Calling the Shots: Nursing News and Notes


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.
 The Perks and Pains of Working the Night Shift
The night shift offers advantages to nurses who can make it work for them.
Surprisingly common in nursing, workplace bullying is the ugly side of a noble profession.
The Association for Nursing Professional Development (ANPD) can be a valuable resource for clinical staff educators.


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