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National Nurses Week 2015

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Celebrating National Nurses Week 2015

At the height of the Crimean War between Britain and Russia, the mortality rate of British solders brought to the Scutari military hospital in Istanbul was over forty percent. » Continue reading

Categories: Author: Nanne Finis, National Nurses Week

Who’s Looking Out For Nurses?

I used to be a detectiveWith National Nurses Week coming up (May 6-12, 2015), it’s a good time to remember the old adage that working smarter trumps working longer or harder.

Studies have shown that 17 hours of sustained wakefulness is equivalent to a blood alcohol level of 0.05% and that after 24 hours, it is equivalent to 0.10%.  (You may be interested in: The Joint Commission Sentinel Event Alert Issue 48: Health care worker fatigue and patient safety.) » Continue reading

Categories: Author: Nanne Finis, National Nurses Week

National Nurses Week 2014: Honoring ‘Nurses Leading the Way’

Florence NightingaleNational Nurses Week begins each year on May 6th and ends on May 12th, Florence Nightingale’s birthday.  Florence Nightingale, a nurse, spent her night rounds giving personal care to the wounded, establishing her image as the ‘Lady with the Lamp.’  Florence Nightingale was born in Florence, Italy, on May 12, 1820.  During the Crimean War, she and a team of nurses improved the unsanitary conditions at a British base hospital, reducing the death count by two-thirds.  Her writings sparked worldwide health care reform.  In 1860 she established St. Thomas’ Hospital and the Nightingale Training School for Nurses. Although she died August 13, 1910, in London, her legacy continues.

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Categories: Author: Nanne Finis, National Nurses Week, Nurses Week