Nursing Related Headlines

Experienced nurses are most cost-effective; longer nurse tenure on hospital units leads to higher quality care
When it comes to the cost and quality of hospital care, nurse tenure and teamwork matters.

New delirium severity score helps to predict outcomes for hospitalized patients
A new delirium severity score proves accurate for predicting important clinical outcomes in hospitalized patients, according to an article published in Annals of Internal Medicine.

Practices to reduce prevalence of catheter-associated UTIs
New expert guidance highlights strategies for implementing and prioritizing efforts to prevent catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) in hospitals.

UK research: Hospital 'one of the scariest places to be' for people with Parkinson's
People with Parkinson's are being subjected to 'frustrating and scandalous' standards of care in hospital new research from Parkinson's UK reveals.

Heat waves reduce length of pregnancy
When temperatures reach 32°C or higher over a period of four to seven days, the risk of early-term delivery is 27% higher than on typical summer days, according to a study led by Nathalie Auger...

Health workers "inadequately" trained to treat minority ethnic groups
Health professionals are suffering from severe professional anxiety because they are being inadequately trained to treat minority ethnic groups - with their treatment often based on cultural...

Nurses are effective at treating a common arm injury in young children, although not as successful as physicians
A clinical trial to determine if nurses in the emergency department could reduce "pulled elbows" in children at a rate similar to that of physicians found that althiough nurses were able to treat...

Higher quality of nursing and patient care in Magnet hospitals
Magnet recognition is considered a leading source for measuring organizational success in nursing.

How nurses can reduce sepsis mortality
Sepsis is the leading cause of death in hospitalized patients and has a substantial impact on health care resources.

The majority of Latinas are unaware of their risk of diabetes
Approximately 5.5 million Latinas suffer from elevated fasting plasma glucose (FPG) and nearly 4 million of those women were never told by a healthcare provider they were at risk for diabetes...

Adverse events in nursing facilities outpace hospitals
The Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently reported that 32% of Medicare beneficiaries who went to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and spent an average of 15.

Invasive GAS infections in pregnancy
Ignaz Semmelweiss made one of the most important contributions to modern medicine when he instituted hand washing in an obstetric clinic in Austria in 1847, decreasing mortality there from more than...

In the UK verbal and physical aggression towards NHS staff is on the increase
VERBAL and physical aggression towards health and social care staff is on the increase. The NHS has reported a rise of 5.8 per cent in reported assaults - up to 63,199 in 2012/13.

New terms used for trainee doctors stump nurses and patients
Nurses and patients are struggling to identify qualified doctors or to grade their seniority from their generic name badges, finds a survey of one hospital in England, published online in BMJ Quality...

Mental health problems mistaken for physical illness in children
Many children are admitted to general acute wards with mental health problems mistaken for physical disease.

Music as therapeutic intervention can relieve anxiety and depression in older people
Using music and singing in health care can improve quality of life for older people by easing pain, anxiety and depression.

Eliminating maternal mortality in developing countries could extend women's life expectancy in reproductive ages
Maternal death rates represent the single largest health discrepancy between developed and developing populations, with nearly all - over 99% - maternal deaths worldwide occurring in developing...

Peer-to-peer aggression threatens patient care and outcomes
Horizontal violence between nurses at the same level of authority is jeopardising patient outcomes, research has revealed.

Urgent care staff must be alert to atypical signs of life-threatening meningococcal septicaemia
Nurses working in emergency care environments must be trained to recognise the atypical signs and symptoms of meningococcal septicaemia.

Nurse workload, education linked to patient survival following surgery
A large study using data from nine countries finds that for every extra patient added to a nurse's workload, the chance of surgical patients dying within 30 days increases by 7%.

Practice-based learning improves end of life care confidence in community nurses
District and community nurses who completed a practice-based educational pathway reported greater confidence in delivering palliative and end of life care to patients.

"It takes a village" - Community-based methods for improving maternal and newborn health
A series of studies are published in a special supplement that presents results of the Maternal and Newborn Health in Ethiopia Partnership - a three-year pilot program funded by the Bill & Melinda...

Preterm babies' language skills better when exposed to adult speech
The positive effects of adult speech on preterm infants have been documented in a study assessing language and expressive communication scores in NICU babies.

Neonatal mortality rates an increasing trend in home birth
In a study to be presented on Feb. 7 at 2:15 p.m. CST, at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting ™, in New Orleans, researchers will report that...

Recommendations to make childbirth safer in Indonesia
A joint report by U.S. and Indonesian experts, including Dr. Eli Y. Adashi, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Brown University, provides recommendations to improve the survival of mothers and...