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November 15, 2000: Medication Administration In Nursing Homes:"You asked about other states' laws, regulations, or policies permitting people who are not licensed as registered or practical nurses to give medicines to nursing home residents. This is an update of OLR Report 2000-R-0123, which describes nine states' (Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, Rhode Island, South Dakota, and Texas) rules."

November 11, 2000: Patient safety being left behind:"An overworked nurse infuses the wrong type of blood into a patient. An experienced pharmacist puts the wrong drug in a child's medicine bottle. A less-experienced surgeon blows a heart procedure that is performed more frequently and flawlessly down the street. All the patients die, victims of medical errors. Up to 98,000 such deaths a year perhaps the nation's most disturbing health care statistic have health officials scrambling to find fixes. They are spurred by an Institute of Medicine report last November that named errors made by doctors, nurses and hospital workers the USA's eighth leading killer."

October 9th, 2000: Colorado: Denver: Rural communities feel sting of nursing shortage:"Nurse Lynn Kier prays none of the other three nurses at Haxtun Hospital's nursing home call in sick. There is little backup for the 12-hour shifts, especially when roads are bad in winter. "It's nerve-racking," she said. "If anyone called in during a snow storm, we'd be stuck. No one could get out here fast enough." A nationwide shortage of nurses is compounded in rural areas such as Haxtun, a prairie town of about 1,100 about 140 miles northeast of Denver. Still, they try, advertising several times for help in a nursing journal."

October 2, 2000: Arkansas: UCA Students Struggle Against Nursing Shortage:"Hospitals across Arkansas and the nation continue to struggle with a nursing shortage. Even student nurses now take on the role of recruiters. Nursing students from the University of Central Arkansas at Conway are working to make a difference. Since 1995, there has been a 21 percent drop in the graduation rate at nursing schools across the state. Recruitment efforts are at an all-time high and nursing students are the newest recruitment tools."

September 15, 2000: Your Health: Medical errors linked to nurses:"Almost one year ago, the Institute of Medicine released a report showing that up to 98,000 patients die in hospitals every year due to medical errors. This week, a major newspaper reported that nursing mistakes alone are responsible for thousands of injuries and deaths. The investigation by the Chicago Tribune found that poorly trained or overworked nurses were responsible for the deaths of 1,700 patients and injuries to 9,548 since 1995. The paper said cuts in hospital staffs had led to registered nurses working longer hours and to under-trained nurses being used more often.

September 10, 2000: Nursing mistakes cause thousands of deaths, probe finds:"More than 1,700 patients have died and 9,548 have been injured since 1995 due to poorly trained or overwhelmed nurses across the country, the Chicago Tribune reported. The report in Sunday's editions of the Tribune places the blame on cuts in hospital staffs resulting in overworked registered nurses and the use of undertrained nurses. CNN's Rhonda Rowland reports on the study of hospital deaths by the Chicago Tribune

September 7, 2000: Potentially fatal germs under fingernails of hospital personnel should be 'eradicated,' study says:"Hospitals with elevated rates of infections and death, especially among newborn babies, should be examined for "potential reservoirs" of bacteria, including under the fingernails of nurses and other medical personnel. In a study reported in the September 7 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), researchers also said bacterial conditions such as ear-skin inflammations and fungal nail infections of health care workers "should be detected and eradicated" to reduce sickness and deaths among hospital patients."

August 25, 2000: Hospitals work to solve emergency room crisis:"To help alleviate clogged emergency rooms and open precious bed space, local health officials are working to keep the intoxicated and the mentally ill out of emergency facilities when medical attention is unnecessary. The officials are trying to find immediate solutions to free up more beds and medical resources to combat a valley-wide emergency room crisis that is jeopardizing patient care and contributing to slower ambulance response times.

April 15, 2000
Rx for hospital nurses: unions:"WORCESTER, Mass., When more than 500 unionized nurses walked off their jobs last month at St. Vincent Hospital, analysts blamed the complexities of a troubled health care economy. Hospital nurses nationwide, however, might find a simpler truth in one of the hand-lettered signs on the picket line. "This is not about money," it read. "This is about sleep."

January 13th, 2000
ANA Proposes Universal Medicare Program as Solution to Fragmented Health Care System:"Washington, D.C. In order to assure that all Americans have access to comprehensive health care services, the American Nurses Association (ANA) has proposed creation of a Universal Medicare Program. The program is based on an expansion of Medicare, restructured and enhanced to serve the broader American public. ANA's proposal was released at the Health Coverage 2000 conference held here today. At the meeting, eight of the nation's leading trade, professional and consumer organizations offered their proposals to address the problem of the uninsured."

January 13th, 2000
Robot Nurses Will Assist Sick And Elderly-Magazine:"LONDON (Reuters) - Robot nurses may soon be helping the sick and elderly by telling them when to take their pills and recording their temperature and pulse, New Scientist magazine said Wednesday. Engineers from the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pennsylvania have designed a new generation of robots to make life easier for the elderly and housebound and to inform their doctors of medical problems."

January 10th, 2000
Nurse Clinging to Life; ANA/INA Fights to Protect All Nurses:"Washington, DC As an Illinois nurse fights for her life, nurses continue to face the daily threat of workplace violence. "It is simply unacceptable that any facility would risk the lives of health care workers and patients by failing to implement a comprehensive workplace violence program and address serious short staffing problems," said Mary Foley, MS, RN, President. Mary Grimes, RN, was attacked by a patient at the state-run Zeller Mental Health Center in Peoria, IL. The patient, who now faces criminal charges in the attack, shoved Grimes so violently that she fell backward and hit her head against a metal door frame. Grimes remains in critical condition in the intensive care unit with a severe head injury. The Illinois Nurses Association (INA) reports a history of other serious acts of violence against mental health staff. At Zeller alone there have been seven RNs injured by patients in the past 18 months despite repeated efforts to inform management and work with them to implement workplace protections."

January 5, 2000
Primary Care Outcomes in Patients Treated by Nurse Practitioners or Physicians:"Context Studies have suggested that the quality of primary care delivered by nurse practitioners is equal to that of physicians. However, these studies did not measure nurse practitioner practices that had the same degree of independence as the comparison physician practices, nor did previous studies provide direct comparison of outcomes for patients with nurse practitioner or physician providers."


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