NurseZone Newsletter - 09/14/2012

September 14, 2012
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The Most Influential Nurses in Healthcare
The Most Influential Nurses in Healthcare
By Debra Wood, RN, contributor

Readers of Modern Healthcare again nominated and selected several nurses among the "100 Most Influential People in Healthcare," the 11th annual ranking of individuals deemed by their peers and an expert panel to be among the most influential folks in the health care industry. This year, U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts topped the list, after casting the deciding vote in the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Several others on the list were involved in helping with the law's passage or implementation, as well.

Nursing Schools Explore Their Creative Side
Nursing Schools Explore Their Creative Side
By Jennifer Larson, contributor

To meet the needs of a growing population with increasingly complex health care needs, the nursing workforce of the future will need to be prepared...for almost anything. See what nursing schools across the country are doing to prepare their students and keep them engaged through some very creative learning processes.

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Spotlight on Nursing
Experts Offer Advice for Climbing the Nurse Leadership Ladder
Experts Offer Advice for Climbing the Nurse Leadership Ladder By Megan M. Krischke, contributor

A nurse executive or manager is called to be a servant leader, a courageous visionary, a change agent, an excellent listener and a clinical and business expert. Nurses who want to advance for the pay, the prestige or any reason that isn't ultimately about providing the best care for patients and a positive working environment for nurses will not succeed in the long run.

10 Strategies for Nurses to Become More Influential
10 Strategies for Nurses to Become More Influential By Jennifer Larson, contributor

The quickest way to frustrate Eleanor Sullivan, PhD, RN, is to utter these words: "What can I do? I'm just a nurse."

Devices & Technology
Report Calls on Technology, Care Teams to Transform Health Care
Report Calls on Technology, Care Teams to Transform Health Care By Christina Orlovsky Page, contributor

Our country's health care system has become increasingly complex despite the abundant tools availed to it, according to a new report released by the Institute of Medicine (IOM). But researchers point out that "continuously learning" from each care experience, with the help of technology, can help us make progress toward improving the health of the nation and meet many current challenges.

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Can Good Nursing Care Be Scripted?
Can Good Nursing Care Be Scripted? By Debra Wood, RN, contributor

Scripting what nurses say to patients has become a hotly debated issue. It seems to have both pros and cons: on one side, it is seen as a way to improve safety and patient satisfaction scores, while on the other, it has brought about a rallying cry for nurses hoping to maintain their ability to sincerely connect with patients.

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