Nursing

NHS continuing healthcare practice guidance – April 2010

Posted on May 6, 2010. Filed under: Allied Health, Nursing, Patient Participation | Tags: |

NHS continuing healthcare practice guidance

Document type: Guidance
Author: Department of Health
Published date: 1 April 2010
Pages: 67

“This practice guidance supports practitioners and others with responsibilities for NHS continuing healthcare in the implementation of the National Framework for NHS Continuing Healthcare and NHS-funded Nursing Care. It provides a practical explanation of how the Framework should operate on a day-to-day basis and cites examples of good practice.”

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Revision of professional roles and quality improvement: A review of the evidence – The Health Foundation – February 2010

Posted on April 20, 2010. Filed under: Allied Health, Health Professions, Nursing, Workforce | Tags: |

Revision of professional roles and quality improvement: A review of the evidence – The Health Foundation – February 2010  [UK]
By Miranda Laurant, Mirjam Harmsen, Marjan Faber, Hub Wollersheim, Bonnie Sibbald and Richard Grol
Pages 122  ISBN 978-1-606461-15-7

Download summary [496kb PDF]

Download publication [1093kb PDF]

“About this report

Our report, Revision of professional roles and quality improvement: a review of the evidence, considers the impact of professional role revision on quality of care and outcomes. It focuses on two types of changes to professional roles:

Substitution – exchanging one type of professional for another.
Supplementation – extending the range of service provision within one health delivery system.

This report focuses on the revision of roles between doctors and:

advanced practice nurses such as nurse practitioners, specialist nurses, clinical nurses and practice nurses
physician assistants pharmacists
allied healthcare professionals such as physical therapists (referred to as physiotherapists in this review), speech and language therapists, dietitians and paramedics.

Professional role revision has a number of aims: to reduce the medical workload; to increase capacity and extend the range of services available to patients; to improve the quality of care; and/or to reduce costs.
Our report finds that there is no detrimental effect of revising or extending the roles of non-medical professionals, and in some cases there is a positive effect on the quality of patient care. Gains in service efficiency may be achieved if doctors stop providing the services that are transferred to other health professionals and instead invest their time in activities that they alone can perform. “

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A Summary of the October 2009 Forum on the Future of Nursing: Acute Care – US – 14 April 2010

Posted on April 15, 2010. Filed under: Nursing | Tags: , , |

A Summary of the October 2009 Forum on the Future of Nursing: Acute Care
Released: April 14, 2010
Type: Workshop Summary
full text online

Activity: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Initiative on the Future of Nursing, at the Institute of Medicine
Board: Studies under the IOM Executive Office
Note: Workshop Summaries contain the opinion of the presenters, but do NOT reflect the conclusions of the IOM.

“Overcoming the challenges in nursing is essential to overcoming the challenges in the health care system as a whole. Nurses are the largest segment of the health care workforce, and their skills and availability can directly affect quality, safety, and efficiency. Most nurses work in hospitals or other acute care settings, where they are patients’ primary, professional caregivers and the individuals most likely to intercept medical errors. However, because hospital systems and acute care settings are often complex and chaotic, many nurses spend unnecessary time hunting for supplies, filling out paperwork, and coordinating staff time and patient care, reducing the time they are able to spend with patients and delivering care.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Initiative on the Future of Nursing, at the IOM, seeks to transform nursing as part of larger efforts to reform the health care system. As part of this Initiative, three forums were held to explore challenges and opportunities in nursing. The first forum, on October 19, 2009, focused on quality and safety, technology, and interdisciplinary collaboration in acute care; and speakers offered new strategies to allow nurses to provide higher-quality care. The IOM will use the perspectives and ideas summarized in this document to inform a final report on the future of nursing, expected to release in fall 2010.”

