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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

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Noise & distraction in the OR—what you can do

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

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Enhanced Nursing Licensure Compact now in effect in 29 states

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

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How to recognize implicit bias on the job

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

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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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The Science of the Job Search

Suggestions for improving your odds in a job search, backed by data!

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How nurses are crucial in improving population health

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has issued an executive summary of the ways in which nurses will be key in improving the health of the population and reverse declines in the health of our citizens.

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Magnet hospitals have lower surgical mortality rates

A JAMA Surgery report noted in Nursing Times details how Magnet hospitals, with their focus on better nursing care, achieve lower mortality rates than non-Magnet hospitals for their surgical patients

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What keeps nurse leaders tossing & turning

Here’s what all nurse leaders worry about, and a few tips to deal with the stress, thanks to Nurse.com

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New tech on its way: robot-controlled endoscope

An experimental robotic capsule endoscope was recently unveiled at Digestive Disease Week 2017. It’s in development by Vanderbilt University’s Science and Technology of Robotics in Medicine (STORM) Lab, says General Surgery News

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