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Let’s Talk About Clinical Integration

Clinical Integration

Clinical integration is pretty amazing. It’s not quite an ACO, yet allows a healthcare organizations within a community to loosely associate in order to provide better care for their patients. These hospitals and private practices agree to share data about the patients they care for with one another and agree to practice by defined health initiatives. It’s a way to provide better care across the continuum and also allows for providers to increase their reimbursement.

This means more money coming into hospitals and physician’s offices, which means they can hire more nurses!

Eliminate Paper and Improve Patient Care Across the Continuum with Tracked Clinical Competencies

computer stethoscope

If I had an opportunity to sit face-to-face with each and every nurse manager in the world I would tell them that eliminating paper and using computerized automated processes is the one great way they can improve patient care across the continuum. One area in particular where this can really make a difference is in tracking clinical competencies. Because if you want to make sure patients receive the best care possible the first thing that needs to be done is ensuring that nurses are well trained and competent to care for those patients.

Raising The Salary for Nurses Across the Board

Recently I posted about the pros and cons working as a salaried nurse verses hourly. Kevin Ross, of Innovative Nurse, has responded in a youtube video but has shifted the focus of the discussion to the wages of nurses in general. So let’s continue the conversation.

Kevin is a nurse consultant and was surprised after a discussion with another nurse hen he learned what the average pay for nurses is currently. And let me be completely honest when I say that I think nurses are reimburses well, compared to many other jobs I’ve done, but there is always room for improvement.

Nursing Interruptions and Interruption Awareness in Nursing Practice

Do folks realize that I need to concentrate on important details when I am administering medications?

Do they understand that interruptions are a source of medical errors? Sometimes catastrophic ones?

Does anyone care that an environment of endless interruptions can cause horrible stress on caregivers?

Puncture: Feature Film Showcases Risk of Needlestick Injuries for Nurses

Vicky Rogers (Vinessa Shaw) in PUNCTURE. Courtesy of Millennium Entertainment

PUNCTURE features Chris Evans, who portrays Micheal Weiss, a drug-addict Erin Brockovich or sorts, in a dramatic and captivating manner that is both shocking and inspiring. Despite his flaws, the mistakes he had made, and those he continued to make in his personal life, he is an underdog who stands up for what was right until the very end.

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