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Maximizing Community Health Nursing Capacity in Canada: A Research Summary for Decision Makers

Posted on March 16, 2010. Filed under: Community Services, Nursing |

Maximizing Community Health Nursing Capacity in Canada: A Research Summary for Decision Makers
Principal Investigator: Jane Underwood, RN, MBA
Associate Clinical Professor, Nursing Health Services Research Unit , McMaster University, February 2010
Full Report (PDF, 299 KB)

“Overview
Nursing has always been an integral part of community healthcare, and that role will grow in the future. Rising hospital and long-term care costs, medical breakthroughs and new attitudes toward care are all driving demand for improved home care, public health, primary healthcare and other community care services. This move to community health requires careful human resources planning to ensure adequate skilled staff are available to deliver services and are used to their full potential.

We did this three-part study as a first step toward meeting the information needs of health system administrators, planners and policy makers as they develop human resources policies for community health. We set out to answer three broad questions about community health nursing:”

…continues

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The Productive Ward: Releasing time to care – Learning and Impact Review – Final report – NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement and King’s College London – 2010

Posted on March 16, 2010. Filed under: Health Systems Improvement, Nursing | Tags: , , |

The Productive Ward: Releasing time to care – Learning and Impact Review – Final report – NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement and King’s College London – 2010

“The NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement’s (NHS Institute) The Productive Ward: Releasing time to care™ programme aims to empower ward teams to identify areas for improvement by giving staff the information, skills and time they need to regain control of their ward and the care they provide.

This review (undertaken February-June 2009) set out to establish the overall learning from and impact of The Productive Ward programme since its conception in 2005, and to suggest how this can be spread and sustained. The review applies an evidence-based Diffusion of Innovation framework1 to The Productive Ward programme to examine multi-level perspectives (national, regional, local) of learning and impact. The findings are  informed by in-depth interviews with national and regional stakeholders, a national web-survey of frontline staff, and case studies of implementation within five NHS acute Trusts.”

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Financing of home nursing in Belgium – 4 February 2010

Posted on February 18, 2010. Filed under: Health Economics, Nursing | Tags: , |

Financing of home nursing in Belgium – 4 February 2010

Sermeus W, Pirson M, Paquay L, Pacolet J, Falez F, Stordeur S, Leys M. Financing of home nursing in Belgium. Health Services Research (HSR). Brussels: Belgian Health Care Knowledge Centre (KCE). 2010. KCE Reports 122C. D/2010/10.273/07

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Do we need more practice nurses? – Policy + (King’s College London) Issue – 23 February 2010

Posted on February 5, 2010. Filed under: Nursing, Workforce |

Do we need more practice nurses? – Policy + (King’s College London) Issue 23 February 2010

“Over the past ten years there has been a large increase in both the number of nurses employed in general practice and the proportion of consultations undertaken by them. Some have argued that there is considerable scope to further increase the amount of primary care delivered by nurses but the potential extent and desirability of substitution is contested. This edition of Policy+ summarises a recent study examining whether practices which employed more nurses delivered better quality care for patients.”

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Strategies to Advance 70% Full-Time Nurse Employment: Toolkit- Nursing Health Services Research Unit – November 2010

Posted on February 5, 2010. Filed under: Nursing, Workforce | Tags: |

Nursing Researchers join forces to strategize for more full-time nursing jobs – released 4 February 2010
Press release     Report

Extract from the press release

HAMILTON, ON (February 4, 2010) – McMaster researchers have teamed up with four Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) to design a toolkit for creating strategies to increase full-time positions for nurses.
 
The Nursing Health Services Research Unit (NHSRU) at McMaster University and Central West, Hamilton-Niagara-Haldimand-Brant, South East, and South West LHINs have created a made-in-LHIN solution, identifying local needs toward 70 per cent full-time nurse employment. Health Human Resource Series Number 18. Strategies to Advance 70% Full-Time Nurse Employment Toolkit.
 
This NHSRU/LHIN partnership was formed to address the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s (MOHLTC) priority theme of a 70 per cent full-time commitment to nurse employment (RN, RPN and NP) in the province of Ontario.

