvement

  • HCPro's Advisor to the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®, Issue 1, January 1, 2010

    Q: We are currently working on our nurse-sensitive quality indicators, and I would like to get...

Competency: Virtual medical center helps new graduate nurses increase confidence

  • HCPro's Advisor to the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®, Issue 1, January 1, 2010

    New grads have a tricky balancing act to perform involving learning new skills, committing policies...

HCPro’s Advisor to the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®, January 2010

  • HCPro's Advisor to the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®, Issue 1, January 1, 2010

    Inside this issue, read how an Arizona-health system is incorporating simulation into new nurse...

What is the best way to initiate a mentor program?

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 50, December 18, 2009

    Q: I would like to start a new mentorship program. How can I demonstrate that there is a need for...

What the changes to the staff development standards will mean for your professional practice

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 50, December 18, 2009

    In March 2008, a task force was formed to review and revise the American Nurses Association’s...

What is a journal club?

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 49, December 11, 2009

    Q: What is a journal club and how do they help implement evidence-based practices? A: A journal...

How important is it for nurses to do research?

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 48, December 4, 2009

    Q: Is it important to have our nurses do research? If it is something we think about trying to...

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...

HCPro?s White Papers on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®: Organizing the written documentation

  • HCPro's Advisor to the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®, Issue 12, December 1, 2009

    Inside this white paper, learn how to start organizing for the documentation writing stage. After...

HCPro’s Advisor to the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®, December 2009

  • HCPro's Advisor to the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®, Issue 12, December 1, 2009

    Inside this issue, find out about the clinical nurse leader role that benefits organizations&rsquo...

Prepping for unannounced surveys: Dealing with the most frustrating and challenging standards

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 12, December 1, 2009

    When prepping for Joint Commission surveys, “it’s best to take a look at the most...

Quick competency: Implementing just-in-time training

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 12, December 1, 2009

    Just-in-time training (also referred to as inservice education or on-the-job training) is basic...

Professional Development Scope and Standards: What the changes to the staff development standards will mean for your professional practice

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 12, December 1, 2009

    In March 2008, a task force was formed to review and revise the American Nurses Association’s...

Collaboration in action: Building a simulation alliance

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 12, December 1, 2009

    Healthcare organizations have designed simulation scenarios, standards, and techniques for their...

The Staff Educator, December 2009

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 12, December 1, 2009

    In this issue, read about the collaborative efforts to create a simulation training alliance; learn...

Hospital educates staff on abandoned child law

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 47, November 20, 2009

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How can orientation costs be cut without losing valuable content?

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 46, November 13, 2009

    Q: What are expenses we should consider when trying to cut orientation costs without losing...

Using virtual reality as an educational tool

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 46, November 13, 2009

    The phrase “simulation modalities” may conjure up a variety of images. For example...

Outsourcing discharge follow-up calls keeps nurses at the bedside

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 45, November 6, 2009

    In the wake of the country's nurse shortage, many nurses are wearing more than one hat during the...

As a preceptor, how can I help new nurses overcome reality shock?

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 45, November 6, 2009

    Q. As a preceptor, how can I help new nurses overcome reality shock and move forward with their...

Stroke education for patient care technicians

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 45, November 6, 2009

    Designation as a stroke center requires that all clinical and nonclinical hospital employees...

University of Phoenix introduces new immersive learning center

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 45, November 6, 2009

    The University of Phoenix introduced its new, state-of-the-art SIM Man 3G "patient"...

New accreditation decision: How will this affect 2010 surveys?

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 11, November 1, 2009

    The Joint Commission has announced the adoption of a new accreditation decision for 2010...

HCPro’s Advisor to the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®, November 2009

  • HCPro's Advisor to the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®, Issue 11, November 1, 2009

    Inside this issue, one organization shares how it engaged nurses in evidence-based practice through...

Applying Benner’s framework to staff development

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 11, November 1, 2009

    Most staff development specialists are familiar with Patricia Benner’s book From Novice to...

Stroke education for patient care technicians

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 11, November 1, 2009

    Designation as a stroke center requires that all clinical and nonclinical hospital employees...

The Staff Educator, November 2009

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 11, November 1, 2009

    In this issue learn how a hospital seeking stroke designation trained patient care technicians to...

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...

New flu prevention Web site launched specifically for healthcare workers

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 44, October 30, 2009

    The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) recently launched an initiative...

How important is developing a mission statement to the education of staff members?

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 44, October 30, 2009

    Q: How do the value, vision, and mission statement of a department aid in the education of staff...

Reporting critical test results to physicians

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 44, October 30, 2009

    According to survey results from The Joint Commission, one of the most frequently cited National...

VA nursing school focuses on nursing education for rural communities

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 44, October 30, 2009

    The Health Resources and Services Administration has granted the University of Virginia School of...

Prudence or wisdom? Can your policies pass muster?

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 43, October 23, 2009

    In 1751, Dr. Thomas Bond and Benjamin Franklin founded the first hospital of the 13 colonies. At...

The importance of peer review process

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 43, October 23, 2009

    Q: How can I reiterate how important the peer review process is to staff?

Combining poster presentations with visual learning

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 43, October 23, 2009

    Poster presentations are an excellent way to share knowledge and expertise, as well as give credit...

Hang up your troubles on the Minnesota H1N1 hotline

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 43, October 23, 2009

    As H1N1 concerns flood doctors' offices and emergency rooms, many facilities are looking for ways...

Demonstrating nurses as teachers

  • HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, Issue 42, October 20, 2009

    Component III: Exemplary professional practice addresses the practice of nursing as an independent...

Tailor education to appeal to all adult learning styles

  • HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, Issue 42, October 20, 2009

    Q: We have a large organization with many nurses to educate about our ANCC Magnet Recognition...

People are talking...

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 42, October 16, 2009

    In one of our recent blog posts on the Leaders' Lounge, we talked about the H1N1 virus and how...

Developing a competency assessment training program

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 42, October 16, 2009

    Q. How can I develop an effective competency assessment training program for staff?

Evidence-based orientation brings PA hospital retention results

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 42, October 16, 2009

    Staff development specialists are well aware that the way new employees are oriented to an...

Despite struggling economy, schools still spending on technology

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 42, October 16, 2009

    The high-tech mannequin, Sim Man G3, costs $60,000, but that didn?t stop the Grambling School of...

People are talking...

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 41, October 9, 2009

    In one of our recent blog posts on the Leaders' Lounge, we focused on new nursing programs geared...

Defining criteria for preceptor selection

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 41, October 9, 2009

    Q: When a nurse wants to become a preceptor, what type of skills should I be looking for?

Recognizing the different generations in the workplace

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 41, October 9, 2009

    For the first time in history, there are four distinct generations in the American workplace...

Three New England states join forces to entice educators

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 41, October 9, 2009

    The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) will help support the collaboration of New Hampshire...

