Making the Difference http://makingthedifference.ca Making the Difference en-us The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Applauds New International Study that Confirms Strong Link Between Nursing Education and Patient Outcomes http://makingthedifference.ca/news/item/?n=42 The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) applauds new research published today in The Lancet, which shows that patients experiencing complications after surgery are more likely to live if treated in hospitals with adequate nurse staffing levels and higher numbers of nurses prepared at the baccalaureate degree level. Following a review of more than 420,000 patient records in 300 hospitals spanning nine European countries, the study authors found that a 10% increase in the... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 13:12:00 -0600 Nurse staffing and education and hospital mortality in nine European countries: a retrospective observational study http://makingthedifference.ca/news/item/?n=41 Prof Linda H Aiken PhD a , Douglas M Sloane PhD a, Luk Bruyneel MS b, Koen Van den Heede PhD b, Prof Peter Griffiths PhD c,Prof Reinhard Busse MD d, Marianna Diomidous PhD e, Prof Juha Kinnunen PhD f, Prof Maria Kzka PhD g, Prof Emmanuel LesaffrePhD h, Matthew D McHugh PhD a, M T Moreno-Casbas PhD i, Prof Anne Marie Rafferty PhD j, Rene Schwendimann PhD k, Prof P Anne Scott PhD l, Prof Carol Tishelman PhD m, Theo van Achterberg PhD n, Prof Walter Sermeus PhD b, for the RN4CAST... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 10:49:00 -0600 Staffing too low - Saskatchewan registered nurse expresses concerns about government's move to eliminate minimum staffing standards and care hours in long-term care http://makingthedifference.ca/news/item/?n=40 BY CATHARINE MAKELKI, THE STARPHOENIXThe community of lIsle-Verte in Quebec gathered recently to remember the more than 30 residents who lost their lives in a fire that broke out in a nursing home.This tragedy should make us all reflect on the conditions of care for our seniors. The lack of sprinklers in the Quebec facility clearly played a major role, but many people were shocked to discover that a long-term care facility with more than 50 residents had only two staff persons on the... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 10:41:00 -0600 SUN takes to social media with patient safety message http://makingthedifference.ca/news/item/?n=39 REGINA, February 10, 2014: In the wake of the recently agreed to extension of a pause on registered nurse position abolishment with the Ministry of Health, the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN) launches a groundbreaking social media video campaign.The four-week campaign, kicking off Monday, February 10, 2014, will feature daily, hard-hitting interviews with leading Canadian researchers and Saskatchewan's own frontline registered nurses. They will be discussing exactly what the impact of... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 11:55:00 -0600 Cuts to nurse staffing levels pose a risk to patients and society, warns International Council of Nurses Workforce Forum http://makingthedifference.ca/news/item/?n=38 Geneva, Switzerland, Dublin, Ireland, 28 October 2013 - Nurse leaders at the 19th International Council of Nurses Workforce Forum have issued a warning that unsafe nurse staffing levels pose a risk to patients and society. Following a recent gathering of nurse leaders from nine countries[i] in Dublin, Ireland, 23-25 September 2013, the ICN Workforce Forum reaffirmed that nurses are key contributors to society through cost-effective planning and delivery of quality assured health care... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 09:57:00 -0600 SUN - a voice for registered nurses http://makingthedifference.ca/news/item/?n=37 Special to the Leader Post - Tracy Zambory, SUN President. When people think of registered nurses, words like caring and compassion are often the first things that come to mind. There is no arguing there are those innate and unique qualities that cannot be taught, but what many people forget or are unaware of is that registered nursing is also a science.The knowledge and skills registered nurses possess have been acquired through extensive education and clinical experience, and... Tue, 03 Sep 2013 09:15:00 -0600 Radical experiment with registered nurses - RNs play huge role in health care system http://makingthedifference.ca/news/item/?n=36 A radical health care experiment is being launched in Alberta right now. No, it's not an experiment to test a new wonder drug or breakthrough medical procedure. It's an experiment to see how few registered nurses can be employed in the health care system before it breaks.This will not end well.As a doctor, I know that RNs are trained to think critically about patient needs, take a holistic view of a patient's condition, and provide high quality care.RNs give vital input on decisions... Tue, 06 Aug 2013 15:03:00 -0600 Absenteeism and overtime rates clearly indicate need for more emphasis on safe nurse staffing in Canada http://makingthedifference.ca/news/item/?n=35 New figures on rates of absenteeism and overtime worked by nurses throughout Canada clearly illustrate the need for all health care systems to place more emphasis on safe staffing levels at hospitals and other care facilities, says Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions President Linda Silas. The statistics, compiled for CFNU from Canada's Labour Force Survey by Informetrica Ltd., show that in 2012 Registered Nurses and nurse supervisors working in the health care and social assistance... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 10:43:00 -0600 Canadians identify major gaps in long-term care: national survey http://makingthedifference.ca/news/item/?n=34 Canadians have identified two major gaps in long-term care as key problems with the country's health care system, a nationwide survey commissioned by the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions indicates.The national poll conducted by Praxis Analytics in May 2013 showed Canadians were particularly concerned by what they perceived as a shortage of long-term care spaces and lack of qualified staff working in long-term care settings.However, CFNU President Linda Silas said policy makers need... