New Survey Says Nurses Are Bullish On The Industry Outlook

August 27th, 2014

A survey from allnurses.com, the largest online networking and support site for nurses, reveals that the majority of nurses (74 percent) think the job outlook for the nursing industry is positive. Nearly three quarters of respondents (72 percent) would recommend that a person go into the nursing field, and the overwhelming majority (82 percent) believe that the nursing industry has a positive perception in society today.

 “There are many misperceptions about nurses, the role they play, and the industry overall,” said Brian Short, Founder of allnurses.com, and a registered nurse himself. “These survey results – which are quite positive – provide a more accurate and up to date look into what nurses think, and indicate areas where patients and nurses can work more closely together.”

Of particular importance, said Short, is the critical role that nurses play in serving as the patient’s advocate. He encourages patients and their families to talk to their nurses as they are the closest to the patient and work hand in hand with doctors to deliver the best and most appropriate care.

Forty percent of nurses said the single biggest challenge they face today is the nurse-to-patient ratio. Nurses want to spend more time at the bedside, but administrative duties and having too many patients can keep them from doing so. Nurses also believe that patients and their families are confused when it comes to knowing the role nurses play vs. that of physicians, with less than 10 percent of nurses thinking that patients understand the difference.

When asked what makes an ideal nurse, respondents ranked knowledgeable, compassionate and patient advocate as the most important characteristics. Gallup polls show that nurses are consistently ranked the highest among other professions for trustworthiness and credibility. When nurses were asked to weigh in on which hospital TV shows most closely resemble “real life,” it was a close race among the long-running ER and Grey’s Anatomy hospital dramas and the more recently launched documentary-style program, NY Med.

More than 1,600 nurses and registered members of allnurses.com completed the survey, with the majority of them (47 percent) working in hospital settings. Recent estimates show that between 2008 and 2010 there were approximately 2.8 million registered nurses (RNs) and 690,000 licensed practical nurses (LPNs) in the United States. Registered nurses are the largest sector of employees in the healthcare industry.

ABOUT ALLNURSES

Founded by Minnesota Registered Nurse, Brian Short, allnurses.com is the leading networking site for nurses and nursing students. For nearly 20 years, allnurses.com has been the collective voice of the nursing community, supporting the profession by providing a place where nurses can network, share, and learn from each other. With an ever-growing community of more than 825,000 registered members, allnurses.com is the go-to place to communicate and discuss nursing, jobs, schools, NCLEX, careers, and so much more. For more information, visit allnurses.com.

PDI Prevantics® Skin Antiseptics: Proven to Help Facilities Reduce CLABSI Rates and Associated Costs

August 26th, 2014

New educational resources now make it even easier for facilities to implement and encourage ongoing compliance with Prevantics® products.

PDI, leader in infection prevention products and solutions, continues to reinforce the importance of a complete infection prevention program for skin antisepsis. Prevantics® products are the first and only 3.15% Chlorhexidine Gluconate (w/v) and 70% Isopropyl Alcohol (v/v) formula which has been proven to deliver seven days of continued antimicrobial activity, aligning with dressing change protocols at many healthcare facilities. The clinical efficacy of Prevantics® products are supported by more than 14 independent clinical studies, covering both adult and pediatric populations and spanning several practice areas. One medical center demonstrated a 59 percent reduction in central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) in the first year after improving practice in infection prevention and vascular access, coupled with the introduction of Prevantics® products to the practice bundle. A 100 percent reduction was achieved by year four.

“Our clinical partners have come to know and expect high-quality, efficacious products from PDI that provide the most advanced evidence-based solutions to prevent the spread of infection and exceed all clinical guidelines requirements,” said Hudson Garrett, PhD, MSN, MPH, FNP, CSRN™, VA-BC™, Vice-President, Clinical Affairs for PDI. “Prevantics® products are no exception, and our continual innovation in formulation and delivery systems has produced excellent and sustained results.”

