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Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education - May 11, 2012

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In this issue - May 11, 2012

  1. Nurses Week: Contest to win a free webcast on preventing CAUTIs!

  2. From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

  3. SDW news brief: Deceleration in healthcare job growth

  4. From the staff development bookshelf: Importance of managing reporting

  5. Website spotlight: Nurses shining exception to public’s dim view of healthcare

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May 11, 2012
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Welcome to this week's issue of Staff Development Weekly. Visit HCPro's Nursing home page at

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

  1. When was Florence Nightingale's famous Notes on Nursing first published?
  2. What percentage of RNs in the United States are male?
  3. What day marks the beginning of Nurses Week every year, and what is the day recognized as? 
  4. What is the significance of May 12?
  5. What year did Florence Nightingale establish her nursing school at St. Thomas' Hospital in London?
  6. When was the American Nurses Association founded?

Entries must be received by May 18, 2012.

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From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

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 at

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
  • 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

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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.

Source: HealthLeaders Media

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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

Book excerpt adapted from Occurrence Reporting: Building a Robust Problem Identification and Resolution Process by Kenneth Rohde.

Readers of Staff Development Weekly receive a 10% discount on this book! Just enter source code EB102930A at checkout. Click here to visit

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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.

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Katrina Gravel
Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education

Volume 11 Issue 19
ISSN# 1543?7361

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