#RNchat on Patient Education

Patient education is something we often talk about in nursing, and regularly do during the normal care of our day. The challenge is that time is often short, and patients do not always retain the information the first time. I know it took me to learn the signs, symptoms and complications of Chronic Heart Failure, […]

Nursing impact on 30-day re-admission

The Article: Hospital nursing and 30-day readmission among medicare patients with heart failure, acute myocardial infarction, and pneumonia Big Idea: Generally a health work enivonrment, lower nure patient ratios and more educated nurses are expected to improve care. This paper looks at the evidence of how the hospital environment (workplace culture, patient-to-nurse-ratio, and proportion of […]

Can daily bathing with chlorhexidine reduce hospital aquired infection?

The Article: Effect of Daily Chlorhexidine Bathing on Hospital-Aquired Infection [http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23388005] Big Idea: Can using chlorhexidine impregnated cloths to bed bath patients reduce rates of Multi-Drug Resistant Organism (MDRO) acquisition and bloodstream infection rates in hospitals? Evidence: Observational studies (looking at populations uncontrolled by researchers) suggest that chlorhexidine bathing reduces multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) aquisition and […]

A Conference for Participants

The word “unconference” gets a mixed reaction from many, in healthcare it is usually more confusion then skepticism. For those of you that don’t know, the unconference was born out of the technology industry. They are about 4-5 years old depending who you ask, and they focus on participation by attendees. The wikipedia article on […]

What Social Media Can Learn From Nursing

This post was written by Phil Baumann and originally posted on his website. Image via Wikipedia What? You’re kidding, right? I thought that nursing was behind the times and that nursing is supposed to learn about social media. What possibly could the Social Media elite learn from nursing? I am flipping things around. Actually, in […]

Podcasting Basics by Terri Schmit

This post is written by Terri Schmit and posted on her blog. She is an experienced nurse practitioner, educator, and is currently finishing her PhD. This is one of her many great posts. Well, it is time to share some good internet information with all of my nursing friends out there. I had more than […]

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