Strategy to Increase Percentage of BSN- Prepared Nurses by 2020 The ABC Health Care Center is an acute care facility that has been providing healthcare services in the state of Florida for over five decades. This organization functions under the functional structure and practices the participative leadership model with a top-down flow communication model to communicate with their employees. One of the most important recommendations of the institute of medicine (IOM) 2011 to increase the number nurses with a Bachelor Science of Nursing (BSN) degree from 50% to 80% by 2020 (IOM, 2011). However, this recommendation is not fully implemented by this organization. This goal can only be possible if health care employers are willing to do their
Health care personnel and quality improvement professionals are focusing their attention on identifying factors that are causing high rates of readmissions. This focus is being driven by the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program which was implemented as part of the Affordable Care Act. “Effective October 1, 2012, organizations with high 30-day readmission rates for acute myocardial infarction, heart failure, and pneumonia could see their annual hospital Medicare payments reduced by 1%, according to a final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)”. (Clancey, 2013) Hospital readmissions are an increasing problem in hospitals across the country. Readmissions are not only costly but they jeopardize the health of the elderly who are at risk for loss of function, hospital-acquired infections, and other poor outcomes when hospitalized.
The Universal Vaccine Controversy Vaccines have become a major part of our world today. A large number of diseases have been prevented from large, deadly outbreaks. Although vaccines usually seem to be projected as having a positive effect, many people refuse to receive vaccinations. These people believe the side effects of vaccines could be potentially worse and cause more damage than the risk of getting the disease itself. Because vaccines are highly controversial, it is important to understand how they work and to then weigh the benefits versus the risks.
CHAPTER – I INTRODUCTION Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a worldwide public health problem. Over the last several decades, improvements in acute care have resulted in higher survival rates. In developed countries, there has been a reduction in the mortality rates associated with TBI, generally attributed to improved systems of trauma care and improved motor vehicle safety design. Many individuals with mild traumatic brain injury and virtually all individuals who survive moderate and severe TBI are left with significant long-term neurobehavioral sequelae, including cognitive deficits, changes in personality and increased rates of psychiatric illness. These neurobehavioral problems are understandable in the context of the typical profile of
INTRODUCTION Lack of clean water is affecting millions of people today.Almost 1 out of every 6 people alive are unable to adequately access water, and worse still, over double that number lack basic sanitation, for which water is a necessity. (Abebe, 2011)Almost half the population in some third world countries can’t access clean water and availability of drinking water is becoming a major socio-economic issue across the world, particularly in the developing world. Clean water i.e. water that is free from toxins and various chemicals is essential to human health. Rapid increase in population, industrialization, droughts and demands from variety of users are the major factors that led to clean drinking water shortage.
The Choosing Wisely campaign seeks to significantly lessen the use of useless tests, excessive treatments and needless procedures (Chassin, 2013). The National Summit on Overuse focused on the creating of strategies to combat the overuse of key overuse problems (Chassin, 2013). Initiative like these address the overuse problem in health care that stifle quality
Every 65 seconds, a new diagnosis of alzheimer 's occurs which has led it to be the 6th leading cause of death in the United States . Killing more than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined. With this disease still growing, todays medicational treatments for these diseases have been improving over the years but has recently began to start showing many negative effects. With that being said, it has been found that while these medications claim to help they also cause abnormal amounts of distress to the patients who are prescribed them such as diarrhea, vomiting, fatigue, and even fainting. Another negative about medicinal therapy is that there is a time limit on how long the positive effects actually help unlike art therapy which can be used at any time of the day with no specific expiration.
According to Tanvir and Nadim (2010) nutritional assessment is important because prevalence of malnutrition is increasing in this population and affects the aging process malnutrition is associated with decline in functional status, impaired muscle function, decreased bone mass, immune dysfunction, anemia, reduced cognitive function, poor wound healing, delayed recovery from surgery higher hospital readmission rates, and mortality. 8.5: Current Research: Nutritional screening and assessment are best performed by a multidisciplinary team. Each member of the medical team, the dietitian, the nurse, the pharmacist, the ancillary personnel, and the physician, participates in the processes and comes to the patient with a unique perspective and
Within the last 100 years, the average American’s lifespan has nearly doubled, and infancy moved from routine to rare. They believe that the ‘dying process’ is being extended through the use of medical treatments. Medical treatments today reduced the death of pneumonia & influenza tuberculosis, meningitis, and diarrhoea; the leading causes of death in the United States in the 1900’s (McGarry, 2018). However, cancer, heart diseases, accidents, and diabetes mellitus are the leading causes of death in today’s society that do not have cures nor solutions that would prolong our lives (McGarry, 2018). Field and Cassel researched the attitudes of Americans toward dying and death and discovered that it is surprisingly limited.
Understanding health literacy and what it means is very important, especially if a person is a nurse or works in the healthcare system. According to Healthy People (2010), Health literacy means the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions. Patients that are at the biggest risk for low health literacy in our communities are patients the are part of our low-income communities, elderly, minorities and society members that have lower education levels. Unfortunately, the impact of low literacy on health promotion and health education is significant. Patients that have low health literacy are at risk for frequent hospitalization
In this country, the healthcare system is struggling to incorporate a proper formula to insure an adequate transitions of care between different facilities. Due to these issues, hospitals and community practices are trying to develop better transitions of care systems to coordinate better care with their patients. Hospital readmission rates are becoming alarming, with almost 20% of discharged elderly patients returning to hospitals within a month for the same medical conditions (1). These readmission rates both hurt the hospitals, and more importantly, the patients involved; so, an effective system must be implemented that could ease this transition of care and help reduce readmission rates and healthcare expenses. The National Transitions
Various studies have shown that heart diseases are number one killer in America. It has been observed that rate of re-hospitalization of patients, aged 55 years and up, suffering from suffering congestive heart failure is quite high than other ailments. Many researchers have pointed out that inadequate patient education at the time of discharge is one of the reasons of increased rate of readmissions in CHF patients. Many studies show that the lack of self-reliance and gist of self-care management are the root cause of re-hospitalization. Now the question arises that who will be accountable for this deficiency; the nurse educator, the patient itself, healthcare facilities and professionals, or other circumstances.
Clostridium difficile infection and transmission prevention continues to represent а difficult and serious challenge in patient safety and infection prevention. A single inpatient Clostridium difficile infection costs more than $35,000 in average and the estimated yearly cost burden for the health care system is more than $3 billion (MedPage Today, 2012). The epidemiology of Clostridium difficile infection is continue to change, and its presence in the community and the healthcare settings has caused healthcare personnel continue to re-evaluate approaches and perspectives. There are many risk factors for Clostridium difficile infection such as an exposure to antibiotics, advanced age, and hospitalization. Almost all antibiotics have been involved
Now that vaccines, procedures and medicine are available for all these diseases that once took the lives of the young and old population, the American people are living longer with a new challenge. Elderly are now living with multi-morbidities and are experiencing debilitating physical decline that often requires an immense amount of care and is more than the American healthcare system projected. The real problem that is at stake is that fewer caregivers are available to provide the care necessary
Valerie Benavidez Professor Stewart ENC 1101 15 November 2015 The Healthcare Crisis in the States Today, many Americans struggle to obtain minimum, let alone full healthcare coverage. The cost of healthcare has sky rocketed over the years and has become less affordable for thousands of people across the U.S. The number of uninsured Americans is at an all-time high. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) makes perfect sense, economically, because it eases rising costs, has been more successful at previous attempts of reform, and provides a better healthcare system overall, compared to the initial medical care system we use today. There are many factors that led up to the reasons why healthcare costs have risen so rapidly, but one of the main reasons