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  • Free tool: Improving nurse and nursing assistant communication

    RNs and nursing assistants do not always communicate optimally. In many institutions, nursing assistants/aides do not attend the change-of-shift report and often receive patient information as an afterthought. This can be resolved by implementing the use of a laminated briefing card with key patient care items that the nurses used to brief the aide they would be working with on their shift.

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  • Join our nursing book review group

    HCPro is seeking enthusiastic nurse managers, nurse leaders, and nurse educators to join an ad-hoc group interested in reading and reviewing prepublication drafts of books and training materials in your areas of interest and expertise.

    Our editors will send you periodic emails listing upcoming projects available for outside review. If you're interested, just let us know. We'll send reviewing guidelines and give you an idea of our timeframe. If it works for you, we'll send the draft chapters as they're available, and a printed copy of the book when it's complete. In addition, you will be recognized as a reviewer inside the printed book.

    Please have a minimum of five years of nursing experience and be in an educational, supervisory, or leadership role within your organization.

    For more information or to sign up as a reviewer, please send an email including your areas of interest and expertise to Rebecca Hendren at

  • Free tool: Checklist to evaluate training products

    There are 20 questions you should ask every vendor when evaluating e-learning or other training products for your organization. You can make these into a checklist to document the answers during every vendor call and demonstration presentation.

  • Failing to protect nurses’ backs will cost hospitals money

    A good news follow-up on my February post that focused on nurses' on-the-job injuries.

    In a news release on healthcare inspections last week, OSHA put hospitals and nursing homes on notice. Inspectors will add new enforcement on some key hazards for healthcare workers, including musculoskeletal disorders, bloodborne pathogens, workplace violence, tuberculosis and slips, trips, and falls. Hospitals will be penalized for gaps in training, use of assistive devices, and low quality treatment for staff who move patients.

    Evidently, OSHA was inspired by the NPR Injured Nurses articles to go beyond offering online education and issuing warnings. Now OSHA is threatening real penalties.

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  • Not My Job: The legal perspective on updating job descriptions

    As a nurse manager, how often do you review the duties and responsibilities laid out in your staff job descriptions? The human resources department may "own" the files, but you probably review them when you have an open position. From a legal perspective, though, job descriptions deserve more regular scrutiny to ensure that duties align with your organization's policies and procedures, and meet the standard of care.

    For example, if new procedures have been introduced, staff must be trained, competencies documented, and job descriptions updated to support the revised standard of care. In the event of a patient injury, one of the first things the patient's attorney will do is look for gaps in the standard of care, so you must be proactive in this area.

    Dinah Brothers, RN, JD, suggests that, at a minimum, you review your staff's job descriptions once a year. In addition, you must revise your staff's job descriptions whenever any one of the following occurs:
    1. When there are professionally recognized changes to the standard of care
    2. When new medical advancements are accepted and implemented at your facility
    3. When new technology is implemented in your facility
    4. When policies and procedures change in your facility that impact the nurse's role and/or job responsibilities change

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  • Rock Your Health: Sync or swim

    By Carol Ebert, RN, BSN, MA, CHES, CWP

    Are you starting to feel old and out of sync with your current nursing position? Before you panic, this might be the first sign that you are starting to enter the pre-retirement phase.

    Here are some of the signs:
    1. You are aware that you are the oldest one in the group (remember when you were the youngest?)
    2. You are getting more and more frustrated with healthcare because of all the high-tech, de-personalization, and focus on making money
    3. Your workplace has "lost its loving feeling" like it had in the past
    4. Going to work isn't fun anymore
    5. You find yourself complaining more
    6. You are taking more and more meds for stress and health issues
    7. You know you are wise, skilled, and no one does it better than you, but it feels like no one cares
    8. You're starting to think you don't fit in anymore
    9. You're wondering if the end of your career is near
    10. You don't know what to do about all of this

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  • Nursing Peer Review, Second Edition: A Practical, Nonpunitive Approach to Case Review

    Nursing Peer Review, Second Edition: A Practical, Nonpunitive Approach to Case Review

    A comprehensive guide for establishing a formal case-based nursing peer review program, including all the tools and procedures organizations need to build and manage a structure to conduct systematic evaluation of clinical care.

    Purchase this book on our HCMarketplace.