Posts from February, 2010

How To Take Care of Nurses

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, February 20th, 2010

worklifebalanceLast week I had the honor of speaking at Hancock Regional Medical Center in Greenfield, Indiana. Their entire administrative team and even the Hospital Board is committed to caring for nurses!

One of the criteria for the Pathways to Excellence designation is work/life balance. Rarely have I seen a hospital so committed to providing that for their nurses. Not only did they have me deliver my Chicken Soup for the Nurse’s Soul keynote outlining ways to care for themselves as they care for others, they bought every nurse in attendance my Balancing Life book! A great retention tool!

Each nurse then participated in a facilitated discussion, brainstorming ways to create physical, mental, and spiritual balance in their daily lives. Next we shared ideas on how to truly live our priorities. We decided to better listen to our kids and even kiss our husbands!

To have me share life balance with your staff, please call me at 877-844-3626. And learn more at

Stimulus Funds To Train Medical Workers

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, February 16th, 2010

nursingstudent1New funding has been proposed in order to decrease the effect of health care worker and nursing shortages. The United States Labor Secretary, Hilda Stolis, has declared the government’s plans to release 220 million dollars of federal stimulus funds to training programs for workers in the medical profession.

The Labor Secretary revealed plans to stimulate the economy with the bill’s funds while touring the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas and the Shawnee County Community Health Care Clinic in Topeka. These Kansas clinics and medical centers are among the areas that need the most help, as recruitment and retention of nurses and other workers is most difficult in rural areas.

With baby boomers aging and needing further medical care, the need for nurses and health care workers will only increase. The Labor Department aims to take advantage of this medical necessity by providing workers with a chance to start over in a field that is both lucrative and necessary.

I’m eager to see when these funds are released and to whom. I have found no applications process for this. If you learn more, please post a comment and share.

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School Nurses Need Help!

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, February 13th, 2010

schoolI’m thrilled to be the opening Keynote speaker for the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) on June 29th.

is the leader in advocacy for student health and professional
development of school nurses. Every child deserves a school nurse.
the caseload assignments for school nurses vary greatly throughout
the United States. Historically, the federal government and the
National Association of School Nurses have recommended a school
nurse-to-student ratio of 1:750

Now that’s a big assignment.

Consider joining their ranks and caring for kids.

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Let Nurses Focus on Patient Care

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, February 9th, 2010

nurseneedlecartoonTo retain nurses in our profession, there needs to be a conscious effort to make the working environment safe and focused on patient care. Nurses want to be able to provide superb care to their patients.

If nurses can focus on the patient and not get caught up with issues that interfere with patient care, this will help to keep them at the bedside.

Cutbacks and working with less has led to the exiting of the experienced nurses because of unreasonable expectations. Providing care with less staff impacts the quality and time one nurse has to give to his/her patients…. and it affects patient care and satisfaction.

To learn more ways to keep your nurses happy at the bedside, contact me

Recession or Not..We Are Short of Nurses

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, February 5th, 2010

busynurseDespite the recession, most hospital executives believe there are still too few physicians and nurses in the United States, and the shortages will grow worse if access to healthcare becomes universal.

In a survey of 285 hospital chief executive officers conducted by AMN Healthcare, the nation’s largest health care staffing company, 95 percent of hospital CEOs said there is a shortage of physicians in the U.S., 91 percent said there is a shortage of nurses. While the short-term economic challenges may have affected their recruitment and retention efforts, the long-term problem will be the need for thousands of more healthcare professionals that don’t exist today.

Over 24 percent of CEOs said the economic downturn caused them to decrease nurse recruiting efforts over the last six months. The majority, at least 64 percent, said recruiting efforts at their hospitals over the last six months had not changed.

In the next six months, 89 percent expect to maintain or increase nurse recruiting efforts.

As a nurse motivational speaker and expert in nurse recruitment and retention, I can help now. Please contact me to see how I can help you recruit the nurses you need, and retain the best you have.

You Must See this Pink Glove Dance!

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, February 1st, 2010

pinkglovednaceA friend sent a link for me to watch the Pink Glove Dance. Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland choreographed a dance performed by employees, as a breast cancer awareness event.I was so enthralled with the involvement of every department…talk about employee engagement! When I called the CNO, Martie Moore to compliment her, she said each person performed as their authentic self.

They did it not for any other reason but to get dialog going about breast cancer. Now people are calling to say, “I want to work there too! ”

Isn’t it true, that when people do good works for benevolent reasons, for the sake of others, goodness comes back to them in return. Who wouldn’t want to work for a place like that. Kudos to Providence St. Vincent Medical Center.

Now, enjoy the dance!