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. READ MORE

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

Nurses are traditionally known for their quick thinking and perseverance. This week’s Top 5 Nursing News Stories You Missed highlight the many other qualities of the modern nurse, as portrayed through nurse inventors, advocates, change leaders and clinical leaders. From “MacGyver nurses” to nurse policymakers, nurses today are making their voices heard.

‘MacGyver’ Nurses Build Their Own Solutions

MIT’s Little Devices Lab, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, launched MakerNurse to identify and honor nurse innovation in the healthcare system. MakerNurse aims to study nurse making in hospitals and identify ways to better support inventive nurses. Read more about MakerNurse at Health Leaders Media.

American Nurses Association Calls Shutdown ‘Irresponsible & Harmful’

The American Nurses Association took a stand this week on the government shutdown, urging members of Congress to find a solution. The organization stressed that due to the shutdown, the National Institutes of Health clinical research center will be forced to turn away 200 patients each week. The ANA also urged action in light of the upcoming flu season, noting that “the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are not monitoring how influenza is spreading across the country and are not able to support state and local partners for infectious disease surveillance.” Read more about the ANA’s remarks on the government shutdown at ADVANCE for Nurses.

A More Perfect Union

When two hospitals or healthcare organizations merge, nurses often report feeling overwhelmed and unsure about their professional future. However, mergers often bring positive changes for nurses and patients, including a stronger patient care offering, increased job security and room for growth. Learn more about how hospital mergers affect nurses at Nurse.com.

Nurse Practitioners More Satisfied With Their Job Choice than Docs

A recent Staff Care survey reports that 96 percent of 222 nurse practitioners (NPs) surveyed at the American Association of Nurse Practitioners annual meeting said if they had the chance to redo their careers, they would become NPs again. In comparison, 40 percent of doctors would pick a different career path. Read more about the NP survey results at Fierce Healthcare.

Want to Reduce Readmissions? Hire More Nurses, Study Says

A new study conducted by Health Affairs has the industry buzzing. Researchers found that hospitals with higher nurse staffing have lower odds of readmissions penalties than hospitals with lower staffing. Hospitals are considered high-staffed if they had an average of eight registered nurse hours per adjusted patient day. A larger nursing staff also provides nurses with more time and resources to make readmission reduction strategies work. Find out more about reducing readmission rates with nurse staffing at Med City News.