• AONE opens registration for 2016 Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C.

    January 08 2016|Publication: eNews Update|Related Topics: American Hospital Association, AONE, Health policy/regulation

    AONE this week announced its 2016 Advocacy Day will be May 18 in Washington, D.C. As Congress seeks to reauthorize Title VIII nursing workforce development programs, it is critical nurse leaders tell their legislators and congressional staff about the challenges facing their patients and local communities. Title VIII nursing workforce development programs provide needed scholarship and loan forgiveness programs that enable communities to retain health care providers. AONE Advocacy Day gives nurse leaders an opportunity to advocate for funding to strengthen and maintain nursing workforce development programs. Visit the AONE Advocacy website for details about times, hotel accommodations and registration.

  • CMS model aims to test benefit of patient access to social services

    January 08 2016|Publication: eNews Update|Related Topics: Innovation, Staff Development/Education, Technology

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) this week announced a new Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation model that will test whether access to health-related social services reduces health care costs and use of inpatient and outpatient health care services for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. Hospitals and health systems, health care practices, community-based organizations and others can apply until March 31 to participate in, the new model. The Accountable Health Communities Model seeks to bridge the divide between the clinical health care delivery system and community service providers to address health-related social needs such as housing and food security, interpersonal violence and transportation. Up to 44 organizations will receive funding to lead consortiums that will implement promising approaches to raise beneficiary awareness of available community services, help those at high-risk access services or optimize community capacity to address health-related social needs. Letters of intent to apply are due Feb. 8. (CMS news release, 1/5/16)

  • CMS seeks feedback on certification of EHRs used for quality reporting

    January 08 2016|Publication: eNews Update|Related Topics: Research

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) last week published a request for information (RIF) related to certification of health information technology, including electronic health record products used for reporting to CMS quality programs such as the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program and Physician Quality Reporting System. Areas of interest include how often to require recertification, the number of clinical quality measures to which a certified health IT module should be certified, and ways to improve testing of certified health IT modules. Kate Goodrich, MD, director of CMS's Center for Clinical Standards & Quality, said the RFI will provide CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT "with an opportunity to assess policy options that could improve the effectiveness of the certification of health IT and specifically the certification and testing of EHR products used for the reporting of quality measures." The deadline for submitting comments to CMS is Feb. 1. (AHA News Now story, 1/4/16)

  • Gallup poll again ranks nurses as most trusted profession

    January 08 2016|Publication: eNews Update|Related Topics: Informatics

    Nurses last month were ranked once more as the top profession in terms of honesty and ethical standards, according to a Gallup poll. Eight-five percent of survey respondents polled ranked nurses as high or very high in their degree of honesty and ethical standards. Nurses were followed by pharmacists (68 percent), medical doctors (67 percent), high school teachers (60 percent) and police officers (56 percent). The poll organization noted that nurses have topped Gallup's honesty and ethics ranking every year but one since they were added to the list in 1999. The exception is 2001, when firefighters were included on the list on a one-time basis, shortly after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Gallup also noted that the 85 percent ties nurses' highest rating. The nationwide survey included 824 randomly selected adults. (Gallup news release, 12/21/15)

  • Voice newsletter launches mobile app

    January 08 2016|Publication: eNews Update|Related Topics: AONE

    AONE's Voice of Nursing Leadership, a bi-monthly newsletter, now has a complimentary mobile application for members, available for Android and Apple devices. With the app, members can download and search recent issues on smart phones or tablets. Find the Android app at the Google Play Store. The Apple version is available at the iTunes store. Voice of Nursing Leadership features articles about AONE's initiatives as well as advice and best practices to help nurse leaders thrive in their roles.

  • Across the Continuum: Leading Home Care Nurses

    January 01 2016

    As health care organizations have moved beyond hospital walls and acute care, so too the role of the nurse leader in the hospital setting has evolved over time. At one point, the most senior nurse leader in the acute care organization held the title of director of nursing and was viewed as having the singular responsibility for managing the department of nursing (Frederickson & Nickitas, 2011). With the need to develop an interdisciplinary and integrated approach to health care planning and management, the role of the senior nurse leader was increasingly recognized as essential to the strategic planning focus of the organization (Crosby & Jozwiak Shields, 2010). This resulted in the expansion of the scope of responsibilities of the role to include accountability for patient care services across the continuum of care (Frederickson & Nickitas, 2011). The transition from bedside to the boardroom made clinical expertise and experience no longer sufficient to hold a leadership role commensurate with other top executives in the organization.

  • Collaboration, Change and Influence: the Evolving Role of NSCSN

    January 01 2016

    Collaboration is the principle that binds the vital interface between AONE and the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). When I retired in September and welcomed David Benton, RGN, RMN, BSc, MPhil, PhD, as the new CEO for NCSBN, I reflected a great deal about the importance of collaboration to foster change and influence health policy.

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