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In Times Of Low Unemployment, Quality Of Nursing Home Care Suffers

The low unemployment rate in the U.S. — which fell to a 49 year-low in September and October — is good news to many people, but perhaps not to residents of nursing homes. A Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) study found that quality of care in nursing homes improves during periods of recession and worsens when the economy is good.

The reason, according to the investigation, published in The Gerontologist, is likely linked to how the strength of the economy affects the ability of nursing homes to maintain adequate staffing levels and retain employees, researchers say.

The study found that when staffing is tight during low unemployment rates, nursing homes are more likely to suffer from symptoms of inadequate care. Nursing home care is highly labor intensive and mainly delivered by nurses and nurse aides. Most nursing home residents have cognitive dysfunction or physical impairm

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Johns Hopkins School Of Nursing Professor Nancy Glass Receives $2.2 Million to Prevent And Respond To Sexual And Domestic Violence

Two new grants totaling $2.2 million will fund Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Professor Nancy Glass, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, in the development of nationally accessible, culturally diverse, and age-appropriate resources to help protect survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault across the lifespan. Both grants will build off of Glass’s already successful and tailored myPlan safety decision app, a tool to help survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV) understand their level of danger and make personalized plans for safety.

Advancing National Tools and Resources for Technology Initiatives in Victim Services is a two-year, $1.2 million grant in collaboration with Arizona State University and the National Domestic Violence Hotline funded by the Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime.

The grant will address a critical need across the country for a comprehensive database of

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CVS Health Observes National Influenza Vaccination Week By Encouraging Families To Get Their Flu Shot

In conjunction with National Influenza Vaccination Week (Dec. 2-8), CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) is reminding customers that it is not too late to get a flu shot to protect themselves and their loved ones from the flu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) established National Influenza Immunization Week (NIVW) in 2005 to highlight the importance of continued vaccination through the busy holiday season and into the new year when flu activity is typically at its peak.

Following last year's flu season, which saw the highest levels of flu cases since 2009, a recent survey conducted online by The Harris Poll on behalf of CVS Pharmacy, found that 22% of those surveyed say that knowledge of last year's severe flu season makes them more likely to get a flu shot this year. Additionally, two-thirds (66%) of those surveyed get a flu vaccine every year, or plan to get one this year, a f

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Study Among First To Describe Work Environments For Nurses In Mexico

A study of nurses in Mexico identifies both positive and problematic areas of their work environments, with age, experience, and education level influencing nurses’ perceptions of their workplaces.

The study, led by researchers at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing and published in the journal Hispanic Health Care International, is the among the first studies of Mexico’s nursing workforce. It also adds Mexico to the list of more than 25 countries that have successfully used the Practice Environment Scale from the Nurses Work Index (PES-NWI) to measure nurses’ work environments.

“Research from around the world shows that improving nursing workforce factors—such as adequate staffing, management, and education levels—can influence patient outcomes, including boosts in quality and patient satisfaction and reduced infections and readmissions,” said Allison Squires, PhD, RN, FAAN, associate

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