(FOX) You’re sitting in the doctor’s office or maybe a local clinic that’s part of your health insurance network, and in walks a white-coat-clad professional. Your impulse may be to say, “Good morning, doctor” — but it’s becoming more likely that the person who’s ready to attend to your medical needs is no doctor, but a nurse practitioner or physician assistant. [Read more...]
(Medical Express) The April issue of the International Nursing Review reported the findings about the end-of-life preferences of 1,089 nurses in the first multinational and cross-cultural view of nurses’ end-of-life care choices.
Two factors influenced the care of people dying: lack of knowledge about the patient’s wishes and the call of duty, according to Joyce Fitzpatrick, PhD, RN, FAAN, from the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University and a lead investigator on the study. [Read more...]
(Penn News) Marissa DeCesaris hopes to make an impact on improving care for the mentally ill.
The Nursing junior, a Marlton, New Jersey native, became interested in the field after taking a psychology class in high school. Her interested deepened as a Penn freshman, while working with Nursing Professor Nancy Hanrahan researching mental health services and people with mental illness. [Read more...]
Pennsylvania nurse organization opposes nurse-patient ratios, but wants state-mandated input, and possible fines against hospitals
(Pennlive) Some organizations continue to push for state-required nurse-to-patient ratios in Pennsylvania. But another nurse organization opposes ratios, while pushing for a new law requiring hospitals to accept nurse input on staffing levels, and allowing fines against hospitals that don’t comply. [Read more...]
The gathering follows a report by Service Employees International Union Healthcare Pennsylvania that nearly 30 percent of Pennsylvania facilities analyzed did not spend at least 95 percent of their resident care Medicaid component amount on resident care costs in fiscal year 2011. [Read more...]
The correct answer now depends upon each individual hospital’s best practices. But state legislators want to take the guess work out of staffing. [Read more...]
(Philly.com) The University of Pennsylvania Health System will no longer hire smokers and other tobacco users, starting in July.
The system, which includes the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, said the policy would improve the health of its workforce and reduce the cost of health-care benefits. [Read more...]