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 10:24:00 -0600 Absenteeism and overtime rates clearly indicate need for more emphasis on safe nursing staff numbers in Canada http://makingthedifference.ca/news/item/?n=33 TORONTO - New figures on rates of absenteeism and overtime worked by nurses throughout Canada clearly illustrate the need for all health care systems to place more emphasis on safe staffing levels at hospitals and other care facilities, says Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions President Linda Silas. The statistics, compiled for CFNU from Canada's Labour Force Survey by Informetrica Ltd., show that in 2012 Registered Nurses and nurse supervisors working in the health care and social... Mon, 03 Jun 2013 11:28:00 -0600 Nurses - The Unsung Heroes http://makingthedifference.ca/news/item/?n=32 Nurses should never minimize the role they play in the lives of their patients. Nurses are the ones who are at the bedside after all the other providers have left. They are the glue that holds the healthcare system together. They are the unsung heroes.Once again it is National Nurses Day and the start of National Nurses Week, which always begins on May 6 and goes through May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale. This is the week set aside to recognize the contributions and commitments... Tue, 07 May 2013 08:03:00 -0600 Nurses relied on trauma experience to help bombing wounded - Expert Training-Expert Care Make the Difference http://makingthedifference.ca/news/item/?n=31 (CNN) -- Of all the Boston Marathons hes worked, and hes done a half-dozen of them, Stephen Segatore figured this one would be pretty easy.The weather was cool, so the runners probably wouldnt be at much risk for heat stroke or dehydration. Maybe hed help people with muscle cramps or twisted ankles, but not much more than that.Segatore, a nurse for 18 years, started his day Monday with the elite athletes in Medical Tent B toward the start of the race. Once those runners were well on... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 10:37:00 -0600 The Value of Nursing Care Coordination http://makingthedifference.ca/news/item/?n=30 A June 2012 American Nurses Association white paper - the value of Nursing care co-ordination - focusses on recent reports and studies that have documented results involving registered nurses in care coordination the results clearly "demonstrate the effectiveness of nurse-led and patient-centered care coordination":Reductions in emergency department visitsNoticeable decreases in medication costsReduced inpatient chargesReduced overall chargesAverage savings per... Fri, 01 Feb 2013 09:37:00 -0600 Health Canada grants nurse practitioners more prescribing authority http://makingthedifference.ca/news/item/?n=29 Ottawa, Wednesday, November 21, 2012 The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) applauds Health Canada for publishing new regulations with more prescribing authority for nurse practitioners (NPs), midwives and podiatrists."CNA welcomes this development, a milestone for NPs and the patients they care for," said Barb Mildon, CNA president. "With these new regulations in place, NPs can provide Canadians with the advanced level of care that is in keeping with their expanded education and... Thu, 22 Nov 2012 09:48:00 -0600 Nurses, Doctors Are Most Respected Jobs in Canada, U.S. and Britain http://makingthedifference.ca/news/item/?n=28 [NEW YORK Oct. 2, 2012] - Nurses and doctors continue to be well regarded by people in Canada, the United States and Britain, a new Angus Reid Public Opinion poll has found.In the online survey of representative national samples, respondents were asked about the level of respect they hold for 25 different professions.In Britain, 93 per cent of respondents have "a great deal of respect" or "a fair amount of respect" for nursesa view shared by 96 per cent of Canadians and 92 per cent of... Wed, 03 Oct 2012 13:51:00 -0600 Canada can count on nurses http://makingthedifference.ca/news/item/?n=27 As Canada's health ministers gathered in Halifax this week to talk about the progress on health care, the average Canadian could be excused for wanting to shrug and turn away. Even though the agenda included important topics, like Canada's growing obesity and diabetes problems, the country's top-down management of health care is frighteningly complex on the surface and seems disconnected from the immediate concerns of most Canadians.Enter Canada's registered nurses. Representatives of the... Tue, 02 Oct 2012 09:01:00 -0600 New report on nursing workload and patient care released http://makingthedifference.ca/news/item/?n=26 HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 28, 2012) - Excessive nursing workload is negatively affecting patient outcomes, says a new study released today by the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU), at a meeting with provincial health ministers. Nurses are calling on provincial health ministers to work with them to answer the question, just how many patients can one nurse safely care for?Matching nursing levels to number and acuity of patients pays off. It pays off for patients in... Mon, 01 Oct 2012 09:35:00 -0600 Nurses' unsung role: helping educate doctors http://makingthedifference.ca/news/item/?n=25 By LAURIE GOTTLIEB, Special to The GazetteMONTREAL - A recent report by the British National Confidential Enquiry Into Patient Outcomes and Death contained a disturbing finding: that more than 38 per cent of cardiac arrests in British hospitals could have been avoided if junior doctors had accurately assessed the situation and communicated with senior doctors earlier. In reading the report I was struck by its exclusive focus on the junior physician/senior physician relationship and its... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 14:01:00 -0600 Transforming health delivery: Nurse-led care is solution http://makingthedifference.ca/news/item/?n=24 Our health care system is based on an on-demand model of physicians and hospitals providing acute and episodic care. While this system works well for the vast majority of citizens, it is a poor match for many of those with chronic diseases.As a nurse and an academic, my particular interest is examining how health and social services can work together to improve people's lives and contain costs. In my view, problems arise when circumstances in the world change and conventional wisdom does... Thu, 26 Jul 2012 08:27:00 -0600 Why Nurses Are the Way of the Future http://makingthedifference.ca/news/item/?n=23 Gina Browne, RNhas written about the findings of the Canadian Nursing Associations National Expert Commission Report released in June 2012. Why Nurses Are the Way of the FutureOur healthcare system is based on an on-demand model of physicians and hospitals providing acute and episodic care. While this system works well for the vast majority of citizens, it is a poor match for many of those with chronic diseases.As a nurse and an academic, my particular interest is examining how... 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