Nursing Economics

Nursing Economics is a bimonthly business magazine for nursing administrators published by Jannetti Publications Inc. It has been in publication since 1983. The Editor is Dr. Donna M. Nikitas. Kenneth J. Thomas is the Managing Editor, Katie Brownlow is the Editorial Assistant and Connie R. Curran is the Editor Emerita.

Articles from Vol. 30, No. 3, May/June

'Affordable' Death in the United States: An Action Plan Based on Lessons Learned from the Nursing Economic$ Special Issue
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY*An eight-point action plan is proposed for lowering costs associated with end-of-life health care in the United States, as well as improving the quality of life experienced by patients and their families.*This action plan was derived...
Community Discussions: A Vision for Cutting the Costs of End-of-Life Care
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY*Palliative care involvement with patients with advanced disease has demonstrated significant cost savings at end of life (EOL).*These financial benefits are largely due to improved EOL decision making.*Assisting patients and families...
Courage, Leadership, and End-of-Life Care: When Courage Counts
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY*As leaders, we must feel a sense of moral obligation to implement evidence about end-of-life care in our practice setting.*Nurse leaders can help patients and families orchestrate a beautiful experience that is an alternative to futile,...
Death Is Not an Option, How You Die Is - Reflections from a Career in Oncology Nursing
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY* With a combined career of over 60 years in oncology nursing, the authors reflect on the critical elements in the question, "How can we afford to die?"* Three high-profile patient scenarios in three different decades promised to improve...
Economic and Legal Issues in End-of-Life Care: An Interview with Michael Ash and Stephen Arons
THE QUESTION OF "HOW CAN we afford to die?" is linked to our views of the end of life, and the organization and financing of our health care system. Some economists have tackled this question and the issues that surround it. A particularly interesting...
End-of-Life Care in Nursing Homes: The High Cost of Staff Turnover
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY*Nursing home staffturnover results in high cost - both economic and personal - and has a negative impact on the quality of care provided to residents at the end of life.*Reducing staffturnover in nursing homes would benefit both the...
End-of-Life Care in the United States: Current Reality and Future Promise - A Policy Review
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY* Data collection and analysis of that data are vital to developing effective outcome measures when it comes to improvements in the cost and quality of delivered health care.* The present state of end-of-life care in the United States...
Epilogue
TO CLOSE, WE OFFER WHAT WE feel is the point of all of the significant efforts that went into producing this special issue of Nursing Economic$, to wit: offer an action plan to promote effective, efficient, sustainable, positive change in the health...
Introduction: How Can We Afford to Die?
ON AUGUST 8, 2010, 60 Minutes aired "The Cost of Dying," a chilling remin - der of the dire consequences of our long-standing inattention to the nexus of two crises that have haunted the United States health care delivery system:The Life Crisis: People...
Nurses Leading the Response to the Crisis of Palliative Care for Vulnerable Populations
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY* All nurses are prepared to be generalists in palliative care.* Within the discipline there are nurses who seek advanced educational preparation and develop clinical expertise in palliative care nursing.* These are our leaders in palliative...
Palliative Care: A Paradigm of Care Responsive to the Demands for Health Care Reform in America
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY* Palliative care is poised to become a universally available approach to health care which addresses both the needs of patients and families experiencing serious, progressive, and life-threatening illness, and also the costs of delivering...
Staffing for End of Life: Challenges and Opportunit
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY*What would staffing look like if we committed to endof- life experiences that were designed to honor the needs of the person dying, their loved ones, and the needs of the nurses and care team involved in the dying experience?*When we...
The Dialogue about Death and Dying: It's Time
LEADING CHANGE AND advancing the health of the nation requires courage and great risks. As we await the outcome of the Supreme Court's decision on the Affordable Care Act, and confront the rising fear of unexpectedly slow economic re - covery and high...
The Final Frontier
ON AUGUST 8, 2010, 60 Minutes aired "The Cost of Dying," reminding us that in 21st century American culture, dying is an uncomfortable topic bordering on the taboo. Sadly, 75% of us say that we want to die at home, but 80% of us die in a hospital. And...
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