U.S. News Collects Data for Online Grad Nursing Programs

While citing a recent increase of distance education programs, U.S. News & World Report has announced that 2015 rankings will be expanded and that data collection has started for its 2015 Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs report.

U.S. News states that in two years, the number of distance education programs that schools self-reported to the publisher increased by more than 40 percent.

“Thanks to the growth of online nursing degree programs, students can advance their careers in one of the most

Press release: Nurse.com receives NAHCR IMAGE Media Award

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HOFFMAN ESTATES, ILL. Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) — Nurse.com has received the 2014 NAHCR IMAGE Media Award for its coverage of a registered nurse who volunteered to serve in Afghanistan and deliver care in a remote region of the country.

The Nov. 11, 2013, article, written by freelancer Heather Stringer and assigned by National Editor Sallie Jimenez, is titled: “Deborah Lynn Redman, RN, wins international honor for her work with women in Asadabad.”

NICE Provides Guidelines on Safer Staffing Levels for Nurses in U.K.

New guidelines, to advise the National Health Service about safe staffing in England, focus on effective management measures, patient safety and workforce applications.

According to the announcement released by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, when each registered nurse cares for more than 8 patients, this indicates a signal to check that patients are not at risk of harm. 

The NICE guidelines state that patient needs must come first when making decisions about safe staffing

Nurse.com Brings Recruitment Strategies, Shaker of Salt to NAHCR

Nurse.com members kicked off the week by donning Margaritaville-inspired shirts and talking recruitment strategies at the National Association for Health Care Recruiters annual meeting July 22-25 at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando, Fla.

The theme of this year’s event was “Vision of Excellence in Health Care Recruitment.” Nurse.com decked out its booth — an annual tradition — with a Jimmy Buffett decor, providing a warm, welcoming invitation to engage exhibit hall attendees on topics in the industry, sharing business solutions — and even some laughs —

Hospital Report Adds New Data and Emphasizes Patient Safety

The annual “Best Hospitals rankings” from U.S. News features added new data and greater emphasis on patient safety for 2014, according to the new report.

In its 25th edition, patient safety metrics accounted for 10% of each hospital’s overall score, in most specialties — twice as much as in past years. The role of hospital reputation fell 5% in the report, determined through a national survey of medical specialists.

“With an estimated 400,000 deaths occurring in hospitals

NLC Works to Reduce Uninsured Rate of Children and Families by 50%

The National League of Cities awarded grants and technical assistance to eight U.S. cities, helping to implement local outreach efforts to enroll children and families in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

The Cities Expanding Health Access for Children and Families initiative will help cities implement comprehensive campaigns to enroll children and families in Medicaid and CHIP and reduce the uninsured rate for children and families by 50% in each of the cities, according to

Recruitment Factors to Consider When Employing a Culture of Excellence

Understanding the link between hospitals implementing Lean processes and achieving Magnet® status, along with their values and principles, can help recruiters better initiate best practices in talent management and recruitment.

Known best for its original applications in manufacturing, Lean principles today continue to be successfully applied in other business practices. In healthcare particularly, with developments such as the Affordable Care Act and an increased number of patients seeking services, more hospitals and facilities implement Lean methodologies

ACA Funding of $183.4M Helps Growth in Primary Care

Funding per the Affordable Care Act now helps to expand the growth of primary care services, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell announced the availability of $100 million in ACA funding to support an estimated 150 new health center sites across the country in 2015, according to a news release. The investment will add to the more than 550 new health center sites that opened in the