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Posts from April, 2012

Nursing News: Nurse Mentoring and Stress Reduction Programs Help with Work Life Balance

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, April 30th, 2012

To maintain new nurse graduates, many hospitals are implementing nurse mentoring programs, pairing new nurses with senior nurses. This has resulted in helping the new nurses cope with work life balance issues that face many healthcare workers.nurse mentor

The goal of the program is to provide a new nurse with a mentor who serves as an active listener, providing support, enthusiasm, and nurturing in a nontraditional learning environment. Many hospitals report that nearly all of the nurse participants remained at the facility – great news for nurse retention!

Another success is the development of a program for nurses affected by the daily stresses on the job. Programs teach nurses how to recognize stressors, decrease, and cope with them. Nurses who have participated in these programs report decreases in stress and fatigue, fewer aches and pains, and overall better work life balance.

On that note….I have some very exciting news! My new “SelfCare for HealthCare” Book will be out soon! Stay tuned to Nurse Recruitment and Retention Facebook Page, my Twitter and LinkedIn for updates and opportunities to score a free copy.

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: Scripts Sets the Bar for the Healthcare Industry

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, April 25th, 2012

I love celebrating achievements within the healthcare industry! The Scripps Health System, which operates five hospitals in the county, was named AARP’s 2011 Best Employer for Workers over 50.  They employ more than 13,000 people, 36% of them over age 50.

AARP also singled out Scripps for alternative work programs such as:nurse recruitment

  • Flexible schedules and phased retirement
  • Wellness program that rewards participants with free health insurance premiums
  • Generous retirement package
  • Employee alumni network that provides a route for re-employment.

Last year, Scripps rehired 198 former workers, 58 of which were 50 or older.  Overall, 16 % of the 1,562 new hires at Scripps in 2010 were at least 50 years old.

Everyone in the healthcare industry can all learn a lot from Scripps Health, on how to care for our “seasoned” nurses, to retain nurses and the vast knowledge and experience the bring. Email me at LeAnn@LeAnnThieman.com to schedule a consult about your hospitals nurse recruitment and nurse retention strategy.

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: Nurse Burnout Contributes to Nursing Shortage and Declining Patient Care

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, April 23rd, 2012

Nurse burnout  plays a huge role in the nursing shortage, which then negatively affects patient care. Working in a highly stressful and demanding healthcare environment can take a toll on nurses, especially those new to the field. One national study showed that about one in five newly licensed nurses quit within the first year. With lack of support from employers and the confidence that comes with experience, nurse burnout is only heightened.

Even more startling is the impact that nurse burnout can have on patient care. Findings published in the New England Journal of Medicine in March 2011 indicate that inadequate nurse staffing correlates to higher patient mortality. With so many facilities striving to be a 5-Star Facilities, hospital executives need to look at patient care from a 20,000 foot view see what the real disconnect is…nurse burnout.

Nurses who nurture their bodies, minds and spirits cope better and burn out less. To learn more about my SelfCare for HealthCare Program visit http://www.leannthieman.com/selfcare-healthcare. PS – Hold tight, the book will be out soon!

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 Profession News: Instructors Needed To End Nursing Shortage

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, April 19th, 2012

Contributing to the nursing shortage is the inability of nursing schools to produce graduates fast enough to keep up with the rising demand of applicants.nursing schools

Although the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) reported an increase in nursing school enrollment this past decade, qualified nursing school applicants continue to be
AACN reports that in 2009, nursing schools rejected nearly 55,000 qualified applicants. Faculty shortages, budget constraints, and increasing job competition from clinical sites have all contributed to the limited number of graduates produced.

Teaching is an ideal job for “seasoned” nurses who are looking for less physically demanding work.  Check out my “Each One Reach One” Program:  

Do you know someone who would be a great nursing instructor?

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: More Companies Investing in Wellness Programs – Helping Employees Live a Life of Balance

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, April 17th, 2012

These days, fewer employers offer perks like big bonuses, lavish retreats and limitless expense accounts. However, one benefit that employers are increasingly willing to invest in is the wellness of their staff, which is great overall healthcare news!work life balance

Corporate wellness programs, which encourage people to take steps to prevent the onset or worsening of health conditions, to adopt healthier lifestyles, and live a life of balance have grown steadily in the past few years, according to the latest MetLife Annual Employee Benefits Trends Study.

Nearly half of employers offer such programs, almost double the number in 2005. Among companies with 500 or more employees, the number jumps to about 75 %.

Some companies can’t afford to give merit increases as they did in the past, but they still want to do the right thing and take care of their employees and encourage them to live a life of balance, so they offer wellness programs. Not only do they improve the health of the staff, but they also increase productivity while saving the company money.

Studies show that for every $1 a company puts into corporate wellness programs, $3 is saved through decreased sick days, increased worker productivity and employee retention, according to the National Business Group on Health in Washington, D.C.

Wellness programs aren’t just to lower insurance claims and pharmacy costs but to decrease absences, illnesses and injuries, resulting in a more effective employee.

Check out my SelfCare for HealthCare program. It decreases turnover, burnout and sick days and simultaneously boosts patient satisfaction scores: http://www.leannthieman.com/selfcare-healthcare/

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: Multi-Skilled Nurses Needed with Higher Healthcare Education

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, April 12th, 2012

nursing technologyMany of today’s nursing positions are calling for a higher level of healthcare education and experience with technology. With more candidates in the marketplace and employers requiring specific skill sets, it can be more difficult now to land a nursing position, especially for those directly out of nursing school. Adding business courses, technology education, informatics or even an advanced degree can make a nurse more marketable in today’s job climate.  With the right combination of nursing education, background and professionalism, coupled with great communication and interviewing skills, most candidates will find a job in today’s market – even in this economy.

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: The Nursing Shortage is NOT Over!

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, April 4th, 2012

nursing shortageIn July 2010, the Tri-Council for Nursing released a statement on Recent Registered Nurse Supply and Demand Projections, which cautioned against statements declaring an end to the nursing shortage. The downturn in the economy led to an easing of the nursing shortage in many parts of the country, a development most analysts believe to be temporary. In the joint statement, the Tri-Council raised serious concerns about slowing the production of nurses given the projected demand for nursing services, particularly in light of healthcare reform.

We need to continue to encourage men and women to enter our benevolent profession of caring…we still need them desperately.

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.