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?

Pandemic preparation: How to prepare for swine flu

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 40, October 2, 2009

    As the fall and winter months approach, hospitals are gearing up for more than the average flu...

Develop an orientation program for staff development practice

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 40, October 2, 2009

    Q: How can I develop that "perfect" orientation program for staff development practice?

Using evidence to evaluate orientees' experience

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 40, October 2, 2009

    Much attention has been given to evaluating new employees’ performance. However, there has...

Nurse creates education on sexually transmitted infections

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 40, October 2, 2009

    A nursing professor at the University of South Florida is creating a modern way to educate college...

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...

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...

HCPro's White Papers on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®: Component V: Empirical Outcomes

  • HCPro's Advisor to the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®, Issue 10, October 1, 2009

    Inside this white paper, read about Component V: Empirical quality outcomes and how to demonstrate...

Ask the expert: Tailor education to appeal to all adult learning styles

  • HCPro's Advisor to the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®, Issue 10, October 1, 2009

    We have a large organization with many nurses to educate about our ANCC Magnet Recognition...

Reporting critical test results to physicians

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 10, October 1, 2009

    According to survey results, one of the most frequently cited National Patient Safety Goal elements...

Every picture tells a story

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 10, October 1, 2009

    Poster presentations are an excellent way to share knowledge and expertise, as well as give credit...

Evidence-based orientation brings PA hospital retention results

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 10, October 1, 2009

    Staff development specialists are well aware that the way new employees are oriented to an...

Bridging the generation gap with diverse, creative education

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 10, October 1, 2009

    Background For the first time in history, there are four distinct generations in the American...

The Staff Educator, October 2009

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 10, October 1, 2009

    In this issue learn how different generations’ characteristics affect education; a...

HCPro’s Advisor to the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®, October 2009

  • HCPro's Advisor to the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®, Issue 10, October 1, 2009

    Inside this issue, one organization shares how its innovative ambassador program helped prepare it...

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?

’Room of horrors’ helps patient safety training

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 38, September 25, 2009

    A room filled with patient safety horrors helped educate nurses about what to watch for during a...

Identifying competent restraint trainers

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 38, September 25, 2009

    One of the Joint Commission issues that triggers the most questions is the use of restraints. Joint...

Focus on reassessing nurses’ critical thinking skills

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 38, September 25, 2009

    Q: How can we focus on long-term assessment of nurses' critical thinking skills?

SSI prevention measures include evidence-based guidelines

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 39, September 25, 2009

    The final National Patient Safety Goal (NPSG) that deals with a specific infection is...

Educating healthcare workers about preventing H1N1

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 38, September 18, 2009

    Hospitals around the country are hoping to prevent healthcare workers from becoming infected by...

Nurse educators must up the ante with nursing orientation

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 38, September 18, 2009

    Interviewing prospective nursing employees is only the first step in the successful integration of...

Put a stop to tedious mandatory education

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 38, September 18, 2009

    Q: How can educators make mandatory training less boring?

Three life safety issues to watch for

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 38, September 18, 2009

    While they may look like common, innocuous problems to you, The Joint Commission life safety...

An experienced surgeon doesn’t equal fewer patient deaths

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 37, September 11, 2009

    A recent study published in the journal Archives of Surgery found that the overall system of care...

Highlights from NNSDO

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 37, September 11, 2009

    Couldn't make the National Nursing Staff Development Organization's annual conference in July? The...

Supporting nurses as they pursue further education

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 37, September 11, 2009

    Q: How can I help my experienced nurses who are heading back to school but worry about how they...

Flu pandemic preparation: What does your facility need to know?

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 37, September 11, 2009

    It seems like potential pandemics require an animal in the title—especially if the word...

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...

Unfolding case scenarios teach new graduate nurses critical thinking

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 36, September 4, 2009

    This week, Polly Gerber Zimmermann, RN, MS, MBA, CEN, discusses how to use unfolding case scenarios...

Proposed changes to National Patient Safety Goals

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 36, September 4, 2009

    On May 12, The Joint Commission released proposed changes to the National Patient Safety Goals...

Changing paradigms in nursing orientation

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 36, September 4, 2009

    Orientation is the process of helping nurses become part of an organization's culture; support its...

HCPro announces winners of the 2009 Nursing Image Awards

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 36, September 4, 2009

    HCPro, Inc. is proud to announce the winners of the 2009 Nursing Image Awards. The awards recognize...

Facility lowers rate of pressure ulcers, specifically on heel

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 9, September 1, 2009

    Over the five-year period from January 2002 to January 2007, NCH's rate of pressure ulcers dropped...

Matching teaching strategies with adult learning styles maximizes education effectiveness

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 9, September 1, 2009

    The ways adults learn have a great effect on their ability to acquire and apply knowledge, seek...

Swine flu scare provides real-time preparedness training

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 9, September 1, 2009

    For years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has proclaimed that the potential of a...

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...

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...

The Staff Educator September 2009

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 9, September 1, 2009

    In this issue discover orientation needs by looking at paradigm shifts in healthcare; catch...

Examining paradigm shifts with orientation needs

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 9, September 1, 2009

    Orientation is the process of helping nurses become part of an organization’s culture...

Continuing education for staff development specialists

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 9, September 1, 2009

    In addition to providing continuing education, this year’s convention was also a celebration...

Designing individualized nursing orientation

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 9, September 1, 2009

    Interviewing prospective nursing employees is only the first step in the successful integration of...

Identifying competent restraint trainers

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 9, September 1, 2009

    One of the Joint Commission issues that triggers the most questions is the use of restraints. Joint...

HCPro’s Advisor to the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program September 2009

  • HCPro's Advisor to the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®, Issue 9, September 1, 2009

    Inside this issue, one organization shares how its scholars program prepares nurses for conducting...

Orientation excellence: Anticipating new employees’ needs from day one

  • HCPro's Advisor to the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®, Issue 9, September 1, 2009

    Q. As an MRP hospital, how can we anticipate new employees’ needs and expectations at...

Taking a new approach to medical errors

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 35, August 28, 2009

    The rate of adverse events among hospitalized patients has risen by about 1% each of the last six...

Blended learning helps document nurse education

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 35, August 28, 2009

    What types of policies, procedures, and protocols require immediate inservice education? Examples...

Using accountability language to get what you need

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 35, August 28, 2009

    Q: I am holding a long series of educational sessions and frequently attendees are late. They say...

Nursing students learn about rural healthcare

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 35, August 28, 2009

    A divide commonly exists between rural communities and healthcare access, but a grant will soon...

Simulation training improves code blue responses

  • HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, Issue 34, August 25, 2009

    Q: What are some best practices on how to run a mock code staff training event?

Hospitals receive bonuses for improving quality performance

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 34, August 21, 2009

    Twelve million dollars in bonus money is being shared among 230 hospitals who participated in the...