“This toolkit was created by and for organizations working toward the MOHLTC’s 70 per cent full-time commitment for all nurses. It is a hands-on guide to improving and stabilizing the current state of the nursing workforce in the province of Ontario,” says Andrea Baumann, lead author and Scientific Director to the NHSRU.”
 
… press release continues

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Interruptions to nurses during medication administration – Policy+ – January 2010

Posted on January 20, 2010. Filed under: Nursing, Pharmacy |

Interruptions to nurses during medication administration

“Medication errors can occur at any stage of the medication process including: prescribing, dispensing, preparation, administration and monitoring (1). Medication administration is acknowledged as a major aspect of patient safety (2) and it has been argued that any distraction or interruption during medication administration can result in errors. In this Policy+, we review the evidence on the contribution to medication administration errors of interruptions to nurses’ work. We also consider how such interruptions might be reduced.”

National Nursing Research Unit [London] – publications

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Nurse Practitioners – A Healthy Future For New Zealand – December 2009

Posted on December 30, 2009. Filed under: Nursing |

Nurse Practitioners – A Healthy Future For New Zealand
Date of publication (online): December 2009

“Summary of publication

The Nurse Practitioner (NP) was a new scope of practice launched by the Ministry of Health and the Nursing Council of New Zealand in May 2001.

It is an advanced nursing role that is a unique blend of nursing and medical knowledge, clinical leadership, scholarship, research, planning and advocacy.

The 50th NP was registered in 2009 and numbers are steadily increasing.

This publication celebrates New Zealand first 50 NPs and shows the vital contribution NPs can, and are already, making to the health of New Zealanders and their communities around the country.

It also demonstrates how well NPs are working with other health professionals.”

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Is there a case for the UK nursing workforce to include grades of qualified nurse other than the registered nurse? – Policy Plus Evicence, Issues, and Opinions in Healthcare – Issue 21 October 2009

Posted on December 4, 2009. Filed under: Nursing, Workforce |

Is there a case for the UK nursing workforce to include grades of qualified nurse other than the registered nurse? – Policy Plus Evicence, Issues, and Opinions in Healthcare – Issue 21 October 2009

“Debate continues about the hierarchy of skilled roles comprising the nursing workforce: should there be grades of qualified nurses other than registered nurses; should all registered nurses be prepared to degree level; and to what extent should the nursing workforce comprise staff not qualified as nurses? Such questions raise critical issues on how different configurations of staff impact on patient care outcomes and whether judgements can be made about their cost effectiveness. Against a background of challenging economic circumstances, this Policy Plus considers the implications for UK nursing of systematically reviewed international evidence on one of these questions; namely the impacts of including a second level qualified nurse in the skill mix of the nursing workforce.”

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Work-related stress. A good practice guide for RCN representatives – 9 October 2009

Posted on October 27, 2009. Filed under: Nursing, Workforce | Tags: |

Stress guide launched for safety reps – UK – Royal College of Nursing
Published: 09 October 2009
 
New guidance written specifically to help health and safety representatives deal with stress-related issues has been published by the RCN.
 
Guidance on work related stress for representatives has been designed to help safety representatives and other RCN members work with their employers to reduce stress and its causes in the workplace. It is hoped the new guidance, which includes useful case studies, will also help when members return to work following a stress-related illness.
 
The guidance is based on management standards devised by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which have been recognised as best practice across Europe and are supported by the RCN.
 
RCN Senior Employment Relations Adviser Kim Sunley says the guidance should help safety representatives and other members to encourage their employers to think seriously about stress and its impact.
 
“If you are a safety rep find out if there is a stress policy where you work which is linked to the HSE management standards. If there is not, then set up a steering group and talk to HR about implementing it.”
 
