Posts from August, 2010

$3 Million in Grants Help End the Nursing Shortage

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, August 30th, 2010

On August 5th, 2010 the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that they awarded just over $3 million through 16 grants to support health care nursing workforce training programs at five Washington state universities. Grants were issued to the University of Washington, Washington State University, Gonzaga University, Seattle University, and Pacific Lutheran University.

The money will support nursing workforce development and education programs, as well as geriatric education and training programs.

The grants, issued under the Health Resources and Services Administration were a part of the Affordable Care Act, signed into law by President Obama last March.

I’m eager to learn what other states received grant money, as this is a crucial step in recruiting nurses and ending our nursing shortage.

To learn more tools for nurse recruitment and retention, contact me to speak at your event or hospital.

What Keeps New Nurses From Quitting?

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, August 25th, 2010

With nearly 1 in 5 nurse grads in the U.S. leaving their first nursing jobs, the Oregon Health and Science University School of Nursing, Portland, Oregon sought ways to retain new nurses.

The Oregon Consortium for Nursing Education, created to establish partnerships between schools and hospitals, created a curriculum that prepares new grads for the workplace and helps retain them.

They listened to what hospitals had to say about their nursing graduates, then traveled the state and held about 35 focus groups and interviewed 750 recent grads, nurse executives and instructors to ask them what’s working, what isn’t, and what their ideas were for employing new graduates.

Also, there also is a shared curriculum between the university and community colleges so when students enroll at the community college, they are “co-admitted” to the university. This eliminates course repetition.

This is a great way to retain nurses. To learn more nurse recruitment and retention strategies, contact me to speak at your hospital or event.

Military To Get Online BSN Degrees

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, August 21st, 2010

In response to the shortage of nurses in Texas and across the nation, the dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, received $635,187 to offer an eLine Military program (ELM) for Texas residents serving in the military or veterans with prior medical experience.

ELM will be available entirely online to provide a full curriculum for a bachelor’s degree in nursing. It allows military personnel to seamlessly proceed through the courses without repeating prior content and allows for college credit based on medical experience while serving the military.

The ELM program, which focuses on minority students, rural students, and those who are from disadvantaged backgrounds, will employ
a case manager to provide guidance and expertise to students so that they may
access other mainstream resources.

What a great nurse recruitment tool! To learn more nurse recruitment and retention strategies, contact me.

Can ADNs Perform on Par with BSNs?

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, August 11th, 2010

In view nursing shortage, the Visiting Nurse Service of New York embarked on an initiative to determine whether associate degree nursing graduates, through an intensive internship program, can perform on par with baccalaureate nursing graduates.

ADN interns were compared with BSN interns on retention in the internship, clinical thinking, assessment skills, productivity, and intention to remain in nursing.

Findings revealed few significant differences between the ADN and BSN interns, suggesting that with competitive recruitment, appropriate support, and supplementary training, ADN interns can perform on par with their BSN counterparts in home health care.

With the nursing shortage reaching crisis proportion, this is a great way to ease it.

To learn more about nurse recruitment and retention, contact me.

Nursing Organizations Unite to End the Nursing Shortage.

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, August 7th, 2010

These members of the ANSR (Americans for Nursing Shortage Relief) Alliance joined together to send a letter to the chairmen of the Senate Appropriations Committee urging them to support the budget level of $292 million for the Title VIII – Nursing Workforce Development Programs of the Public
Health Service Act:
Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses
American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing
American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
American Academy of Nursing
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordinators.

These leaders are to be commended for their strong efforts to relieve the nursing shortage. Each nurse must work to do the same. To learn about my Each One Reach One Nurse initiative, contact me.

Nursing Shortage Despite High Unemployment Rates

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, August 2nd, 2010

At a time when nearly 10% of the country’s population is unemployed, it may seem unbelievable that the country is experiencing a shortage of  nurses.  Statistics vary, but I just read a study by the Health and Human Services Administration predicts a shortage of more than 400,000 nurses in the coming year, and potentially more than 1 million in 2020.

With an average salary of $57,000 and an anticipated growth in employment of 23 percent by 2016 (as quoted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics) how can we be experiencing a shortage of potential nurses during the largest economic recession since the great depression?

One of the major causes of the nursing shortage is the lack of educators within the healthcare field. The National League for Nursing reports more than 99,000 prospective nursing students being turned away in 2008 alone.

The average age of PhD nursing professors at 59-years-old, the age of associate professors at 56 and assistant professors at 51.

We need to recruit nurses to be teachers. Who do you know who would be a great instructor?

To learn more nurse recruitment and retention information, contact me.