Involve staff when preparing for unannounced surveys

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 34, August 21, 2009

    Hospitals and healthcare systems are adjusting to the demand that organizations be prepared for...

Identifying patients with present on admission conditions

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 34, August 21, 2009

    Q: How do we document whether a patient's CAUTI was hospital-acquired or POA?

Nursing students learn about rural healthcare

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 34, August 21, 2009

    A divide commonly exists between rural communities and healthcare access, but a grant will soon...

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...

Joint Commission educates parents about patient safety

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 33, August 14, 2009

    One in 15 hospitalized children is harmed by a medical error, according to a 2008 report by the...

Nursing research and EBP: Applauding staff nurse initiatives

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 33, August 14, 2009

    The key to successful nursing research initiatives that lead to clinical evidence-based practice...

Advertise your educational programs

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 33, August 14, 2009

    Q: How can nursing staff development professionals best publicize educational offerings to ensure...

Nurse sues hospital after allegedly being forced to assist in abortion

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 33, August 14, 2009

    A New York City nurse slapped a lawsuit on her hospital after allegedly being forced to assist in a...

EDs under pressure in current economic climate

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 32, August 7, 2009

    Emergency departments (ED) may not be able to continue providing their current level of care in...

New drama features nurses as main characters

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 32, August 7, 2009

    Nurses have an obligation to be aware of media representation of the profession and to take action...

Assess nurses’ critical thinking skills during orientation

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 32, August 7, 2009

    Q: How can we measure the critical thinking skills of new graduate nurses and other new hires?

Cut your energy bills with these award-winning ideas

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 32, August 7, 2009

    What does going full tilt on environmentally green efforts get you, really, in this economy?

Turn to educational liaisons to help meet staff nurses' educational needs

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 8, August 1, 2009

    Providing unit-based educational resources without adding nursing professional development...

Preparation for unannounced surveys

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 8, August 1, 2009

    Hospitals and healthcare systems are adjusting to the demand that organizations be prepared for...

Nursing research and EBP: Applauding staff nurse initiatives

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 8, August 1, 2009

    The key to successful nursing research initiatives that lead to clinical evidence-based practice...

New drama features nurses as main characters

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 8, August 1, 2009

    Nurses have an obligation to be aware of media representation of the profession and to take action...

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...

Just-in-time training: Tips for facilitating inservice education

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 8, August 1, 2009

    Inservice education is defined as simple, short-term programming that meets an immediate training...

Hospital’s evidence-based fall prevention program starts to see results

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 8, August 1, 2009

    The Staff Educator has been following the progress of North Adams (MA) Regional Hospital’s...

The Staff Educator, August 2009

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 8, August 1, 2009

    In this issue learn how a hospital’s first evidence-based practice project has improved...

Improving code blue competency through simulation

  • HCPro's Advisor to the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®, Issue 8, August 1, 2009

    When should we hold a mock code, and what are some best practices on how to run one? Mock or...

Keeping the hospital’s smallest patients safe

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 8, August 1, 2009

    For babies born prematurely, even the noise generated from a normal conversation can be too loud...

Obesity rates rise across the country

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 31, July 31, 2009

    Obesity rates in adults and children have risen in the past year, according to a new report...

An evidence-based practice initiative sees results

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 31, July 31, 2009

    The Staff Educator has been following the progress of North Adams (MA) Regional Hospital's efforts...

Educating bedside caregivers about EBP

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 31, July 31, 2009

    Q: We want to hold educational sessions to help bedside caregivers understand EBP and to let them...

More nurses seek help for substance abuse

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 31, July 31, 2009

    Peer Assistance Services, a Colorado nonprofit organization that provides guidance, support, and...

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...

CDC issues tips on preparing for H1N1 flu

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 30, July 24, 2009

    This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released advice for outpatient...

Educating staff on central line-associated bloodstream infections

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 30, July 24, 2009

    Joint Commission standard NPSG.07.04.01 deals with the prevention of central line-associated...

Help new grads prioritize patient assignments

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 30, July 24, 2009

    This week, Debbie Buchwach, BSN, RN-BC, discusses how to help new graduate nurses prioritize their...

Poll finds nurses believe staff shortages are affecting patient care

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 30, July 24, 2009

    Nearly three-quarters of nurses who participated in an American Nurses Association (ANA) online...

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...

CA nursing board fired following allegations of incompetence

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 29, July 17, 2009

    Most of the members of the California Board of Registered Nursing were fired by Gov. Arnold...

Teach nurses simple strategies to ace multiple choice tests

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 29, July 17, 2009

    Multiple choice is arguably the most common testing method. When nurses will be taking a...

Hold people accountable by asking yes/no questions

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 29, July 17, 2009

    This week, Eileen Lavin Dohmann, RN, MBA, NEA-BC, discusses how to ask yes/no questions that hold...

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...

Joint Commission surveyors to focus on steam sterilization

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 28, July 10, 2009

    The Joint Commission recently announced it will be refocusing its examination of steam...

Right- and left-brain learners: Strategies to facilitate hemisphere learning

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 28, July 10, 2009

    There is increasing evidence that the learning preferences and styles of adult learners drastically...

Help new nurses respond to patient complaints

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 28, July 10, 2009

    This week, Jo-Ann C. Byrne, RN, BS, MHSA, and Frances M. Moore, RNC, BSN, MSA, discuss how to help...

The emotional cost of nursing

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 28, July 10, 2009

    Nurses cure the sick, heal the wounded, and comfort the dying, but are they doing so at their own...

Create an educational plan to prepare for the journey

  • HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, Issue 27, July 7, 2009

    Educators tell us that information should be presented in at least three different ways to reach...

Maintaining momentum with a reduced budget

  • HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, Issue 27, July 7, 2009

    This week, a reader asks about how to maintain momentum on the designation journey when facing...

Institute of Medicine unveils top healthcare priorities

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 27, July 3, 2009

    An advisory panel of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) issued a report last week identifying 100...

Staff nurses investigate better patient care through research projects

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 27, July 3, 2009

    Nurses at York (PA) Hospital are hard at work identifying best practices for patient care through...

Consider the department’s structure when writing job descriptions

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 27, July 3, 2009

    This week, Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN, shares best practices for writing staff development...

Recession may temporarily resolve nursing shortage

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 27, July 3, 2009

    The slumping economy has led to surging nurse employment rates that could soon end the nation's...

Right- and left-brain learners: Strategies to facilitate hemisphere learning

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 7, July 1, 2009

    There is increasing evidence that the learning preferences and styles of adult learners drastically...

Evidence-based practice: Staff nurses investigate better patient care through research projects

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 7, July 1, 2009

    Nurses at York (PA) Hospital are hard at work identifying best practices for patient care through...

