Editor-in-Chief: Marilyn H. Oermann, PhD, RN, FAAN
ISSN: 1057-3631
Online ISSN: 1550-5065
Frequency: 4 issues / year
Ranking: Nursing 66/103
Impact Factor: 1.293 (5-Year)
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In our lead article, authors describe a QI initiative across 21 hospitals that incorporated a multidisciplinary approach, breakthrough collaborative methods, evidence-based care guidelines, front-line rapid improvement cycles, consistent process-of-care documentation, and real-time incidence data. Decreases in all-stage and stages III, IV, and unstageable hospital-acquired pressure ulcers rates have been sustained for 5 years. Chen and colleagues report on their research that found a significant link between Magnet hospitals and higher HCAHPS scores. In another study researchers found that falls were higher with temporary RN staffing levels but decreased with more LPN hours per patient day. In the hospital setting, the “chain of survival” is initiated by first responders prior to the arrival of an ACLS-trained resuscitation team. Borak et al. describe how they increased the rate of early defibrillation by nurse first responders in noncritical care areas. Their approach provides a model for other institutions to use to improve early defibrillation rates. Tracking and reporting methods for inpatient falls are inconsistent across healthcare settings. An article in this issue demonstrates how to calculate fall rates using 3 common methods, summarizes the advantages and disadvantages of each method, and recommends best practices. Other papers describe an EBP project to standardize sedation monitoring by nurses when opioids are administered for pain management, the adoption rates of 9 Assessing Care of Vulnerable Elders quality indicators in 128 US hospitals, sustaining improvements in perinatal teamwork and safety climate, bedside handoffs, and others. This issue will meet a wide range of reader interests.Marilyn H. Oermann, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN

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Predictors of Travel Nurse Job Performance

Travel nurses fulfill temporary full-time contracts in hospitals across the US, but little is known about their job performance and factors that influence their adjustment to the work setting. This mixed-methods study by Carol A. Tuttas identified the unique needs and characteristics of travel nurses.

Innovations to Increase Timely Defibrillation Rates

Early defibrillation is critical for patients with in-hospital cardiac arrest. This video and article describe how a team at The University of Chicago Medicine increased the rate of early defibrillation by nurse first responders in noncritical care areas.

Decreasing Fall Rates and Patient Companion Use

A close observation unit (COU) was effective for decreasing fall rates and patient companion use. Read about the outcomes of this important study

Implementing a Unit-Based CLABSI Project

Nurses decreased the rate of CLABSI infections on their medical surgical unit from 3.2 to 0.6 infections per 1000 catheter days by targeting improvement in central line maintenance. They used the Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research’s 5 interacting domains to guide their interventions.