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How Complications Drive Post-Surgery Spending Upward

Hospitals are looking for ways to reduce significant added costs to a patient’s bill due to complications after surgery, as reported by ACS Surgery News

Young Nurses Give Sage Advice to Nursing Students

A panel of young alumni Seton Hall University School of Nursing gave some down-to-earth and wise advice to nursing students at the college recently. Advice included the importance of continued education, dealing with death, the importance of connections, and how crucial it is to care about your profession and your patients.

D.C. Hospital OR plagued by sewage leaks

USA Today reports on dangerous and persistent sewage leaks in the OR of MedStar Washington Hospital Center

Perioperative beta blockers could increase deaths and strokes one year after surgery

News-Medical.Net discusses the higher instance of death in patients treated with beta blockers after non-cardiac surgery, as reported by the director of cardiology at Canada’s McMaster University

Medical Schools Need to Build on #MeToo Movement

The dean of the Boston University School of Medicine reports in a JAMA op-ed about the current state of sexual harassment in medical schools, and the efforts under way to train students, faculty, and staff

To Care for Others, Nurses Must First Care for Themselves

A blog post from from the dean of the University of Kentucky College of Nursing, the director of the UK HealthCare Integrative Medicine and Health Clinic, and the chief nurse executive/chief administrative officer for UK HealthCare explains the necessity of dealing with the stress of this demanding career

Noise & distraction in the OR—what you can do

Some tips for minimizing noise and distraction in the OR, from ORToday

Enhanced Nursing Licensure Compact now in effect in 29 states

In January the eNLC went into effect in 29 states, with some new provisions.

How to recognize implicit bias on the job

The difficulty of recognizing your own biases, and how to address them, from Minority Nurse

New Joint Commission Policy on Handwashing: Zero Tolerance

The Joint Commission will now cite a facility if a single staff member does not wash her hands.


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