TV may reinforce stereotypes about men in nursing

(Reuters) Fictional male nurses on television are sidelined in supporting roles, portrayed as the butt of jokes and cast as commentary providers or minority representatives, all of which makes it harder in reality to recruit men to nursing and retain them, according to a new study. [Read more…]

The economics of nursing

(Nurse) Since the federal budget sequester became a reality on April 1, there has not been an immediate effect on nursing and healthcare organizations. No hospitals or long-term care facilities reported nursing layoffs directly related to the cuts, according to state and national industry organizations. [Read more…]

Family Home Medical now in former Rite-Aid

(News Item) Family Home Medical Home Health Agency held a grand reopening Tuesday at its new location downtown.

The business moved from the first floor of the former General Cigar Factory building to the first floor of the former Rite-Aid building at the northwest corner of Oak and Fourth streets. [Read more…]

The Flu Shot Controversy: Get A Vaccine Or Get Fired?

(Neon Tommy) While vaccines are an important aspect of healthcare, many people, even nurses, refuse to get a flu shot. Their refusal leads to questions about the flu shot’s purpose, efficacy and impact on social issues.

This year’s season of influenza, commonly known as the flu, was labeled “moderately severe” by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). An early start to the season and a particular viral strain that tended to make people more sick, especially the vulnerable elderly, led to rising concerns. While few logical and compelling reasons exist for healthcare workers to refuse flu shots, especially during a busy flu season, compromises can be made that would ensure patient safety and allow leeway for employee rights.  However, creating a mandatory policy for healthcare workers to receive flu vaccinations and firing those who do not comply, as the Indiana University Health Goshen Hospital did, would simply backfire. [Read more…]

Infographic Released Regarding Need for Qualified CNAs Across the U.S.

(sbWIRE) While there are many currently looking for work, one of the most needed positions in America is the certified nursing assistant. The nursing assistant positions are in high demand as of now, and there simply have yet to be enough qualified individuals who can fill the needed positions, making it perfect for those who are interested in applying themselves to the craft of helping others. That is why released an infographic that helps everyone understand the position and the need for it to be filled. With a projected 400,000 CNAs that will be necessary in the United States by the year 2016, the graphic came not a moment too soon. [Read more…]

3 Trends Influencing Nurse Workload

(Beckers) Most nurses report that their duties are increasing while overtime hours are remaining stagnant, according to Vital Signs 2012, a national nursing attitudes and outlook report by Jackson Healthcare, a healthcare staffing company.

The findings of the report are based on a survey of nurses conducted online from October to November 2012. The 969 respondents were self-selected.  [Read more…]

Improving nurses’ work environments could lead to lower readmissions

(HealthcareFinanceNews) A study published in a recent issue of Medical Care found that increased nurse-to-patient staffing ratios and good work environments for nurses were tied to lower 30-day readmission rates for Medicare patients suffering from heart failure, myocardial infarction and pneumonia.

The research team analyzed data from a cross-sectional survey of registered nurses in California, New Jersey and Pennsylvania about hospital work environment, nurse staffing levels and educational attainment. The team also used data on hospitals’ structural characteristics from the American Hospital Association Annual Survey, and data on admissions and readmissions from state discharge abstract databases.  [Read more…]

Few hospitals meet standards for reducing readmissions

(Pittsburgh Post Gazette) Historically, a patient who has to be readmitted has meant more revenue for a hospital, since it would receive payment for each stay. Under provisions of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, however, hospitals now are penalized if their readmission rate is too high.

Grove City Medical Center has been doing a better job than most at preventing those return trips to the emergency room. [Read more…]

Doctor/nurse shortages come with a twist

(News Medical) A new study said the projected shortage of primary care physicians may be overstated, and new nurses are having trouble finding work. [Read more…]

7 Changes To Healthcare In 2013

(Record Herald) It took Congress only 2,700 pages to write the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare. But bureaucrats have generated 13,000 pages in new regulations for its implementation. Several new ObamaCare provisions take effect in 2013. Here are seven healthcare changes you should be aware of. [Read more…]