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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: 1.204 (5-Year)
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About This Issue

One of the highest incidences of 30-day hospital readmissions occurs in individuals with heart failure (HF). In a study of hospitals in multiple states, Stamp and colleagues identified 3 factors that predicted readmissions for HF patients:  (1) increased admissions per bed, (2) teaching hospitals, and (3) poor nurse communication with patients. Conversely, HF readmissions were lower when nurse staffing was greater, more patients reported receiving discharge information, and among hospitals in California. An interdisciplinary clinical improvement workgroup was formed at an academic medical center to reduce CAUTIs system-wide. They implemented multiple strategies, including evidence-based indwelling urinary catheter and bladder management protocols, education of staff, reporting of data, and use of a specially designed icon in the electronic health record, which led to a decrease in the CAUTI rate. Watch the video on this project and then read the full article in this issue. Other papers describe strategies for reducing CLABSI rates in medical/surgical units and a computer-assisted sepsis alert system to aid in early identification and treatment of sepsis patients. Many studies have been done on handoffs but few explore patients’ views:  Lianne Jeffs and colleagues interviewed patients about their experiences and perceptions with bedside nursing handoff. Other papers in this issue describe a new approach to clinical peer review, effectiveness of team training for fall prevention, use of conformational positioning to reduce pressure ulcers, the relationship of bedside nurses’ emotional intelligence and quality of care, and more.  

Marilyn H. Oermann, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN

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Press Release

Dr. Lianne Jeffs and colleagues at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, Ontario, Canada,  completed a study that explored patients' experiences and perceptions related to bedside nursing handover. Read the press release about this study hereThe full article is published in the current issue.


Learn how this team used team training to reduce falls. The intervention group improved on all measures except teamwork perception. A 60% fall reduction rate was reported in the intervention group. Read more about this study.

Sleep-disordered breathing can lead to negative health outcomes for patients with heart failure. The authors evaluated a new multifaceted sleep disordered breathing screening protocol in a heart failure disease management clinic. Read their article to learn more about the protocol and its effectiveness.

This interdisciplinary team reduced the number of catheter-associated urinary tract infections in their health system. Learn more about the 4 strategies they used and how they implemented the project system wide.