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Herpes zoster raises future risk of stroke in people under 40
Having shingles may increase the risk of having a stroke years later, according to a British study. People ages 18 to 40 who had acute herpes zoster were more likely to have a stroke, myocardial infarction or transient ischemic attack years later than people who had not had the virus, researchers reported Jan. 2 on the website of the journal Neurology. People older than 40 who had herpes zoster were more likely to...READ MORE »
Meet the Heartland/Midwest Nursing Excellence GEM Award winners
Editor's note: For a photo gallery of the winners, see www.Nurse.com/Gallery/HLMW-GEM-Awards. Each year, a national search is held to find the most exceptional nurses in the U.S. Nurses from across the country are nominated by colleagues. This year, Nurse.com continues its tradition of recognizing and celebrating the achievements of these dedicated nurses throughout the United States, the culmination of which...READ MORE »
Bring on the job offers
The job market for nursing continues to heat up despite the sluggish economy. Employment of RNs is expected to grow by 26% from 2010 to 2020, creating 711,900 new jobs to go with hundreds of thousands of replacement jobs of retiring nurses, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This makes nursing one of the fastest growing professions in the U.S., although the BLS warns jobs may vary by specialty and...READ MORE »
QI programs help reduce early elective deliveries
Multistate, hospital-based quality improvement programs can be effective at reducing early elective deliveries of babies, according to a study. The rate of elective early term deliveries at a group of 25 participating hospitals fell from 27.8% to 4.8% during the one-year project period, representing an 83% decline, according to results published April 5 on the website of the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology....READ MORE »
Hot Spots: Colorado
It makes sense that Colorado, a mecca for people seeking a healthy lifestyle, would be a great place for nursing. The Centennial State boasts of abundant sunshine, mild temperatures and record snowfalls. National parks and forests occupy 37% of Colorado's land, which is crowned with Rocky Mountain grandeur. Colorado is the home of Pike's Peak (the inspiration for "America the Beautiful"), the mile-high city and...READ MORE »
Need for advanced nursing education rises
A nationwide push for nurses with advanced degrees is taking place. In its 2010 report, "The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health," the Institute of Medicine called for doubling the number of doctorate-level nurses by 2020, and the Affordable Care Act's sweeping changes demand a heavy influx of nurses in leadership roles. Yet nurses considering advanced degrees often find themselves in a Catch-22....READ MORE »
Budget sequester means looming revenue cutbacks for providers
With automatic government spending cuts having taken effect March 1, healthcare entities are wary of the impact on their industry. Among the numerous federal agencies and programs facing a mandatory reduction in spending, Medicare is staring at a 2% reduction in provider payments. The total reduction for this year will be $11 billion, according to the White House. The sequester in theory lasts for 10 years, but it...READ MORE »
Need for advanced nursing education rises
A nationwide push for nurses with advanced degrees is taking place. In its 2010 report, "The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health," the Institute of Medicine called for doubling the number of doctorate-level nurses by 2020, and the Affordable Care Act's sweeping changes demand a heavy influx of nurses in leadership roles. Yet nurses considering advanced degrees often find themselves in a Catch-22....READ MORE »
Newborn son's health scare leads mom to nursing career
Aug. 20, 2004, forever will be etched into the deepest crevasses of my mind, heart and soul. My senses seemed keener than usual. My trip to the hospital seemed to go in slow motion. I paid attention to every mundane detail, not wanting to forget one second of that day. It was the day I would welcome my first child, a son, into the world. My labor was hard. The pain was so excruciating that at times I thought I might...READ MORE »
A look back at nursing issues from the past 25 years
Twenty-five years ago, when we began publishing a magazine on the latest nursing news and trends (all on paper because there was no Internet), the nursing profession was on the verge of exciting opportunities and challenges. Some things never change. In 1988, the days of patients with minor ailments and long hospital stays were ending. Patients were sicker, but their time spent in the hospital was much shorter. The...READ MORE »
Intervention helps colorectal cancer screening rates
Using electronic health records to identify patients who were not screened regularly for colorectal cancer, researchers doubled these patients' rates of on-time screening and saved health costs over a two-year period, according to a study. "Screening for colorectal cancer can save lives, by finding cancer early -- and even by detecting polyps before cancer starts," study leader Beverly B. Green, MD, MPH, a family...READ MORE »
PTSD symptoms not uncommon during breast cancer
Nearly one in four women newly diagnosed with breast cancer report symptoms consistent with post-traumatic stress disorder, according to a study. The risk is more than 50% higher among black and Asian women, reported researchers at the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center at NewYork Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. "This study is one of the first to evaluate the course of PTSD after a diagnosis...READ MORE »
A look back at nursing issues from the past 25 years
Twenty-five years ago, when we began publishing a magazine on the latest nursing news and trends (all on paper because there was no Internet), the nursing profession was on the verge of exciting opportunities and challenges. Some things never change. In 1988, the days of patients with minor ailments and long hospital stays were ending. Patients were sicker, but their time spent in the hospital was much shorter. The...READ MORE »