Read: Work-related stress. A good practice guide for RCN representatives (PDF 1.3MB)

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Rheumatology nursing: results of a survey exploring the performance and activity of rheumatology nurses – RCN – August 2009

Posted on August 26, 2009. Filed under: Nursing, Rheumatology |

Rheumatology nursing: results of a survey exploring the performance and activity of rheumatology nurses

This report provides preliminary data about the work and activity of nurses working in the rheumatology field. It identifies the scope and breadth of nursing activity, while enabling nurses to compare their skills and competences against other specialists in their field of practice. The guidance also provides an important resource for commissioners, who are seeking to understand and plan the provision of the specialist support and workforce needs.

Royal College of Nursing – publications

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Future of nursing and midwifery consultation response from NHS employers – UK – 12 August 2009

Posted on August 19, 2009. Filed under: Nursing, Workforce | Tags: |

Future of nursing and midwifery consultation response – UK – 12 August 2009

“NHS Employers has submitted its response to the Prime Minister’s Commission on the Future of Nursing and Midwifery, which sought views on three key questions about nursing and midwifery in England.

In addition to addressing the specific questions raised by the commission, the response stresses the need to ensure that the commission’s work is intrinsically linked to other reviews and work on this topic.

Recommendations should not disadvantage employers who are creating a more flexible multi-disciplinary workforce and should aid recruitment and retention.”

Full consultation response.
More information on the consultation is available on the commission’s website.

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A review of how the training of the New Zealand health workforce is planned and funded – August 2009

Posted on August 6, 2009. Filed under: Allied Health, Clinical Education, Educ for Hlth Professions, Medicine, Nursing, Workforce |

A review of how the training of the New Zealand health workforce is planned and funded: a proposal for a reconfiguration of the Clinical Training Agency
Ministerial Task Group on Postgraduate Training and Education
Date of publication (online): August 2009

Executive summary

“New Zealand has significant problems in recruiting, training and retaining adequate numbers of appropriate health and disability services workers. This is most likely to worsen.

The planning and funding of the training of the New Zealand health and disability services workforce is iterative, ad hoc and poorly coordinated.

A single agency, which has a whole of health and disability services workforce and a whole of educational continuum responsibility, is needed if New Zealand is to have an affordable and fit-for-purpose health and disability services workforce.

It is recommended that the Clinical Training Agency be substantially reconfigured so that the Agency can plan and either fund or direct the funding of the training of the New Zealand health and disability services workforce.

Disclaimer

This report was prepared for the Minister of Health. The views of the author do not necessarily represent the views or policy of the New Zealand Ministry of Health. The Ministry makes no warranty, express or implied, nor assumes any liability or responsibility for the accuracy, use or reliance on the contents of this report.”

…continues on the website

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Health and Disability Workforce Reports – NZ Ministry of Health – August 2009

Posted on August 6, 2009. Filed under: Allied Health, Clinical Education, Educ for Hlth Professions, Medicine, Nursing, Workforce |

Health and Disability Workforce Reports – NZ Ministry of Health – August 2009

“The following five reports on the health and disability workforce all broadly agree on the need to:

* enable greater leadership for improvements in national and regional co-ordination to reduce the current duplication in workforce activities across the health and disability sector
* strengthen health and disability workforce planning that is aligned to service delivery
* balance long-term responses to workforce supply issues with the pragmatic tactics used by district health boards to meet their unique short-term workforce needs.

The Medical Training Board, the SMO Commission and the RMO Commission were asked to focus on the medical workforce, although the Medical Training Board report does make provision for the inclusion of other professions within its proposed structure. The Nursing Committee was asked to evaluate the merits of a nursing education and training board. The CTA Review group was asked to look at the wider health and disability workforce.

All five reports recommend a separate national entity to respond to the complexities of health and disability workforce training issues. The RMO Commission report also recommends the establishment of a separate single employer for RMOs.”

…continues on the website

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A National Professional Development Framework for Cancer Nursing in New Zealand – July 2009

Posted on July 31, 2009. Filed under: Clinical Education, Educ for Hlth Professions, Nursing, Oncology |

A National Professional Development Framework for Cancer Nursing in New Zealand
Date of publication (online): July 2009

Summary of publication

“The National Professional Development Framework for Cancer Nursing In New Zealand was developed by the Palliative Care and Cancer Nurses Education Group (PCNEG) as part of the implementation of the New Zealand Cancer Control Strategy and Action Plan2005-2010.