The Staff Educator, July 2009

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 7, July 1, 2009

    In this issue learn how to engage staff nurses in evidence-based practice and research; craft...

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...

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...

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...

New Jersey nurses can vote for top docs

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 26, June 26, 2009

    Nurses in New Jersey are being asked their opinion on a subject about which they have unique...

Prevent patient falls with these helpful initiatives

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 26, June 26, 2009

    Fall prevention guidelines mandate that every patient is assessed and findings documented on...

Welcome new nurses and educators to the organization

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 26, June 26, 2009

    This week, Bonnie Clair, BSN, RN, shares best practices for welcoming new nurses and educators.

Number of MRSA cases falling in ICUs

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 26, June 26, 2009

    On an all-too-regular basis, newspaper headlines depict grim trends related to MRSA, both in the...

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...

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...

Hospitals explore new options to help patients make decisions

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 25, June 19, 2009

    Hospitals across the country are engaged in research about how they can assist patients with making...

Train staff on The Joint Commission Standard IC.02.04.01

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 25, June 19, 2009

    The Joint Commission Standard IC.02.04.01 relates to the administration of the influenza vaccine...

Develop a successful preceptorship/mentorship training program

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 25, June 19, 2009

    This week, Adrianne Avillion, DEd, RN, shares how to develop a successful preceptorship/mentorship...

Boston nurses rap in hand hygiene video

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 25, June 19, 2009

    Hospitals commonly display visual aids, such as banners, posters, and signs to remind staff to...

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...

Survey finds infection prevention budgets being slashed

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 24, June 12, 2009

    The recession is causing many healthcare facilities across the nation to cut infection prevention...

Combine educational training to eliminate time challenges

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 24, June 12, 2009

    Time is always a challenge when it comes to educating staff nurses. So Peg Daly, RN, BS, education...

Setting expectations that help enhance the image of nursing

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 24, June 12, 2009

    This week, Shelley Cohen, RN, BSN, CEN, discusses how educators can set expectations for nurses at...

Wear colorful scrubs to ease fear

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 24, June 12, 2009

    Hospitals can be a frightening place for children, which in turn creates a barrier of distrust...

Joint Commission reevaluating Patient Safety Goals

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 23, June 5, 2009

    The Joint Commission recently announced it is developing no new National Patient Safety Goals...

Objectives to consider when implementing evidence-based practice

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 23, June 5, 2009

    Incorporating evidence-based practice (EBP) into staff development is an ongoing process that...

Bring all the right forms to the IRB

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 23, June 5, 2009

    This week, Marquetta Flaugher, ARNP-BC, DSN, discusses the forms needed by an institutional review...

Create productive meetings by asking the right questions

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 23, June 5, 2009

    In a meeting, you want participants to process information in a useful way that adds value.

Evidence-based staff development practice: Implementation strategies and understanding ethical and legal implications

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 6, June 1, 2009

    Incorporating EBP into staff development is an ongoing process that requires you to consider 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...

Evidence-based practice: Educating nurses about fall prevention

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 6, June 1, 2009

    After identifying an increase in patient falls, Debbie Durant, RN, BSN, director of the...

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...

Competency: Implementing staff  development competencies 

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 6, June 1, 2009

    Last month, Barbara A. Brunt, MA, MN, RN-BC, director of nursing education and staff development at...

The Staff Educator, June 2009

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 6, June 1, 2009

    In this issue learn how to assess the clinical competency of staff development specialists; base...

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...

Professional development: Ease nurses’ public speaking jitters

  • HCPro's Advisor to the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®, Issue 6, June 1, 2009

    The NurseSPEAK program was developed by Terry Leydon, RN, MSHCM, CPHQ, an ANCC Magnet Recognition...

HCPro’s Advisor to the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®, June 2009

  • HCPro's Advisor to the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®, Issue 6, June 1, 2009

    Inside this issue, one organization shares how it utilizes APNs to mentor nurses on research...

Standardize note taking and shift reporting with a report card

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 22, May 29, 2009

    Marsha-Gaye Elson-Joseph, BSN, knew her nursing career could take her anywhere. Different...

Writing job descriptions for staff development professionals

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 22, May 29, 2009

    This week, Barbara Brunt, MA, MN, RN, BC, provides questions to consider before writing a nursing...

Legal and ethical issues arise in evidence-based staff development

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 22, May 29, 2009

    In evidence-based staff development, educators must gather evidence to support ethical and legal...

Ten lucky nurses win best-selling book from HCPro

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 22, May 29, 2009

    As part of our Nurses Week celebration, HCPro, Inc. included a quiz about Florence Nightingale in...

Florida joint replacement patients skip rehab thanks to education

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 21, May 22, 2009

    Patients at North Broward Medical Center’s Joint Replacement Center in Deerfield Beach, FL...

Conduct an analysis of healthcare practices

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 21, May 22, 2009

    Evidence-based practice in staff development requires a continual analysis of healthcare practices...

Identify the role of a group leader

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 21, May 22, 2009

    This week, Adrianne Avillion, DEd, RN,  shares the role of the group leader during activities.

Increase in nursing incentives for 2010

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 21, May 22, 2009

    President Barack Obama’s proposed healthcare workforce development funding for fiscal year...

Indiana nursing students prepare for a disaster

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 20, May 15, 2009

    Junior-level nursing students from Anderson (IN) University (AU) are prepared to take off in a...

Educators’ role in meeting Joint Commission standard

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 20, May 15, 2009

    The Joint Commission standard APR.09.02.01 deals with the reporting of safety or quality of care...

Research and evidence-based practice--spread the word

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 20, May 15, 2009

    This week, Suzanne C. Beyea, RN, PhD, FAAN, and Mary Jo Slattery, RN, MS, share ways to...

Lower VAP rates by using electronics

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 20, May 15, 2009

    University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS) in Philadelphia lowered its...

How well do you know Florence Nightingale?

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 19, May 8, 2009

    Florence Nightingale is regarded as the founder of modern nursing. She helped establish the...

Recognize nurse researchers with non-monetary rewards

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 19, May 8, 2009

    Nurses enjoy being recognized and rewarded for their excellent work and the care they provide...

Verify skills before delegating

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 19, May 8, 2009

    This week, Debbie Buchwach, BSN, RN-BC, shares how to help nurses delegate tasks to the appropriate...

Reduce hospital readmissions with a patient advocate

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 19, May 8, 2009

    Researchers at Boston Medical Center (BMC) are investigating whether a virtual patient advocate can...

How well do you know Florence Nightingale?

  • HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, Issue 18, May 5, 2009

    Florence Nightingale is regarded as the founder of modern nursing. She helped establish the...

Gear up for redesignation by rounding

  • HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, Issue 18, May 5, 2009

    By Ron Bass, MAEd, BSN, RN-BC, clinical educator at Sarasota (FL) Memorial Healthcare System

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...

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...

