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King v. Burwell decision: Supreme court upholds federal subsidies
By a vote of 6-3 on June 25, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld federal subsidies across the country, ruling the subsidies can be offered in both state and federal healthcare exchanges, or marketplaces. The Affordable Care Act gave states the option to build their own healthcare marketplaces or use one operated by the federal government. In all, 34 states decided to rely on the federal exchange. More than 6 million low-...READ MORE »
Inside the Industry: Part 3 - King v. Burwell to be decided soon
The Affordable Care Act has had its share of critics and advocates since its enactment in 2010 and core measures went into effect in 2014. The future seemed unclear on how the ACA would fare in accomplishing what it was intended to do: Make healthcare available to everyone regardless of health or financial status. One critique has morphed, literally, into a federal case - King v. Burwell - in which the two sides...READ MORE »
Inside the Industry: Part 4 - NPs to transition to merit-based payment system
Increased public support of patients' rights is driving new state laws. Legal decisions about health issues and national legislation on healthcare funding could change the way care in the U.S. is accessed and paid for. To help keep readers informed, Nurse.com highlights some important healthcare policy issues for nurses to watch. What's happening now: In April, Congress passed and President Obama signed into law the...READ MORE »
Ethically speaking: What kind of fool am I?
Marita Figueroa just completed her masters in nursing education and is delighted to join the faculty of a prestigious school of nursing. She plans to work on her doctorate in nursing part-time and hopes one day to secure a tenure line position. She joins a very senior faculty member, Ann Brown, as co-director of the BSN senior level complex problems curriculum. Her responsibilities include classroom lectures,...READ MORE »
Legally speaking: Management and mentoring
If you are thinking you might like to apply for that open nurse manager position on your unit, it might be helpful to learn more about what nurse managers do, how you can best fulfill this role, and any potential legal pitfalls that might exist. Management generally has been defined as the art of securing maximum result with a minimum of effort so that maximum prosperity and happiness occurs for both the employer...READ MORE »
Tips for mentoring
When Connie Vance, EdD, RN, FAAN, entered nursing decades ago, the word "mentor" was barely in the profession's vocabulary. "Preceptor," she said. "That was our word that came closest to approximating what mentors do." But thanks in no small part to her efforts, Vance, author of "Fast Facts for Career Success in Nursing: Making the Most of Mentoring in a Nutshell," has witnessed mentorship swell within nursing, as...READ MORE »
Success planning in nursing management needs to become focus according to experts
Succession planning has long been a staple term in the business arena, but it has been lacking in the leadership areas of nursing, especially in nursing middle management, according to Maria R. Shirey, PhD, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, ANEF, FACHE, FAAN, assistant dean, clinical and global partnerships and professor, department of family, community and health systems at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing....READ MORE »
Value of mentoring immediate, long-lasting, experts say
Exceptional mentors enrich nursing careers. Just ask Cheryl Woods Giscombe, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC. Like every Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar, Giscombe has three mentors to guide her research, teaching and leadership growth. The value of such tutelage is immediate and long-lasting, said Giscombe, an assistant professor in the school of nursing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill....READ MORE »
Mentor matching programs show positive results in the workplace
Pairing two nurses in a mutually beneficial mentor-mentee relationship can be a little like Match.com. As part of the mentorship program for the Organization of Nurse Executives, New Jersey, a nurse manager new to leadership lists what she wants out of the relationship and where in the state she lives, and the ONE NJ Mentorship Committee finds a mentor with the expertise to meet those needs, said Bettyann Kempin,...READ MORE »
Study finds mentoring programs can improve clinical leadership qualities among nurses
Mentoring programs can help nurses gain the clinical leadership knowledge and skills they need to transition into advanced practice roles, according to a study published in the June issue of the Journal of Clinical Nursing. Researchers from La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, set out to determine whether formal mentoring programs can assist nurse practitioner candidates to develop clinical leadership...READ MORE »
Study: Peer mentoring fosters leadership, teaching skills among nursing students
Peer mentoring can help foster the development of leadership and teaching skills of nursing students who want to become educators, according to a recent study. Nursing faculty members from the University of Calgary, Alberta, explored the development of nursing education leadership in senior undergraduate students. Seventeen senior undergraduate nursing students participated in the study. The study, "Developing...READ MORE »
Nurse receives national award for coaching, mentoring nursing students
The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists presented its Clinical Nurse Specialist Preceptor of the Year Award to Courtenay Wannamaker, MSN, APRN, CCNS, CCRN, PCCN, a clinical nurse specialist at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, according to a news release. The award was presented at the organization's annual conference in March. The national award was designed to recognize an NACNS member for...READ MORE »
Clinical nurse specialists provide leadership and mentoring, improve patient outcomes
The expertise of clinical nurse specialists adds value to healthcare organizations, and these advanced practice nurses have become critical contributors in improving healthcare delivery, according to a series of articles in a recent issue of AACN Advanced Critical Care, an official publication of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. In its January-March 2015 issue, the peer-reviewed journal features a...READ MORE »
Professional development leadership activities could benefit nurse managers
New research suggests that professional development activities that focus on higher level leadership competencies could help nurse managers be more successful in their jobs. Nursing professors from the University of Alabama at Birmingham conducted three focus groups with 20 nurse managers to understand their professional development needs. The role of nurse manager requires a broad range of skills to be successful...READ MORE »
Leadership style of nurse managers plays role in patient safety, study finds
Nurse managers who exhibit transformational leadership style can have a positive impact on the safety environment in hospitals, a new study found. Study author Katreena Merrill, PhD, RN, assistant professor of nursing at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, explored the relationship between nurse manager leadership style and safety climate in 41 nursing units across nine hospitals. The hospital unit safety...READ MORE »