• Administration seeks emergency funding for Zika response

    February 12 2016|Publication: eNews Update

    The administration will ask Congress for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funding to prepare for and respond to Zika virus here and abroad, the White House announced this week.

  • Appeals court revives lawsuit over ALJ delays

    February 12 2016|Publication: eNews Update|Related Topics: American Hospital Association

    A federal appeals court this week reversed a lower court’s dismissal of a lawsuit brought by the American Hospital Association (AHA) and several hospitals, which sought to compel the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to meet its congressionally mandated deadlines for reviewing Medicare claims denials.

  • Island of Hawaii declares dengue fever state of emergency

    February 12 2016|Publication: eNews Update

    The mayor of Hawaii’s Big Island declared a state of emergency this week over the island’s outbreak of dengue fever, which has grown to 250 confirmed cases since September 2015.

  • Joint Commission reduces falls by its staff touring health care facilities

    February 12 2016|Publication: eNews Update

    The Joint Commission said it has reduced the average number of monthly falls of its field staff by 64.8 percent and has sustained those results for four years.

  • Mitchell to receive HIMSS nursing informatics award

    February 12 2016|Publication: eNews Update|Related Topics: AONE

    Mary Beth Mitchell, RN, MSN, BC, CPHIMS, chief nursing informatics officer for Texas Health Resources and an AONE member, has won the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2015 Nursing Informatics Leadership Award, which will be presented March 3 at the HIMSS conference in Las Vegas.

  • Nurse workforce, research budgets essentially flat in presidents 2017 proposal

    February 12 2016|Publication: eNews Update|Related Topics: Workforce

    President Obama released a budget request for fiscal year (FY) 2017 this week that includes $229.5 million for the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development programs, which is the same level Congress approved for FY 2016, and $145.9 million for the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), which is slightly less than the approved FY 2016 amount.

  • Pending nurse shortage explored in Atlantic article

    February 12 2016|Publication: eNews Update|Related Topics: Nursing Shortage

    The demographic forces driving a potential shortfall of nurses are explored in an article in the February issue of The Atlantic, which cites Bureau of Labor Statistics data suggesting there could be more than a million job openings for nurses by 2022.

  • Webinar to explore expansion of nurse licensing laws

    February 12 2016|Publication: eNews Update|Related Topics: Health policy/regulation, Workforce

    The Future of Nursing Campaign for Action is offering a webinar Feb. 23 exploring the evidence around laws that allow nurses to practice to the full extent of their education and training.

  • AONE board names two appointed members

    February 05 2016|Publication: eNews Update|Related Topics: AONE

    Sylvia Estrada, WHNP-BC, CBCN, MSHFM, DNP, and Giancarlo Lyle-Edrosolo, DNP(c), RN, NE-BC, CNL, CCRN-CMC, were appointed to the 2016 AONE Board of Directors for a one-year term. The appointed positions were created in 2014 to increase the board’s diversity of thought and address the needs of the early careerist nurse leader.

  • CDC issues warning on alcohol and pregnancy, prompts backlash

    February 05 2016|Publication: eNews Update|Related Topics: Patient engagement, Patient safety

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week issued a reminder to women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant that they should refrain from drinking alcohol because of the risk to their developing baby of alcohol-related disabilities.

  • CDC urges rapid antiviral use for all hospitalized patients with suspected flu

    February 05 2016|Publication: eNews Update|Related Topics: Health policy/regulation

    Health care providers should initiate antiviral treatment as soon as possible for all patients hospitalized with confirmed or suspected flu, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said, citing reports of severe respiratory illness or death in young- to middle-aged adults infected with the recently predominating strain. Some of the patients reportedly had negative results from a rapid flu diagnostic test.

  • CMS releases first-ever home health star ratings

    February 05 2016|Publication: eNews Update|Related Topics: Workforce

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its first-ever star ratings for home health care, based on patient experience survey results. The Home Health Compare website offers ratings from one star to five stars using data from patients (or the family or friends of patients) who have been treated at the agency.

  • FDA updates information on validated duodenoscope reprocessors

    February 05 2016|Publication: eNews Update

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week posted updated information on which makers of automated endoscope reprocessors (AERs) for duodenoscopes have completed validation testing with adequate results.