The publication provides a framework for registered nurses’ professional development and describes nursing competencies that outline the practice expectations of nurses working in cancer control. The content is set out in two parts:

* Part one describes the purpose, aim and objectives of the Framework, the scope and context for cancer nursing in New Zealand, a model for nursing in cancer control and professional development for cancer nurses.
* Part two sets out the core cancer nursing competencies in cancer control and the speciality nursing competencies in cancer care.”

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From bench to bedside. What role for nurses in helping the NHS make better and quicker use of technological innovations?

Posted on July 27, 2009. Filed under: Health Technology Assessment, Nursing | Tags: , |

From bench to bedside. What role for nurses in helping the NHS make better and quicker use of technological innovations? Policy + from King’s College London issue 19,  July 2009

“The adoption of innovative healthcare technologies with a proven ability to deliver increased patient benefits and significant efficiencies is perceived as slower and more variable in the NHS than other healthcare systems. Nurses are the largest workforce in the NHS and end users of much technology at the bedside. Drawing on a recently completed systematic review (1), this Policy Plus summarises what we know – and do not know – about the nurses’ role in adopting and assimilating such innovations into routine  clinical care and considers the challenges for nurse leaders.”

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Nurses in the Workplace: Expectations and Needs – International Council of Nurses – survey results released July 2009

Posted on July 22, 2009. Filed under: Nursing, Workforce | Tags: |

Nurses in the Workplace: Expectations and Needs – International Council of Nurses – survey results released July 2009

“The “Nurses in the Workplace: Expectations and Needs” survey is a collaborative study by the International Council of Nurses (ICN) and Pfizer Inc. External Medical Affairs.  It is an extensive global attitudinal survey, which asked more than 2,000 nurses about the opportunities and challenges that face their profession and themselves, individually.

The study, conducted in April and May 2009, included a representative quota sample of 200 nurses in each of the following 11 countries: Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Japan, Kenya, Portugal, South Africa, Taiwan, Uganda, the U.S.A., and the United Kingdom.  The study is not meant to be an exhaustive look at how all nurses view these issues, but rather is designed to be used as a tool to promote discussion at the national level about the issues facing nursing today. “

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Nursing competence: what are we assessing and how should it be measured? – Policy + briefing from King’s College London – 18 June 2009

Posted on June 24, 2009. Filed under: Nursing | Tags: |

Nursing competence: what are we assessing and how should it be measured? – Policy + briefing from King’s College London – 18 June 2009

Developing and assessing competence are high on the current nursing agenda. The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is developing new pre-registration competencies to meet changing healthcare priorities; work proceeds apace on developing competencies for post-registration specialties; and policies for nursing careers advocate progression through demonstration of competency linked to the Agenda for Change banding. This Policy+ highlights challenges for nursing practice, education and management.

Policy+ – publications

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Royal College of Nursing launches new sexual health skills framework – 22 June 2009

Posted on June 23, 2009. Filed under: Nursing | Tags: , |

Royal College of Nursing launches new sexual health skills framework [press release] Published: 22 June 2009

Read Safer health competences (PDF 2.9KB)

“The RCN has launched new guidance to help sexual and reproductive health nurses provide safe and effective practice.

Safer health competences outlines the skills that UK sexual and reproductive health nurses from primary, secondary and community care settings need to develop to provide safe, effective and accountable care to patients. The framework is designed as a template that can be modified to suit local needs. It is intended to help managers and individual practitioners to review their strengths and identify gaps in their skills and abilities to determine specific training and development needs.   …

Accredited by the RCN Accreditation Unit, the document will be valid until November 2011.”

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The role of the nurse – NHS employers Discussion paper 3 – June 2009

Posted on June 19, 2009. Filed under: Nursing, Workforce |

The role of the nurse – NHS Employers Discussion paper 3 – June 2009

This discussion paper aims to give employers a summary of the emerging issues and to provoke thought and discussion about proposals to modernise the nursing workforce.

