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Marilyn Tavenner, RN, talks about life during and after the CMS
In mid-January, the nursing community learned one of its champions in the federal government, Marilyn Tavenner, MHA, RN, was leaving her position as administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Before being confirmed as head of CMS in 2013, Tavenner had served as the agency's acting administrator since 2011, and before that as principal deputy administrator. She oversaw the rollout of the...READ MORE »
Hospitals nationwide receive Beacon Award honor
Hospital units from California to the East Coast received the Beacon Award for Excellence for promoting superior care and positive environments. Given by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, the award recognizes units that use evidence-based practices to enhance patient and family outcomes, according to an AACN news release. A total of 72 units from 60 hospitals earned the honor between Jan. 1 and Dec....READ MORE »
New frailty test more accurately predicts post-surgical complications
A brief, more efficient test has been discovered that could better determine a patient's frailty prior to surgery, according to research recently published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. The discovery by surgeons at Emory School of Medicine in Atlanta was published Feb. 25 and highlights the importance of evaluating frailty before surgery. Experts say measuring frailty is crucial because...READ MORE »
Study: Link between childhood trauma and health acknowledged
More Americans are acknowledging that childhood trauma can have an effect on health later in life, according to a recent NPR poll conducted in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The report, released March 2, shows nearly 4 in 10 Americans say they had one or more childhood experiences they believe had a harmful effect on their health. Among the...READ MORE »
Dental visits offer chance to screen for diabetes, study finds
Opportunities to screen more people for diabetes could be as simple as a visit to the dentist. A New York University study published Feb. 25 in the American Journal of Public Health found that using gingival crevicular blood for hemoglobin A1c testing produced results nearly identical to those obtained using finger stick blood. Results showed a correlation of .991 between the two blood samples of 408 dental...READ MORE »
Government announces billions in healthcare fraud returns
More than $27.8 billion has been returned to the Medicare Trust Fund over the life of the Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Program, Attorney General Eric Holder and Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced March 19. The government's healthcare fraud prevention and enforcement efforts recovered $3.3 billion in taxpayer dollars in Fiscal Year 2014 alone from individuals and companies that...READ MORE »
Study: Pay gap between female and male RNs is not diminishing
An analysis of the trends in RNs' salaries in the U.S. from 1988 through 2013 found that male RNs outearned female RNs across settings, specialties and positions, with no narrowing of the pay gap over time, according to a study in the March 24/31 issue of JAMA. Studies have documented higher salaries for male RNs, although analyses have not considered employment factors that could explain salary differences and have...READ MORE »
Scientists identify two genes linked to ovarian cancer triggers
A newly created mouse model of the most severe form of ovarian cancer could improve treatment options and diagnosis of the disease, according to a recent study by researchers at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill. The research, published Jan. 27 in the journal Nature Communications, shows how two genes cooperate to trigger ovarian cancer and encourage its growth, according to a UNC...READ MORE »
Stress in the OR
Stress in the OR always has been present, but today's healthcare environment brings with it changes required to keep pace with healthcare reform, said Carla Thorson, MSN, APRN, ACNS-BC, CNOR, CNS-CP, content manager for clinical nurse leadership of the Association of Operating Room Nurses. "There is constant pressure to perform cases faster and in a more cost-effective manner while meeting all the added...READ MORE »
Research shows new ways for nurses to take care of themselves
Estelle Codier, PhD, MSN, RN, an associate professor at the University of Hawaii, Manoa, researches professional wellness and emotional intelligence. And that research has led her to conclude the reason some nurses thrive and others burn out is that those with emotional intelligence abilities are able to manage their professional wellness. A large body of evidence, both in nursing and the broader workforce...READ MORE »
Overcoming compassion fatigue and burnout
When Yolanda Smith, MSN, RN, CCRN, of Brooklyn, N.Y., started feeling low on energy, isolating herself from family and friends and feeling physically and mentally tired, it never occurred to her that she might be suffering from compassion fatigue. "If someone had suggested at the time that I was under a lot of stress, I would have denied it," said Smith, a former cardiothoracic surgery nurse who now operates Self...READ MORE »
Legally speaking: Patient self-care
One of your obligations with any patient with whom you work is to help the patient be as independent as possible when it comes to healthcare. Whether the issue is proper self-medication, following a required diet, or sticking to mandated exercises self-care is the ultimate goal. Successful self-care not only improves the patient's health and life in general, it can also result in a reduction of readmissions or...READ MORE »
Ethically speaking: Duties to self
Hypothetical Case Marisa received her BSN nine months ago and has been working in an eight-bed ICU in a small rural hospital for the past three months. Initially thrilled to be offered this position, she is beginning to regret coming onboard. As the latest hire, she frequently works the night shift, 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., and often has been asked to pick up extra shifts. The differential for nights and overtime pay is...READ MORE »
Holistic nursing and self-care: A discussion with the president of the AHNA
According to the results of a survey released Feb. 10 by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health at the National Institutes of Health, patients' interest in a more holistic approach to medicine, particularly through so-called mind and body approaches, continues to grow. The number of Americans who report practicing yoga, for instance, has doubled since 2002, while more than 38 million Americans...READ MORE »
Tips for self-care
The work of nurses can be key to the healing process. Yet, while often experts at healing others, many nurses can stumble over the job of caring for themselves. Diane Poulios, MA, RN, CHCR, AHN-BC, serves as a nurse recruiter at Barnabas Health's Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, N.J., about 50 miles south of New York. She has worked as a nurse since 1980, and she offered the following tips to help nurses help...READ MORE »