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Trends in Nursing: Q&A with Healthcare Leaders

  • Marty Luzer, RN, MNEd
  • 05/06/2013

The founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale, earned the nickname “The Lady with the Lamp” from this report in The Times: She is a ‘ministering angel’ without any exaggeration in these hospitals, and as her slender form glides quietly along each corridor, every poor fellow’s face softens with gratitude at the sight of her. When all the medical officers have retired for the night and silence and darkness have settled down upon those miles of prostrate sick, she may be observed alone, with a little lamp in her hand, making her solitary rounds. (Cited in Cook, E. T. The Life of Florence Nightingale) Reading this account, I instantly recognize the nobility of nursing. The tireless efforts and commitment to patient care remain the same. But beyond its focus on patients, nursing is a dynamic profession – always innovating. In honor […]

Recruitment is at or near the top of every CIO’s list of headaches. The demand for trained informaticists far exceeds the supply.  Moreover, it’s expensive to recruit and relocate people from outside organizations, especially when there’s no guarantee they’ll work out.  The video above captures an innovative solution by UC Irvine Healthcare, a major academic medical center in the Los Angeles area that has been ranked among the nation’s top hospitals for 11 consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report.  Rather than recruit for open positions, UCI’s IT leaders decided to look inward — to the nurses who are the biggest users of the most strategic and important applications in a health system.  “We decided that, rather than trying to recruit and bring people in and not meeting our staffing requirements, to go out to our nursing population at large within UCI and grab […]