Calling the Shots: Nursing News and Notes

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As more healthcare workers are required to get a flu vaccine, nurses debate whether the mandates make sense.
11/04/2014
As more healthcare workers are required to get a flu vaccine, nurses debate whether the mandates make sense. 
10/30/2014
Separate fact from fiction on the origins, transmission, symptoms, and treatments for Ebola.
Bumping Up HCAHPS Scores
10/28/2014
Nurses play a huge role in Hospital Consumer Assessment of Health Care Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) scores. Last year, a study released by Press Ganey Associates highlighted nurse communication as a “rising tide measure” that, if enhanced, would likely raise HCAHPS scores in other areas, too, including: hospital staff responsiveness, pain management, communication about medication, and overall patient experience.
Learn how nurse informaticists collaborate with the health IT team and support Meaningful Use.
10/21/2014
Learn how nurse informaticists collaborate with the health IT team and support Meaningful Use.
10/16/2014
Journal clubs can help nurses stay up to date on the latest evidence-based practice findings. 
How Does Your Salary Stack Up? A Look at What RNs are Earning
10/14/2014
A glimpse of RN salaries overall, and some of the best-paying places and settings to work in.
A look at the 2014 fall allergy season and cities hardest hit.
10/09/2014
A look at the 2014 fall allergy season and cities hardest hit.
10/07/2014
The Affordable Care Act (ACA), which aims to optimize health care system performance and reduce costs, set forth new incentives and penalties for health care facilities. One of those penalties, fines for excess hospital readmissions of Medicare patients, is proving expensive for facilities that do not take swift action to get more involved in patients’ follow-up care after they are discharged from the hospital. Federal estimates put the total cost to hospitals this year at $227 million. Here are some top factors to consider when developing a strategy to reduce hospital readmission rates.
Is Your Hospital Prepared for an Ebola Patient?
10/02/2014
Is Your Hospital Prepared for an Ebola Patient?  
09/30/2014
The Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) challenges nurses to take on increasing leadership roles. 

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