January wraps up with nursing news putting a focus on the importance of credentials to patients, employers and nurses alike. The idea of a buddy system is being looked at as a way to help prevent nurse fatigue, per American Nurses Association (ANA) guidelines. And the ANA has also declared 2015 to be the year of ethics for nurses, as it released an updated Code of Ethics for the first time in 14 years. READ MORE

Midway of January, the new year keeps the focus on many of the same hot topics for nurses throughout 2014. Further details have emerged in regards to the success of nursing education simulation programs, a call for increased hiring looks at some of the reasons healthcare providers operate as they do and the benefits of smartphone technology are examined for ever-busy nurses.

New study cites need for more faculty training in simulation education

A recent study offers support for the use of high quality healthcare simulation as a substitute for up to 50% of traditional clinical time. The findings also reveal a key factor in the success of nursing education simulation programs is a dedicated team of educators who are well-trained in the best practices of theory-based simulation and debriefing methods, according to a news release. Read more at Nurse.com.

More nurses are better for patients. Why is it so hard to get hospitals to hire them?

A growing body of research has tied more nurse attention to better patient outcomes, from lower rates of infection to shorter hospital stays — which ultimately save money and can help hospitals avoid costly lawsuits. But Washington Hospital Center received 6,316 applications last year, and hired just 7.5 percent of them. So why won’t hospitals hire more people?  Read more from the Washington Post.

Smartphone-based mobility for nurses

In the fast-paced, complex healthcare environment, nurses do whatever it takes to manage patient care – despite the risks. But the time and information needed to make complex decisions required for safe care is often inadequate. As the complexity of nursing increases, clinicians need more sophisticated tools to help them do their jobs. Mobile technologies and applications that can capture and transmit data, as well as facilitate communication, are increasingly needed to streamline workflows, increase productivity and improve patient safety. Read more at ADVANCE for Nurses.

The second full week of 2015 puts the spotlight on some serious topics in nursing. Compassionate care is the goal for Sheila Davis as she teaches nurses in Africa to speak gently. Leaving work at work and disconnecting in an increasingly connected world is just one of the challenges facing advanced practice nurses. And the push for nurses on hospital boards ramps up for the American Nurses Foundation. Read more about these stories in Nursing News Trending Now.

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The end of 2014 brings a time to celebrate as well as to reflect for nurses. Looking back, the profession has been ranked as the most honest and ethical one for the 13th straight year. Looking ahead, nurses consider what changes they would like to see in healthcare in 2015. And as the calendar page turns, it’s as good a time as any to find out more about disaster preparedness in the workplace. Read more about these stories in Nursing News Trending Now.

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In an increasingly complex healthcare landscape, healthcare leaders are exploring solutions for improving patient outcomes and efficiency while managing costs. Many are taking a closer look at person and family centered care, an evolving approach for nurses and other clinicians to streamline and improve care by engaging patients and their families as partners in the care process.

Person and Family Centered Care, published by The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, explores this approach to caregiving with insight from authors Joanne Disch, PhD, RN, FAAN, Jane Barnsteiner, PhD, RN, FAAN and Mary K. Walton, MSN, MBE, RN.

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Did you know that the number of nurses with informatics in their title doubled in the last three years? Or that 81% of nurse informaticists are satisfied with their career choice?

In the latest survey by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), these topics and others are covered in an in-depth look at the continued growth of nursing informatics. This year’s survey examines current professional status and practice trends while highlighting changes that have occurred over the last decade.

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The nursing workplace is evolving and many nurses are being asked to jump on board. Nursing schools are now using mobile health trends to bring a more realistic approach to learning in the classroom, more health systems are hiring nurse practitioners and the American Nurses Association (ANA) is creating new tools to help nurses succeed. Read more about all these changes, as well as two takes on a recent healthcare survey in the Top 5 Nursing Stories You Missed This Week. READ MORE