  • Home visits after heart surgery reduce readmissions, study finds

    February 05 2016|Publication: eNews Update|Related Topics: Health policy/regulation, Workforce

    Heart surgery patients who receive home visits from physician assistants (PAs) are less likely to be readmitted to the hospital and have lower overall surgery costs, a new study finds. The analysis of 1,185 patients who had cardiac surgery between 2008 and 2012 at Staten Island University Hospital in New York was presented during the annual meeting of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

  • IOM workshop Feb. 16 to discuss Zika research priorities

    February 05 2016|Publication: eNews Update|Related Topics: Research

    The Institute of Medicine (IOM) will convene a Feb. 16 workshop to identify research priorities to inform public health and medical practice for domestic Zika virus.

  • Senate committee holds hearing on Wakefield nomination

    February 05 2016|Publication: eNews Update

    The Senate Finance Committee this week held a hearing on the nomination of Mary Wakefield, PhD, RN, FAAN, to deputy Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). While Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) has not scheduled a vote, he praised Wakefield's experience.

  • Sexual transmission of Zika virus confirmed by Texas health officials

    February 05 2016|Publication: eNews Update|Related Topics: Health policy/regulation

    Health officials in Dallas said this week that a case of the Zika virus had been transmitted sexually from someone who recently returned from Venezuela infected with the mosquito-borne virus, CNN reported. The finding prompted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to update its Zika virus guidance for pregnant women to advise them to protect themselves if their male sexual partner has traveled to or lives in an area where Zika virus is circulating, CNN said. NPR described the extensive effort of the CDC, along with other health agencies, to track the virus and confirm its health effects in humans.

  • USP publishes standard for hazardous drug handling in health care settings

    February 05 2016|Publication: eNews Update|Related Topics: American Hospital Association, AONE

    The United States Pharmacopeial Convention this week published a standard for hazardous drug handling in health care settings. Effective July 1, 2018, the standard will apply to hospitals and other health care facilities that handle drugs identified as hazardous or potentially hazardous by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

  • Workplace violence prevention training video now available

    February 05 2016|Publication: eNews Update|Related Topics: AONE, Workplace Safety

    A workplace violence prevention training video developed by the Minnesota Department of Health and the state’s occupational safety agency has been posted on the website of the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA), the association said.

  • Chief Nursing Officer Receives ACHE's Highest Honor

    February 02 2016|Publication: AONE Working for You|Related Topics: AONE

    Linda Knodel, Mercy senior vice president and chief nursing officer, will be honored with the Gold Medal Award from the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). The Gold Medal Award is ACHE's highest honor bestowed on outstanding leaders; it identifies ACHE Fellows who "best exemplify leadership at the organizational, local, state/provincial and national levels who go beyond the confines of their own organization to continually contribute to the improvement of health care services and community health." Click here to read more.

  • AHA comments on Senate Finance Committee chronic care policy

    January 29 2016|Publication: eNews Update|Related Topics: American Hospital Association, Health policy/regulation

    The American Hospital Association (AHA) this week provided feedback on the Senate Finance Committee Chronic Care Working Group's (CCWG) policy options to improve care for Medicare beneficiaries with chronic health conditions.

  • Better nursing environments linked to better surgical outcomes: study

    January 29 2016|Publication: eNews Update|Related Topics: Healthful Work Environment, Quality, Workforce

    Hospitals with good nursing environments are associated with lower mortality in surgical patients for similar costs than hospitals with worse nursing environments, according to study results  published online in JAMA Surgery.

  • Bolton to receive 2016 TRUST Award for leadership

    January 29 2016|Publication: eNews Update|Related Topics: American Hospital Association, AONE

    Linda Burnes Bolton, DrPH, RN, FAAN, immediate past president of AONE, will receive the 2016 TRUST Award from the Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) of the American Hospital Association (AHA).

  • CDC issues updated travel guidance on Zika virus; WHO officials evaluate spread

    January 29 2016|Publication: eNews Update|Related Topics: American Hospital Association, Health policy/regulation

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) added the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Dominican Republic to its travel alerts related to the Zika virus. Previously, CDC issued a travel alert (Level 2-Practice Enhanced Precautions) for people traveling to regions and certain countries where Zika virus transmission is ongoing, mostly in central and South America.

