New guidelines from the Joint Commission highlight the key role of nurses in preventing central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs), Infection Control Today reports. "Nurses are on the front lines and can take advantage of their constant contact with patients and other caregivers to explain infection control techniques and help health facilities develop and enforce standards of care that have been proven effective against CLABSI," said INQRI grantee Patricia Stone, PhD, MPH, RN. She is also quoted in Long-Term Living, Advanced Healthcare Network for Nurses, and Becker’s ASC Review.
The health care system must ready itself for the influx of newly insured patients resulting from the Affordable Care Act, and advancing the role of nurses may be one way of addressing a potential physician shortage, according to an MSNBC.com article. The Institute of Medicine’s "Future of Nursing Report" is quoted in the article: “Now is the time to eliminate the outdated regulations and organizational and cultural barriers that limit the ability of nurses to practice to the full extent of their education, training, and competence.”
A Reuters Health article profiles the INQRI-funded study "Scope-Of-Practice Laws For Nurse Practitioners Limit Cost Savings That Can Be Achieved In Retail Clinics" and quotes co-lead investigator Joanne Spetz. "It appears there are cost savings when those nurse practitioners are allowed to operate autonomously in the retail clinic settings," Spetz told Reuters Health.
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