Posts from April, 2015

Self Care, Work Life Balance and the Exercise Explosion!

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, April 30th, 2015

Self Care with Group FitnessWith an explosion of boutique studios, back-to-basics exercises and performance-based training, 2014 was a year when specialized and competitive workouts took off.

Boutique clubs, which specialize in specific training styles, from indoor cycling to hot yoga, captured 21% of the market, according to a 2014 report by IHRSA, the trade association of health, racquet and sports clubs.

The urban surge in these studios is spreading across the map.

Performance is starting to appeal to everyday people. It’s not just about getting active but about accomplishing a pull up, lifting barbells, or biking farther. Group fitness classes have begun to incorporate treadmills, indoor rowers and step climbers along with resistance and bodyweight exercises. Fitness is folded into a holistic concept of wellness, with gyms increasingly providing nutritional advice and trainers becoming certified as health coaches.

To learn tips on incorporating exercise into your daily activities, administering the Self Care you deserve, and living your priorities with work life balance, check out SelfCare for HealthCare™ . Bring this powerful program to your healthcare staff…contact me today!

Saving Money Through Employee Wellness Programs

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, April 28th, 2015

Nurse Recruitment: Nursing Most Honest and Ethical Profession

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, April 23rd, 2015

nurse recruitmentFor the past 13 years in the Gallup poll, the public has voted nurses as the most honest and ethical profession in America, a fact that can be used in nurse recruitment efforts. Americans say nurses have the highest honesty and ethical standards. Eighty percent of Americans rated nurses’ honesty and ethical standards as “very high” or “high,” 15 percentage points above any other profession.

Members of Congress and car salespeople were given the worst ratings among the 11 professions included in the poll with a 7% rating for members of Congress and 8% for car salespeople.

As more Americans gain access to health care under the Affordable Care Act, people are increasingly finding they can rely upon nurses to provide their preventive, wellness and primary care services.

Kudos to our honorable profession!

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The Correlation Between Nurse Sick Days and Patient Satisfaction

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, April 21st, 2015

Poor Nurse Health = Poor Productivity

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, April 16th, 2015

Unhealthy habits in the workforce have a profound financial impact on healthcare facilities. In addition to the financial costs, productivity decreases when workers are plagued with poor health. A reason to embed SelfCare into healthcare cultures? I think so!

Many employers are unsure how to go about it, yet it is vitally important for employers to take the lead on workplace health initiatives.

Healthy NurseThe good news is that there are effective programs available. Employers can create a workplace that promotes healthy activities, which will improve employee satisfaction and productivity.

Once employers understand the connection between health and performance, it becomes easier to connect wellness to productivity.

To achieve healthy workplaces, employers must give staff the tools they need to improve and maintain their own health. Getting their peers involved is even better as they inspire each other to adopt healthier habits.

Studies show that individual behavior (good or bad) is heavily influenced by peers.

To learn how to create healthy workplaces and engage staff in their own wellness and SelfCare visit SelfCare for HealthCare™. What are your main challenges in getting your healthcare staff healthy? Contact me today for a free consultation!

Nurse Recruitment: More Nurses Needed for Veterans

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, April 14th, 2015

Is Your Nursing Job Killing You?

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, April 9th, 2015

Stresses Nurse Work Life BalanceThe infographic Is Your Nursing Job Killing You tells a scary story…one that I have made my life’s mission to rewrite. It illustrates the perfect storm of physical and emotional tolls of the nursing profession, causing an epidemic of nurse burnout that will only be amplified by the nurse shortage (“More than 581,500 RN jobs will need to be filled through 2018.”). And what about the spiritual aspect of well-being? A nurse can only deliver to patients what she has inside, and nurses must be strong in mind, body AND spirit to administer the best patient care.

Does this infographic represent your facility? It’s time to care for our beloved caregivers. To learn how decrease the nurse shortage, increase nurse retention and nurse recruitment, and teach life-saving SelfCare tools, visit SelfCare for HealthCare.

Patient Safety Concern: Nurse Alarm Fatigue

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, April 7th, 2015

The Effect of Unhealthy Work Cultures on Nurses’ Health

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, April 2nd, 2015

toxic work cultureThe quality of the workplace climate greatly affects an employer’s success in improving the health and productivity of their workforce through wellness and health management programs. How are unhealthy work cultures affecting your nurses’ health?

According to new research by the Integrated Benefits Institute, employees in poor working environments spent more than twice as much time away from work due to common job-related maladies, including chronic pain, fatigue and difficulty sleeping. Work climates were measured by employee perceptions of jobsite safety, respect and trust among staff and managers, job engagement and satisfaction, and overall workload.

Those who experience frequent nervousness, restlessness and other mental health conditions reported lower job performance in negative working climates, compared with those in positive working climates.

Research proves that not only are bad work climates associated with both higher rates of absences and poorer job performance, they also exacerbate the negative effects of mental and physical health symptoms.

One of the most common barriers to employers’ efforts in curbing the toll that physical and mental health conditions have on their workforce is the extent to which managers and supervisors are engaged in championing their companies’ wellness and health management programming.

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