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Preventing medical miscommunication means fewer medical errors

For a patient about to undergo surgery, a medical error is just about the last thing someone would want to worry about.

Upwards of 100,000 deaths occur in the United States each year because of medical mistakes. One of the biggest factors contributing to the problem is miscommunication or lack of communication between multiple health care professionals.

To address the problem, University of Minnesota health professional education programs are embracing the age-old mantra of learning to work together in class and competition.

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In the News: Electronics no substitute for conversation at family meals

Cutting down on media time at family meals may provide a leg up on child health, according to new research from the University of Minnesota School of Nursing.

University of Minnesota researchers found families who allowed frequent device use at the dinner table served less healthful meals and reported lower levels of family communication. Families who established rules limiting electronics use were more likely to report just the opposite: better communication and more nutritious meals.

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U of M School of Nursing receives $3M for Alzheimer’s, exercise research

A $3.04 million study investigating the effects of a six-month aerobic exercise program on memory and brain function in participants with Alzheimer’s disease will be led by Fang Yu, Ph.D., R.N., G.N.P., associate professor in the University of Minnesota School of Nursing.

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$10 million gift to U of M aimed at transforming health care delivery through nursing

Together a Minnesota-based foundation and the University of Minnesota’s School of Nursing are stepping up to address an acute shortage of primary care providers, rising health care costs and the rapidly growing needs of an aging population by committing to educate an additional 500 advanced practice nurses over the next 10 years.

The visionary $10 million gift announced today by the Bentson Foundation is designated for scholarships for new students in the School of Nursing’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program. The gift will infuse the region with more doctorally-prepared nurses in family practice, pediatrics, geriatrics, midwifery, nurse anesthesia and other fields.

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University of Minnesota researchers investigate the best way to alleviate post-stroke depression

For the thousands of people in the U.S. who have a stroke each year, post-stroke depression is a serious concern. With up to two-thirds of stroke patients experiencing depression, researchers are investigating the best treatment method for this problem.

A recent study from the University of Minnesota School of Nursing monitored the effectiveness of problem-solving therapy instead of prescription medication on decreasing depression symptoms in a group of post-stroke patients.

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U of M and Minneapolis VA awarded $5.3 million to educate more nurses

The partnership will yield 100 additional bachelor’s degree-prepared nurses over five years.

This fall, the University of Minnesota School of Nursing will admit its largest class of undergraduate nursing students in history, with 148 sophomores entering its bachelor’s degree program – 20 more than in any previous year. This expansion is possible due to a $5.3 million competitive award from the federal Department of Veterans Affairs to the Minneapolis VA Health Care System announced this month.

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