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How confidence and closeness transformed my family’s NICU stay – ANA Continues to Speak Out Against Harmful Cuts to Health Care.

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How confidence and closeness transformed my family’s NICU stay – ANA Continues to Speak Out Against Harmful Cuts to Health Care. – (866) 348-2889

My son Jackson was born 16 weeks premature. Weighing just 1 pound, 8 ounces, he was considered a micropreemie and would experience a long stay in the neonatal ICU.

In the hours and days that followed his birth, I felt empty and helpless. It was a feeling I never associated or expected with the birth of an infant.

As I became more familiar with the NICU, I still felt like a visitor, unable to contribute meaningfully to my son’s care. I couldn’t hold him or feed him or change his diaper. I was told that too much noise could be overstimulating, so I whispered prayers over him and told him that I knew he was a fighter. But it was hard to bond with my baby. I struggled to develop an emotional connection with a baby I couldn’t hug or feed.

It was about seven days before I was invited to change my son’s diaper. I was excited, nervous and scared because Jackson was still very small and his skin was delicate. I will always be grateful to the NICU nurse who patiently talked me through it — an ordinary task to her and parents of full-term newborns. In the time she spent with me for this one diaper change, she could have changed 10 diapers.

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Nurses should practice pressure ulcer prevention – Alabama Nursing Board Defense Lawyer – Call Today!

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Pressure ulcer or injury prevention remains one of the most common and significant tasks in healthcare for decreasing harm.

Ethically, we want to do no harm. We not only don’t want to cause harm, but we also want to avoid harm by preventing conditions like pressure ulcers in the first place. Benjamin Franklin’s adage, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” resonates in the healthcare community where we see the outcomes of preventable and unpreventable injuries.

We would much rather prevent injury than watch a patient live through preventable pain, wounds or diagnoses. A paradigm shift is in progress toward education efforts in communities to help people maintain or achieve healthy lifestyles so preventable conditions are avoided.

However, in acute, subacute and chronic environments, we care for patients/clients who have one or many healthcare conditions that put them at risk for injury – skin injury in particular.

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Should you use an academic credential before completing the degree? – ANA Continues to Speak Out Against Harmful Cuts to Health Care.

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To ‘(c)’ or not to ‘(c)’? Each time I see a “(c)” behind someone’s initials, I pause and sigh. My advice: You shouldn’t do it, and this is why.

What’s the big deal?

What is a (c), you ask? It is a symbol used by individuals who have earned, through coursework, status as doctoral candidates. These students are approved to work on their final projects in their course study. Each degree seems to have a point at which someone becomes a candidate, such as PhD (c), DNP (c), MBA (c), and even BSN (c), among others.

What is the problem with this? First, it is not a degree, credential or formal status that any university or college confers. Second, being a candidate can, for some, be forever. These unfortunate forever candidates are also known in the PhD world as ABD’s or “all but dissertation.” Unfortunately, about 50% of doctoral students leave school without finishing! These individuals could call themselves PhD (c)’s forever.

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CMS targets antimicrobial resistance and hospital-acquired infection compliance – Alabama Nursing Board Defense Lawyer – Call Today!

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CMS targets antimicrobial resistance and hospital-acquired infection compliance – Alabama Nursing Board Defense Lawyer – Call Today! – (866) 348-2889

Significant bacterial infection can be cured with judicious and expedient use of appropriate antimicrobial agents, notably antibiotics.

However, repetitive short-term exposure to antibiotics and random mutation of bacteria have resulted in resistant bacterial organisms, with few options for cure.

The long-term consequences of bacterial resistance to antibiotics is increased morbidity and mortality and increased healthcare costs. To mitigate these outcomes, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has implemented requirements regarding proper antibiotic use. The centers also are scrutinizing healthcare organizations based on new requirements focusing on resistant infections that initially occur in the hospital setting.

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Continuous Query Helps You Stay Current with Practitioners – ANA Continues to Speak Out Against Harmful Cuts to Health Care.

