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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

        Monday, December 01, 2014
        The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAD) has reported that its investigational Ebola vaccine appears to be safe and well-tolerated in the 20 participants who received it during a phase 1 clinical trial. All 20 participants were between the ages of 18 and 50 and were split into two groups: group one received a lower dose injection while group two received the same injection, but at a higher dose. At 2 weeks and 4 weeks, researchers took blood samples from the participants to determine if anti-Ebola antibodies were created. The antibodies were found in all participants’ blood samples by 4 weeks, however, those in group two had higher levels. There were no serious adverse reactions noted, but two participants from the second group did develop fevers that quickly disappeared. The vaccine is currently under further investigation through the United States, United Kingdom, Mali, Uganda, and Switzerland.
         
        Read the full preliminary report results here.
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        Monday, November 24, 2014
        Should hospitals focus more on imitation than innovation? According to an article in Harvard Business Review, the answer is, yes. Innovation is everywhere, but imitation, copying what really works at other organizations, is lacking.
         
        From the article, “We know what you’re thinking: health care is too complex, too specialized, too local to pursue such a systematic emphasis on imitation. To that, we say providers are not as different from each other as they think. In fact, we draw great comfort from seeing how similar health care providers everywhere really are. All providers face the same timeless challenge of relieving our patients’ suffering, and we all get great satisfaction when we make a dent in their problems, with efficiency and reliability.”
         
        So, what are your thoughts? Would you rather have a Chief Innovation Officer or a Chief Imitation Officer?
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