January 17, 2015 |
Susan Wallace is used to sad stories. An analyst for the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority, she reviews the reports that health-care facilities must regularly submit to the state, describing unfortunate events from bedsores to surgeries on the wrong knee. As disturbing as it is to read about these incidents, she said, few have affected her as deeply as the one she came across a little more than a year ago. A mother fell asleep while breast-feeding her newborn. "Sometime later," the hospital reported, "the mother called the nurse, who found the baby blue and unresponsive.
July 31, 2012 |
For years, as hospitals cut costs to survive ever-increasing financial pressures, nurses argued that inadequate staffing harms patients. California's controversial and, so far, unique response was to mandate minimum nurse-to-patient ratios, which, if applied locally, would prevent 222 surgical deaths annually in New Jersey and 264 in Pennsylvania, researchers here calculated in 2010. Now members of that same University of Pennsylvania team say they have figured out a key reason for that.
December 8, 2010 |
OVER THE PAST few months, Arabs, Jews, Italians, Peruvians, Palins and others have all felt aggrieved by the way they've been treated on television. Our latest group to be offended is . . . nurses. A November weight-loss segment on "The Dr. Oz Show" featured six women wearing high heels, retro nurses' caps and white dresses with red lingerie peeking out. The women danced briefly with series host Mehmet Oz and the audience. Sandy Summers , executive director of the nonprofit group The Truth About Nursing, called the segment demoralizing and demeaning to nurses.
October 23, 2002 |
As U.S. hospitals struggle with a continuing shortage of nurses, a large-scale study has found a significant increase in deaths after surgery for every patient added to a nurse's workload. Writing in today's Journal of the American Medical Association, the researchers said the chances of dying within 30 days from complications of routine surgery such as knee replacement or gall bladder removal increased 7 percent for every additional case the nurse was responsible for. "Nurses are the front line of surveillance and early detection of potentially life-threatening problems," said Linda Aiken, lead author and director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.
May 10, 1999 |
Mary Ann Trogele Nark, 92, a longtime nurse and a World War II veteran, died Thursday at the New Jersey Veterans Home, Vineland. Before moving to Vineland about five years ago, Mrs. Nark lived in Gloucester City for more than 40 years. She was born in Virginia and raised in Gloucester City. During World War II, Mrs. Nark reached the rank of major in the Army Nursing Corps, helping it create and operate hospital units. Before and after the war, she worked for the Veterans Administration.
December 20, 1997
When it comes to reassuring patients at bedside, who wouldn't prefer a nurse to a hospital manager? It just figures the people who know how to fit the bed with hospital corners are going to offer more comfort than those whose jobs tempt them to cut corners. That's not to deny that health-care management is a difficult juggling act even for the best-intentioned: controlling costs, meeting fierce competition, and coping with the quirks of government programs. But face it, some of the biggest hospital players are pursuing strategies that repeatedly raise questions about quality of care - from mega-mergers, to mass layoffs like those in the Allegheny Health system, to the "downskilling" of staff working the surgical wards.
January 10, 1997 |
Citing pressures from managed-care insurers to contain costs, Memorial Hospital of Burlington County laid off all of its licensed practical nurses today to help reduce its budget by $1.5 million. Sue Pitoscia, Memorial's patient care vice president, said eliminating all 17 LPN positions was necessary because of declines in the hospital's reimbursement rates from health insurance companies and declines in the average length of hospital stays. "We'll save about $340,000 a year," with the staff reductions, Pitoscia said.
October 23, 1992 |
With health care high on the American agenda, Republican U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter devoted yesterday to courting nurses and touting their support of him over Democrat Lynn Yeakel in Pennsylvania's Senate race. Specter received the endorsement of the Pennsylvania League of Nursing during a meeting with about two dozen health-care professionals at Magee- Womens Hospital, the largest maternity center in Western Pennsylvania. Yeakel was ill yesterday and canceled a day of campaign appearances, including a tour through the Lehigh Valley with U.S. Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D., N.J.)
April 21, 1991 |
Dr. Dorothy Ann Mereness, 80, a former dean of the School of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania and an early leader in the field of pyschiatric nursing, died yesterday at Chestnut Hill Hospital after a brief illness. A tall, outspoken woman, Dr. Mereness worked at some of the nation's most- distinguished nursing schools. She also wrote extensively, publishing 45 articles and books, including the widely used textbook Essentials of Psychiatric Nursing. She was an early advocate of using nurses on psychiatric teams.
January 3, 1990 |
Two area hospitals will be turning to computer technology to improve working conditions for nurses as part of a plan to reverse a statewide nursing shortage. Memorial Hospital of Burlington County and Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center were among 23 hospitals selected from the 71 in the state that submitted proposals for the Nursing Incentive Reimbursement Awards Program sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Health. Both hospitals received the awards for innovative plans for bedside computer systems.