Five Years of Nursing Innovation at Massachusetts General Hospital

Five years ago, PSQH spoke with Jeanette Ives Erickson, RN, DNP, FAAN, about a new and exciting innovation in her hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) – an initiative that designated 12 Innovation Units, where a philosophy of relationship-based care and 13 evidence-based interventions could be safely tested. This March, we checked in to see how the initiative has fared.

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The Multifaceted Roles of the Physician Advisor and Influence in Health Care Organizations

We are in the midst of tremendous change in healthcare, and physician advisors are needed to be the lighthouse guiding our physician colleagues in the turbulent waters. The notion that a physician advisor only needs to know how to determine a proper level of care is well past us at this point, because organizations have realized that physician advisors can, and are, impacting healthcare organizations in many other equally important ways.

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Culture Building Tops List of Must-Have Leadership Skills

Cultivating a culture, communicating, and building a team are the most important leadership skills for facing the demands of an evolving healthcare landscape. So say the nearly 500 executives, clinical leaders, and clinicians who responded to the NEJM Catalyst Insights Council’s recent leadership survey.

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NPSF Announces DAISY Award 2016 Honorees

The National Patient Safety Foundation along with The Daisy Foundation have announced the winners of the 2016 National Patient Safety Foundation DAISY Awards for Extraordinary Nurses. The award, a derivative of The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, places special emphasis on patient and workforce safety. Now in its second year, this award is a derivative … Continued

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Immersion Program for Emerging Leaders in Patient Safety

The Academy for Emerging Leaders in Patient Safety (AELPS) (aka Telluride Patient Safety Summer Camp) now offers a three-day immersion program in patient safety and quality education for risk managers, healthcare administrators, and health education faculty. This comprehensive workshop will be held July 27–30 in Napa Valley, California. For 11 years, the AELPS faculty has … Continued

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Leadership: Ending Nurse-to-Nurse Hostility

Years ago, at a National League of Nursing meeting, Loretta Nowakowski, former director for Health Education for the Public at Georgetown University School of Nursing in Washington, D.C., proposed that disease could be best understood by looking at hurricanes. She noted that, like a serious illness, hurricanes occurred only when many factors were present within relatively narrow parameters and that an appropriate intervention could alter the severity or course of a disease or hurricane. This discovery was encouraging to Nowakowski—it meant that an intervention, made at any point, could alter the final outcome.

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Innovations in Nursing

Innovations in nursing run the gamut from emergence of nurseled protocols to improved communication practices to various technological advances, including telehealth and virtual simulation. “The emergence of nurse-led protocols has been critical to increasing patient safety,” says Milisa Manojlovich, PhD, RN, CCRN, associate professor at the University of Michigan School of Nursing. “Nurses are being … Continued

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Nominations Open for Sherman Award for Excellence in Patient Engagement

EngagingPatients.org, an online community dedicated to sharing best practices in patient and family engagement, is now accepting nominations for the 2016 John Q. Sherman Award for Excellence in Patient Engagement. Established in 2014, the Sherman Award is dedicated to recognizing innovative work that has resulted in better, safer care and improved outcomes by engaging patients … Continued

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Nursing has once again been named the most trustworthy profession in America

Trust your nurses, everyone else does Nursing has once again been named the most trustworthy profession in America. In its annual Honesty and Ethics rankings, Gallup Polls found that 85% of Americans rated nurses’ honesty and trustworthiness “very high,” or “high.” The runner-up, pharmacists, only received a “highly trusted” score of 68%. As a manager, … Continued

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