The Staff Educator May 2009

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 5, May 1, 2009

    In this issue learn how to assess the clinical competency of staff development specialists; base...

Assessing the competence of staff development specialists

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 5, May 1, 2009

    Assessing the clinical competency of healthcare professionals is, arguably, the center of attention...

Data gathering and current program analysis

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 5, May 1, 2009

    EBP in staff development requires a continual analysis of healthcare practices. Such analysis...

Motivate your nurses to conduct research

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 5, May 1, 2009

    Conducting research and publishing findings is an important way to add to the body of knowledge of...

Reporting safety concerns

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 5, May 1, 2009

    Each month, The Staff Educator will feature suggestions for Joint Commission survey preparation...

HCPro's Advisor to the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® May 2009

  • HCPro's Advisor to the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®, Issue 5, May 1, 2009

    Inside this issue, one organization shares how it gave staff nurses autonomy by putting the...

Picked by peers: Put the hiring process in staff nurses' hands

  • HCPro's Advisor to the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®, Issue 5, May 1, 2009

    The decision to put the hiring process into staff nurses’ hands came when Stephanie Alford...

Turn to liaisons to discover staff nurses' educational needs

  • HCPro's Advisor to the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®, Issue 5, May 1, 2009

    Nurses spend the majority of their time at patients’ bedsides and working with peers. They...

Improve nursing satisfaction in a time of uncertainty

  • HCPro's Advisor to the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®, Issue 5, May 1, 2009

    Improving nursing satisfaction is tough in bad economic times, when many hospitals are experiencing...

Counting down to Nurses Week with 10 fun and easy ways to combat stress

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 18, May 1, 2009

    Stress can be around every corner of your facility. Nurses must care for complicated patients, work...

Assess competency of staff educators

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 18, May 1, 2009

    Assessing the clinical competency of healthcare professionals is, arguably, the center of attention...

Move new graduate nurses from novice to competent

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 18, May 1, 2009

    This week, Shelley Cohen, RN, BS, CEN, shows ways to transition a novice staff nurse to a competent...

Meet The Joint Commission standard IC.02.01.01

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 18, May 1, 2009

    It’s difficult to establish effective means of communication between the infection control...

Save 25% on nursing products

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 17, April 24, 2009

    Are you in search of the ideal gift to show your gratitude to a fellow nurse? Is it time to reward...

Make data collection evidence-based

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 17, April 24, 2009

    Evidence-based practice (EBP) in staff development requires a continual analysis of healthcare...

Pre- and posttests measure whether education sinks in

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 17, April 24, 2009

    This week, Adrianne Avillion, DEd, RN, provides tips on how to measure learning.

Bring infection control training to all employees

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 17, April 24, 2009

    While many infection control (IC) training and practices focus on clinical procedures, a...

Free tool to help improve the professional image of nursing

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 16, April 17, 2009

    As HCPro continues its countdown to Nurses Week, our focus moves to improving the image of nursing...

Meet The Joint Commission Standard APR 09.02.01

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 16, April 17, 2009

    Standard APR.09.02.01 deals with the reporting of safety or quality of care concerns to The Joint...

Develop a portfolio to document nursing competence

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 16, April 17, 2009

    This week, Barbara Brunt, MA, MN, RN,BC, provides a list of components that can be featured in a...

Boost morale in a time of uncertainty

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 16, April 17, 2009

    Healthcare facilities nationwide are trimming staff, freezing pay, and cutting incentive programs...

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...

Start celebrating with a free communication tool

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 15, April 10, 2009

    Nurses Week doesn’t start officially until May 6, but HCPro, Inc. is beginning the...

Empower nurses to conduct research

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 15, April 10, 2009

    Finding ways to motivate staff nurses to conduct nursing research can be difficult. Begin...

Share useful evidence-based practice Web sites with staff nurses

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 15, April 10, 2009

    This week, Suzanne C. Beyea, RN, PhD, FAAN and Mary Jo Slattery, RN, MS, share seven...

Create a culture of safety with simulation training

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 15, April 10, 2009

    Many hospitals and medical schools offer some variation of simulation-based training in which...

Boston hospital takes action on preventing ED patient readmissions

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 14, April 3, 2009

    Preventing patient readmissions in the emergency department (ED) is important for many hospitals...

Use role-playing activities to reduce patient falls

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 14, April 3, 2009

    After identifying an increase in patient falls, Debbie Durant, RN, BSN, director of the medical...

Provide cultural education to staff

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 14, April 3, 2009

    This week, Adrianne Avillion, DEd, RN, recommends ways to design cultural diversity education.

Educate nurses on infection control in four quick ways

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 14, April 3, 2009

    When a new document, such as the Centers for Disease Control and...

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...

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...

Motivate your nurses to conduct research

  • HCPro's Advisor to the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®, Issue 4, April 1, 2009

    Finding ways to motivate staff nurses to conduct nursing research can be difficult. At the outset...

Keep nursing excellence on the front burner

  • HCPro's Advisor to the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®, Issue 4, April 1, 2009

    The color purple is popping up nearly everywhere at Rochester (NY) General Hospital. From bookmarks...

From evidence to education: An EBP project takes flight

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 4, April 1, 2009

    After identifying an increase in patient falls, Debbie Durant, RN, BSN, director of the medical...

Making sense of copyright issues

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 4, April 1, 2009

    Questions and concerns about copyright are nothing new. Educators in all practice settings want...

Basing staff development practice on evidence

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 4, April 1, 2009

    What is evidence-based practice (EBP) in staff development? We all know that EBP in the clinical...

HCPro’s Advisor to the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®, April 2009

  • HCPro's Advisor to the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®, Issue 4, April 1, 2009

    Inside this issue, one organization shares how its ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® champions...

The Staff Educator, April 2009

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 4, April 1, 2009

    Learn how to close the gap between staff development practice and evidence-based best practices...

Intervene with a nursing toolkit to reduce patient falls

  • HCPro's Advisor to the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®, Issue 4, March 31, 2009

    At Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago—an ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®...

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...

Illinois staff nurses practice clinical competency on a mannequin

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 13, March 27, 2009

    Staff nurses at Silver Cross Hospital in Joliet, IL, are receiving more than just lectures...

Discuss evidence-based practice in staff development with colleagues

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 13, March 27, 2009

    Evidence-based practice (EBP) in the clinical setting is the process of making clinical...

Communicate important issues with "just-in-time" posters

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 13, March 27, 2009

    Nurses are constantly on the go. And as staffing shortages become more common, it’s more...

Educate nurses to enhance the image of nursing

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 12, March 20, 2009

    Nurses build the public image of nursing through daily interactions with patients, families, and...

Comply with The Joint Commission by reporting safety concerns

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 12, March 20, 2009

    The Joint Commission Standard APR.09.02.01 deals with the reporting of safety or quality of care...