  • Malpractice claims against nurses on the rise

    January 29 2016|Publication: eNews Update|Related Topics: International, Workforce

    Malpractice claims against nurses have increased in recent years,  says a new report published by the Nurses Service Organization.

  • Nurse anesthetist, nurse practitioner among top 10 jobs in U.S. News rankings

    January 29 2016|Publication: eNews Update|Related Topics: Workforce

    Nine of the ten "best jobs" according to a new U.S News & World Report ranking are in the medical professions, and two of those are in nursing: nurse anesthetist is No. 4 and nurse practitioner is No. 6. The rankings emphasize occupations that offer hiring opportunities and are based on factors such as good pay, projected growth and, to a lesser extent, stress level and work-life balance.

  • Study measures ambulatory care nurses compliance with infection control precautions

    January 29 2016|Publication: eNews Update|Related Topics: Continuum of care, Quality

    In a study looking at the infection control practices of 116 ambulatory care nurses in a health system, just 17.4 percent of them reported compliance with all nine standard precautions for infection prevention.

  • CDC issues guidelines for care of pregnant women with possible Zika virus exposure

    January 22 2016|Publication: eNews Update|Related Topics: International

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week issued interim guidelines for the care of pregnant women who may have been exposed to Zika virus, a mosquito-borne infection that can cause brain damage in a developing fetus. The virus has been confirmed in about a dozen U.S. residents who had recently traveled to countries where the virus is spreading, the Washington Post reported. The public is not at risk because patients with current Zika infections were likely infected by mosquitos abroad, not in the United States, the article said. State health departments in Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, New Jersey and Texas have announced confirmed cases recently, the Post said.

  • GAO: HHS needs comprehensive planning approach to health care workforce

    January 22 2016|Publication: eNews Update|Related Topics: Workforce

    The Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) should develop a comprehensive and coordinated planning approach to guide the department's health care workforce development programs, the General Accounting Office (GAO) said in a new report. "Without a comprehensive and coordinated approach to program planning, HHS cannot fully identify the gaps between existing programs and national needs, identify actions needed to address these gaps, or determine whether additional legislative proposals are needed to ensure that its programs fully meet workforce needs," GAO said.

  • Rural nurse administrators attract nursing personnel by offering support, training

    January 22 2016|Publication: eNews Update|Related Topics: Rural, Staff Development/Education

    Rural hospitals continue to struggle to attract and retain nurses, but nurse executives in rural areas are exploring an array of strategies to maintain a solid workforce, says an article on Nurse.com. The article notes that while tuition reimbursement programs may draw nurses to a rural facility, they may not stay.

  • AHA, associations urge court to overturn NLRB decision on peer review

    January 15 2016|Publication: eNews Update|Related Topics: American Hospital Association, Evidence Based Practice, Research

    The American Hospitals Association (AHA) and other national and state hospital and nurse professional associations this week urged the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to overturn a 2015 decision by the National Labor Relations Board that directly threatens the confidentiality of the hospital peer review process.

  • AHA, others voice support for core metrics approach in Health Affairs blog

    January 15 2016|Publication: eNews Update|Related Topics: American Hospital Association, Evidence Based Practice

    Leaders of five major organizations expressed their support this week for the Institute of Medicine’s Vital Signs report that identifies 15 core measures for assessing the nation’s health in an effort to focus in on the most important metrics for evaluating health and health care.

  • AONE member Moore-Hardy named board chair of the Ohio Hospital Association

    January 15 2016|Publication: eNews Update|Related Topics: AONE

    Cynthia Moore-Hardy, president and CEO of Lake Health, has been elected chair of the Ohio Hospital Association’s board of directors for 2016. Moore-Hardy is a member of AONE and a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. She has been CEO of Lake Health, a health system in northeast Ohio, since 1997. She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Ohio State University and master’s degree in business administration from Cleveland State University. The Ohio Hospital Association represents 220 hospitals and 13 health systems in Ohio. (Lake Health news release, 1/4/16)

  • Federal panel suggests mammograms most helpful after 50

    January 15 2016|Publication: eNews Update|Related Topics: Patient safety

    The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) this week issued the final version of its recommendations for mammograms, suggesting that women between ages 50 and 74 get screened every other year, and those 40 to 49 decide whether to get a mammogram based on their own individual risk factors and preferences. While noting that screening mammography is an important tool to reduce the risk of dying from breast cancer, the panel said its benefits are greatest for women between 50 and 74.

