More research needed to determine optimal strategies for reducing HF readmissions

July 5, 2016

In this video, Nancy Albert, PhD, CNS, of the Cleveland Clinic, discusses her presentation at the AAHFN Annual Meeting on reducing HF readmissions.

Reducing readmissions is a “timely” topic, according to Albert, with ongoing research that aims to determine which programs, services and mechanisms will be most effective. Performance improvement monitoring also is needed to determine “how well the programs we put in place work, so we can determine if, indeed, the program really is beneficial,” she said.

Cleveland Clinic Akron General presented with Lantern Award

June 30, 2016

Cleveland Clinic Akron General has been recognized for its commitment to exceptional patient care as a recipient of the Emergency Nurses Association Lantern Award. The award recognizes a select group of emergency departments (ED) that exemplify exceptional practice and innovative performance in the core areas of leadership, practice, education, advocacy and research.

All emergency departments are eligible to apply for the Lantern Award, but those selected must meet the highest excellence standards. The Akron General ED is only one of 11 hospital EDs nationwide to receive the Lantern Award this year.

The balancing act of Parkinson’s fall prevention

June 29, 2016

As caregivers, the natural instinct is to help. But sometimes, helping does more harm than good, especially for people with Parkinson’s disease.

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder that affects the nerve cells in the part of brain responsible for organizing movement. People with Parkinson’s may have tremors, rigid or stiff limbs, balance and coordination problems or bradykinesia, a general slowness of movement.

Cleveland Clinic's strategy to address nurse retention, burnout

June 9, 2016

Nurse retention and burnout are issues that plague hospitals throughout the country, but Cleveland Clinic is taking an innovative approach to address the problems.

Cleveland Clinic's Executive Chief Nursing Officer Kelly Hancock, R.N., tells Becker's Hospital Review, the organization offers yoga classes, reiki sessions, and stress and weight management seminars to nurses across the system to help prevent burnout and stress.

2-way communication, the challenge of nurse retention and more: Q&A with Cleveland Clinic's CNO

June 08, 2016

With three Magnet-designated hospitals, Cleveland Clinic — among other well-noted areas of excellence — is one of the premier healthcare systems for nursing in the country. At the helm of the system's nursing program is Executive Chief Nursing Officer Kelly Hancock, DNP, RN.

Dr. Hancock is responsible for directing the clinical, academic and operational activities of the nursing staff across the Cleveland Clinic's main campus and health system as a whole. Dr. Hancock has been with Cleveland Clinic for more than two decades and has held the position of CNO since 2011. While leading nurses, Dr. Hancock has garnered many recognitions, including the 2011 Circle of Excellence Award from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, which is given annually to individuals who exhibit excellence in the care of acutely and critically ill patients.

Born to be All In! Newborns get adorable onesies to cheer on the Cavs

June 2, 2016

How cute is this? Just born and already a Cavs fan! Newborns at the Cleveland Clinic are wearing some very special onesies ahead of Game 1 of the NBA Finals Thursday night. The adorable outfit says “ALL IN 216 Born to Believe.” Labor nurses are also getting in the spirit of things. They are wearing T-shirts that say “Deliver a Championship.”

Zika-Part 2: Nurses address questions about the virus

May 27, 2016

Most people had never heard of the Zika virus until this past February, but now they are seeking answers from healthcare professionals about the recent outbreak and nurses are responding. “Most of the concerns are coming from our obstetrical patients,” said James Bryant, MSN, RN, CEN, CCRN, NEA-BC, associate CNO of Cleveland Clinic health system in Ohio. “Women who are currently pregnant and have traveled to those regions call in or ask during their regular appointments.”

But it’s not just expectant moms who are looking for concrete answers about the disease; the outbreak has other family members concerned. “We are seeing it across the age span — adults who have planned travel, adults who may or may not be considering starting or adding to their families in the near future,” Michelle M. Kelly, PhD, CRNP, assistant professor at Villanova (Penn.) University and a pediatric and neonatal nurse practitioner, said. “The biggest concern is what this means for themselves and their current or future families.”

Cleveland Clinic Akron General Hosts Nurse Recruitment

May 9, 2016

The nursing profession has been experiencing what is often described as an unendurable shortage of clinical nurses throughout the world.

An event Monday was the first minority nurse recruitment hosted by Akron General Hospital to bridge the gap between the two. Many organizations are having difficulty recruiting newws nurses and retaining current staff.