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Nurses offer solutions to improving health – in every setting

Improving people’s health while simultaneously keeping down costs is one of the great public policy challenges of our time. One underappreciated approach to achieving this goal is to rely more heavily on nurses, who provide cost-effective, holistic care not just in clinics and hospitals, but also in many other places where Americans live, learn, work and play.

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Medical errors remain all too common - and deadly

Remember the Institute of Medicine’s 1999 report, “To Err is Human” which revealed that as many as 98,000 people die in hospitals each year as a result of medical errors? The institute set a five-year goal of reducing that number by half. In response, accreditation bodies, payers, nonprofit organizations, governments, and hospitals launched major initiatives and invested considerable resources to improve patient safety.

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Nurse staffing key to higher survival rates of in-hospital cardiac arrest patients

Survival rates for patients who suffer in-hospital cardiac arrest (IHCA) during their hospital stay are often low. Less than 25 percent of these patients live to return home. However, rates can vary significantly from hospital to hospital. 

A report published Thursday in Medical Care said that nurse staffing levels and working conditions in healthcare institutions play a key role in helping patients survive.

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Healthcare safer in some areas—but not overall, patient safety foundation says

Healthcare leaders are partly responsible for a failure to make "substantial, measurable, systemwide strides” to improve patient safety in the U.S., according to a report released Tuesday

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Nurses oppose extended ER commitments for addicts

A proposal to allow doctors to involuntarily hold drug addicts in emergency departments for up to three days has emerged as a controversial piece of Gov. Charlie Baker’s plan to tackle the opioid crisis.

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Debate over nurse-to-patient ratio hits Legislature

 If a bill before the Legislature's Joint Committee on Public Health becomes law, Massachusetts would be the second state to place limits on the number of patients a nurse can care for at one time.

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Saint V is region's most profitable hospital

In fiscal 2014, Saint Vincent Hospital was the most profitable outside of Greater Boston at $65.2 million. Saint Vincent, which was repurchased by Dallas for-profit operator Tenet Healthcare in 2013, trailed only Lahey Hospital in Burlington, which made $67.2 million last year.

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Nurses push for patient limits as a matter of safety

Having no limit on the number of patients a nurse can care for at one time is "dangerous" and is "putting patients at great risk," Donna Kelly-Williams, president of the Massachusetts Nurses Association, said. 

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Nurses seeking caseload reduction legislation

Nurses returned to the State House to call for smaller patient case-loads since lack of a safe patient limit is putting patients in danger.

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Pay continues to rise for CEOs of major hospitals

The compensation of chief executives at many of Massachusetts’ biggest teaching hospitals rose faster than overall health care spending in the state, boosted in some instances by payouts to retiring chief executives, according to filings submitted Monday with the Internal Revenue Service.

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