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  • 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

  • Free tool: Nursing hostility workplace climate questionnaire

    Evaluate whether your workplace is a place where you feel safe or whether there is a climate of bullying and disrespect with this workplace climate questionnaire found in the Tools Library on Click here to download the tool.

    The tool comes from the groundbreaking book by Kathleen Bartholomew, RN, MN, Ending Nurse-to-Nurse Hostility, Second Edition: Why Nurses Eat Their Young and Each Other.


  • Study: SSI bundle lowers the risk of infections for joint and cardiac surgeries

    Surgical bundles have become commonplace in the healthcare industry, particularly to help stave off dangerous infections. A recent study looking specifically at cardiac procedures and joint replacement procedures shows that a previously untested surgical site infection (SSI) bundle can offer an additional element of prevention as hospitals strive to reduce infection rates.

    The study, published in June by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), found that a bundled approach to SSI prevention in which patients who tested positive for methicillin-resistant staph aureus (MRSA) and methicillin-susceptible staph aureus (MSSA) applied mupirocin intranasally twice a day five days prior to surgery and bathed in chlorhexidine-gluconate for five days prior to surgery. The treatment can reduce complex SSIs anywhere from 40% to 75% depending on adherence. Patients that tested positive for MRSA or MSSA were also given vancomycin and cefazolin prior to surgery.

    Loreen Herwaldt, MD, a professor of infectious diseases at the University of Iowa College of Medicine, a hospital epidemiologist at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, and the lead author of the study, said that elements of the bundle have been previously studied separately, but no one had looked at all of the elements bundled together.

    Read the rest of the article here, part of the Reading Room on

  • Rock Your Health: Wellness thoughts for fall

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

    F – Fun should be on the agenda whenever possible. How much fun are you and your colleagues having during the day? If none, how can you incorporate more into the daily routine?

    A – Attitude of positivity at all times. Check your attitude every hour and if you need an adjustment, just press an imaginary RESET button and readjust. After all, you can only hold one attitude at a time, whether positive or negative. The choice is yours so choose the best one for yourself and everyone around you.

    L – Laugh! It's healthy for your body, mind, and soul and can be infectious.

    L – Lighten up and don't take everything so seriously. Yes we do serious work but we don't have to wallow in it. What is one thing you can incorporate in your day to help lighten up the workplace?

    To read more great posts on our blog for nurse leaders, click here.

  • Rock Your Health: How nurse leaders deal with change

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

    Nurse leaders know that change is inevitable. If you don't embrace it and welcome it, or at least accept it, you might find yourself fighting a losing battle.

    Awareness is an important first step in the change process. Do a quick personal assessment of your situation, be honest with yourself, and be open to what you discover. Ask yourself:

    What is changing for you and your staff?

    Why are these changes occurring?

    Where do you spend most of your time: fighting the change or managing the change?

    What do your feelings tell you about what you are doing?

    What support do you need when working through change?

    What steps do you need to take to reduce the stress and move forward with the possibilities?

    You don't have to go through this alone. People like me help people like you every day using coaching techniques. If you need support, please contact me for a sample coaching session.

    To read more great posts on our blog for nurse leaders, click here.

  • Incident reports: What you need to know (part two)

    Incidents reports are a pain to fill out, but vital for documenting what happened and for protecting yourself and your staff. This week, we're republishing installments of a popular post chock full of best practices, provided by Patricia A. Duclos-Miller, MS, RN, CNA, BC.

    Last week we looked at the purpose of the incident report and the value of documenting facts as well as the patient's responses to care in the nursing progress notes (see Incident Reports: Part One). Today we'll look at eight risk reduction recommendations you should follow to limit the number of incidents you face. You can also take a look at a check list of tips for writing incident reports should adverse events occur.

    Risk reduction recommendations for nurse managers
    1. Be sure that everyone is clear as to who is managing the patient. This is especially critical in complicated cases with numerous consults. One of the major factors in adverse events is fragmentation or lack of clear communication between providers. Therefore, use the medical record as a communication tool for all providers and encourage your staff to read notes from other providers and disciplines.

    2. Be sure staff understand and utilize the chain of command when necessary. They are considered patient advocates and must speak on behalf of the patient to ensure quality patient care. Documentation of the chain of command process should be factual and blameless.

    Read the rest of the steps at our blog for nurse leaders here.

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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.