Educate nurses on choosing the best research literature

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 12, March 20, 2009

    This week, Suzanne C. Beyea, RN, PhD, FAAN, and Mary Jo Slattery, RN, MS, provide ways to...

Improve patient safety with communication and awareness

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 12, March 20, 2009

    Ensuring patient safety is one of the most vital and challenging jobs in healthcare today...

Fun fair helps Arizona hospital get staff and the community healthy

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 11, March 13, 2009

    Health fairs be a great way to educate hospital staff and the community about living a healthy...

Go electronic for evaluating nursing annual competencies

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 11, March 13, 2009

    By Rosemond Squirewell, RN, MHA, staff educator at Palmetto Health Baptist in Columbia, SC.

Learn Baby Boomers educational style

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 11, March 13, 2009

    This week, Adrianne Avillion, DEd, RN, shares educational tips for Baby Boomers.

Reduce staff nuisances with a WOW team

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 11, March 13, 2009

    When staff satisfaction is high, staff turnover rates are low, collaboration is more effective, and...

Two Alabama hospitals make patient satisfaction top priority

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 10, March 6, 2009

    Patient satisfaction scores have jumped from 73% to 82% in 18 months at Crestwood Medical Center in...

Meet the needs of the aging population

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 10, March 6, 2009

    At Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove Village, IL, staff members recently implemented a...

Nurses as preceptors: find the right fit

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 10, March 6, 2009

    This week, Diana Swihart, PhD, DMin, MSN, CS, RN-BC, provides ways to educate managers about...

Shop secretly to improve hand hygiene compliance

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 10, March 6, 2009

    If you want to see someone’s true behavior, watch what they do when they think no one is...

Support and increase nursing certification

  • HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, Issue 9, March 3, 2009

    As Edward Hospital and Health Services in Naperville, IL, pursued ANCC Magnet Recognition...

Caring for the aging population: Plan for the future

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 3, March 1, 2009

    At Alexian, staff members have recently implemented several initiatives to better meet the needs of...

The Staff Educator, March 2009

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 3, March 1, 2009

    Inside: Caring for the aging population: Plan for the future Find your facility’s...

Patients at a Georgia hospital get educated and entertained without leaving their bed

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 9, February 27, 2009

    Patients at Emory University Orthopaedics and Spine Hospital (EUOSH) in Tucker, GA, have the luxury...

Identify risk factors to reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 9, February 27, 2009

    Physicians and nurses must work closely as a team to identify patients at high risk for...

Use a stoplight to keep patients from falling

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 9, February 27, 2009

    This week, Carole Eldridge, DNP, RN, CNAA-BC, provides two best practices for identifying...

Huddle up to discuss evidence-based practice

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 9, February 27, 2009

    Successful implementation of evidence-based practice (EBP) can bring a number of patient care...

Ease staff nurses' site visit jitters with preparation

  • HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, Issue 8, February 24, 2009

    This week, a reader asks how to prepare staff nurses for the site visit. Read the response from our...

Focus on four areas to improve patient satisfaction

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 8, February 20, 2009

    Achieving high patient satisfaction scores is every facility’s goal, especially the...

Ask three questions to better understand patients' needs

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 8, February 20, 2009

    Staff members at Iowa Health System (IHS) in Des Moines identified poor health literacy as an...

Educate nurses to consider accuracy of evidence-based practice resources

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 7, February 13, 2009

    Nurses are using evidence-based practice (EBP) to question their provision of care and look for...

Handle obese patients with sensitivity

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 7, February 13, 2009

    Obese patients seeking healthcare often describe it as a battle. That’s why nurses must be...

Educate staff organizationwide on nursing excellence

  • HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, Issue 6, February 10, 2009

    This week, a reader asks how the project director communicates what ANCC Magnet Recognition...

Should we move nurses from the computer to smart phones?

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 6, February 6, 2009

    Many physicians, and some nurses, use smart phones (e.g., iPhone or Blackberry) to interact with...

Start clowning around to connect with patients

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 6, February 6, 2009

    Nurses frequently become wrapped up in making sure their technical skills are done by the book, so...

Involve the senses in a learning environment

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 6, February 6, 2009

    This week’s expert, Polly Gerber Zimmermann, RN, MS, MBA, CEN, identifies ways to create a...

Stay in compliance: Wash your hands

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 6, February 6, 2009

    In 2005, Novant Health in Winston-Salem, NC, embarked on a three-year plan to improve the...

HCTW News: A Texas university combats nursing shortage with a second degree

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 5, January 30, 2009

    Texas Tech University in El Paso is not waiting any longer for nursing vacancies to rise. It is...

Focus on top priorities to save money

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 5, January 30, 2009

    Has the state of your department’s budget left you looking for an economic bailout of your...

Evidence-based expert: Create an orientation program with the right resources

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 5, January 30, 2009

    This week’s expert, Barbara A. Brunt, MA, MN, RN,BC, discusses resources for new staff...

HCTW News: Transcultural nursing center considers care for all

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 4, January 23, 2009

    Did you know that bruises and red marks on the skin of Vietnamese patients could be caused by a...

Tips from TSE: The staff developer acts as a consultant

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 4, January 23, 2009

    Nationwide, healthcare organizations are implementing programs and initiatives aimed at improving...

Evidence-based expert: Encourage nurses to learn through research

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 4, January 23, 2009

    This week’s experts, Suzanne C. Beyea, RN, PhD, FAAN, and Mary Jo Slattery, RN, MS, explain...

Web site spotlight: College serves as (camp)site for nursing knowledge

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 4, January 23, 2009

    The youthful mind often flits rapidly over many options when considering future career choices. But...

HCTW News: New approach to learning hopes to ease nursing shortages

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 3, January 16, 2009

    The University of Buffalo (NY) School of Nursing hopes a new approach to clinical nurse education...

Tips from TSE: 'Just-in-time' method makes learning convenient

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 3, January 16, 2009

    At the University of Utah Hospital, you’ll sometimes walk into the staff break room and...

Evidence-based expert: Encourage nurses to learn through research

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 3, January 16, 2009

    This week’s experts, Suzanne C. Beyea, RN, PhD, FAAN, and Mary Jo Slattery, RN, MS, explain...

Web site spotlight: Train an interdisciplinary team for communication

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 3, January 16, 2009

    According to The Joint Commission (formerly JCAHO), communication breakdowns are the most common...

Evidence-based expert: Encourage nurses to learn through research

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 2, January 9, 2009

    This week’s expert, Adrianne Avillion, DEd, RN, explains how educators can encourage nurses...

Meet the educational needs of preceptees

  • Stressed Out Nurses Weekly, Issue 1, January 5, 2009

    Teaching adults presents certain challenges that a preceptor should be able to recognize and adapt...

HCTW News: Enrollment growth in U.S. nursing schools at 8-year low

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 1, January 2, 2009

    The nation’s baccalaureate nursing student population rose just 2% last year, leading the...

