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Top Safety Practices Impacting Patient Care  
Top Safety Practices Impacting Patient Care  
By Debra Wood, RN, contributor

In the years since the Institute of Medicine called attention to the problem of patient safety in its 1999 To Err is Human report, many nurses, healthcare providers and other organizations have worked to create safer care delivery. While checklists and protocols and technological advances have received attention, health care remains a people business fraught with human factors and fears of speaking up. Many organizations are focusing on improving communication and eliminating the blame game.



Make Us Laugh for Nurses Week and Win an iPad 2!
Enter to Win, May 7-12
Laughter really is the best medicine. In celebration of Nurse's Week, wants your comedic work stories. It could be your best interview story, incident with a patient (remember, no names or confidential details), funny nurse-doctor or nurse-administrator story, cafeteria food (try not to make it too vile), what a patient said under anesthesia that had you all cracking up, or the funny comments that come out of children. We'd also like to hear your top tips to keep people at your facility laughing. What do you do to spread humor in your day?  

Nurses Week May 6-12. Enter to Win an iPad 2!  

The top entry in our Nurses Week contest will win a new iPad 2, and five runners-up will receive an autographed copy of Chicken Soup for the Nurse's Soul. The NurseZone staff will also pick stories and tips to be shared in upcoming articles on

Be sure to check the homepage of beginning May 7th for more information and your chance to enter.

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Spotlight on Nursing  
Five Ways to Uncover What Your Patients Aren't Telling You
Five Ways to Uncover What Your Patients Aren't Telling You  
By Jennifer Larson, contributor


Do you ever feel like a patient is holding something back? That he or she isn't telling you something that might be important? Your instincts might be correct, as it's fairly common for patients to avoid speaking up about some things that they are feeling or experiencing. READ FULL STORY  

Nurses Making Patient Safety an Official Career Path
Nurses Making Patient Safety an Official Career Path  
By Megan M. Krischke, contributor


Patient safety is at the forefront of health care industry concerns, and because of the role of nurses in direct patient care they have ideal experiences for leading the industry in addressing these concerns. Nurses can work in a myriad of patient safety positions, ranging from informatics to risk mitigation to quality improvement.

Devices & Technology  
High-tech Tools Keep Safety in Check  
High-tech Tools Keep Safety in Check  
By Christina Orlovsky Page, contributor

Keeping patients safe is a high priority, and with risks like health care-associated infections (HAIs), patient falls and medication errors, nurses must be frontline advocates for risk prevention. Thankfully, a number of high-tech safety checks are making this task easier while improving patient outcomes.

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Special Feature  
America's Best Hospitals Credit Nurses for Their Rankings
America's Best Hospitals Credit Nurses for Their Rankings  
By Debra Wood, RN, contributor


Nearly 180,000 additional Medicare patients would be alive today if all hospitals had performed as well over a two-year period as those on HealthGrades' list of America's 50 and 100 Best Hospitals, according to the organization's estimates and their extensive analysis of patient data. And many of those top hospitals credit their nursing staffs with helping them achieve the best safety records and high rankings.

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