Posts from October, 2014

Nurse Recruitment: New Nurses Continue Education While Waiting for Jobs

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

“Older” nurses are delaying retirement and fewer positions are available to new nurse graduates, which can have a negative effect on nurse recruitment. The upside of this is that some of the new nurses are continuing their education as they wait for jobs to open up, increasing their chances of getting hired and landing their job of choice.

Arab Refugee Girls Study Nursing in EnglandBachelor degrees are starting to become preferred in some areas. Many associate degree programs partner with universities to help students pursue higher degrees. Wise new nurses are getting certified in specialty areas to increase their expertise and chances of being recruited and hired. This is all good news for nurse recruiters since new nurses are entering the field with a higher level of education.

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Work Life Balance: How Are We Taking Care of Our Older Nurses?

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

During the past 35 years, the number of nurses 50 years and older has more than quadrupled, and the number of nurses ages 35 to 49 doubled. These older and middle-aged nurses representing almost three-quarters of the nursing work force have major struggles with work life balance.

Older NursesDuring their long careers, nursing professionals will constantly give themselves completely to their career and rarely taking the proper steps towards their own health and happiness. We must encourage nurses of all ages to care for themselves, but especially older nurses who have neglected themselves for many years, as the toll taken on their health can have devastating consequences. They deserve to be healthy in mind, body and spirit.

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Nurse Retention: Highest Nurse Turnover in Long Term Care

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

The turnover rate for long-term care nurses is much higher than the national average, increasing the need to improve nurse retention strategies and self care in this important field.

While it is known that long-term care sees high turnover rates, the hard numbers show just how serious the issue is, said Frederick Morgeson, Ph.D., of Michigan State University. The national turnover rate for all professions is about 4.5 years, while the rate for registered nurses in long-term care is about one year. Organizations with 150 nurses could face between $1.25 million to $2 million a year in the costs of losing nurses!

caring for elderlyLTC operators can begin to improve retention by adjusting their recruitment, selection and on-boarding of workers.

Recruitment messages should show opportunities for career advancement, the lack of which is often cited as a source of dissatisfaction, according to Morgeson. However, if a provider cannot actually deliver on this promise, the company is likely to attract and hire an applicant who will be unhappy and leave.

LTC operators should analyze their recruitment sources and depend on those that produce dedicated workers. Employee referrals often lead to high-quality hires, and they should also reach out to previous employees who left on good terms. Morgeson said research has shown these “boomerang employees” return with accurate expectations and institutional knowledge, which contribute to retention.

In selecting a candidate, providers should consider work attitudes and personality traits associated with workers likely to stay on the job. These include conscientiousness and emotional stability. Interviewers should ask applicants to describe how they responded in a crisis situation to gauge emotional stability.

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Nurse Recruitment: Nurse Graduates Are Finding Jobs!

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

Positive news to use in your nurse recruitment efforts: About six in 10 new graduates of entry-level baccalaureate nursing programs had job offers at graduation, about twice the national average for all professions, according to a survey of nursing schools by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. The average job offer rate ranged from 47% in the West to 68% in the South. Nationally, 89% had job offers within 6 months of graduation!

graduates 2Sixty-seven percent of graduates from entry-level master’s programs have job offers at graduation. Based on responses from 515 nursing schools, about 44% of health care employers are requiring new nurse hires to have a bachelor’s degree in nursing. That’s up 4.6 percentage points since 2012, AACN said.

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Nurse Retention and Nurse Recruitment: Your Profession is the Most Trusted!

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

The most trusted professionals in America are nurses and pharmacists, says a Gallup Poll. This is a great tool to use for nurse retention and nurse recruitment. The most trusted industries in the nation are supermarkets and hospitals, according to the latest Harris Poll.

nurse qualitiesWho people trust has a huge influence on who they engage with for health, according to the Edelman Health Barometer. Trust, authenticity and satisfaction are the top three factors that motivate people to engage with organizations when it comes to their health.

With healthcare delivery changing, nurses will have an even bigger impact. We will see retail clinics, staffed with nurse professionals whom American citizens trust above all other workers in the nation; and in shopping malls, where hospitals have begun to locate urgent care clinics, open wellness stores, and promote healthy living.

Nurses can be proud of the trust we have earned and the care we deliver! To learn more strategies for nurse retention and nurse recruitment, visit SelfCare for HealthCare™. Contact me today to implement this life-changing program at your facility.

Work Life Balance: Job Stress Linked to Later Health Problems

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

More strain at work may mean more illness in old age, increasing the need for work life balance for all employees. According to a new study from Finland, both physical and mental job strain were tied to hospital stays later in life.

Mental job strain Stress Chartcan come from high demands and having little control over one’s work. Physical strain included sweating, breathlessness and muscle strain.

With higher job strain in midlife, days in the hospital tended to increase.

Researchers suggested that the mechanism might be the development of musculoskeletal disorders from high physical strain jobs, which can lead to osteoarthritis, a leading cause of hospital admissions in older people. Resulting immobility can be related to weight gain, which in turn leads to heart failure, high blood pressure and diabetes.”

Mental strain has been linked to heart disease, another cause of hospital stays.

Occasional feelings of job strain are not necessarily a bad thing, but persistent high job strain has been identified as a health hazard.

Healthcare challenges today are causing increased strain and stress. To learn how to reduce stress and teach your nurses work life balance, visit SelfCare for HealthCare™. Contact me today so we can customize this program for your healthcare staff.

Nurse Recruitment: Nursing Enrollment Increases

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

Enrollment in entry-level baccalaureate nursing programs increased by 2.6% from 2012 to 2013, which marks the lowest enrollment increase in professional RN programs over the past five years. What do these numbers say about nurse recruitment and the nursing shortage?

Nurse RecruitmentFindings were based on data reported from 720 of the 858 schools of nursing in the U.S. with baccalaureate or graduate programs. Although RN enrollment increased for the 13th consecutive year, nursing schools continue to identify a shortage of faculty and clinical education sites as potential barriers to meeting the nation’s need for healthcare providers.

“Given the calls for a more highly educated nursing workforce from the Institute of Medicine, the Tri-Council for Nursing, nurse employers and other stakeholders, we are pleased to see at least modest growth in the pipeline of new baccalaureate-prepared nurses,” said AACN President Jane Kirschling, RN, PhD, FAAN.

AACN data also showed a strong enrollment increase in baccalaureate nursing programs designed for practicing nurses to expand their education in response to employer demands and patient expectations. The number of students enrolled in RN-to-BSN programs, increased by 12.4% last year (among 512 schools reporting).

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Life Balance: Sleep Better, Reduce Pain

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

Sleep habits may play a role in pain in older adults and are essential for proper life balance. In a recent study they were asked to evaluate their pain levels and report on lifestyle factors like anxiety symptoms and health-related quality of life. Three years later, researchers followed up with the participants to see if anyone had developed widespread pain, which affects multiple areas of the body. They found that older adults who did not get restorative sleep most nights were most likely to report new widespread pain.

John McBeth, PhD, of the Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Center at Keele University, led this study. According to Dr. McBeth and colleagues, one in four men and women who are over 65 visit a doctor due to widespread pain every 12 months. The pain may stem from a number of different causes, including physical trauma, obesity and osteoarthritis.

sleepingDr. McBeth and team recruited 4,326 older adults to participate in this study. Of the participants who reported some pain at the beginning of the study, 24.6 percent reported new pain at the follow-up.

The researchers found that people who did not sleep well, or who had “non-restorative” sleep most nights, were significantly more likely to report new widespread pain.

The participants who reported anxiety and had a poor physical health-related quality of life were also more likely to report widespread pain at follow-up.

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