Tips from TSE: Recognize preceptor red flags

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 1, January 2, 2009

    A strong focus on oral care was critical to the reduction of ventilator-associated pneumonia cases...

Evidence-based expert: Don't leave Generation Y asking 'why?'

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 1, January 2, 2009

    This week’s expert, Adrianne Avillion, D. Ed., RN, explains how educators can cater education...

Grasp your new grads: Placement program matches nurses with the right job

  • Strategies for Nurse Managers, Issue 1, January 1, 2009

    From the ICU to pediatrics to the operating room, the choices available to new graduate nurses are...

HCTW News: London medical school explores training in Second Life

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 50, December 26, 2008

    Imperial College London has created a virtual hospital using the Internet community of Second Life...

Tips from TSE: Recognize preceptor red flags

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 50, December 26, 2008

    When choosing your unit’s next preceptors, there are some warnings signs that may indicate...

Evidence-based expert: Show the value of your staff development programs

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 50, December 26, 2008

    This week’s expert, Adrianne Avillion, D. Ed., RN, explains how educators can demonstrate the...

Web site spotlight: Should you use bait to catch snooping staff?

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 50, December 26, 2008

    It doesn’t matter whether a staff member peeks at the medical record of Tiger Woods, John...

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®...

News spotlight: Pregnant robot makes special deliveries for nurses

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 67, December 22, 2008

    Simulators are common teaching tools used in healthcare to heighten nurses’ awareness of the...

HCTW News: Employees who find meaning in their work are happier, study says

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 49, December 19, 2008

    Looking to decrease absenteeism and increase job satisfaction? Remind your nurses why they entered...

Tips from TSE: Low-cost ways to recognize your nurses

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 49, December 19, 2008

    Recognizing and rewarding nurses should not be a once-a-year event during Nurses Week; it should be...

Evidence-based expert: Determine the cost of your orientation program

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 49, December 19, 2008

    This week’s expert, Adrianne Avillion, D. Ed., RN, explains how educators determine the cost...

Web site spotlight: Is your organization one that fosters innovation?

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 49, December 19, 2008

    As leaders in healthcare organizations, it is often a nurse manager’s responsibility to be a...

Inside scoop from our experts: Get nonnursing staff involved in the program

  • HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, Issue 50, December 16, 2008

    This week, a reader asks for ways to engage nonnursing departments on the road to ANCC Magnet...

Evidence-based expert: Help nurses critique journal articles

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 48, December 12, 2008

    This week’s experts, Suzanne C. Beyea, RN, PhD, FAAN, and Mary Jo Slattery, RN, MS, explain...

Tips from TSE: Museum partnership builds nurses’ assessment skills

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 48, December 12, 2008

    With the recognition that assessment is an important part of both healthcare and art, the...

HCTW News: Two-part gift expands Georgia’s clinical nurse leader program

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 48, December 12, 2008

    A two-part gift, totaling $1.3 million, will help the Medical College of Georgia’s (MCG...

HCTW News: Glucose monitors may give false readings

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 48, December 5, 2008

    According to the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP), some point-of-care handheld...

Tips from TSE: Choosing the right preceptors

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 48, December 5, 2008

    Developing an effective preceptor program requires a varied approach, including choosing competent...

Evidence-based expert: Accelerate your classroom with these tips

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 48, December 5, 2008

    This week’s experts, Suzanne C. Beyea, RN, PhD, FAAN, and Mary Jo Slattery, RN, MS, talk...

Web site spotlight: Encourage staff bonding

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 48, December 5, 2008

    Nurses of different generations are bound to hold different values, beliefs, and interests. For...

Celebrate nurses without breaking the bank

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 12, December 1, 2008

    Recognizing and rewarding nurses should not be an annual event during Nurses’ Week; it should...

The art of nursing

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 12, December 1, 2008

    Developing your nurses’ assessment skills regarding changes in patients’ conditions is...

Expert strategies for successful precepting

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 12, December 1, 2008

    Developing an effective preceptor program requires a varied approach, including choosing competent...

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...

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...

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...

Inside the Forces: Build relationships between nurses and students

  • HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, Issue 47, November 25, 2008

    The Adopt-a-Student program at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, IN, meets expectations for Force of...

HCTW News: Are nurses financial rainmakers?

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 47, November 21, 2008

    In a recent survey conducted by staffing company AMN Healthcare, most chief nursing officers said...

Tips from TSE: New grad program boosts retention, recruitment

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 47, November 21, 2008

    St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa, FL, has boosted its retention and recruitment rates with a...

Evidence-based expert: Quality improvement vs. research: Are they the same?

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 47, November 21, 2008

    This week’s experts, Suzanne C. Beyea, RN, PhD, FAAN, and Mary Jo Slatterly, RN, MS, explain...

Web site spotlight: A well-designed accountability system

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 47, November 21, 2008

    Accountability issues can arise with individuals, groups, and departments. Accountability can also...

Inside best practice: Blending performance appraisal and peer review

  • HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, Issue 46, November 18, 2008

    Many healthcare organizations link the peer review process with the annual performance appraisal...

HCTW News: Education center will be a ’national model’

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 46, November 14, 2008

    Hoping to improve the healthcare available to residents of northwestern New Jersey, Warren County...

Tips from TSE: Ask these questions before giving feedback

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 46, November 14, 2008

    There are several important questions to ask yourself before providing feedback to learners.  

Evidence-based expert: Gain support for EBP in staff development

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 46, November 14, 2008

    This week’s expert, Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN, shares how educators can get buy-in from...

Web site spotlight: For this team, ’I’ was the answer

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 46, November 14, 2008

    While examining its incident reports, Hartford (CT) Hospital noticed many accidents resulted from a...

Web site spotlight: SBAR + I: Enhance handoff communication with an introduction

  • Nurse Leader Insider, Issue 61, November 10, 2008

    While examining its incident reports, Hartford (CT) Hospital noticed many accidents resulted from a...

Use one of these ’ships’ to steer your career in the right direction

  • Stressed Out Nurses Weekly, Issue 45, November 10, 2008

    Whether you are an experienced nurse looking for a change in your career focus or specialty or a...

HCTW News: Employees fired for looking at athlete’s records

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 45, November 7, 2008

    A Florida hospital has dismissed 20 employees for breach of privacy, saying the workers looked at...

Tips from TSE: Teaching about time management

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 45, November 7, 2008

    There never seem to be enough hours in the day for nurses. The ability to manage time and stay...

Evidence-based expert: Don't ignore intuition

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 45, November 7, 2008

    This week’s expert, Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN, shares why staff educators should never...

Web site spotlight: Your anticoagulant therapy program: Everyone’s turf

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 45, November 7, 2008

    The Joint Commission is set to survey hospitals’ anticoagulant therapy programs in January...

