Category Archives: Nurse Employers

Increasing Need for Case Managers

The role of the case manager in home care is taking on greater importance and urgency, according to this article on The Affordable Care Act is a big part of why, as it requires a greater level of coordination with its measures to control costs, improve transitions to home care, and prevent readmissions. For Continue Reading

Managers and Evidence-Based Care

Are nurses at the manager level barriers to the implementation of nursing care based on best practice? A survey published in the Journal of Nursing Administration seems to suggest so. The survey, which was answered by 1,015 American Nurses Association members, found that there many barriers to the implementation of evidence-based practice are still present. Continue Reading

MSN Careers

There has been more and more emphasis on increased education for nurses. It’s becoming increasingly common for employers to require that nurses go back to school to receive more education. Nurses are also calling for their peers to gain more education as a way to make their voices heard. The MSN degree — a master’s Continue Reading

Nurses Branch Out

More than 120,000 nurses now work outside the profession, according to Florida Today. While this might seem like a problem, especially against the background of the nursing shortage, nurses in Florida don’t see it that way. The expansion of the field beyond bedpans and blood pressure checks allows RNs to utilize their knowledge and experience Continue Reading

Reducing Nurse Burnout to Improve Patient Care

When nurses are happier and healthier, their patients have better medical outcomes. So it makes sense that the opposite is true as well — that unhappy, burned-out nurses have patients who are at higher risk for health-care associated infection rates. Burned-out nurses thus can cost hospitals millions of dollars annually. A recent study summarized by Continue Reading

Nurse Residency Program Makes Stronger Nurses

New nurses in their first orientation program can expect to learn routines that are specific to their employer, and the policies and procedures associated with their job. They will check off competencies and compliance as they complete each skill set, and reiterate an understanding of care models. What is tougher to learn and harder to Continue Reading

More Ohio Nurses Seeking 4-Year Degrees

There has been a 76% increase since 2007 in the number of registered nurses who are in bachelor’s of science degree programs nationwide, according to this article in the Columbus Dispatch, citing numbers from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. In Ohio, the increase is even more dramatic, with four times as many nurses Continue Reading

Examining the Nursing Shortage

For years, we heard that a nursing shortage was imminent, projected to reach monumental proportions by the second to third decade of the new millennium and threatening to bring the U.S. healthcare system to its knees. However, many feel that there is now, in fact, a nursing surplus. Do a quick Google search of the Continue Reading

Barriers to Diversity in Nursing

A recent Nurse-Family Partnership discussion outlined in sought to identify barriers to creating a more ethnically diverse workforce, as well as figuring out ways to create a more ethnically diverse workforce. Several nursing leaders participated in the discussion, including Beverly Malone, a nurse who is the CEO of the National League for Nursing. She Continue Reading

Several Million Healthcare Workers Needed by 2020

The United States is going to need 5.6 million new healthcare workers by 2020, according to a new study be researchers at Georgetown University. All but 1 million of those new workers are going to require post-secondary education, according to this article on The report’s lead author explains that there are really two labor Continue Reading