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  1. NPR Documentary Explores How Nurses Handle Stress, Burnout
    Listen now or download the MP3s from NPR’s Humankind page and revisit these segments as time allows. The radio documentary, Resilient Nurses, paints a vivid picture of the challenges today’s nurses face in a modern healthcare environment.
  2. CDC Posts Videos for Emergency Staff Dealing with Suspected Ebola Patients
    In partnership with Johns Hopkins Medicine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has developed a series of videos focused on helping Emergency Department personnel prepare to triage, identify and care for patients suspected of having the deadly Ebola virus.
  3. Johns Hopkins Offers In-Person and Online Programs for Patient Safety Certification
    The Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality at Johns Hopkins Medicine is offering two options aimed at preparing healthcare professionals to become patient safety champions in their facilities. One program is a five-day, in-person course for which three program dates have been scheduled, and the other is an online offering.
  4. Be Wary of ‘Misspeakers’ Who ‘Shoot from the Hip’
    Speaking “off the cuff” and with authority can prove disastrous in healthcare settings. So why is it so hard for many medical professionals to say “I don’t know” when presented with a question to which they do not know the answer?
  5. Update Clinical Communication Strategy, Not Just the BYOD Policy
    Consider this set of strategies that would facilitate clinicians utilizing one device with smartphone capabilities to improve workflow, clinical communication and patient safety while limiting the risk associated with personal device usage.