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    Job Profile: Registered Nurse

    Job Profile: Registered Nurse
    Adapted from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2006-07 Edition Significant Points Nature of the Work Working Conditions Employment Training, Other Qualifications and Advancement Job Outlook Earnings Related Occupations Significant Points • Registered nurses constitute the largest health care occupation, with 2.4 million jobs. • About three out of five jobs are in hospitals. • The three major educational ...
    Published about 2 years ago | Rated: +8
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    Setting Nurse-to-Patient Ratios = More RNs

    Setting Nurse-to-Patient Ratios = More RNs
    Legislation in California that set nurse-to-patient ratios added more registered nurses to the hospital staffing mix, not fewer as feared, researchers say. Lead researcher Matthew McHugh, a nursing professor at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, says California was the first state to pass legislation setting staffing levels. However, mindful of the ongoing nurse shortage California legislators determined that hospitals could ...
    Published about 2 years ago | Rated: +3
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    UPDATE: Police Searching for Shooter at University of New Mexico Hospital

    [photo:181146] Police continue their search for Cesar Dominguez-Garcia, age 21, CNN reports. The suspect was visiting the University of New Mexico Hospital with his girlfriend Tuesday afternoon. According to reports, the suspect became upset and reported fired a shot on the hospital campus; nobody was injured. Parts of the University of New Mexico Hospital were on lockdown as police searched for ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: +3
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    What Does a Doctor Want From a Nurse?

    What Does a Doctor Want From a Nurse?
    It’s not a matter of what they want, but more of what they expect. Maybe it’s both? The bottom line is the nurse and physician have to work together as a team. Let’s face it, they both play very important roles when caring for the patient, so I won’t sit here and disseminate each of their responsibilities, duties, task, etc. I ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Frequent Users of the ER: Sick, Insured and White

    Frequent Users of the ER: Sick, Insured and White
    WASHINGTON, March 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Frequent users of the emergency department are predominantly white, insured and at greater risk for hospitalization due to serious illness, despite public perceptions of them as abusers of the healthcare system with minor complaints and no health insurance. This is the consensus of a systematic review of two dozen published studies of so-called "frequent flyers" ("Frequent ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Author: Hospitals Must Learn from Errors, Prevent Infections

    Author: Hospitals Must Learn from Errors, Prevent Infections
    When 18-month-old Josie King arrived at Johns Hopkins Children's Center, she had blistering burns on 60% of her body, caused by scalding bath water produced by a broken water heater. Josie seemed to receive the best of care and had surgery to transplant skin grafts onto her scarred body. Yet Josie's mother, Sorrel, who slept on a cot by the girl's ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Changes in Emergency Rooms Cater to Older People

    Changes in Emergency Rooms Cater to Older People
    ST. LOUIS _ Muted lighting, warm blankets, supportive mattresses and a quieter environment are all part of an effort to meet the urgent needs of older patients at St. Louis's Des Peres Hospital, which opened geriatric emergency rooms this month. "85-year-old adults will typically access emergency departments twice a year," said Deborah Wilke, a registered nurse and director of Des Peres' ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Hospitals Turn to Spa-Like Atmosphere to Attract Women Patients

    Hospitals Turn to Spa-Like Atmosphere to Attract Women Patients
    FORT WORTH, Texas - Forget the sterile surroundings, drafty gowns and anxiety-provoking silence that often goes with medical tests. How about a massage, relaxing music and embarrassment-proof exam gowns for that mammogram? To attract patients, hospitals are finding ways to take some of the stress out of women's medical care. When Felicia Crutchfield had a procedure performed at Baylor Regional Medical ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Lack of Vaccine Impacts Health Care Workers

    Lack of Vaccine Impacts Health Care Workers
    Efforts to require flu shots for health care workers in order to protect vulnerable patients are being abandoned by some major health systems because of legal challenges and vaccine shortages. Requiring flu shots is an exception in the health care industry, where 48% of workers were vaccinated against flu last year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Police Probe Disease Exposure at Fla. Hospital

    Police Probe Disease Exposure at Fla. Hospital
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Police were looking into possible criminal charges against a nurse at a South Florida hospital where officials say she may have exposed more than 1,800 patients to HIV and hepatitis by reusing medical supplies. Officials at Broward General Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale said earlier this week the hospital discovered that Qui Lan, 59, was reusing ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rate This
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    New NJ Law on Hospital Mistakes

