Archive for January 2012

Nurses Key to Care Coordination

January 20, 2012

It seems each new study that examines a particular facet of nursing also reinforces the notion that nurses are the backbone of healthcare delivery in the United States. Nurses play the leading role in delivering and coordinating care for patients, safeguarding them against medical errors, and acting as the patients’ advocate … More

Nurse Executive Support Needed

January 18, 2012

More than 1,100 nurses sharpened their business and leadership skills in vaunted program. "The Class of 2011 was the final year for the J&J/Wharton Fellows program. Johnson & Johnson’s generous sponsorship of this program will not continue… Wharton is actively seeking new funding ." For 29 years, more than 1,100 nurses from … More

Time to get money’s worth in health care

January 17, 2012

The word “value” is defined “as the worth of something compared to the price paid or asked for it,” by the The New Oxford American Dictionary. It is a term we have come to understand in choosing our automobiles, our groceries, our homes and most every other product or service. But … More

The Race to Build More Federally Funded Health Centers in New Jersey

January 13, 2012

New Jersey’s federally qualified health centers are very busy places — understandably so, given that most of their patients are either uninsured or on Medicaid. But for Kathy Grant Davis, president of the New Jersey Primary Care Association, current capacity is only one of her concerns. She is looking to … More

Task force tackles critical care research guidelines

January 13, 2012

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses was part of a task force that recently issued recommendations on making the field of critical care research less fragmented and more accountable for patient heterogeneity and the complexity of critical illness. The task force was formed by the Critical Care Societies Collaborative in conjunction … More

Healthcare providers work to avoid unnecessary hospital visits

January 12, 2012

It’s a familiar situation. An elderly heart failure patient is hospitalized with swollen legs and breathing difficulties, responds well to treatment, and is discharged with a set of written instructions. Back home – alone – she forgets the dietary guidelines, delays making a follow-up appointment with her doctor, and does not … More

EHR in hospitals helps nursing care, patient outcomes

January 10, 2012

Nurses working with electronic health records consistently reported more improvements to nursing care and better health outcomes for patients than nurses working in hospitals without the technology, according to a study. The researchers, with the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, said their report is the first large study of its … More

Felician to Offer RN-to-BSN Program at Kimball Medical Center

January 9, 2012

Felician College in Lodi, N.J., and Kimball Medical Center in Lakewood, N.J., signed an agreement that will enable Kimball nurses to pursue RN-to-BSNs at the medical center. Felician offers courses taught by interdisciplinary faculty from nursing, business and arts and sciences. Students take specialized course work in global health, healthcare … More

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