NHS Employers – publications

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Using self-directed learning as a way of developing new clinical skills for breast cancer specialist nurses

Posted on June 16, 2009. Filed under: Educ for Hlth Professions, Nursing, Oncology |

Using self-directed learning as a way of developing new clinical skills for breast cancer specialist nurses

Executive Summary

“This report was commissioned by the [UK] Department of Health to assess the impact and potential for spread and sustainability of a project carried out between 2005–2008, which was largely funded by NHS Improvement. The project was delivered by the University of the West of England (UWE, Bristol) and overseen by a multi-agency steering group chaired by NHS Improvement.

The project explored an approach to service and workforce redesign using a self-directed learning framework within a module designed for such a purpose by the University of the West of England”

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Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners in Specialty Care: Six Practices Make It Work – June 2009 Report

Posted on June 10, 2009. Filed under: Nursing, Workforce | Tags: |

Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners in Specialty Care: Six Practices Make It Work – California HealthCare Foundation report June 2009

Center for the Health Professions, University of California, San Francisco
June 2009

“Many specialty medical practices have incorporated physician assistants (PAs) and nurse practitioners (NPs) into their health care to improve access to services, reduce wait times, and improve quality of care. A study by the Center for the Health Professions at the University of California, San Francisco, examined these emerging models to evaluate their success and identify strategies that could be replicated. The study focused on care in three specialties with particularly high demand rates: orthopedics, gastroenterology, and dermatology.

The study found a number of models in which the use of PAs and NPs has maintained or improved quality of care and reduced wait times, while proving financially sustainable for the practice. The challenges include the need for on-the-job training, supervision, and mentoring.”
The complete report is available under Document Downloads below. ”

Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners in Specialty Care: Six Practices Make It Work (626K)

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Partnership Between The Government of Saskatchewan and The Saskatchewan Union of Nurses

Posted on May 20, 2009. Filed under: Nursing, Workforce | Tags: |

Innovation report from Canadian Nurses Association   There is an urgent need to stabilize and rebuild the nursing workforce: Unique Government and Union Partnership Agreement is implemented

“Description: Governments, nursing unions, professional regulatory bodies, educators, employers and others all acknowledge the current and future nursing shortage, but many times seem to be working at cross-purposes in addressing the crisis. In fact, the lack of coordination of strategies and policies negates their potential benefits, resulting in no real gains in stabilizing and rebuilding the nursing workforce. Saskatchewan faced a persistent and escalating nursing shortage. February, 2008, a unique Partnership Agreement between the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses and the Minister of Health in Saskatchewan committed the parties to stabilizing and rebuilding the nursing workforce. The Partnership Agreement includes: (a) specific hiring targets; (b), funding to achieve and maintain workforce growth; (c) regionally-based retention and recruitment funds administered by Joint SUN/Employer committees; (d) provincial strategies related to increasing the utilization of nurse practitioners, recruiting expatriate nurses, ensuring new graduates have full time employment and refocusing nursing roles in prevention and promotion, among many others.

Outcomes: The Partnership Agreement has resulted in improved working relationships among the nursing union, Ministry of Health, and employers. It has led to coordinated work on evidence-informed strategies to stabilize and rebuild the nursing workforce. Provincial hiring target established by the Partnership have been converted to regional hiring targets. Vacancies and progress toward hiring targets are monitored by a newly developed tracking system. Increased employment is rewarded with increased baseline funding. The Partnership is fostering and supporting active collaboration between SUN, the Ministry, and regional employers. The Partnership is exploring a predictive health human resource staffing model that has been utilized in another province. The SUN/Government Partnership facilitated a new collective agreement with salary and benefit increases that make the province competitive with other jurisdictions that traditionally recruited Saskatchewan nurses. Vacancies have declined, and several health regions have made progress toward hiring targets. Collaboration has displaced conflict in public discourse regarding the nursing shortage.”