PDI also continues to provide support tools and clinical resources to help with implementation and on-going compliance to facility and evidence-based protocols. Most recently, the company released new educational and training videos for Prevantics® products to help ensure proper use. The videos can be used for staff education during new hire orientation, product implementation and periodic refreshers. In addition, instructions for use posters and product guides are also available for the product.

Prevantics® products are available in three sizes to accommodate varying types of procedures; 1.0 mL Swab, 1.6 mL Swabstick and 5.1 mL Maxi-Swabstick. The peel-apart packaging and unique pre-saturated applicator design make it easy to use. It contains no glass to break and does not require any activation wait time by the clinician. The Prevantics® products Swabstick and Maxi Swabstick also feature unique two-sided applicators designed for prepping around joints, inter-digital areas and skin folds. The company recently updated the product packaging with a cleaner and simpler look aimed at helping staff to easily identify the product. For more information on Prevantics® products or to access the new in-service videos, visit www.pdihc.com or contact your local PDI sales representative.

Prevantics® products meet guidelines from leading regulatory agencies and industry associations such as the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Association for Vascular Access (AVA), Infusion Nurses Society (INS), Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA), and Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). Current CDC Guidelines for the Prevention of Intravascular Catheter-Related Infections recommend the use of a > 0.5% chlorhexidine skin preparation with alcohol for antisepsis.

About PDI
PDI helps reduce preventable infections, control healthcare costs, and ultimately help save lives by delivering a broad range of evidence-based, market leading skin antisepsis, environmental hygiene and patient care solutions. PDI’s expertise in making a difference in the community and healthcare environments extends throughout the United States and worldwide. www.pdihc.com

T&M Associates opens Indianapolis Office Offers Deep Environmental, Health and Safety Management Expertise

August 20th, 2014

T&M Associates, a leading national engineering, environmental services and consulting firm, announces the opening of its Indianapolis office. T&M has appointed Ashly Insco, regional compliance manager and group manager, and Jim Alvarez, client manager and principal geologist, to lead the office. Both are recognized experts in the field and will direct and deliver the company’s broad range of services to public and private sector clients throughout the region. Ms. Insco joins T&M as a certified hazardous materials manager (CHMM) and Mr. Alvarez is a licensed professional geologist (LPG) in the state of Indiana.

Ms. Insco brings more than 22 years of environmental, health and safety (EHS) experience to T&M. She specializes in developing, implementing and auditing EHS and energy management and compliance systems. Ms. Insco also develops and provides customized EHS training for all industries. Mr. Alvarez has particular expertise in developing and administering EHS programs at industrial facilities as well as leading due diligence portfolios, both of which he has conducted globally over the course of his nearly 25-year career.

“While our Indianapolis office is brand new, Ashly and Jim are well established leaders in their sectors and their reputation in the marketplace aligns with T&M’s growth initiatives,” said Ihsan Al-Fayyomi, senior vice president and environmental services business unit leader. “They and their team will deliver the services and expertise to our mid-western client-base while supporting T&M’s strategic capabilities nationwide.”

The new office is located at 201 North Illinois Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204. As part of T&M Associates, it will provide the firm’s full portfolio of services which includes EHS auditing and program development/implementation, site investigation and remediation, due diligence and transactional support, industrial hygiene, permitting, grants and funding, landscape architecture, energy efficiency, transportation engineering, water resources, stormwater management and construction administration among others.

About T&M Associates

T&M Associates is an engineering consulting firm specializing in development, energy, environmental and transportation services. Established in 1966 and headquartered in Middletown, NJ, the award-winning company is consistently ranked in the top half of Engineering News Record’s list of the Top 500 Design Firms. T&M’s tagline, “Your Goals. Our Mission” encapsulates its commitment to develop effective, creative and timely strategies and solutions to achieve its public and private clients’ business objectives. T&M has more than 350 employees and operates in 15 office locations throughout Delaware, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. For more information visit http://www.tandmassociates.com/.

