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Is the nursing shortage over?
According to a new study published online by Health Affairs, the current shortage of RNs will temporarily ease and could even end in many areas of the country as a result of the continuing recession. More


Downsizing hits infection prevention
According to a recent Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology survey, many U.S. hospitals are reducing infection prevention staff and resources due to the economic recession.

Obesity rates continue to climb
Adult obesity rates increased in 23 states in the past year, according to recent report by Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. More

ED crowding due to lack of inpatient beds
Lack of access to inpatient beds is the main reason for continued hospital ED crowding, according to a recent Government Accountability Office report.

Medical bankruptcy on the rise
According to a recent study published in the American Journal of Medicine, nearly two-thirds of all bankruptcies in 2007 were due to illness or the inability to pay medical bills, a 50% increase from 2001.


Steam sterilization update
The Joint Commission will look more broadly at all critical sterilization processes, including flash sterilization, when interpreting standards and surveying facilities. More

Guidance for H1N1 flu in obstetrics settings
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued guidance for preventing and managing H1N1 flu infection in inpatient and outpatient obstetric settings.

Short guideline on new treatment options for type 2 diabetes
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has issued guidance on the use of newer agents for blood glucose control in adults with type 2 diabetes.




  • Weigh the pros and cons of LASH
    By Susan M. Goldberg, RN, CNOR, BS
    Surgeons are beginning to study the benefits and drawbacks of the different methods of performing a hysterectomy when one is indicated, and the laparoscopic-assisted supracervical hysterectomy (LASH) is demonstrating some advantages over other methods. Click here to find out more about this procedure.

  • Guardian of glucose: An electronic algorithm for glycemic control
    By Craig Harris, RN, BSN, MPH, and Dawn Greene, RN, CCRN, CSC
    Read about the successful implementation of a software-based glycemic control program at one hospital’s cardiovascular recovery unit and cardiovascular ICU here.

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  • Arm yourself with these test-taking strategies
    By Barbara B. Pope, RN, CCNS, CCRN, PCCN, MSN
    Certification exams are difficult, but a little preparation (and a lot of studying) will go a long way toward helping you succeed. Find out how here.



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