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Nursing Innovations Exchange – Canadian Nurses Exchange – website link

Posted on May 20, 2009. Filed under: Nursing, Workforce |

Nursing Innovations Exchange – Canadian Nurses Exchange

“The need for innovation in health care has never been greater.

Every day, nurses face challenges in delivering high-quality care in a system under increasing staffing and economic pressure.

CNA believes that no one is better placed to offer innovative ideas and practices than nurses.

The Nursing Innovations Exchange is a place for you to share what you’re doing to make the most effective use of the skills and expertise of nurses and nurse educators to address the nursing shortage. It is a place for anyone interested in improving the health-care system to learn about innovative practices implemented by nurses.

What are we looking for? Technical, IT or human resources innovations — big or small — that enhance productivity, improve work processes and deploy staff effectively in a workplace or an educational setting. The results? Better ways of working, teaching and learning that benefit the health-care system.”

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Tested Solutions for Eliminating Canada’s Registered Nurse Shortage – 11 May 2009

Posted on May 15, 2009. Filed under: Nursing, Workforce |

Eliminating Canada’s RN shortage Canadian Nurses Association press release from:  11 May 2009

“Ottawa, May 11, 2009 – The Canadian Nurses Association released a report on six policy scenarios today that, if implemented together, could eliminate Canada’s registered nursing (RN) shortage.”

CNA commissioned the report from a team of researchers lead by Gail Tomblin Murphy, Professor, School of Nursing /Faculty of Health Professions, and Director, WHO/PAHO Collaborating Centre on Health Workforce Planning and Research, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

To receive a copy of Tested Solutions for Eliminating Canada’s Registered Nurse Shortage, and/or to schedule an interview with a CNA spokesperson, please contact:

Nancy Ritt-Hoadley
Interim Communications Coordinator
Canadian Nurses Association
Tel: 613-237-2159 X 283
Cell: 613-864-1371
E-Mail: media@cna-aiic.ca

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Guidance notes for midwives on swine flu – May 2009 Royal College of Nursing UK

Posted on May 14, 2009. Filed under: Influenza A(H1N1) / Swine Flu, Nursing, Obstetrics | Tags: , |

Guidance notes for midwives on swine flu

This guidance describes the differences between seasonal, swine and avian influenza, including information on symptoms, avoiding infection, and what advice to give women and their families.

(Royal College of Nursing – publications)

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Clinical Workforce to Support Registered Nurses – NZ Ministry of Health

Posted on April 29, 2009. Filed under: Nursing, Workforce |

Clinical Workforce to Support Registered Nurses – NZ Ministry of Health
Executive Summary and Recommendations

Date of publication: March 2009

Summary of publication

For a number of years there has been concern about the gap in second-level clinical support for registered nurses. A Nursing Advisory Committee was set up by the Ministry of Health to advise the Director General of Health on the clinical workforce to support registered nurses.

Currently enrolled nurses and nurse assistants are the second level support. Increasingly non-regulated health workers with some education and training are also providing support to registered nurses.

The committee took the following into consideration:

* the current gap in the second level clincial support for registered nurses
* population and health sector needs
* labour market factors
* overseas experience of managing this workforce
* international frameworks incluing the International Council of Nurses
* current workforce strategies and initiatives
* quality and safety of patient care.

Final recommendations were made after feedback from the stakeholders

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Retaining institutional wisdom: Using an evidence-informed approach to transfer knowledge from experienced nurses to new nursing staff March 2009 report

Posted on April 29, 2009. Filed under: Evidence Based Practice, Knowledge Translation, Nursing | Tags: |

Promising Practices
Retaining institutional wisdom: Using an evidence-informed approach to transfer knowledge from experienced nurses to new nursing staff

Number 21, March 2009

”    * The nursing service of a Quebec-based health and social services centre has developed an evidence-informed approach to capture knowledge – especially tacit knowledge – from experienced nurses, and transfer it to new nursing staff.
* A key element in the creation of organizational knowledge is the active participation of staff members who are directly involved in care delivery, combined with best practices.
* The project has increased the success rate of new nurse orientations and retention, and has reduced the reliance on supplemental nursing resources. This project, grounded in a philosophy of continuous quality improvement, has helped to reduce the occurrence of adverse events.

