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  • Alarm management plans that improve patient safety

    The topic of alarm hazards has crowned ECRI's top 10 list of health technology hazards for the last four years. It's no wonder: Spend any amount of time in a hospital, either as an employee or a visitor, and you are bound to be greeted by a barrage of beeps, various alarms, and other sounds.

    Studies have shown that healthcare workers are subjected to hundreds of such alarms every shift, and that after a while, the sounds turn into white noise that can be ignored, causing alarm fatigue.

    In 2013, The Joint Commission issued Sentinel Event Alert #50 after a study showed that 80 patients had died as a result of alarm-related events. And in 2014, The Joint Commission issued a National Patient Safety Goal (NPSG) on clinical alarms, NPSG.06.01.01, to help hospitals combat this problem. Healthcare systems have had almost two years to determine the most important alarm signals and figure out how to manage those signals within their facilities. Surveyors can ask questions about the 2016 standards now, but the standards will not take effect until January 1, 2016.

    To find out how to develop an alarm management plan, click here to read this free article on

  • Free webcast on incident-based nursing peer review

    Join Sarah Moody, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, and June Marshall, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, for a free 60-minute webcast on how incident-based nursing peer review benefits an organization and elevates nurse practice. The program Nursing Peer Review in Action: Experienced Nurses Share Best Practices and Lessons Learned will be presented on Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 1:00-2:00 p.m. Eastern.

    These experienced speakers will clarify the difference between formal, incident-based nursing peer review and the type of review that involves peer evaluation of nurses' performance. They will demonstrate how incident-based nursing peer review can elevate quality and the professionalism of nursing through sharing case studies and lessons learned.

    Moody and Marshall have many years of experience leading nursing peer review committees as incident-based nursing peer review is mandated by the Texas Nursing Practice Act.

    For the full agenda and to register for this free webcast, visit

  • Rock Your Health: Nurses can trade in the old for the new

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

    As a nurse manager or nurse leader, are you hanging on to old behaviors that once were useful but now are not?

    For example, do you not speak up when you have the opportunity because you think what you have to say is not important, you are not eloquent, or you think you are not good enough.

    To overcome this, first write down one old behavior you cling to that isn't getting you what you want.

    Think about what is the worst thing that could happen if you changed this behavior?

    Then think about what are you willing to do to change this behavior?

    Click here to read the rest of the tips at our blog for nurse managers.

  • Free tool: Evaluate staff for emergency preparedness

    Patient care permits little room for nurses to be anything but on their toes. And in the event of an emergency, the need for nurses to respond quickly and deliver competent patient care is magnified.

    This evidence-based checklist covers the steps nurses should take when responding to an emergency. Use it to evaluate your staff for emergency preparedness and make certain they have the skills to perform.

    Click here to download the tool at


  • Let’s send Kathleen Bartholomew to Oz!

    By Kathleen Bartholomew, RN, MN

    I am on a journey to make healthcare better.
    For 15 years I have dedicated my life to empowering nurses and understanding the hidden forces that threaten our identity and potential. What would happen if your patients understood not only their pivotal role in healing, but also the real work of nursing? The trajectory of illness and disease in this country would be radically altered.
    As a mother of five children, I have the life experiences that resonate with the general public at a gut level.

    Read the rest pf Kathleen's post here.

    If you're interested in nominating Kathleen, visit the link below. Kathleen's email address is

  • Help us send a nurse to Dr. Oz!

    Dr. Oz is searching for a nurse to join his core team of experts on his television show and we think we know the perfect nurse!

    Kathleen Bartholomew, RN, MN, is a nationally recognized expert on healthcare communication and patient safety. She is the author of the groundbreaking books Ending Nurse-to-Nurse Hostility: Why Nurses Eat Their Young and Each Other and Speak Your Truth: Proven Strategies for Effective Nurse-Physician Communication. She's extremely well respected by other nurses, is considered a thought leader, and has spoken to tens of thousands of nurses and healthcare leaders in speeches, conferences, and seminars across the world.

    If you're interested in nominating Kathleen, visit the link below. Kathleen's email address is

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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.

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