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  THIS JUST IN October 14, 2010  
What's the future of nursing?

With more than 3 million members, the nursing profession is the largest segment of the nation’s healthcare workforce, but a number of barriers prevent nurses from being able to respond effectively to rapidly changing healthcare settings and an evolving healthcare system. According to a new Institute of Medicine report—The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health—these barriers need to be overcome to ensure that nurses are well-positioned to lead change and advance health.

First EHRs certified for meaningful use

The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology has announced that it has tested and certified 33 electronic health record products that are capable of meeting the 2011/2012 criteria for stage 1 meaningful use. Certification is required to qualify eligible providers and hospitals for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Does racial discrimination dictate care in the ED?

A new study reveals that Black and Hispanic patients in the United States who seek care for chest pain in EDs are less likely to be classified as needing immediate care than White patients with similar symptoms.

The Joint Commission releases annual quality and safety report

Accredited hospitals in the United States are providing higher-quality, evidence-based care for heart attack, pneumonia, surgical care, and children’s asthma care, according to The Joint Commission’s annual report Improving America’s Hospitals: The Joint Commission’s Report on Quality and Safety 2010.

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Cut down on SSIs
Maureen Spencer, MEd, RN, and Diane Gulczynski, MS, RN, CNOR

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How to build an ED charge nurse training program
Pamela A. Assid, MSN, BSN, RN, CNS, CEN, CPEN

Mentoring time management skills; preparing for deposition
Kathleen Murray, MSN, RN, CNA

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