  • Guiding principles for nurse leaders in crisis management released

    January 15 2016|Publication: eNews Update|Related Topics: AONE, Workplace Safety

    AONE this week released Guiding Principles for the Role of the Nurse Leader in Crisis Management. The guiding principles, developed by the AONE Crisis Management Task Force, with input from members of the American Hospital Association’s Society for Healthcare Strategy & Market Development, define the role and position of nursing leadership in a crisis, from a mass casualty incident to a technology outage to emerging infectious disease. Task Force participants drew on their experiences from Hurricane Sandy, Ebola treatment and other events to identify lessons learned and the need for nurse leaders to be critical members of the crisis management team. The guiding principles are available on the AONE website.

  • Joint Commission tool improves hand hygiene, reduces infections, study says

    January 15 2016|Publication: eNews Update|Related Topics: Patient safety, Quality

    A study involving 150 inpatient units in 12 hospitals found “significant improvement” in hand hygiene compliance with the use of the Joint Commission’s Targeted Solutions Tool designed to reduce hospital-acquired infections. The study, published in the January issue of the Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, said researchers tallied 31,600 observations in Memorial Hermann Health System hospitals and found hand hygiene compliance improved from 58.1 percent to 95.6 percent.

  • Meaningful use likely to end in 2016, CMS head says

    January 15 2016|Publication: eNews Update|Related Topics: Meaningful Use, Technology

    The federal government’s meaningful use (MU) program supporting the adoption of health information technology is likely to change significantly in 2016, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt said this week.

  • NAM report identifies social risk factors that may influence Medicare measure performance

    January 15 2016|Publication: eNews Update|Related Topics: American Hospital Association, Quality

    The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) this week released a conceptual framework for how social risk factors may influence health care use, outcomes and costs in Medicare payment and quality programs.

  • NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program applications open

    January 15 2016|Publication: eNews Update|Related Topics: Staff Development/Education

    Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program, which offers RNs financial assistance to repay some of their educational loans in exchange for service at a health care facility with a critical shortage of nurses or as nurse faculty at an eligible school.

  • Nurse executive competencies for population health released

    January 15 2016|Publication: eNews Update|Related Topics: AONE, Population/community health

    To support the role of the nurse leader in population health management, AONE recently released Nurse Executive Competencies: Population Health.

  • Study: Medicare costs lower when nurse practitioners provide primary care

    January 15 2016|Publication: eNews Update|Related Topics: APRNs

    Having nurse practitioners provide primary care could save money for the Medicare system, says a study published last month in the journal Health Services Research. In a finding that contradicts previous data, the cost to Medicare is lower when nurse practitioners rather than physicians provide primary care, noted an article on the website of the Campaign for Action.

  • AONE member Shaffer recognized by Royal College of Surgeons

    January 08 2016|Publication: eNews Update

    AONE member Franklin A. Shaffer, EdD, RN, FAAN, chief executive of CGFNS International, last month was awarded the prestigious title of Ad Eundem Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Ad Eundem Fellows are awarded by the Royal College faculty to persons holding fellowships of other faculties or colleges or equivalent qualifications recognized by the Council and who are in the bona fide practice of their profession. Shaffer's nursing career spans a period of 50 years in a variety of leadership roles of increasing responsibility in advancing human resources for health, both locally and globally. Michael R. Bleich, PhD, RN, FAAN, board president of CGFNS International, noted, "It is most fitting that [Shaffer's] global work on nursing education and practice has taken him to Ireland to be recognized. Dr. Shaffer's Ad Eundem Fellow award will continue to inspire us to advance the nursing field for the improvement of the quality of life for all." (CGFNS International news release, 12/21.15)

  • 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.

  • Finding Ways to Better Manage Care Transitions: An Overview of Huddle for Care

    January 01 2016

    Huddle for Care is a website launched this year that helps care teams find solutions to care transition problems. The site is hosted and managed by the Health Research and Educational Trust (HRET), an affiliate of the American Hospital Association.

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