U.S. Manufacturer Comes Back From The Ashes Honors First Responders While Breaking Ground For New Facility

August 14th, 2014

Rustic Crust, leading manufacturer of organic and all-natural pizza crust and sauce, today honored the New Hampshire Police, Fire & EMS Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to supporting firefighters, police officers and emergency medical service personnel, for its statewide contributions. The event coincided with the ground-breaking of a new Rustic Crust and American Flatbread frozen pizza facility soon to be erected on the site of its former factory in Pittsfield, NH, which burned to the ground earlier this year. The new two-story 27,000 square-foot facility, 30 percent larger than the original structure, will be in operation this fall. After the fire, Rustic Crust’s President & CEO Brad Sterl kept more than 100 workers on payroll while he began to rebuild the company. Sterl and Governor Maggie Hassan recognized first responders as unsung heroes who risk their lives daily to protect the communities they serve, just as they did during the company’s devastating fire. The event marks the start of a national campaign, The Rustic Crust First Responders Recognition program, to support and acknowledge these service workers across the nation. In New Hampshire and in states across the U.S., Rustic Crust and American Flatbread frozen pizzas will donate product to state first responder organizations assisting with fundraisers and other events. The company will also continue to send its mobile pizza truck to natural disaster sites to feed fatigued workers. “As a result of the fire at our production facility, we know firsthand the courage and sacrifice displayed by first responders,” said Brad Sterl, CEO of Rustic Crust. “We are launching this national program to honor the extraordinary work of these brave men and women - fire, police, and emergency rescue people – in their times of need.” Rustic Crust (www.rusticcrust.com) was founded in 1996 and is the number one U.S. national brand of natural prepared, ready-made pizza crusts. American Flatbread (www.americanflatbreadproducts.com) is a market leader in natural frozen flatbread pizzas which are available in supermarkets, health and gourmet stores nationwide. The company is Pittsfield, New Hampshire’s second largest employer.

Exergen Temporal Artery Thermometer is Most Accurate Substitute For Rectal in Children

August 12th, 2014

A new clinical study published in Current Therapeutic Research affirms that the temporal artery (TA) thermometer is the most accurate substitute for rectal measurement in children. The study tested the accuracy of less invasive thermometers, including tympanic, infrared skin scan, and temporal artery, compared to rectal measurement to reflect core temperature.

The research was conducted at the University Hospitals, Leuven, Belgium. A total of 294 pediatric patients, with a median age of 3.2 years, were included and temperature measurements were collected consecutively from each device in every patient.

“Rectal has always been held as the gold standard in temperature measurement, but today, physicians, nurses, and consumers are looking for a less invasive manner to get a consistent, quick and accurate reading, and this study shows that the Exergen Temporal Artery Thermometer is that solution,” said Francesco Pompei, Ph.D., CEO of Exergen Corporation. “Exergen’s accuracy is backed by more than 50 peer-reviewed published clinical studies, which sets it apart from other thermometers on the market,” added Dr. Pompei.

Exergen markets two models of the TemporalScanner thermometer: a professional version for doctors' offices and hospitals, and a consumer model sold in major retailers nationwide. More than one billion temperatures are taken each year with the TemporalScanner. It is used in thousands of hospitals, clinics and pediatricians' offices across the country, as well as in millions of homes. For the fourth year in a row it is the #1 preference of pediatricians in the US and #1 selling retail thermometer. The Exergen TemporalScanner’s performance is supported by more than 50 peer-reviewed published studies covering all ages from preterm infants to geriatrics and all care areas from hospitals to homes. For additional information, visit www.exergen.com.

Allegaert, K. Tympanic, Infrared Skin, and Temporal Artery Scan Thermometers Compared with Rectal Measurement in Children. [National Teaching Institute research abstract RS4]. Current Therapeutic Research. 76 (2014) 34-38