Calling the Shots: Nursing News and Notes


Why there is still a shortage of nurses and what you should look for when job seeking.
Do you know the importance of nurse quality managers and how they fit into the healthcare continuum? A big part of keeping patients happy — aka "patient satisfaction" — is making sure the staff provides the highest quality of care. This applies to not just the nursing team, but to each and every department across the facility, from billing to housekeeping. Quality care not only benefits patients, the hospital and entire healthcare system reap rewards that are both financial and systematic.
The Three Bs of Med-Surg Nursing
Difficult to define, the specialty of med-surg nursing is explained in this post.
With Reimbursement on the Line, Hospitals Focus on Quality Upgrades
The move to pay-for-performance reimbursement has sparked hospitals’ interest in improving quality of care.  
An overview of the duties of medical-surgical nurses and the specialty organization that represents them.
BSN Boost: Money Maker or Life Saver?
Gatekeepers say the nursing profession’s move to the BSN improves patient care, but some veteran nurses aren’t convinced.  
Nursing Care Plans: Not a Waste of Time
The nursing care plan has come under attack in recent years with some in the healthcare community saying it is now obsolete and a waste of time. Nursing students in particular often question why developing care plans is such an integral part of their education and training. Here’s why care plans are an essential part of the patient care process. 
Nursing Colleges Face Challenges in BSN to DNP Transition
There is almost universal agreement among nursing educators about the value of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree in preparing nurses for advanced practice nursing, but some schools haven’t yet incorporated the DNP into their programs. 
Hospital implementation information for Stage 1 and Stage 2 EHR integration.


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