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AT THE BEDSIDE In Our Journals Hot topics from this month’s AACN journal Would you like to participate in the longest-running research study devoted to women’s health? One in which every participant is a nurse and 90 percent continue to participate decades later? This month’s Critical Care Nurse editorial describes the landmark contributions of the Nurses’ Health Study (NHS), inviting readers to consider participation in the next phase. The study started in 1976, and two phases to date have contributed longitudinal evidence about problems ranging from breast and colon cancer to heart disease and stroke to eye disorders. NHS-III will study the influence of changing lifestyles and environmental factors. Find out about eligibility at www. (Editorial, CCN, Dec 2011) Balancing staffi ng levels is an operational imperative in this time of staffi ng shortages and economic downturn. Nine years ago, a 640-bed, not-for-profit, Magnet-designated, level II trauma center, community hospital established a nursing productivity committee (NPC). The NPC can be a valuable and complementary support to nursing departments challenged with cost overruns, staffi ng imbalances and low morale. It has fostered collaboration between nursing units and nurse leaders and introduced innovative solutions and technology support. (McKenna et al, CCN, Dec 2011) Do perceptions of empowerment and intent to leave their position and the nursing profession differ between staff nurses who are AACN certified and those who are not? A comparative descriptive study analyzed 4,268 staff nurse responses to a Web-based survey of AACN members. Total empowerment scores and intent to leave did not differ between staff nurses who were and were not certified. However, perceptions of informal power, opportunity and support differed between the groups. The differences may be related to variables other than certification. A companion article reporting results from the total sample of 6,589 nurses was published in American Journal of Critical Care, May 2010. (Fitzpatrick et al, CCN, Dec 2011, OnlineNOW) Hospital Employees Spend More on Healthcare ealthcare spending is 10 percent higher for hospital employees than it is for the general employee population, fi nds a study released by the Healthcare business of Thomson Reuters. The study of 1.1 million hospital workers and their dependents found that “hospital workers and their families had fewer physician office visits, yet were 22 percent more likely to visit Healthcare workers don’t the emergency model healthy behaviors and room,” reports Thomson appropriate resource use. Reuters study information. Hospital workers — when grouped with family members covered under their health insurance — spent an average of $4,662 annually on healthcare, $538, or 13 percent, more than their non-hospital employee counterparts. “(They) were more likely to be diagnosed with chronic medical conditions including asthma, diabetes, congestive heart failure, HIV, hypertension and mental illness,” study information adds. Raymond Fabius, chief medical officer for the Healthcare business of Thomson Reuters, says, “Ideally, the healthcare workforce would be a model for healthy behaviors and the appropriate use of medical resources,” but the data suggest the opposite. He says hospitals that “tackle this issue can strengthen their business performance and community service.” H 16 DECEMBER 2011

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Bold Voices - December 2011

Front/Digital Edition Viewing Guide
Another Angle
AACN Boards and Contact Information
Dec. 19 Deadline: National Awards Recognize Excellence, Leadership in HAI Prevention
Box Office Hit 'Contagion' Raises Questions About Virus
New Privacy Recommendations for Storing Newborn Screening Specimens
Motor Training Can Advance Social Development in Infants With Autism
In-Hospital Mobility Benefits Older Patients
NSAIDs May Harm Patients with Heart Disease, Hypertension
Pain Code' Encourages Use of Maximum Dosage
FDA's Treatment Recommendations for Simvastatin 80
Study Identifies Predictors of Sudden Cardiac Death Versus Surviving Heart Attack
Study Seeks Initiator of Post-Trauma Intestinal Cell Damage
Australian Study: 'How Dangerous is a Day in Hospital'
In Our Journals
ICU Staff Composition May Decrease Burnout
Use of Manikins May Improve Emergency Care
Celebrate Certification
AACN Financials
From the President

Bold Voices - December 2011