May 31, 2012
January 09, 2012
AACN is committed to providing member schools with resources and information helpful to advancing professional nursing education and supporting their academic enterprise. In keeping with this mission, the association has just released Your Guide to Graduate Nursing Programs, a handy reference for students and practicing nurses who are considering graduate level nursing education. To view the pdf version of the brochure use the following link http://www.aacn.nche.edu/student/news/2011/grad-brochure. AACN has identified a great need for more nurses with master’s and doctoral degrees to enhance access to primary care, preventive, and specialty nursing care. With the Institute of Medicine calling for a doubling of nurses in the U.S. with doctoral degrees, the need to expand the pipeline into graduate programs has become a national priority.
August 12, 2011
Errors in healthcare are associated with preventable injury and poor outcomes. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, “To Err is Human” brought attention to the risks patients face daily in healthcare settings (Kohn, Corrigan, & Donaldson, 2000). Systemic failures, including those caused by poor collaboration and communication among medical team members in the provision of patient care, contribute to the potential for medical errors. Responding to the call to action by the IOM, national efforts have targeted improved patient outcomes through renewed commitment to coordinated care grounded in evidence-based practice (Institute of Medicine [IOM], 2000). Leading organizations and professional bodies have endorsed the use of simulation-based training (SBT) to enhance clinician technical and non-technical skills (Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, 2005; IOM, 2000). A major focus of these agencies has been to support the development and application of SBT evidence-based strategies to improve teamwork in care delivery, patient safety and promote quality outcomes. Continue reading...