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Leaders in healthcare

Janice M Haley, Pamela H Cone
Learning from experience is a positive approach when preparing for mobile clinic service in a developing country. Mobile clinics provide healthcare services to people in hard to reach areas around the world, but preparation for their use needs to be done in collaboration with local leaders and healthcare providers. For over 16 years, Azusa Pacific University School of Nursing has sponsored mobile clinics to rural northern Haiti with the aim to provide culturally sensitive healthcare in collaboration with Haitian leaders...
August 28, 2016: Nurse Education in Practice
Fernando Stuardo Wyss Quintana
Latin America has 23 countries ranging from Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean, of these 19 countries are considered by the WHO as countries with high and very high risk, one of the similarities of our countries is poor access to services health and medicine, resulting from poor government investment in health as the amount used in this sector occupies only the best 3% of the national budget and gross domestic product.Thus we know that the prevalence of hypertension varies widely from country to country and from city to city, presenting in Guatemala a prevalence of 40%, while in other countries in the area ranges between 25 and 35%, most complicated problem is that within the same country as the population this prevalence can vary greatly and have a different impact between populationsTherefore we know that the impact of cardiovascular disease within the range of non-communicable diseases occupies at least 30% and of these about 70% occupied countries of low and moderate income...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Brent C Pottenger, Richard O Davis, Joanne Miller, Lisa Allen, Melinda Sawyer, Peter J Pronovost
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP) teams could be used to enhance patient experience by improving care transitions and discharge processes in a 318-bed community hospital. METHODS: In 2015, CUSP teams produced feasible solutions by participating in a design-thinking initiative, coupled with performance improvement tools involving data analytics and peer-learning communities. Teams completed a 90-day sprint challenge, involving weekly meetings, monthly department leader meetings, and progress trackers...
October 2016: Quality Management in Health Care
Caroline Kingori, Camila LeMaster Esquivel, Qorsho Hassan, Abdul Elmi, Bakali Mukasa, Michael Reece
African-born immigrants and refugees have HIV infection rates six times higher than any other minority groups in the United States. Despite the increase in the population size and diversity of Somali immigrants and refugees in the United States, Somalis are one of the medically underserved population subgroups in this region. The lack of aggregate HIV infection rates among African-born immigrants, for example, Somali refugees, is a cause for alarm and calls for more research to be conducted in this subgroup...
October 2016: AIDS Patient Care and STDs
Victoria Shier, Eric Trieu, David A Ganz
BACKGROUND: The United States Preventive Services Task Force recommends exercise to prevent falls in community-dwelling adults aged ≥ 65 years at increased fall risk. However, little is known about how best to implement exercise programs in routine care when a patient's need for exercise is identified within the healthcare system. METHODS: Using a qualitative approach, we reviewed the literature to determine how exercise programs to prevent falls are implemented from the vantage point of a health care setting...
December 2016: Injury Epidemiology
Priya Sahadeo, Robert J Weber
On March 28, 2014, The United States Pharmacopeia and The National Formulary (USP-NF) published USP General Chapter <800> Hazardous Drugs-Handling in Healthcare Settings, as open for public comment in the USP Pharmacopeial Forum (PF) 40(3). Pharmacy directors must be proactive in understanding the impact that USP <800> will have on their processes for preparing sterile products. USP General Chapter <797> pertains to the compounding of both hazardous and nonhazardous drugs. USP <800> serves as a new standard to guide the handling of hazardous drugs in order to protect patients, health care personnel, and the environment...
November 2015: Hospital Pharmacy
Laura Petitta, Lixin Jiang, Charmine E J Härtel
The present study adds novel knowledge to the literature on emotional contagion (EC), discrete emotions, job burnout, and the management of healthcare professionals by simultaneously considering EC as both a job demand and a job resource with multiple social pathways. Integrating EC into the job demands-resource model, we develop and test a conceptual model wherein multiple stakeholder sources of emotional exchanges (i.e., leaders, colleagues, patients) play a differential role in predicting caregivers' absorption of positive (i...
