Posts from February, 2014

Nursing Inspiration: The Story of a Nurse Hero

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, February 27th, 2014

Nurse Retention: How to Improve Nursing Work Environments

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, February 25th, 2014

Despite the large and growing body of evidence proving that patients benefit when nurses have positive working conditions, there is still room for more research and improvements based on the evidence. Some organizations are still engaging in practices that are shown to diminish morale and job satisfaction among nurses. This also has a negative impact on nurse retention.

“Great progress has been made,” reports Marla J. Weston, PhD, RN, chief executive officer of the American Nurses Association. “But I still think that there is a distance for us to go.” Weston recommended that organizations take cues from the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program or its Pathway to Excellence Program for recommendations on proven ways to improve the working environments for nurses.

The Magnet program is a rigorous program that recognizes a commitment to excellence in nursing practice and quality patient outcomes, and the Pathway to Excellence program requires that organizations meet 12 standards that are shown to foster an “ideal nursing practice environment.

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Nurse Recruitment: Nursing Is Top Job Growth Occupation for 2020

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, February 20th, 2014

Nursing News: Nurses Are Patient Advocates

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, February 18th, 2014

When he went to nursing school 35 years ago, he was taught to be a patient advocate, to teach patients. “But we got away from that in the last few decades,” said Patrick R. Coonan, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, dean and professor at the College of Nursing and Public Health at Adelphi University in Garden City, N.Y.

He points out that today’s consumers and patients are better informed; they often turn to the internet for facts. But it is the nursing professional’s obligation to verify whether the online information is accurate, explain how certain actions can benefit them and help them be empowered, he says.

As patient advocates, nurses and nurse leaders play a key role in promoting patient engagement. We spend more time with them to assess, plan, implement and then help clarify the plan of care with the patient and his/her family or caregivers.

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Video Blog: How to Reduce Medication Errors

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, February 13th, 2014

Nursing News: Nurses Help Veterans Engage in Care

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, February 11th, 2014

At the Veterans Affairs Medical Centers across the United States, military veterans are assisted by nurses and encouraged to complete and document in their “My HealtheVet” electronic patient-centered computerized tracking system.

“This system encourages patients to be engaged with their own care by recording symptoms, information they want to discuss with their healthcare providers and other key health information that puts them in the driver’s seat of their own healthy choice living styles,” said Debi Sampsel, DNP, MSN, BA, RN, chief officer of innovation and entrepreneurship at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Nursing in Ohio.

Sampsel predicted the devices in use today are the precursors to a new healthcare delivery that will be contained in eye glasses, wrist bands and other health data monitoring and projection technologies that will put consumer health involvement at their fingertips.

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Nurse Retention Video Blog: How Mentors Help Retain New Nurses

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, February 6th, 2014

Nursing News: Is Working Night Shift a Health Risk?

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, February 4th, 2014

“There is still plenty to be concerned about regarding shift work,” said Jeanne M. Geiger-Brown of the University of Maryland School of Nursing in Baltimore.

“The problem with shift rotation is that the period between two successive shifts can be shorter than the equivalent number of hours on a day off between the same shift,” she said. “However, night shifts are difficult, no matter whether rotating or permanent.”

In addition to the potential health risks for nurses who work night shifts, sleepiness at work can lead to accidents or harm for their patients, said Geiger-Brown, who studies nursing, fatigue and cognition. “Whether rotating or permanent, shift work can be detrimental to health, and the lifetime duration to shift work should be kept as low as possible,” she says.

Other studies have tied shift work to chronic diseases like cancer, heart disease, obesity and type 2 diabetes.

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