Nursing White Papers
White Papers from leading Nursing experts provide great insight and research on timely relevant Nursing topics.
The statistics regarding hospital readmission are staggering; “nearly 20 percent of all patients that leave a hospital return to take another go-round through the hospital intake process within 30 days of their initial discharge” (Herzog, 2013). This white paper addresses the ways in which nursing staff can reduce the number of patient readmissions. Hospital readmissions are frustrating for both patients and providers, creating stress regardless of the reason for readmission.
Regardless if the shift report is handwritten or computerized, information accuracy, patient privacy, and report completion prior to shift rotation and before the nurse physically leaves the work station is mandated by various federal (Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCAHO) U.S. Office of the Inspector General (OIG)) and state guidelines. These guidelines address report requirements, format, timeliness, patient privacy, and general use.
Because of the repeated lifting it requires, nursing ranks in the top 10 occupations with debilitating work-related musculoskeletal disorders. To compound matters, the vast majority of nurses in the United States are aging at the same time American obesity is proliferating. Many nurses in the workforce are becoming less able to handle high-risk patient handling maneuvers as the tasks become increasingly more dangerous. What seems like a recipe for disaster can be averted if nurses follow the basic principles of safe patient handling and movement, including manual and machinery-aided methods, which are outlined in this white paper.
Difficult patients are often the ones who need care the most. They have to be dealt with. With some understanding and some strategic thinking, a nurse can keep a difficult patient from becoming an impossible one, at the same time making his or her own practice significantly less frustrating. Download this white paper to learn how to successfully deal with those difficult patients in a remarkable way!
In this diverse field, medical charts are one of the only constants. They are indispensable records that protect nurses and medical organizations from legal repercussions. From initial patient assessments to end-of-shift handoffs, effective and accurate charting techniques are instrumental in maintaining the highest level of care and legal protection. Download this white paper to learn effective charting tips which will help to ensure your charts are well written and legal proof.