Nurses at western Pa. hospital authorize strike

(abc27) Nearly all of the more than 500 nurses at a western Pennsylvania hospital have authorized their union to call a strike if they can’t reach a new contract by the time their current deal expires June 30. [Read more…]

Special Blessings: ‘Amazing Nurse’ reflects on NICU miracles

( When people ask me about my job as a NICU nurse, I tell them, “It is the best job in the world, most of the time.” We are blessed as nurses working in the NICU because we encounter many miracles. We see God’s miracles even when things don’t turn out the way we want.

Years ago, I was working one night when one of our babies became critically ill. There was nothing more the doctors could do for him. We brought his parents to the baby’s bedside to break the news, and because of my training in bereavement counseling, I stayed with the family to try to help them with their grief.  [Read more…]

Nurse a calming influence

(Trib Live) Not a day goes by without someone asking Cathy Stoddard what she thinks about the West Penn Allegheny Health System-Highmark debacle.

For the past three years, Stoddard has been president of the union that represents more than 2,000 registered nurses and service employees at Allegheny General, Allegheny Valley and Canonsburg hospitals. [Read more…]

U.S. Ties Hospital Payments to Making Patients Happy

At Grady Memorial Hospital, doctors are being taught to stop interrupting patients while they are speaking. Nurses recently got hand-held phones so patients can reach them instantly. New bedside comforts include cable sports channel ESPN and a menu featuring wild salmon.

Grady is making these changes in response to a shift in how the federal government pays hospitals for treating people on Medicare, the federal health-care program for seniors. [Read more…]

Mercy layoffs, nursing changes to save $10 million

(Morning Journal) Mercy Regional Medical Center today laid off about 20 employees and announced a change to team-based nurse staffing in a move to save $10 million annually.

The action comes after Mercy suffered a $12 million cut in reimbursement received for patient care compared to last year, largely because of Medicare rule changes, officials said. [Read more…]

Speak to patients for five minutes every day: Doctors and nurses ordered to carry out bedside visits

Doctors and nurses in the UK have been ordered to spend at least five minutes talking to each of their patients every day.

Latest guidelines issued to medical staff tell them to carry out daily hospital ward-rounds to check on their patients’ conditions.

The advice follows concerns that the traditional practice of chatting to patients at their bedsides every morning has become ‘eroded’. [Read more…]

Nurses Seek Expanded Role

A federal agency is weighing whether to reimburse a specialized type of nurse for giving chronic-pain treatments, a move opposed by some doctors and one that critics say could complicate the battle against prescription painkiller abuse.

By Nov. 1, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is expected to decide whether nurse anesthetists should be directly reimbursed by Medicare for evaluating, diagnosing and treating pain with epidural injections or prescription painkillers called opioids. Medicare is the federal health program for the elderly and disabled. [Read more…]

Moral stress major issue for nurses, survey finds

About 600 nurses currently work at Rotorua and Taupo hospitals, and according to research many of them face moral dilemmas.

A Massey University study, which surveyed 412 hospital-based nurses in New Zealand, found almost half of them had considered quitting after struggling with moral issues beyond their control. [Read more…]

Patient Safety Improves When Leaders Practice What They Preach

(RedOrbit) When nurses feel safe admitting to their supervisors that they’ve made a mistake regarding a patient, they are more likely to report the error, which ultimately leads to a stronger commitment to safe practices and a reduction in the error rate, according to an international team of researchers. In addition, when nurse leaders’ safety actions mirror their spoken words, unit nurses do not feel caught between adhering to safety protocols and speaking up about mistakes against protocols. [Read more…]

School Nurses Continue Fight for Equal Pay

(Wilmington Patch) An ongoing dispute between the Wilmington School Committee and the district’s registered nurses remains, with no immediate end yet in sight.

Nurses made their presence known outside of the high school before Wednesday night’s School Committee meeting as they held signs on Church Street. [Read more…]