Posts from January, 2014

Nurse Retention Video Blog: Do You Have Stress Free Zone for Nurses?

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, January 30th, 2014

Nursing News: Increased Scope of Practice and Education for Nurses

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, January 28th, 2014

Despite “measurable progress” in the three years since the release of the Institute of Medicine’s landmark report on the future of nursing, more work remains “to fully realize the potential of qualified nurses to improve health and provide care to people who need it.”

That statement is part of a commentary by Harvey V. Fineberg, MD, PhD, president of the IOM, and Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, on the aftermath of the report.

“The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health” was released Oct. 5, 2010, by the IOM with the support of RWJF. It provided a blueprint for transforming the nursing profession to “respond effectively to rapidly changing healthcare settings and an evolving healthcare system,” according to a report brief.

The key recommendations were to allow nurses to practice to the full scope of their education and training, provide opportunities for nurses to serve as healthcare leaders, and increase the proportion of nurses with a BSN to 80% by 2020. Following the report, RWJF and AARP formed the Campaign for Action to implement the report’s recommendations at the state level.

Regarding scope of practice for advanced practice registered nurses, Fineberg and Lavizzo-Mourey wrote that 43 state action coalitions have prioritized initiatives to remove scope-of-practice regulations that prevent APRNs from delivering care to the full extent of their education and training. Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland , Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon and Rhode Island have removed barriers to APRN practice and care, and 15 states introduced bills this year to remove physician supervision requirements that can hinder APRN care.

Regarding education and training, the proportion of employed nurses with a BSN or higher degree was 49 % in 2010 and 50% in 2011. “Progress is likely to accelerate in the years to come,” Fineberg and Lavizzo-Mourey wrote, “because between 2011 and 2012 along there was a 22.2% increase in enrollment in RN-to-BSN programs and a 3.5% increase in enrollment in entry-level BSN programs.” The authors also noted a recent increase in the number of students enrolled in nursing doctorate programs. Of the 51 action coalitions, 48 have worked to enable seamless academic progression in nursing.

More nurses are needed to fill the gaps in healthcare. To learn how to implement effective strategies for nurse retention and nurse recruitment go to SelfCare for HealthCare™. CONTACT ME DIRECTLY to bring this program to your facility.

Video Blog: Supportive Nursing Environments Have Lower Medication Errors

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, January 23rd, 2014

Do Wellness Centers Improve Overall Quality of Life?

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, January 21st, 2014

More and more, hospitals and organizations are creating employee wellness programs. But do they improve overall quality of life? According to the findings of a recent study, that depends greatly on whether employees use the resources available to them – and even then, may not always lead to the desired results in certain QOL (quality of life) areas.

In a paper published in the May/June edition of the American Journal of Health Promotion, researchers at the Mayo Clinic found that 805 of people who use wellness centers were most likely to experience an increase in their physical QOL scores.

The researchers, however, found that mental health was another story.

According to the study, only 34% reported improved mental QOL scores.

Dr. Matthew Clark, a professor of psychiatry and psychology at the Mayo Clinic and the lead author of the study, says the findings point to the need for companies to take a more holistic view of their wellness initiatives.

Too often, he says, employers focus on physical activities, such as walking programs and exercise programs, but overlook other domains such as mental well-being.

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Nurse Retention Video Blog: Wellness Programs Growing Steadily

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, January 16th, 2014

Work Life Balance: Adverse Work Environment Tied to Depression

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, January 14th, 2014

A new study published in the September issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine analyzed 15 years’ worth of data from nearly 1,900 adult workers and found that those with adverse working conditions had higher scores for depression.

Improvements in the work environment could diminish the risk of depression in working-age adults.

Common sense tells us that depressed people cannot provide the same positive quality of patient care. Employers need to assess the attitudes and satisfaction of their staff, to determine their needs and how to fill them…for the sake of the staff member…and the patient.

To learn how to improve your work environment and gain knowledge on how to implement work life balance into your facility go to SelfCare for HealthCare™. CONTACT ME DIRECTLY to talk about bringing this life-changing program to your employees.

Video Blog: Social Media and Patient Satisfaction

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, January 9th, 2014

Nursing News: Public Health Nurses Lead Healthcare Reform

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, January 7th, 2014

Public Health Nurses work tirelessly staffing rural health clinics, talking to high-schoolers about the dangers of tobacco and sexually transmitted diseases, offering counsel to pregnant teens, screening schoolchildren for hearing deficiencies, studying what programs work and why and how to best evaluate their effectiveness, and conducting research to stave off illness before it starts.

It’s a critical, well-respected but largely unheralded job. But with the advent of the Affordable Care Act and the seismic change it will bring, the profession is poised to play an even larger role in making sure people stay healthy and that those likely to become ill are helped quickly, competently and purposefully.

As we shift away from an “illness care” system to one focused on health promotion and prevention, we need more public health nurse generalists and advanced practice public health nurses to understand and lead healthcare reform. To attract more nurses, we need to give more attention to what public health nurses do, why it’s important, how it’s both fulfilling as a profession and critical to this country’s future , and why funding public health programs is critical.

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Nurse Retention Video Blog – The Impact of Nurse Conflict on Turnover and Care

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, January 2nd, 2014