October 10, 2016: Stress and Health: Journal of the International Society for the Investigation of Stress
Régine Goemaes, Dimitri Beeckman, Joline Goossens, Jill Shawe, Sofie Verhaeghe, Ann Van Hecke
AIM: the concept of 'advanced midwifery practice' is explored to a limited extent in the international literature. However, a clear conception of advanced midwifery practice is vital to advance the discipline and to achieve both internal and external legitimacy. This concept analysis aims to clarify advanced midwifery practice and identify its components. METHODS: a review of the literature was executed using Rodgers' evolutionary method of concept analysis to analyze the attributes, references, related terms, antecedents and consequences of advanced midwifery practice...
September 13, 2016: Midwifery
Caroline Lornudd, David Bergman, Christer Sandahl, Ulrica von Thiele Schwarz
Purpose The purpose of this paper was to assess two different leader development interventions by comparing their effects on leadership behaviour and evaluating their combined impact after two years, from the viewpoints of both the participating managers and external raters. Design/methodology/approach The study was a longitudinal randomised controlled trial with a cross-over design. Health care managers ( n = 177) were first randomised to either of two 10-month interventions and a year later were switched to the other intervention...
October 3, 2016: Leadership in Health Services
Kuei-Yun Lu, Pi-Hsia Lee, Wen-Yin Chang
BACKGROUND: Despite the fact that regular physical activity is known to improve physical health and reduce absenteeism and perceived job strain, healthcare professionals currently perform inadequate physical activity. PURPOSE: To understand and compare the differences in stages of physical activity among nurses, physicians, and allied healthcare professionals. METHODS: A cross-sectional questionnaire was used to survey nurses, physicians, and allied healthcare professionals who worked at four branches of a hospital in Taiwan...
October 2016: Hu Li za Zhi the Journal of Nursing
Simon Cocksedge
Effective clinician listening and communicating directly affects patients' health, satisfaction with healthcare, and complaints. This influences healthcare policy and clinician training/assessment. Listening skills and consultation frameworks underpin training but are often poorly used in everyday clinical work. Primary care doctors provide continuity of care using listening skills to develop long term relationships. Additionally, they listen to patients and colleagues in other ways such as surveys, participation groups, and significant event reviews...
August 10, 2016: Education for Primary Care
Kelly J Morrow, Allison M Gustavson, Jacqueline Jones
BACKGROUND: A critical characteristic of effective teams in any setting is when each member is willing to speak up to share thoughts and ideas to improve processes. In spite of attempts by healthcare systems to encourage employees to speak up, employee silence remains a common cause of communication breakdowns, contributing to errors and suboptimal care delivery. Nurses in particular have reported low confidence in their communication abilities, and cite the belief that speaking up will not make a difference...
September 21, 2016: International Journal of Nursing Studies
Wayne Psek, F Daniel Davis, Gloria Gerrity, Rebecca Stametz, Lisa Bailey-Davis, Debra Henninger, Dorothy Sellers, Jonathan Darer
INTRODUCTION: Healthcare leaders need operational strategies that support organizational learning for continued improvement and value generation. The learning health system (LHS) model may provide leaders with such strategies; however, little is known about leaders' perspectives on the value and application of system-wide operationalization of the LHS model. The objective of this project was to solicit and analyze senior health system leaders' perspectives on the LHS and learning activities in an integrated delivery system...
2016: EGEMS
April N Kapu, Carmel A McComiskey, Lacey Buckler, Jennifer Derkazarian, Tammy Goda, Maria A Lofgren, Colleen K McIlvennan, Julie Raaum, Patricia M Selig, Corinna Sicoutris, Barbara Todd, Vicki Turner, Elizabeth Card, Nancy Wells
OBJECTIVE: This study examines data collected from a survey of advanced practice providers' (APPs') perceptions of reasonable versus actual APP-to-patient ratios and other factors that affect workload burden in both inpatient and outpatient clinical settings. BACKGROUND: Advanced practice providers provide accessible, cost-effective, and quality care in a growing number of specialty practices across multiple patient care settings. They are caring for higher volumes of patients and assuming more responsibilities while continuing to navigate highly complex healthcare systems...
