Calling the Shots: Nursing News and Notes

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01/22/2015
The electronic cigarette: Also known as “e-cigs,” “vapor pens” or “digital smokes”, as well as personal vaporizer (PV) or electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS).  The e-cigarette has a rechargeable battery, refillable cartridges and a heating element, but does not emit a smell or smoke which is attractive to those trying to quit paper cigarettes. However, it does emit an aerosol, which is inaccurately referred to as vapor.
A look at Joint Commission onsite surveys and the stress felt among healthcare professionals.
01/20/2015
A look at Joint Commission onsite surveys and the stress felt among healthcare professionals.
01/15/2015
Even if your hospital isn’t applying to receive the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, chances are that you have heard about it. And, that’s for good reason. Because any healthcare system can use the program’s framework and criteria to effectively and efficiently meet their missions and achieve their visions. 
01/13/2015
5 tips to redirect time for more direct patient care 
01/06/2015
From a wider variety of clinical opportunities to allowing room to fail, simulation labs offer a variety of benefits to nursing students.    
12/30/2014
Quality care is one of the hottest topics in nursing today. Not only does it benefit patients, but providing quality care also boosts the facility's bottom line. Safety and quality go hand in hand, and when care is safe, patient-centered and beneficial, patient outcomes improve, patient satisfaction ratings increase, and complications and liability issues decrease. 
12/23/2014
Patient acuity is increasing for diseases such as heart failure and stroke. To avoid Medicare readmission penalties and to qualify for Affordable Care Act financial incentives, healthcare facilities need to evaluate and implement strategies that enable them to improve their quality of care. One such strategy is to apply for disease-specific care certifications. 
Integrating the financial and clinical demands of their role is one way nurse executives can find balance.
12/16/2014
Integrating the financial and clinical demands of their role is one way nurse executives can find balance. 
12/09/2014
A record 2,610 hospitals will face fines over the next 12 months for patient readmission rates that Medicare says are too high, Kaiser Health News reported Oct. 2. The increase in the number of hospitals receiving financial penalties is due to an expansion in patient categories Medicare is tracking readmissions for. In addition to patients with heart failure, heart attack and pneumonia, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services now evaluates readmission rates for patients initially admitted for elective knee and hip replacements as well as patients with lung ailments such as chronic bronchitis. 
The CMIO, otherwise known as the Chief Medical Information Officer, has many responsibilities in a healthcare organization but is basically a bridge between the medical and IT departments.
12/04/2014
The CMIO, otherwise known as the Chief Medical Information Officer, has many responsibilities in a healthcare organization but is basically a bridge between the medical and IT departments. 

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