Research out of the University of Pennsylvania found that when nurses had one extra patient over the established nurse-patient ratio, there was a 7% increase in likelihood that one of the patients would die. One nurse argues for sufficient nurse staffing in the top nursing stories from the week:
Importance of Sufficient Nurse Staffing Irrefutable, Argues New Bill
The Registered Nurse Safe-Staffing Act of 2013 was recently introduced, which would require hospitals to be more transparent about their staffing levels, among other things. Oncology nurse Theresa Brown argues legislation is necessary to ensure that nurses can have adequate time with each patient. “We nurses all have stories — if we’re lucky, it’s just one — about the time we failed a patient,” writes Brown. “It’s usually a problem of being too busy: too many cases, too many procedures to keep track of until one critical step, just one, slips through our frenetic fingers and someone gets hurt.” Read more from The New York Times.
Back to School: School Nurses Ensure a Healthy Year
The nationwide average ratio of school nurse to students is one to 1,150, which is higher than the one-to-750 ratio recommended by the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) and Healthy People. “In order for a student to be successful in the classroom, he or she has to be physically and emotionally well,” says Jennifer Joseph, a school nurse in Oak Park, Ill., and graduate of Chamberlain’s BSN degree program. “As a parent and school nurse, knowing my kids have access to a baccalaureate-prepared nurse in their schools makes me feel more at ease when I send them to school each day.” Read more in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
The 5 Most Overused Medical Treatments
The Joint Commission and the American Medical Association Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement have identified strategies to decrease the use of 5 commonly-used, but not always necessary, medical treatments. Strategies to address overuse of the treatments include everything from national education campaigns to developing performance measures for appropriate use of treatments. Read more from Nurse.com.
Travel Nursing: A Path to Adventure and Advancement
Travel nursing offers the opportunity to travel the world, but the experience gained is also highly sought after upon your return to the states. “We live in an increasingly global world, and healthcare is no exception,” said Ann Griffin, who is currently recruiting nurses and other healthcare professionals for positions with hospitals in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Australia, England and Ireland. “We see it time and time again – the nurse who has international experience on her résumé is highly sought after. She can pretty much name her choice of jobs when she returns to her home country.” Read more on ADVANCE for Nurses.
Nursing Care: From Volume-Based to Value-Based
America’s health care system is looking towards a more patient-based and efficient future, where quality metrics are tracked. “The goal is to provide better care for our patients, better health management for the population, which advanced practice nurses and nurses in the community are involved with, all at a lower cost,” said K. Kelly Hancock, MSN, RN, NE-BC, executive chief nursing officer at Cleveland Clinic, Ohio. “Nurses can lead this initiative.” Read more at NurseZone.com.