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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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Wednesday, January 07, 2015
I think I speak for everyone when I say I’m not surprised that, once again, nursing is ranked as the number one most honest and ethical profession. Every year Gallup polls Americans and asks them to rank a number of professions, and each year since nursing was added (in 1999) it’s been number one. Except in 2001 when firefighters were at the top for their work during 9/11.
 
For the past 10 years, at least 80% of respondents have said nurses are the most ethical and honest professionals while members of Congress and car salespeople continue to receive the lowest rankings. This year they were ranked at 7% and 8%, respectively. Quite a difference from nurses!
 
I’m glad that nurses continue to rank this high—it’s a profession that doesn’t always receive the recognition it deserves, but results like these help remind everyone about the importance of nurses. Thank you for all that you do—you deserve to be number one!
 
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Thursday, December 18, 2014
The premise of the hit show Nurse Jackie may not be too far-fetched. An article published in News Leader summarizes an investigative project “examining Virginia’s systems to rehabilitate addicted nurses.” The investigation revealed that over 900 nurses were reprimanded for drug theft and/or use at work from 2007 to mid-2013. Some possible solutions to help better monitor and treat this issue include:
  • statewide support groups
  • sooner treatment for nurses with more support from employers
  • less leniency, harsher consequences
  • create a treatment program that’s affordable
  • encourage nurses to enter programs and hire nurses who’ve completed them.
     
    Are you concerned that drug theft and/or use is an issue within your facility? What are some of the ways you address it with your staff members?
    Danielle King, Assistant Editor, Nursing Management
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    Friday, December 12, 2014
    Security breaches are on the rise, which means that healthcare facilities need to tighten the locks around protected health information. In 2014, according to recent research, “the healthcare industry accounted for 43% of all major breaches.” This is a bit unnerving when you dig a little deeper into the research—93% of all information stored in healthcare organizations needs to be secured, but only 57% is “somewhat protected.”
     
    The following are some of the predicted targets for cybercriminals in 2015:
    • hackable mobile apps
    • unprotected e-mail
    • vulnerable medical devices (I.V. pumps, implantable heart devices, etc.)
    • news-related scams
       
      So, is your organization’s data really secured? If not, it might be time to take a look at some possible measures to tighten security around protected health information. Facebook Twitter LinkedIn
       
      Danielle King, Assistant Editor, Nursing Management

      Friday, December 05, 2014
      The Future of Nursing Campaign for Action has listed the top 5 issues for nurses in 2015:
      • Nurses can help build a culture of health. This means keeping everyone as healthy as possible by making sure promoting health is just as important as treating illness.
      • Nurses can increase access to healthcare. Continue to encourage nurses to practice to their highest extent so that everyone has access to high-quality care. This should come as no surprise because this is what the IOM called for in its Future of Nursing report.
      • Nurses can lead change by getting on boards. “I’m encouraging all nurses—no matter where they are or at what level they work—to get involved in committees, boards, professional organizations—whatever it takes to ‘lead change to advance health.’”
      • Nurses can engage in interprofessional collaboration. “To successfully build a Culture of Health in our nation, we must engage people from diverse fields and with a variety of perspectives.”
      • Nurse can advance their education. Yes, yes, yes. The sentence says it all. This is why we’ve created our Higher Learning column—to help leaders in their decisions to further their education.
        Do you think something is missing from this list? Let us know in the comments.
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        Danielle King, Assistant Editor, Nursing Management
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