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Nurses Week: Contest to win a free webcast on preventing CAUTIs!
We're marking the last day of HCPro's Nurses Week celebration with a fun nursing quiz! Entrants who answer all questions correctly will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a free seat to HCPro's webcast on evidence-based methods to prevent catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI). The lucky winners will be able to bring their colleagues from nursing, quality, and other disciplines together to learn about best practices for keeping patients safe.
The live webcast will be presented on May 30, 2012, and features Mikel Gray, PhD, PNP, FNP, CUNP CCCN, FAANP, FAAN, and Brian Koll, MD, FACP, FIDSA. Winners will also receive the webcast-on-demand so they may share the training with others in their facility. Click here to learn more about the webcast.
To enter the contest, email your answers to the following questions to Rebecca Hendren at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When was Florence Nightingale's famous Notes on Nursing first published?
What percentage of RNs in the United States are male?
What day marks the beginning of Nurses Week every year, and what is the day recognized as?
What is the significance of May 12?
What year did Florence Nightingale establish her nursing school at St. Thomas' Hospital in London?
Editor's note: This feature is written by nursing professional development expert Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN. Each week, Adrianne writes about an important issue in the area of professional development or answers reader questions. If you have a question for Adrianne, e-mail her email@example.com.
Simulation resources for NPD specialists Most, if not all, nursing professional development (NPD) specialists incorporate simulation as part of their education programs. Simulation can be very sophisticated, using highly advanced technological equipment, or simple, using basic resources to achieve education goals. Whatever your simulation capabilities, it is helpful to know about organizations that are devoted to simulation education. These organizations provide limitless resources, including professional journals, to help you design effective simulation education. The following is information about two such organizations:
The Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH): The mission of SSH is to lead "facilitating excellence in (multi-specialty) healthcare education, practice, and research through simulation modalities." SSH was established in January, 2004 and has a membership of more than 3,000. It sponsors education conferences and events, posts news briefs, offers a career center, and publishes a newsletter and bi-monthly journal, Simulation in Healthcare. Access the society's web site at https://ssih.org.
The Society for Modeling & Simulation International (SCS): SCS, an international society, was established in 1952 dedicated to advancing the use of modeling and simulation to solve real-world problems. The SCS has a database of education resources and publishes several journals and newsletters. It also has a digital library. The SCS membership represents a variety of professions from industry, academia, and government. Access the SCS at www.scs.org/home.
SDW news brief: Deceleration in healthcare job growth
Healthcare sector job growth is slowing, according to April job figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Despite this deceleration, the healthcare sector created 19,000 jobs in April, nearly a sixth of the new jobs created in the economy last month. The deceleration reflects a slowing job growth across the overall economy.
Figures from the BLS indicate that the healthcare sector employed more than 14.2 million people in April. Of those jobs, 4.8 million were in hospitals and 6.2 million were in ambulatory services. Healthcare has created more than 116,000 jobs in 2012.
From the staff development bookshelf: Importance of managing reporting
When an organization begins to look at incident reporting, it often has to reconcile two divergent opinions. Quality and risk management staff want to know about everything that is happening throughout the organization. Because of their thirst for knowledge, they want to see more reports. But often there is another camp-sometimes the board of directors or the senior leadership-that associates an increasing number of reports with declining performance. Have you ever heard a board member exclaim, "I hope we don't see that number of falls reported next month"? He or she is looking at reporting in a completely different fashion-in the board member's mind, fewer reports is the preferable direction. An effective Problem Identification and Resolution (PIR) process needs to effectively communicate that reporting is a good thing and strongly encourage it.
Monitoring your reporting flow is important for several reasons:
If your reporting volume is too low, you may be missing important issues
A low reporting volume also means you lose stability and can't confidently use the reporting process to indicate improvements or declines in performance
If your reports are not effectively sampling the entire organization, you may have blind spots
Website spotlight: Nurses shining exception to public’s dim view of healthcare
Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media, May 1, 2012
Americans are having a hard time paying for their prescription drugs. They're not confident in their ability to afford health insurance. They don't trust pharmaceutical companies. They think Medicare needs an overhaul, but don't want to be the ones to foot the bill. And they think that doctors and hospitals should be paid based on quality and results, rather than the volume of care they provide.
A lot of people are pretty down on healthcare in this country. In fact, in a Gallup poll last summer the healthcare industry ranked near the bottom in terms of popularity, right around real estate and energy. Only the federal government earned a lower standing. A recent Rasmussen poll found that only 6% of likely U.S. voters think the performance of Congress is good or excellent.
But there's one bright spot, a group of people for whom warm feelings never seem to wane, despite the chilly climate around them.
That bright spot is nursing, which the Gallup Poll consistently ranks as the most honest and ethical profession. In fact, the latest poll shows that 84% of respondents think nurses are high or very high on the ethics and honesty scale.
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CAUTIs cause 35% of all hospital-acquired infections every year.
Join nurse practitioner Mikel Gray, PhD, PNP, FNP, CUNP CCCN, FAANP, FAAN, and chief of infection prevention and 2012 APIC conference speaker Brian Koll, MD, FACP, FIDSA, for the live webcast Proven Methods for Drastically Reducing CAUTIs:A Joint Commission National Patient Safety Goal and Partnership for Patients Focus, on Wednesday, May 30, 2012. This presentation will also describe how Beth Israel Medical Center reduced the number of CAUTIs by 83% using proven organization-wide catheter best practices such as evidence-based practice, staff education, daily need assessments, multidisciplinary teamwork, monitoring, and root-cause analysis. You’ll also get best practices to educate and train your entire staff.
Practical advice to solve your most common problems
The Path to Stress-Free Nursing Professional Development: 50 No-Nonsense Solutions to Everyday Challenges offers quick, practical advice from experts who have been in your shoes. Author and veteran nursing professional Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN, and contributing author Barbara A. Brunt, MA, MN, RN-BC, NE-BC, condense their years of knowledge and experience into easy-to-implement strategies that will guide you through your NPD efforts—no matter your background or experience—reducing your stress, saving time, and making your job easier. Unlike anything else on the market, this book gives you instant solutions and quick tips you can use immediately.
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Now is an exciting time to begin a medical career. Many grants and programs supporting educational opportunities are available today. This blog is dedicated to providing current information for schools, training, and job opportunities related to medical and nursing fields. The US Department of Labor projects that over 500,000 jobs will be added to the Health-Care Industry in the next 7 years. Now that President Obama's Health Care Plan, or ObamaCare, is in effect the AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) has announced a 8%-13% increase in their corporatation's healthcare plan-cost due. Why would the AARP support Obama's Health plan? Because further cutbacks on Medicare from this legislation will increase seniors needing private coverage. According to the Nov 12, 2010 'Wall Street Journal' (author Anne Tergesen) "As a result, as many as one million Medicare recipients will have to choose new coverage, according to AARP". The USA already spends over $2.4 trillion dollars per year on the healthcare industry. The increase in private coverage will increase the number of private-sector jobs in the medical profession. Along with the 'Aging of America', where the majority of citizens need increased health services, numerous factors are driving the medical profession to rank top among the highest demand and highest paying careers in the country.