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2009 News & Features

  • The New Era of Professional Healthcare Interpreters

    October 23, 2009 - Medical explanations and care instructions can be difficult enough for patients who use English as their native language; for those with limited language proficiency, the chance for misunderstanding between caregiver and patient becomes much greater--as does the chance for potentially serious errors...

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  • Documentation System Improves ED Communication, Efficiency

    September 23, 2009 - With emergency departments across the country feeling the strain of overcrowding and overburdened staff, workflow and communication issues are a constant concern. One tried-and-true method of overcoming these challenges is bedside documentation.

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  • Federal Funding Aims to Spur Greater EHR Implementation

    September 1, 2009 - The federal government hopes to spur adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) and will invest nearly $1.2 billion in grants to help providers computerize their records. The funding is part of the government’s $787 billion economic stimulus package.

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  • Best Practices for Retaining Nurses

    July 21, 2009 - Providing a rewarding environment in which nurses can work, with opportunities to grow, and a chance to be heard and participate in practice decisions keeps experienced nurses at the bedside and, ultimately, improves patient care.

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  • Nursing Shortage Hits Home Health

    June 17, 2009 - Healthcare facilities across the U.S. have felt the pinch of the nursing shortage, which is only projected to grow worse in the coming years. Department of Labor statistics support the projection that in the next 10 to 15 years the shortage will reach a crisis level as the demand for nurses far exce...

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  • Sharp Hospital Creates Role of Chief Operating Officer

    January 14, 2009 - Sharp Grossmont Hospital, located in San Diego, Calif., has recently created the position of chief operating officer to oversee operations within the hospital’s patient, ancillary and clinical services. Taking on this important role is Maryann Cone, R.N. Cone has been a part of Sharp HealthCare sinc...

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