    New NJ Law on Hospital Mistakes
    We've all heard stories of people who enter a hospital for an operation or other treatment, only to wind up worse off after a surgeon accidentally left a sponge inside their bodies or the patient was infected by an unsanitary surgical tool. Under the law, non-profit hospitals are immune from lawsuits for such mistakes (only the specific doctors who performed the ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Hospital Workers Wash Hands Half the Time

    Hospital Workers Wash Hands Half the Time
    Dirty-handed hospital workers contribute to hospital-associated infections that kill nearly 100,000 Americans annually, a U.S. non-profit group says. Officials at the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare, affiliated with The Joint Commission, which accredits and certifies more than 16,000 U.S. healthcare organizations and programs, say failing to wash hands not only cause infections that kill 100,000 Americans, they cost U.S. hospitals ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    No More Mandatory Overtime for Texas Nurses

    No More Mandatory Overtime for Texas Nurses
    Hospitals in Texas can no longer require registered nurses and licensed vocational nurses to work mandatory overtime. The law, which went into effect Tuesday, makes Texas the 15th state to prohibit the practice of forcing nurses to work longer than their scheduled shifts. "It's very, very important for patient safety," said Fernando Losada, state director of the National Nurses Organizing Committee ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +4
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    Patients, Nurses Celebrate 1959 Heart Surgeries

    Patients, Nurses Celebrate 1959 Heart Surgeries
    DAYTON - Rebecca Aygarn Talkie can't recall if she was fearful of undergoing open-heart surgery at Good Samaritan Hospital on Nov. 13, 1959. She was 4. But Talkie does remember being "very upset" at being placed in a crib, and jealous of a child who had more toys than her. Talkie, one of the region's first open-heart patients, was among the ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    $40 Million to Fight Hospital Infections

    $40 Million to Fight Hospital Infections
    The U.S. government is using $40 million of Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to help hospitals fight healthcare-associated infections. "Americans expect to get better when they go to the hospital, not worse," Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of Health and Human Services said in a statement. "Unfortunately, every year, thousands of Americans die from illness they contract after they enter the hospital." The ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Jail Nurses Want to Keep Full Names Secret

    Jail Nurses Want to Keep Full Names Secret
    A nurses' union has asked a court to block a request by two accused killers for the last names of nurses working at the King County Jail in Seattle. Margaret Conley, an official with the Washington State Nurses Association, said nurses at the jail fear inmates could get their home telephone numbers and addresses if they have their last names, Seattlepi.com ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +5
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    Nurses Back Grass-Roots Kaiser Petition

    Nurses Back Grass-Roots Kaiser Petition
    The California Nurses Association, one of the most powerful unions in the state, has endorsed Desiree Menchaka's grass-roots effort to petition Kaiser Permanente to maintain its after-hours care clinics as they operate in Stockton, Manteca, Tracy and Modesto -- all in California. Registered nurses will be out in force Saturday afternoon near Stockton's large Kaiser complex with informational picket signs, helping ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Non-Profit Nursing Homes Give Better Care

    Non-Profit Nursing Homes Give Better Care
    After reviewing 82 studies, Canadian researchers say non-profit nursing homes give better care. The findings of the meta-analysis for thousands of mostly U.S.and some Canadian and Taiwanese nursing homes are published in the British Medical Journal. The studies of mostly U.S. nursing homes, but also some Canadian and Taiwanese nursing homes gauged care using measures such as the need for physical ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +2
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    More Leaving Hospitals Against Advice

    More Leaving Hospitals Against Advice
    There was a 39 percent increase from 1997 to 2007 in U.S. patients leaving hospitals against doctors' advice, officials of a U.S. agency said. The report by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, part of the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, said the number of cases rose from 264,000 in 1997 to 368,000 in 2007. The top five ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +2
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    LAX Hospitals May Be Fostering Kidney-Selling

    LAX Hospitals May Be Fostering Kidney-Selling
    A look-the-other-way attitude at some U.S. hospitals may be fostering a black-market trade in kidneys, transplant experts say. Some hospitals do not inquire very deeply into the source of the organs they transplant because such operations can be highly lucrative, according to some insiders. A single operation can bring in tens of thousands of dollars for a hospital and its doctors. ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +2
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