Nursing News

Opinion: Managing health care costs through a collaborative approach

January 9, 2012

National health policy experts believe that up to 30 percent of U.S. health-care spending does nothing to improve patient health. Think about that for a moment: Nearly one-third of the $2.5 trillion spent annually for health care is, in effect, wasted. The leading factors contributing to this waste include poor … More

Informed Patient: Helping Nurses Cope With Compassion Fatigue

January 6, 2012

New programs are underway to help nurses cope with compassion fatigue, an occupational hazard for caregivers that also puts patients at risk of substandard care, today’s Informed Patient column reports. Though the intense emotional demands on nurses are as old as the profession itself, researchers have only in recent years begun … More

Counting on Nurses to Fill New Jersey’s Primary Care Gap

January 3, 2012

With an estimated shortage of 1,600 primary care physicians by 2014, the concerns are growing. Nurses believe there will be enough primary care providers, if the over 3,000 advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) in New Jersey are allowed to practice to the full extent of their education and licensure. Read … More

N.Y. bill would require bachelor’s degrees for registered nurses

January 3, 2012

ALBANY, N.Y. — New registered nurses would have to earn bachelor’s degrees within 10 years to keep working in New York under a bill lawmakers are considering as part of a national push to raise educational standards for nurses, even as the health care industry faces staffing shortages. The "BSN in … More

Rutgers-Camden Nursing Students Provide Health Services to Camden Women

December 27, 2011

CAMDEN — Healthcare awareness and having access to healthcare services are two issues of vital importance to people of underserved communities. Students from the Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden are doing their part to reach out to that population. About 40 Rutgers–Camden undergraduate nursing students and two RN-to-BSN students spent one Saturday … More

Reducing Hospital Readmissions

December 22, 2011

Keeping recently discharged patients from winding up back in a hospital bed is smart medicine — and could save NJ hospitals millions of dollars annually.   Congestive heart failure landed Peter Parham in the hospital twice in one month this past fall, and the 77-year-old retiree would much rather have been home … More

Nursing Students Present Nationally

December 22, 2011

Eddie Cuza and Matt Powers recently presented the results of their research regarding barriers for male nurses at the American Assembly for Men in Nursing (AAMN) conference in Lexington, KY, entitled: The Future of Nursing: Men Leading Change, Advancing Health. Cuza chose nursing as his career while serving in the US … More

NJ’s Health Information Exchanges Share Electronic Medical Records

December 15, 2011

Regional medical networks improve treatment by letting all healthcare providers access relevant patient information Medical data is starting to be exchanged electronically in New Jersey via "health information exchanges" whose members are hospitals, doctors, and other healthcare providers working in the same region of the state. Often, these providers treat the … More

South Jersey school nurses first line of medical defense for students

December 8, 2011

Middle Township High School nurse Tracey Nagle knows Monday mornings always will be busy. “That’s when I see students who were sick over the weekend,” she said. “The parents won’t go to a doctor until they see what the school nurse says, so they’ll be in here first thing Monday morning.” … More

Study finds surge in young nurses over past decade

December 6, 2011

WASHINGTON – A surge in young nurses may ease forecasts of coming shortages as their baby-boomer coworkers retire. The past decade brought a 62 percent increase in the number of younger registered nurses entering the workforce, researchers reported Monday in the journal Health Affairs. A young influx is noteworthy because at least … More