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Posts from March, 2012

Nursing News: More Degrees Needed in the Nursing Workforce

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, March 29th, 2012

In October 2011, the Institute of Medicine released its landmark report on The Future of Nursing, initiated by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, calling for an increase of baccalaureate-prepared nurses in the workforce to 80% and doubling the population of nurses with doctoral degrees. The current nursing workforce falls short of these recommendations with 50% of registered nurses prepared at the baccalaureate or graduate degree level.

During the recession, when jobs have been fewer, many nurses have elected to go back to school and take a break from the nursing workforce, or new grads decided to go on for more education while waiting for the ideal job. Hopefully, this will help alleviate this expected nursing shortage.

As a nurse speaker, I specialize in nurse recruitment, nurse retention, and work life balance and can help improve morale, retention and recruitment. CONTACT ME TODAY to talk about my powerful keynotes, workshops and programs. I look forward to helping your organization achieve its goals.

 

Healthcare News: Healthcare Industry Is Among the Top 10 Fastest Growing

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, March 21st, 2012

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the healthcare industry is one of the top 10 fastest growing areas for employment over the next decade. More than 14 million jobs were created in healthcare in 2008 and more than 3 million jobs will be healthcare related through 2018.healthcare field

What does this mean for those of us in the nursing profession? For nurses looking for jobs, this is great news! Workers are needed across the board throughout the healthcare field. We can all help fill this need.

What if every healthcare worker recruited one worker? We can end our own shortages! Check out how I instill this principle throughout hospital systems with my “Each One Reach One” Nurse initiative.

As a nurse speaker, I specialize in nurse recruitment, nurse retention, and work life balance and can help improve morale, retention and recruitment. CONTACT ME TODAY to talk about my powerful keynotes, workshops and programs. I look forward to helping your organization achieve its goals.

 

Healthcare News: Healthcare CFO’s Understand Importance of Nurse Retention and Nurse Leadership

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, March 14th, 2012

There is some recent healthcare news regarding a significant change in the relations between Healthcare CFO’s and CNO’s at hospitals and healthhealthcare industry

systems. In the past, Finance looked to Nursing to get everything done cheaper. Nursing was a cost to the organization, and nurse leadership wasn’t taken into account. Today Finance better understands that nursing has an impact on revenue loss prevention.

Quality of care impacts the revenue stream and nurse leadership always emphasized quality of care. For example, under new reimbursement rules, hospitals are not paid for hospital-acquired conditions. This potential revenue loss has opened the eyes of the finance team, and they better understand that good quality care makes a difference in cost control.

The nursing shortage has awakened hospital CFO’s to the importance of keeping staffing vacancies filled. Conditions are better now, but a nursing shortage of crisis proportion is looming. Forward thinking hospitals and health systems identify why nurses are joining and/or leaving their organizations. Such information improves nurse retention.

As a nurse speaker, I specialize in nurse recruitment, nurse retention, and work life balance and can help improve morale, retention and recruitment. CONTACT ME TODAY to talk about my powerful keynotes, workshops and programs. I look forward to helping your organization achieve its goals.

Nursing News: Maryland Funds Programs to Ease Nursing Shortage

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, March 7th, 2012

Here’s some bad nursing news, balanced with some good nursing news. The bad: Maryland expects that its nursing shortage could reach 11,000 to 20,000 nurses in 2012. The good: In an effort to combat the growing nursing shortage, Maryland’s Health Services Cost Review Commission provided institutional funding through state Nurse Support Program (NSP) grants. The goal is to increase the numbers of bedside nurses in Maryland hospitals by improving nurse retention and increasing the number of nurses educated in the state.nursing shortage

Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing faculty are working to solve the nursing shortage through a variety of NSP initiatives. Four faculty members are collaborating with hospitals that have received NSP grants to fund nurse retention strategies. These include developing preceptor programs, providing tuition for DNP programs and MSN programs, and conducting an interventional study of disruptive behavior in the work environment.

What is your state and/or facility doing to ease the impending nursing shortage?

As a nurse speaker, I specialize in nurse recruitment, nurse retention, and work life balance and can help improve morale, retention and recruitment. CONTACT ME TODAY to talk about my powerful keynotes, workshops and programs. I look forward to helping your organization achieve its goals.