Many healthcare organizations are grappling with the consequences of high attrition rates. To address this, and as part of the process of becoming a learning organization, the Baie-des-Chaleurs Health and Social Services Centre in Quebec has developed an evidence-informed approach to capture the knowledge of experienced nurses and transfer it to new staff.”

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International Centre for Human Resources in Nursing – website link

Posted on April 17, 2009. Filed under: Nursing, Workforce |

International Centre for Human Resources in Nursing

ICHRN was established in 2006 by the International Council of Nurses and its premier foundation, the Florence Nightingale International Foundation. The Centre is dedicated to strengthening the nursing workforce globally through the development, ongoing monitoring and dissemination of comprehensive information, standards and tools on nursing human resources policy, management, research and practice.

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Retaining institutional wisdom: Using an evidence-informed approach to transfer knowledge from experienced nurses to new nursing staff March 2009

Posted on April 17, 2009. Filed under: Knowledge Translation, Nursing |

Retaining institutional wisdom: Using an evidence-informed approach to transfer knowledge from experienced nurses to new nursing staff March 2009

The nursing service of a Quebec-based health and social services centre has developed an evidence-informed approach to capture knowledge – especially tacit knowledge – from experienced nurses, and transfer it to new nursing staff.

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Providing preceptorship for newly qualified nurses

Posted on April 16, 2009. Filed under: Nursing |

Providing preceptorship for newly qualified nurses

Drawing on a recent review, this Policy + presents evidence from the UK and elsewhere on challenges likely to be encountered in implementing successful programmes of preceptorship in nursing. (NNRU – Policy +)   March 2009

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Who wants to be a nurse?

Posted on April 8, 2009. Filed under: Nursing, Workforce |

Nursing roles and the configuration of health services will change in the future, but there will be an ongoing need to draw large numbers of talented people into nursing careers to deliver the Next Stage Review’s vision of a “quality workforce”.

This edition of Policy+ considers who is currently entering nursing and what can be done to maintain or increase the number of high calibre applicants to nursing courses.   Kint’s College London   15 January 2009

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Return on Investment (ROI): Evidence for investing in nursing – Canadian Nurses Association

Posted on April 8, 2009. Filed under: Health Economics, Nursing |

Studies included in the ROI series:

  • are authored by both Canadian and international researchers
  • reflect a variety of clinical settings
  • involve registered nurses as well as other members of the health-care team
  • include health promotion, interprofessional care and the use of technology
  • address cost savings, increased system capacity and improved quality of care

These research findings demonstrate how nurses can contribute to solutions that reduce health-care costs and improve quality of care. The ROI summaries may be used as a resource for applying the research finding and to stimulate further positive solutions toward sustaining Canada’s health system.

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Canadian Institute for Health Information Workforce Trend Reports 1 Dec 2008

Posted on March 25, 2009. Filed under: Allied Health, Medicine, Nursing, Workforce |

December 1, 2008
In a series of five new reports released today, the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) provides the latest available and most comprehensive data in Canada about the supply, distribution, migration, education, demographic trends and work patterns for seven major health professions. The reports highlight changes in workforce trends over several years for physicians, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and registered psychiatric nurses, as well as recent data for occupational therapists, physiotherapists and pharmacists.

Reports-  Information about:

Supply, Distribution and Migration of Canadian Physicians, 2007
Workforce Trends of Occupational Therapists in Canada, 2007
Workforce Trends of Physiotherapists in Canada, 2007
Workforce Trends of Pharmacists for Selected Provinces and Territories in Canada, 2007
Regulated Nurses: Trends, 2003 to 2007

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