An Apology Goes a Long Way Following Never-Events

Malpractice is a huge concern for hospitals, with such payouts amounting to about $3.9 billion in the U.S. in 2014, CNN reports. However, patients are often seeking an apology and acknowledgement of wrongdoing over any monetary gain. There’s an increasing movement afoot to get hospitals to move toward an “acknowledge and apologize” approach rather than “deny and defend,” with 36 states passing “I’m sorry" laws so that apologies can’t be used against nurses and docs in a court of law. Stanford, for one, has shown progress in this regard, dropping indemnity costs by 27 percent since 2009, following the implementation of a resolution program for addressing adverse events.

5 Steps Toward Launching Your Career as a Nurse-Writer

Are you an RN who’s looking to supplement your income by doing a little writing on the side, or find something to help pass the time during retirement? Nurse and freelance writer Elizabeth Hanes, R.N., offers aspiring scribes a few tips over at the social media site allnurses.com. For starters, she believes it’s essential to decide why you want to become a writer, whether it’s to share your own personal journey, or guide fellow nurses in how to better engage with their patients. Once you’re past that first step, you can’t just immediately put the pen to paper. Hanes advises nurses to bone up on how to write clearly, along with seeking avenues to share your writing skills.

Nurses Make Big Gains in Safety, Cost Savings Through CSI Program

By focusing on bedside shift reports and improving communication with patients, among other things, nurses at seven Washington state hospitals were able to make a big impact in the work they do. The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses recently reported the results from its Clinical Scene Investigator Academy, a team-based program that encourages RNs as leaders and change agents in their hospitals. Among the successes, those involved in the program were able to decrease medication errors, eliminate falls and increase patient mobility, with an anticipated cost savings of almost $570,000. You can read more about the 16-month, AACN-funded innovation effort in the announcement.

Rapid Fire

Here are a few more nurse news tidbits, in rapid fashion:

  • Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack details the ways in which the country is improving care for rural patients, including a $20 million program that offers home visits by nurses and other caregivers to patients in remote areas.
  • The shortage of home-based nurses has reportedly prompted New Hampshire to up reimbursement rates and lawmakers to seek studies on the nurse staffing landscape in the state, according to the Concord Monitor.
  • Another AACN, this one the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, also just released a new report, detailing how the field can escalate the role of academic nursing in transforming health care.
  • And finally, nurses from Rush University Medical Center, here in Chicago, detail how they believe achieving Magnet status translates to better clinical care in this post.