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Collaborative Care

Through collaborative care, patients can get better quicker and go home sooner. Learn how to be a part of a collaborative care team that is courteous, communicates well, and has mutual respect. In the end, it will benefit your patients and you.

Nearly 44 million unpaid caregivers form the backbone of the US chronic and long-term care system. These hard working family members provide care to injured veterans, aging adults, children with special needs, and individuals with chronic medical needs.

You may be professional nurse with years of training and practice . . .

February 2017 Vol. 12 No. 2

Author: Kim S. Hitchings, MSN, RN, NEA-BC; Tonya Kemp, RN; Sharon Kromer, BSN, RN; Barbara Labriola, MS, RN, CMSRN; and Lori Yesenofski, MSN, RN, CCRN

Since the Magnet® Vision was published in 2008, it has inspired actions by nurses at Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH), a Magnet-recognized academic community hospital located in southeastern Pennsylvania. In 2011, when LVH received its third Magnet designation, we dissected the vision statement to stimulate goals to help LVH continue . . .

October 2016 Vol. 11 No. 10

Author: V. Susan Carroll, MS, RN, SCRN, and Timothy M. Carrigan, PhD, RN, FACHE

Patient satisfaction has long been one way that hospitals measured quality, albeit indirectly. The surgical services division of Rush University Medical Center, an academic medical center in Chicago, IL, planned and implemented a broader approach to measuring quality based on purposeful daily leadership rounding (PDLR) specifically focused on clinical quality . . .

July 2016 Vol. 11 No. 7

Author: Deborah E. Trautman, PhD, RN, FAAN

Transforming health care is a complex challenge that can best be met through a coordinated response from academia and clinical practice. Working together, chief nursing officers (CNOs) and academic leaders ensure that clinicians are prepared to provide high-quality patient care and influence the systems where they practice.

To better . . .

May 2016 Vol. 11 No. 5

Author: Amy Steinbinder, PhD, RN, NE-BC

Preventable medical errors account for 440,000 deaths each year and are the third leading cause of death in the United States. According to The Joint Commission, communication failure is the third most commonly identified root cause of all sentinel events. A 2005 study titled “Silence Kills: The Seven Crucial . . .

January 2016 Vol. 11 No. 1

Author: Tina M. Marrelli, MSN, RN, MA, FAAN

Sarah made the transition from inpatient hospital nurse to home care (HC) nurse 6 years ago. She enjoys her practice and likes helping the patients and families whose cases she manages. Her performance evaluations have been very good.

When her HC organization posts a job opening for nurse manager, Sarah . . .

December 2014 Vol. 9 No. 12

Author: Shirley Cahill, MSN, RN

When bedside caregivers are engaged in their work, patient outcomes are improved, the patient experience is enhanced, and staff satisfaction is high. Most nursing managers and leaders I have worked with over the past 20 years believe that staff engagement is important. However, these leaders are at a loss as . . .

November 2014 Vol. 9 No. 11

Author: Terry Eggenberger, PhD, RN, CNE, CNL; Rose O. Sherman, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN; and Kathryn Keller, PhD, RN

Kate Summer, a nurse case manager on a telemetry unit, is leading an initiative to reduce the 30-day readmission rate of older patients with heart failure. She knows from experience that more effective communication and collaborative planning by the interdisciplinary team managing these patients is crucial for reducing readmissions . . .

October 2014 Vol. 9 No. 10

Author: Joyce Bragg, RN, MSN, BSN

Chelsea enters the unit chewing gum and texting on her new smart phone. Deb stands there, waiting to get report. Minutes pass as Chelsea chuckles and continues to pound out a couple more texts on her phone. She then looks up to see Deb, arms folded staring at her with . . .

November 2013 Vol. 8 No. 11

Author: Rachel Start, MSN, RN; Benson Wright, MSN, RN; Marcia Murphy, DNP, RN, ANP;

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.”
-Antoine de Saint-Exupery

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the creation of Rush University Medical . . .

June 2012 Vol. 7 No. 6

Author: Jody A. Holland, MN, RN

Five years ago, while working in leadership I had a pivotal conversation with my superior regarding the need to “stop thinking like a bedside nurse”. My instincts told me this was wrong as I had always believed that leaders were supposed to know what was happening at the bedside in . . .

March 2011 Vol. 6 No. 3

Author: Sharon Morrison, MAT, RN

Michael had diabetes and a history of elevated blood glucose levels. A long-time drinker, he seemed to have no interest in giving up the habit. I met him while working as a diabetes nurse educator for the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, traveling from shelter to shelter . . .

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