My department does the newsletter for our facility and we have a great response. Here are the columns that we write each month:
A note from the CEO (Front Page)
What's Hot - Something new in medicine or research, etc
Behind the sceens - Give a snap shot of support departments in
the hospital like Central Supply, Physician Credentials,
From the Past - Something about health care in history.
In Focus - A nursing clinical reveiw of a disease or nursing
In Touch with the Joint Commission - JCAHO news and updates
Med Notes - Review of a new medication or safety tips.
Life Safety News - More JCHAO stuff
PI Corner - Who and what is being improved, great projects, etc.
Stress Column - Tips on managing stress
The Bottom Line - $$$ and Healthcare, cost of care, etc.
Caught in the Act - notes sent to us by fellow co-workers when
they "catch" someone doing a great job above what is
News you can Use - Hospital Announcements
Pencil this in is our Education Calendar.
We do a cross word insert that they can turn in for education credit and a guess who contest each month. We put some information in about a fellow co-worker and they try to guess who it is. It is great fun and has people out talking to each other, building teamwork, etc.
Hope this helps. I will tell you that it is very time consuming to do this kind of newsletter, we (four of us) divide the topics up and research each month, write and edit all ourselves. We do most of our research on the internet. The FDA web site is helpful, the IOM web site, the JCHAO site and I go to the news channels for what is currently being reserached. (CNN, CBS, etc) I can almost always get ideas there.
Good luck - it is fun and a great learning experience.