Today's Top 20 Clinical Leadership & Infection Control Articles
  • The exodus of young nurses

    The U.S. nursing workforce fell by more than 100,000 in 2021, primarily driven by nurses under age 35 leaving hospital-based jobs, according to an analysis published April 13 in Health Affairs.
  • Some hospitals relax masking rules

    Health systems are weighing and making decisions for face masks to become optional for many individuals in certain spaces. 
  • 4 nurses making headlines on and off the job

    Here are four nurses who have made headlines for their efforts on and off the job  since April 5:
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  • Some psychiatric conditions may raise risk of breakthrough COVID-19, study finds

    Vaccinated people with a history of certain psychiatric conditions may have a higher chance of contracting breakthrough COVID-19, according to a study published April 14 in JAMA Network Open.
  • CDC: US flu activity rises

    Flu activity in the U.S. increased for the week ending April 9, with the highest test positivity levels in central and south-central states, according to the CDC's latest FluView report. 
  • COVID-19 shot hesitancy complicates routine vaccination efforts

    Growing levels of vaccine hesitancy may be complicating efforts to catch children up on routine vaccinations, health experts told Politico April 18.
  • Michigan reports US' 1st known COVID-19 'spillover' cases

    Health officials believe four Michigan residents infected with a coronavirus strain linked to minks are the first known animal to-human COVID-19 cases in the U.S., the Detroit Free Press reported April 17. 
  • Early infections from omicron 'sister variants' not more severe, WHO leader says

    Health officials have not observed a change in severity among people infected with the omicron "sister variants" BA.4 and BA.5, Maria Van Kerkhove, PhD, COVID-19 technical lead for the World Health Organization, said during an April 13 media briefing.
  • COVID-19 cases to jump 94% by April 30 + 2 more forecasts

    COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are rising nationwide for the first time since January as the omicron subvariant BA.2 accounts for 85.9 percent of U.S. cases. Health experts say it is still unclear whether BA.2 will cause a COVD-19 surge that strains hospitals, but forecasting from the CDC and Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic provides some insight into what to expect in the coming weeks. 
  • Dr. Ashish Jha rejects '0 COVID-19' strategy: 4 Sunday talk show takeaways

    The White House's COVID-19 lead took to Sunday talk shows April 17 to discuss China's "zero COVID-19" strategy, boosters for older adults, vaccines for young children and more. 
  • What made baby-boomer nurses work through the pandemic?

    From novices to seasoned experts, the COVID-19 pandemic challenged all nurses in different ways. Facing a time of unprecedented turbulence in their careers, some baby-boomer nurses took the opportunity to retire early. 
  • COVID-19 hospitalizations tick up nationwide: 9 CDC findings

    COVID-19 hospitalizations increased nationwide last week for the first time since late January, according to the CDC's COVID-19 data tracker weekly review published April 15.
  • NP practice authority by state

    Twenty-six states and Washington, D.C., grant nurse practitioners full practice authority as soon as they earn their licenses, according to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.
  • Kansas grants NPs full practice authority

    Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly signed a bill into law April 15 granting full practice authority for nurse practitioners and other advanced practice registered nurses.
  • States ranked by omicron subvariant prevalence

    The U.S. had identified 10,333 virus sequences involving the omicron subvariant BA.2 as of April 15, according to outbreak.info, a platform that tracks data on COVID-19 variants and is supported by the CDC and other national research groups.
  • 10 places where COVID-19 cases are projected to jump the most

    Mississippi is projected to have the highest rate of COVID-19 cases of any state by April 25, according to forecasts from Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic. 
  • 8 systems seeking chief quality officers

    Below are eight hospitals, health systems or hospital operators that have recently posted job listings seeking chief quality officers.
  • BA.2 subvariants likely contributing to rising cases in New York, officials say

    Two sublineages of the BA.2 omicron subvariant are circulating in New York and are likely factors in the state's rising COVID-19 cases, state health officials said April 13. 
  • California drops 5-day quarantine for asymptomatic people exposed to COVID-19

    In a departure from CDC guidelines, California health officials are no longer recommending quarantine for people who were exposed to COVID-19 but don't have symptoms, the Los Angeles Times reported April 13.
  • 'Birthing-friendly' hospital designation to launch in 2023, CMS says

    CMS will roll out a new "birthing-friendly" designation for hospitals in fall 2023 as part of a larger effort to improve maternal health outcomes, the agency said April 13. 

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