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Stay updated on practitioner report changes by activating Continuous Query. Have your organization’s Data Bank administrator sign in, go to Administrator Options, select Activate Continuous Query, and then complete the information on the page. For detailed instructions, review How to Activate Continuous Query.

Things you might not know about Continuous Query:

  • You get the same response as One-Time Query, and for the same price ($2), but with a full year of follow-up notifications about any new or updated reports.
  • You can update practitioners’ information at any time during the enrollment period.
  • You can choose to automatically renew your enrolled practitioners, or renew them on your own.
  • Activating Continuous Query does not automatically query every practitioner in your subject database. Activating simply allows you to enroll the practitioner(s) of your choice when you are on the querying page.
  • You are only charged $2 once per year, per practitioner, no matter how many notifications you receive on an enrolled practitioner.
  • Continuous Query is endorsed by and meets legal and accreditation requirements for querying the NPDB, including recognition from The Joint Commission, NCQA (National Committee for Quality Assurance), URAC, and CARF International.

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Is It Reportable? – Alabama Nursing Board Defense Lawyer – Call Today!

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A hospital repeatedly reminded a physician to update his medical records in a timely manner. After there was no change in the physician’s behavior, the hospital initiated an investigation, which revealed that the physician had more than 300 incomplete medical records. As a result, the hospital took a professional review action to suspend the physician’s clinical privileges for 60 days, citing professional misconduct. Because there was no actual patient harm, should this be reported to the NPDB?

It depends. A clinical privileges action must be reported to the NPDB if it is the result of a professional review action related to professional competence or conduct that adversely affects, or could adversely affect, the health or welfare of a patient and lasts for a period longer than 30 days. Whether a practitioner’s behavior affects or could affect patient health or welfare is a determination that generally must be made by the entity taking the action. If, in the opinion of the Medical Executive Committee (MEC), the physician’s lack of attention to updating medical records in a timely manner could adversely affect the health or welfare of a patient, and the action is the result of a professional review, the action must be reported to the NPDB.

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Choosing a nursing degree? Here’s what you need to know – ANA Continues to Speak Out Against Harmful Cuts to Health Care.

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Nursing education expert Donna Ruelens-Trinkaus, PhD, MSN, RN, explains what those options are, the pros and cons of each and what students should consider before deciding to pursue an undergraduate nursing degree. Ruelens-Trinkaus is chairwoman of the Accelerated Career Entry BSN program at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

Founded in 1891, Drexel University has been ranked among the nation’s 100 best universities for the past five years, and is one of America’s 15 largest private universities.

Nurse.com: For a student thinking about nursing school options, what are some basic but important differences among entry-level options?

Ruelens-Trinkaus: There are three pathways students can select to receive a nursing education.

The first is a diploma program, where the student will receive a diploma as a nurse and some college credits but not a college degree. A diploma helps prepare a student to sit for the NLCEX-RN. Diploma programs range in length from 22 months to two years. These hospital-based degree options have become rare nowadays.

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RN Survey Finds Rising Concern About Nursing Shortages – Alabama Nursing Board Defense Lawyer – Call Today!

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The nursing shortage appears to be worsening and more baby boomer nurses are preparing for retirement, according to the results of the 2017 Survey of Registered Nurses, just released by AMN Healthcare. The survey also revealed new insights about nurse job satisfaction, nursing education and nurse leadership roles.

“We are adding more jobs and people are pulling themselves out of the labor pool permanently—the retirement piece—and you have all of these forces for turnover,” said Frederick P. Morgeson, PhD, the Eli Broad professor of management at Michigan State University in East Lansing.

“This is a fundamental macro trend that is chronic. [Nursing shortages are] here now and will be here for a long time,” he continued.

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Happy Thanksgiving Day 2017

Happy Thanksgiving Day 2017

Thanksgiving is not just for expressing thanks for what you have. It is also a time to be grateful for what your abundant future holds.

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Happy Thanksgiving wishes to You & Your Family

Happy Thanksgiving wishes to You & Your Family

May your Thanksgiving Holiday be blessed with an overwhelming sense of gratefulness and overflowing love.

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