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St. John's Riverside nurses particpate in multi-site research studies
Nurses at St. John's Riverside Hospital in Yonkers, N.Y., are participating in nursing research projects, managed by Paula Graham, MS, RN. Two projects are underway, including "Perioperative Registered Nurses' Knowledge, Attitudes, Behaviors, and Barriers Towards Pressure Ulcer Prevention in Surgical Patients" and "Older Patient in Acute Care Setting Survey (OPACS-USA2)." The perioperative project is a multi-site...READ MORE »
Pace University serves as host for Hudson Valley ACA town hall event
Pace University's College of Health Professions, Pleasantville, N.Y., hosted "The Affordable Care Act: A Town Hall Meeting" Oct. 27 at the Pleasantville High School library. Speakers included students from Pace's Lienhard School of Nursing: Coleen Francis-Jimenez, FNP, RN; Fatema Sadeque-Iqbal, FNP, RN; and Precillia Fairman, FNP-BC, RN, who provided an overview of the ACA, including its history, goals, benefits and...READ MORE »
Legally speaking: Case managers and liability
As a nurse case manager, you are an RN who coordinates all aspects of the care of individual patients in whatever setting you practice: acute care, long-term care, workers' compensation or home care. Most of you have a bachelor's degree or another advanced degree. Most of you also are certified by the professional credentialing centers existing today, including the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the...READ MORE »
Ethically speaking: 'Move 'em all out -- the quicker the better'
Hypothetical Case Jim is a hospital case manager who serves on the hospital's length of stay committee. He has worked long enough to remember with fondness "the good old days" when it was easy to extend a patient's hospitalization a few days if the patient needed more time to master a complex care routine or if the family needed respite. In today's world of increasingly diminishing revenues and tight regulations,...READ MORE »
The realities of managed care
The demand for case management nurses has only increased, as the new realities of managed care have placed an ever-growing emphasis on maximizing care while containing costs. As a result, case management nurses often face a dizzying array of challenges. Angi Gragg, MSN, RN, ACM, senior clinical adviser for the American Case Management Association, has experienced many of these challenges first hand, serving in a...READ MORE »
Q & A: Evolution of case management
Kathleen "Kathy" Fraser, MSN, RN-BC, MHA, CCM, CRRN, serves as president of the Case Management Society of America, an organization she joined more than 23 years ago. As president, she looks forward to helping case management professionals meet the challenges of an ever-changing healthcare system. A nurse for 33 years, Fraser serves as the regional team manager of managed care case management for Zurich. Financial...READ MORE »
Oncology case managers help patients, families
There is no such thing as a typical day for Christine Shaw Regan, BSN, RN, CCM, care manager at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Midwestern Regional Medical Center in Zion, Ill. At any given time, she might be working with hospitalists to assess a cancer patient who has traveled from another state to undergo treatment at CTCA or helping a patient's family locate resources to ease their financial burden....READ MORE »
The path of case management
For the last three years, Joanna Field, BSN, RN, has been a grant and per diem RN case manager, a title that only begins to describe the work she does daily to provide care to some of the most destitute veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces seeking medical care at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System in west L.A. And that work, she said, doesn't necessarily end when patients are discharged and 'sent home,' as,...READ MORE »
Do you think it is better for a seasoned RN to go for an NP or become a PA?
Question: Dear Donna, I have been a nurse for 18 years. Do you think it is better for me to go for an NP or become a PA? PA vs.NP Dear Donna replies: Dear PA vs.NP, Before I address the PA vs. NP route, I would want to know why you are considering either. Some nurses believe if they go back to school for a master's degree, they must get into advanced practice. Advanced practice nursing requires a commitment of time...READ MORE »
Rapid test could reduce antibiotic use
Instant testing for bacterial infections could cut down on the number of unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions, a review published Nov. 6 by The Cochran Library showed. Researchers analyzed results of six random trials involving the C-reactive protein test, an on-the-spot test kit that serves as a guide for general practitioners when deciding whether to prescribe antibiotics. Data was available from 3,284...READ MORE »
Access to specialized care could reduce pediatric epilepsy deaths
More coordinated care could improve outcomes for children with epilepsy, according to a newly released report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The report, released Nov. 7, highlights the importance of making sure children with epilepsy have timely access to healthcare and social services to help reduce the risk of death. Researchers studied mortality among children with epilepsy in South Carolina...READ MORE »
NYU assistant professor earns publishing award
Victoria Vaughan Dickson, PhD, RN, CRNP, FAHA, was honored Nov. 6 as the winner of the Springer Publishing Company Geriatric/Gerontologic Award of a Distinguished Single Work of Research in Applied Geriatric Nursing. Dickson, an assistant professor at NYU College of Nursing, was nominated for her co-authorship of a 2014 article, "Building skill in heart failure self-care among community dwelling older adults:...READ MORE »
Can my employer terminate me without offering assistance, then report me to the state board of nurse examiners if I fail a drug test?
Question: Dear Nancy, I recently failed a drug test at work. I was terminated for violating hospital policy. I was never accused of impairment or endangering patients. Can my employer terminate me without offering me assistance (state peer assistance program), then report me to the state board of nurse examiners? My nurse practice act states the employer is obligated to report to BON if the nurse is suspected to be...READ MORE »
Cal State L.A. summit addresses how nursing is advancing healthcare
More than 50 community and consumer partners gathered at the California Action Coalition Summit to discuss how nursing is advancing healthcare in California. Hosted by Cal State L.A. and the California Action Coalition, the event included national and statewide updates to the Institute of Medicine report, which focused on four recommendations in the report: advancing education and practice, shaping nursing leaders,...READ MORE »
Lancaster General nurse receives national Magnet award
Melissa A. Kramer, BSN, RN, CEN, SANE-A, SANE-P, of Lancaster General Health in Lancaster, Pa., was named National Magnet Nurse of the Year by the American Nurses Credentialing Center at the ANCC National Magnet Conference on Oct. 9 in Dallas, according to a news release. Kramer is one of five nurses nationally to earn this honor, which recognizes the outstanding contributions of clinical nurses in each of the five...READ MORE »