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Tuesday, February 24, 2015
  1. Delivering praise and discipline
  2. Culture and team building
  3. Crisis management
  4. Succession training

This  shortened list, from Becker's Hospital Review, was adapted from Bernard Marr's piece "7 tasks successful leaders never delegate."

Would you add anything to the list?

Check out some of our coverage on these topics:

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Our March issue is jam-packed with great articles. We’re running our Metrics special, our 3rd installment of the HCAHPS series, and more. Rosanne opens the issue with a discussion of metrics. How important are they, do leaders measure what matters, and is there value in what can’t be measured? “Measures that matter,” our Evidence-Based Nursing piece, and "Metrics for Nurse Managers" will answer some of these questions.  

But, we want to know what you think. Do leaders measure too much or not enough? Are performance metrics given too much weight?

Tell us your thoughts in the comments section. And let us know what you think about the March issue!

Thursday, February 12, 2015
A study published last April in BMJ Quality and Safety reported that approximately 12 million Americans are misdiagnosed every year. This leads to inappropriate treatment plans that may have harmful adverse reactions. The best way to avoid misdiagnosis is a second opinion. But, do physicians and other clinical caregivers recommend them?
A second study conducted by PinnacleCare, collected data on the outcomes of second opinions. Researchers reviewed 1,000 cases over 3 years and found that after a second opinion, approximately 77% of the cases changed course of treatment. For example, 18 of the 1,000 patients avoided previously recommended surgery.
What's your take on second opinions; do you recommend them to patients? Have you ever needed one?
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Monday, February 02, 2015
The antivaccination movement may have reached its peak. By this point, you must have heard about the Disney measles outbreak that has spread to at least 68 people in 11 different states since January 1st. The CDC said that the measles virus was most likely brought from overseas from either a tourist or a returning citizen. Now that this virus has hit so close to home, the Disney outbreak can be used as a talking point for parents who are unsure about vaccinating their children.
Antivaccination really got going when a physician claimed that vaccines cause autism. After his research was published in 1998, many parents, including famous actors, got on board the "antivaxxer" movement.

This physician’s research was later found to be fraudulent and inaccurate. His license to practice medicine was revoked, but he stands by his research…and so do many other parents to this day. This detrimental movement is part of the reason diseases thought to be wiped out may come back with a vengeance.

What do you tell parents who may not want to vaccinate their children? Or, do you think vaccination should be optional?


Monday, January 12, 2015
According to recent research, it looks like there are healthcare jobs on the rise. An analyist created this graph showing an increase in home health and outpatient care center jobs. Other healthcare occupations remain relatively stagnant. Considering the changes made to healthcare in the reform, an increase in outpatient and home health sectors makes sense. Would you agree?
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Nursing Management
“Think About It” is an extension of Nursing Management. Here, you can read and discuss professional information geared toward helping nurses excel as leaders. This blog tackles important topics without the worry of print publication deadlines!