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  • New tool: Lifting injuries data sheet

    Nurses are at greater risk than firefighters. In 2013 your nursing staff faced a 15% greater chance of spine injury than firefighters.

    Check out the Bureau of Labor Statistics Table 18 posted on for the final tabulated 2013 rates of musculoskeletal injuries for full-time workers, compared by occupation.  Firefighters—who lug heavy ladders, people, and equipment daily—had a rate of 232 per 10,000. For nursing staff, the total was 264 per 10,000 full-time RNs and nursing assistants. A spine injury can end a career in the blink of an eye.

    For more info on this issue and links to other resources, go to the Nurse Manager blog, here.

    Visit to download the free tool and find other great resources for nurse leaders.

  • Ben Franklin's advice to nurse preceptors

    Tell me and I forget.
    Teach me and I remember.
    Involve me and I learn.

    How do you provide preceptees with constructive advice or feedback? Do you tell them what they did wrong and spell out how to correct it? Or do you encourage them to use critical-thinking skills to truly ingrain a personal understanding of ways to improve their practice?


  • Interprofessional Accountability: Share your successes ...

    Nurse managers know the value of staff accountability-it's an essential ingredient in the recipe for consistent, high-quality patient care.

    Building those accountability muscles takes on new urgency as the "care continuum" becomes more than a buzz word. Accountability is now the nurse's greatest challenge, what with the increased pressure on nurses to delegate in order to work at "top of license," the ongoing need to coordinate care with different in-house professions (pharmacy, social work, etc.), and the necessity of transitioning patients to care by unaffiliated, outside caregivers.

    We're developing an in-service handbook to support staff nurse accountability skills, and are in need of several real-world examples of interprofessional accountability in action. Would you be willing to submit your techniques for effective hand-offs, successful communications, or example scripts to include in the handbook? Visit our nursing blog at and leave a comment or send an email if you do!

    For any piece we choose for the book, we'll send you a copy of either Team-Building Handbook: Improving Nurse-to-Nurse Relationships or Team-Building Handbook: Improving Nurse-Physician Communications, our latest nursing handbooks.

  • Tips for preventing nurse fatigue

    The healthcare industry by definition exists to care for the health of each individual. But how well does it take care of its own?

    Nurses, the caretakers on the front line, often work shifts of 12 hours and more, and may work up to 50 or even 60 hours per week. Fatigue threatens the health of those nurses, as well as the quality of the care they can provide. In a January 30th article in The Courier Journal, a 2014 American Journal of Critical Care study was cited as finding that nurses who were fatigued, had lost sleep, or couldn't recover between shifts were much more likely to regret a medical decision they had made.

    The American Nurses Association is pushing for new standards limiting consecutive night shifts and shifts longer than 12 hours. But what can you, the nurse manager, do to take care of yourself and your staff today, to improve the work environment and the energy they bring to it?

    Visit to read the rest of this free article and find out tips to reduce your own and your staff's fatigue.

  • Nursing Case Review: How Peer Review Empowers Nurses


    Presented on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 1–2:30 p.m. Eastern.
    Developing a structure to support nursing case review is the easy part. Here’s the hard part: How do you actually do nursing case review? How do you deal with the outcomes? And how can you use case review to monitor performance and track and trend data?
    Join nursing peer review experts Laura Harrington, RN, BSN, MHA, CPHQ, CPCQM, and Marla Smith, MHSA, authors of the HCPro book Nursing Peer Review, Second Edition: A Practical, Nonpunitive Approach to Case Review, for a 90-minute webcast that will answer all your questions.


  • Injured Nurses, Part 2: OSHA has your back

    Attention nurse leaders in organizations without designated "lift teams" or assistive devices for moving patients.

    Your business case for investing in a cutting-edge, safe patient handling program has been made clearly and indisputably by OSHA, with the help of results from numerous case studies, research reports, and collected data. The benefits are exceptional, and the financial ROI is achievable in one to four years.

    Take a quick trip to the OSHA website for wealth of tools, including a form you can use to evaluate your organization, a checklist for designing your safe patient handling program, illustrative case studies, and more.

    Read the rest of the article 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.