October 2016: Journal of Nursing Administration
Carol Boston-Fleischhauer
Disruptions in healthcare are challenging nurse leaders to develop innovative care delivery strategies and make the space for nursing practice innovation at the point of care or service. These functions are interdependent and require strong nursing leadership to challenge the status quo thinking of our colleagues. The ultimate goal of disruptive innovation is to ensure that care innovations are aligned with changing consumer and payer expectations, while ensuring safety, reliability, and cost-effectiveness.
October 2016: Journal of Nursing Administration
Melissa OʼConnor, Angelina Arcamone, Frances Amorim, Mary Beth Hoban, Regina M Boyd, Lauren Fowler, Theresa Marcelli, Jacalyn Smith, Kathleen Nassar, M Louise Fitzpatrick
Management and facilitation of care transitions from hospital to alternative settings requires skill and attention to avoid adverse events. Several interprofessional organizations and nurse leaders have called for the expansion and redesign of undergraduate nursing curricula to include care transitions. Yet there is little evidence describing how undergraduate baccalaureate nursing students are educated on this critical topic or how successful they are in improving student knowledge about care transitions. To address this gap, an in-classroom and clinical experience was implemented to prepare students to manage and facilitate care transitions from the hospital to alternative settings-including the home...
October 2016: Home Healthcare Now
Judith A Spiers, Eliza Lo, Anne Hofmeyer, Greta G Cummings
AIM: To describe how organizational context and restructuring influenced nurse leaders' use of evidence in decision-making in their management practice. METHOD: Qualitative descriptive study. Fifteen leaders at executive and front-line manager levels in one organization were interviewed using a semi-structured format. FINDINGS: Inductive content analysis generated five main themes: leaders strove to keep relationships that preserve best decision-making ability; and sought the best knowledge to inform their decisions...
2016: Nursing Leadership
Sheena Mukkada, Jeannette Kirby, Nopporn Apiwattanakul, Randall T Hayden, Miguela A Caniza
Fungal diseases are an important cause of mortality in immunocompromised hosts, and their incidence in pediatric cancer patients in low- to middle-income countries is underestimated. In this review, we present relevant, up-to-date information about the most common opportunistic and endemic fungal diseases among children with cancer, their geographic distribution, and recommended diagnostics and treatment. Efforts to improve the care of children with cancer and fungal disease must address the urgent need for sustainable and cost-effective solutions that improve training, fungal disease testing capability, and the use of available resources...
September 2016: Current Clinical Microbiology Reports
Adam Lustig, Michael Ogden, Robert W Brenner, Jerry Penso, Kimberly D Westrich, Robert W Dubois
BACKGROUND: In 2013, it was reported that about 1 of every 3 U.S. adults has hypertension. Of these 70 million individuals, approximately 50% have their blood pressure under control. Achieving hypertension control, especially in at-risk populations, requires a multipronged approach that includes lifestyle modifications and pharmacological treatment. As provider groups, hospital systems, and integrated delivery networks optimize their care processes to promote population health activities in support of the accountable care organization (ACO) model of care, managing hypertension and other chronic diseases will be essential to their success...
October 2016: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
Pamela H Cone, Janice M Haley
Mobile clinics have been used successfully to provide healthcare services to people in hard to reach areas around the world, but their use is sometimes controversial. There are advantages to using mobile clinics among rural underserved populations, and providing access to those who are vulnerable will improve health and decrease morbidity and mortality. However, some teams use inappropriate approaches to international service. For over 15 years, Azusa Pacific University School of Nursing has sponsored mobile clinics to rural northern Haiti with the aim to provide culturally sensitive healthcare in collaboration with Haitian leaders...
September 3, 2016: Nurse Education in Practice
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