NurseZone Newsletter - 3/18/2011
March 18, 2011 
Patient Safety  

By Debra Wood, RN, contributor

No one heads to work wanting to make an error, especially nurses, but people are human. Mistakes happen. Nurses and their colleagues must develop a safety mindset and work together to implement evidence-based practices that protect their patients from preventable errors.  

Healthy People 2020 

By Debra Wood, RN, contributor

Assuming a broader approach to health than solely tackling specific disease states, the Institute of Medicine's Committee on Leading Health Indicators for Healthy People 2020 has added new objectives in its latest report to the Department of Health and Human Services, released on March 16, 2011.

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Patient Safety Tips

By Glenna Murdock, RN, contributor

What role do nurses play in creating a patient safety culture?  From policy recommendations to improved error reporting and patient handoffs, health care experts have begun to recognize the key role that these frontline caregivers can play in the process. NurseZone spoke to representatives from the Cleveland Clinic about how nurses can be part of a multifaceted solution to preventing errors and improving safety throughout a facility.   READ FULL STORY  

Nursing Home Quality  

By Jennifer Larson, contributor

A steering committee on nursing homes formed by the National Quality Forum has released a new set of 21 measures for assessing the care provided in nursing homes.  

Devices & Technology

By Christina Orlovsky Page, contributor

Patient safety is always a priority for health care professionals, and one that is universally recognized every March during National Patient Safety Awareness Week. While ultimately patient care is in the hands of the provider, several organizations highlight the important role health information technology plays in keeping patients safe--from the admission to discharge, pharmacy to the bedside, and everywhere in between. 

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Special News Feature 
Decreased Interruptions 
By Megan M. Krischke, contributor

A nurses workday is often characterized by interruptions, partly because many patient needs simply cant be put on a schedule. There are additional interruptions from co-workers, patients family members, pages and so on. While some interruptions are unavoidable, each one leads to time wasted as the nurse has to spend time refocusing on the original task, which can also lead to more errors. 
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