Ebola: The Race for a Vaccine

In West Africa, the number of cases of Ebola has exceeded 20,000 with almost 8,000 fatalities reported. It is by far the worst Ebola outbreak…

Is Magnet Status Worth the Cost?

Becoming a Magnet hospital brings the highest level of recognition to a hospital’s nursing services, but it requires significant investment in developing a well-structured nursing…

Ebola Update: Now in the U.S.

The current Ebola outbreak is the worst one ever recorded. It will likely infect 20,000 people before the virus stops spreading and has prompted the…

Dignity Health: Improving Patient Care

By launching a systemwide effort that included evidence-based practices, specialized nurse training, and bedside interventions, Dignity Health was able to reduce hospital-acquired infections (HAIs), lower…

Dealing with a Psychiatric Emergency

When a 93-year-old woman was attacked by a psychiatric patient at San Francisco General Hospital, the facility’s policies, staffing, and security were called into question.…

The Risk of PTSD In ICU Patients

We know that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) occurs among war veterans. What we are just beginning to learn is that it can occur in patients…

Patient Privacy

Privacy laws are a serious matter. Regardless of the patient’s status, no patient—including public figures—should ever be subjected to a privacy violation. Yet many have.…