Posts from May, 2014

Nurse Retention: Poor Work-Life Balance Causes Nurse Burnout

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, May 29th, 2014

Anyone who knows a nurse has probably witnessed nurse burnout, a factor that contributes greatly to decreased nurse retention. Work-home conflict appears to contribute significantly to the risk for burnout, according to research published in the April 2004 issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Victoria Blom, Ph.D., of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm assessed the impact of work-home interference on burnout, defined as depression, emotional exhaustion, and feeling run down.

Nurse Burnout The researcher observed a significant association between this conflict and burnout, with women perceiving more burnout than men and feeling greater conflict. The author stresses that it is important for the employees themselves to develop self-regulation strategies to encounter negative spillover of work and home.

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Nurse Retention and Nurse Residency Programs

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

In some states, nearly 50% of nurses with active licenses are over 50 years old. That puts a burden on nursing schools to educate enough students to fill those upcoming vacancies. Nurse residency programs will play a major role as an experienced generation of nurses is replaced by new graduates with little experience.

Access to a nurse residency program for all new graduates, as well as those transitioning to new roles, was one recommendation in the Institute of Medicine report. Healthcare facilities need to address how to get those new graduates trained quickly.

Nurse Retention and Nurse RecruitmentWith experienced nurses moving out of the workforce, there’s going to be a huge influx of new people, so hospitals are going to have even more turnover than normal. To help all nurses, regardless of their specialty or work setting, many nursing leaders are developing an online residency program. These programs go beyond orientation, providing new graduates, no matter where they work, the strategies to develop the competencies they’re going to need to transition in and be able to provide complex, high-quality care.

Considering that it can cost $50,000 to $80,000 to train a new nurse, turnover can be costly. Research has shown that residency programs improve retention and quality of care.

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Nurse Retention in Nursing Homes

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, May 22nd, 2014

Nurse Retention and Nurse Recruitment: Yes, There is a Nursing Shortage!

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

Forward thinking hospitals are providing better training for new graduates to fill expected vacancies in the next decade, as well as helping them stay in the profession long-term. Both of these strategies call for increased nurse retention and nurse recruitment.

nursing shortage This movement is a result of the 2010 report by the Institute of Medicine on the Future of Nursing. The report projected a nursing shortage as a large number of older nurses begin to retire. The expected shortage was delayed when many nurses who had been out of the workforce returned to help offset lost income in the household. Some new graduates have had trouble finding jobs. However, a shortage is looming in the next decade.

More than 1 million registered nurses will reach retirement age in the next 10 to 15 years. As a result, demand for nurses is growing. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment of registered nurses will increase 19% from 2012 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations.

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Nurses Are the Most Trusted Professionals

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, May 15th, 2014

Improve Your SelfCare, Memory and Stress…Laugh!

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

Humor and laughter help combat memory loss in the elderly, a new study suggests.

Previous research has proven that the stress hormone cortisol can harm memory and learning ability in older adults. This new study examined whether humor can reduce the damage caused by cortisol.

Researchers showed a 20-minute humorous video to a group of healthy seniors and a group of seniors with diabetes and compared the results with a group of seniors who didn’t see the video.

The two groups that watched the funny video showed significant decreases in cortisol levels and greater improvements on memory tests, compared to the group that didn’t see the video. The diabetes group showed the largest decrease in cortisol levels, and the healthy group had the greatest improvement on memory tests.

laughing women“The less stress you have, the better your memory,” one of the study’s authors, Dr. Lee Berk, concluded. “Humor reduces detrimental stress hormones like cortisol that decreases memory [brain cells], lowers your blood pressure and increases blood flow and your mood state. The act of laughter — or simply enjoying some humor — increases the release of endorphins and dopamine in the brain, which provides a sense of pleasure and reward.

“These positive and beneficial neurochemical changes, in turn, make the immune system function better,” Berk added. “There are even changes in brain wave activity towards what’s called the ‘gamma wave band frequency’, which also amp up memory and recall. So, indeed, laughter is turning out to be not only a good medicine, but also a memory enhancer adding to our quality of life.”

Laughter is a great mental balance tool! To learn more ways to care for yourself while you care for others, nurse retention and nurse recruitment tools, visit SelfCare for HealthCare™. I’d love to talk to you about bringing this powerful program to your healthcare staff. Please contact me directly to set up a complimentary consult.


Nurses Are Leaders for Promoting Health Worldwide

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, May 8th, 2014

Nurse Recruitment: Nurse Educators Needed

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

Nurses are in high demand, yet nursing schools struggle to find enough educators to teach students so enrollment can increase to meet the demand.

To teach in a nursing school, nurses need a master’s and/or doctorate degree. Unfortunately, those people are offered much higher salaries in clinical/medical settings, often more than public universities and colleges can offer. This turns a lot of potential nurse educators away, resulting in a small pool of talent from which to hire. Nursing faculty must have a blend of nursing and teaching expertise.

Public universities and colleges have a challenge because the states set the ceiling on tuition. Private universities do not have that ceiling, putting public institutions at a disadvantage for increasing salaries.

There are many high school graduates who are interested in going into nursing, which would ease the nursing shortage. But due to lack of educators, colleges are not able to admit all those who meet the criteria.

Another challenge the country will see this year is the need for more nurse practitioners, since there is expected to be a shortage of primary care doctors. There are not enough educators to train the NPs and PAs, so we will be looking at another nation-wide shortage.

Some institutions are addressing the shortage of nursing educators through the use of part-time faculty working in clinical teaching environments. Full-time faculty can then concentrate on curriculum-based and skill-building instruction.

nurse faculty - army nursesSome higher education boards offer funding to institutions to help extend the available faculty resources through the use of technology and simulation. Recruitment efforts for nurse educators is ongoing, encouraging nurses to move into education with retention programs and programs that promote the importance of educating the next generation of nurses, enriching young minds.

Most colleges agree that if they had double the number of nursing faculty, they could expand the number of nursing students and could teach and graduate more nurses, NPs and PAs.

Nursing educators are crucially important; they change communities, they change lives through those they teach, and without them many challenges may lay ahead.

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Easing the Nursing Shortage: Start Nurse Recruitment Early

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, May 1st, 2014