Be the lift for patients when they are low

  • Stressed Out Nurses Weekly, Issue 44, November 3, 2008

    Appropriate treatment can help ease symptoms of depression in patients, but it’s essential to...

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...

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...

Train your learners about time management

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 11, November 1, 2008

    There never seem to be enough hours in the day for nurses. The ability to manage time and stay...

Provide effective feedback to your nurses

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 11, November 1, 2008

    Whether you’re assessing a new skill or conducting annual performance evaluations, giving...

Match new nurses with the right job

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 11, November 1, 2008

    From the ICU to pediatrics to the OR, the choices available to new graduate nurses are exciting and...

Overweight women often feel shamed in healthcare settings

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 44, October 31, 2008

    Researchers from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center have found that accessing healthcare...

Lessons for lifelong learning

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 44, October 31, 2008

    The focus on lifelong learning and ongoing education has become increasingly important in nursing...

Accelerate your classroom with these tips

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 44, October 31, 2008

    This week’s expert, Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN, shares how to successfully implement...

Sample memo for supervisor notification

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 44, October 31, 2008

    Use a memo like the following sample to notify your supervisor of a competency issue on your unit...

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...

Children seek involvement in their own healthcare

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 43, October 24, 2008

    Pediatric patients with chronic diseases want to play a decision-making role in their own care, new...

Kick off Web conferencing at your facility

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 43, October 24, 2008

    Increase the flexibility of your staff development programs by offering Web conferencing, which can...

Evidence-based experts

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 43, October 24, 2008

    This week’s expert, Barbara A. Brunt, MA, MN, RN-BC, lends strategies for giving constructive...

State of Nursing, According to You

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 43, October 24, 2008

    Recent polls on www.StrategiesForNurseManagers.com have asked for your take on topics such as The...

Inside scoop from our experts: Give nurses tips to overcome physician barriers

  • HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, Issue 42, October 21, 2008

    This week, a reader asks what best practices can help nurses overcome barriers with physicians...

What you wanted to know about nursing, but were afraid to ask in school

  • Stressed Out Nurses Weekly, Issue 42, October 20, 2008

    You have accepted your first nursing position and will begin your orientation tomorrow. The first...

Put yourself in staff members' shoes

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 42, October 17, 2008

    We have all had our staff come to us because of a special need or request. Perhaps they need a day...

Prevent patient falls with routine checkups

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 42, October 17, 2008

    This week’s expert, Carole Eldridge, DNP, RN, CNAA-BC, gives tips for conducting a check-up...

Charge up your charge nurses

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 42, October 17, 2008

    The responsibilities of a charge nurse are continually growing. This key role requires a...

Inside HCPro's MRP workshop: Save staff time through flyers

  • HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, Issue 41, October 14, 2008

    On October 2-3, attendees at HCPro’s Workshop on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®...

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...

Be sure to include these items on your resume

  • Stressed Out Nurses Weekly, Issue 41, October 13, 2008

    Your goal is to impress anyone who may see your resume come across their desk. A well constructed...

Military spouses may fill nursing voids

  • Stressed Out Nurses Weekly, Issue 41, October 13, 2008

    Military spouses are always searching for portable careers so they can easily follow their husbands...

Web site spotlight: Award program recognizes star nurses

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 41, October 9, 2008

    Working as a nurse can be gratifying, but a little encouragement, appreciation, and recognition can...

Evidence-based expert: Prepare yourself for EBP questions

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 41, October 9, 2008

    This week’s expert, Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN, helps you anticipate the questions your...

Tips from TSE: Prep staff for Joint Commission surveyors

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 41, October 9, 2008

    Priming staff members for inevitable Joint Commission (formerly JCAHO) visits is one of the most...

HCTW news: New Jersey school unveils patient simulator

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 41, October 9, 2008

    A New Jersey nursing school is welcoming new technology to help simulate real-life emergency care.

Inside the news: Missouri hospital uses on-site program to enhance nursing degrees

  • HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, Issue 40, October 7, 2008

    Missouri Baptist Medical Center in St. Louis will increase its number of baccalaureate nurses...

Web site spotlight: Engage your staff to increase satisfaction

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 40, October 2, 2008

    We often hear the terms "engagement" and "employee satisfaction"...

Evidence-based expert: Document your competency assessments

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 40, October 2, 2008

    This week’s expert, Barbara A. Brunt, MA, MN, RN-BC, discusses the importance of...

Tips from TSE: Train on cultural competence for safe patient care

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 40, October 2, 2008

    The rapidly-changing American population is exemplified within your hospital’s walls. With...

HCTW news: California hospital adopts translation software

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 40, October 2, 2008

    In an effort to improve staff-patient communications, a California hospital is the first in the...

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...

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...

Cultural competence for the diverse population

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 10, October 1, 2008

    The rapidly changing U.S. population is exemplified within your hospital’s walls. With...

Inside scoop from our experts: Educate staff on peer review

  • HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, Issue 39, September 30, 2008

    This week, a reader asks how to educate staff on peer review. Read the response below from our...

Online resource gives educators and students a lift to safety

  • Stressed Out Nurses Weekly, Issue 39, September 29, 2008

    The nursing shortage places a heavy emphasis on the education and development of competent nurses...

Web site spotlight: Catch debate fever in your classroom

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 39, September 25, 2008

    Most of your staff members are probably keeping an ear tuned to the presidential prospects for the...

Evidence-based expert: Deliver education on patient diversity

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 39, September 25, 2008

    This week’s expert, Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN, shares strategies for delivering diversity...

Tips from TSE: Manage your difficult learners

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 39, September 25, 2008

    When it comes to dealing with challenging students, the last thing an educator should do is ignore...

HCTW news: Diabetes device helps monitor condition

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 39, September 25, 2008

    Patients with Type 1 diabetes can turn to a new device that continuously monitors a patient’s...

Web site spotlight: Celebrate staff with colorful collages

  • Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Issue 38, September 18, 2008

    When it comes to celebrating and appreciating staff, this is a practical idea that can easily be...

Inside the news: Ready, set, read: The new ANCC manual is almost here

  • HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, Issue 36, September 9, 2008

    Many healthcare organizations have been waiting for several months to thumb through the 2008 ANCC...

Sharpen your organizational skills

  • Stressed Out Nurses Weekly, Issue 36, September 8, 2008

    Nurses who have good organizational skills can manage even the worst of days. They always look like...

Try these treatments for children with ADHD

  • Stressed Out Nurses Weekly, Issue 35, September 1, 2008

    Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is usually seen in preschool children and those in...

Step up nurse-patient interactions

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 9, September 1, 2008

    My experiences as a hospital patient—in relation to nursing care—have never been...

Coping with challenging learners

  • Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), Issue 9, September 1, 2008

    You've come across them before: the nurse who is convinced he or she doesn't need training, the...