Pillows For Pain Management

Karen Kowal, RN, had no idea that a series of unexpected events would lead her from nursing to massage therapy and, ultimately, a career promoting…

Measuring the Impact of Sepsis

Every year, severe sepsis affects more than a million Americans. The number of cases is on the rise. It is the leading cause of death…

Making Nurses’ Jobs Safer

A significant number of nurses sustain injuries on the job. This isn’t news. But why is the incidence of nurse injuries still climbing and what…

Finding Contentment in Giving Back

Linda Edgecombe combines her work as a work-life balance personal accountability expert with a sense of humor. She speaks to groups of professionals about gaining…

And the Winner is . . .

When Grady Memorial Hospital says it appreciates its nurses, it’s not a hollow statement. Each year, the hospital’s chief nursing officer organizes a lavish black-tie…

STEMI: When Minutes Matter

According to the American Heart Association, about 785,000 people experience a first-time myocardial infarction (MI) in the U.S. each year. Almost 250,000 will experience an…

When Being Prepared Matters

When an Amtrak passenger train derailed in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia on May 12, more than 200 passengers were injured. The victims were…

Facebook: How Much Is Too Much?

You might think that healthcare workers in the emergency department (ED) don’t have time to read Facebook posts but a new study suggests that, not…

CRE: The New Superbug

As if methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections weren’t bad enough, hospitals are now seeing the rise of a new group of superbugs—carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE). To…

Reducing the Cost of Incivility

A nurse colleague spreads rumors about a new staff member. A nursing instructor criticizes a student in front of her peers. A care provider speaks…

Healthcare Innovation from the Bay Area

Robots deliver tools and medications throughout the hospital. High-definition cameras allow remote diagnosis. Face-recognition systems permit nurses to securely sign into hospital systems without usernames…

Nurses and Social Media

Like so many others, nurses are taking advantage of the many benefits that social media outlets offer. Electronic communication platforms have brought dramatic changes to…

Data Mining In a Healthcare Setting

With the growth in electronic health records (EHRs), more and more facilities are gathering huge amounts of digitized patient data. Much of the responsibility for…

Dealing With Drug Shortages

From time to time, the U. S. healthcare industry has experienced drug shortages. But the past 20 years have seen a steady increase in the…

Elsevier Expands Collaboration with ExitCare

Elsevier, the leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announced an expanded collaboration with ExitCare, LLC, an enterprise-wide solution for…

Doctors Behaving Badly

The disruptive doctor has become almost a cliché: the hot-tempered egomaniac who flies off the handle, berating nurses or other coworkers further down the hospital…

Evidence-Based Practice: Combatting MRSA

For many years, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) has been a source of infection for hospitals patients. Lately, MRSA infections have been on the rise among…

Get to Know Your Learners’ Styles

Just as applying generational learning principles can help guide the development of lesson plans that blend online learning with other types of education, knowing the learning styles…

Teaching the Digital Natives

If you grew up using computer games, e-mail, the Internet, cell phones, and instant messaging, you’re a digital native. If you grew up watching TV,…

Website Aims to Eliminate CLABSIs

Central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) have long been a serious and often life-threatening problem that has plagued patients and healthcare institutions for decades. Despite increased…

Six Sigma Comes To Healthcare

Through an exclusive partnership with The Quality Group (TQG), a leader in blended online learning solutions for process improvement, Elsevier is now offering TQG’s Lean…

Preventing Wounds to Maximize Reimbursement

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) have stopped paying for care associated with “preventable complications,” such as hospital-acquired pressure ulcers. It also began prohibiting…

Reducing Interruptions and Errors

Healthcare-related mistakes rank among the top 10 leading causes of death. In fact, these medical errors can lead to preventable adverse events that account for…

Coming to Terms with Sepsis

Many terms are used to describe septic disorders, but they are not interchangeable. Here is a guide to recognizing the difference between sepsis, severe sepsis…

Helping Hands in Haiti

When a magnitude 7.0 earthquake devastated Haiti in January 2010, it left more than 200,000 Haitians dead, 300,000 injured and 1,000,000 homeless. From celebrities to…

Reducing the Costs of Wound Care

For healthcare organizations, preventing new wounds and protecting existing ones has become a priority—one that significantly affects the bottom line. Medicare will not pay for…