Posts from September, 2015

Two Effective Nurse Recruitment Strategies

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, September 26th, 2015

Miss Colorado Turning a Negative Into a Positive for Nurses

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, September 24th, 2015

As disappointed as I was that the hosts of The View made such ignorant disparaging remarks about nurses, I’m delighted with the educational opportunities it has provided. Finally nursing, and the truth about what we do, is getting the positive attention our fabulous career deserves!

I especially love how nurses are rallying together and speaking up together. As you know, one of my missions in life nurses rockis for us to build each other up, help each other out, regardless of tenure or age or number of initials behind our names. Now is the time for us to write letters to the editor of our newspapers and post positive comments and ideas online.

I read literally thousands of stories from nurses to write the latest third edition of Chicken Soup for the Soul, Inspiration for Nurses. I KNOW the compassionate, excellent care nurses deliver day in and day out. Now the world will know too!

We are indeed facing a nursing shortage of crisis proportion in this country. Help me use this opportunity to promote our benevolent profession of caring.

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Life Balance: Take Time to Make Good Decisions

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, September 18th, 2015

Nurse Retention: What Predicts Nurse Turnover?

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, September 15th, 2015

The health care field is expected to be the fastest growing job field until 2020 so there is an urgent need to improve nurse retention and decrease nurse turnover.

nurse retention A recent study examined the relationships between predictors of turnover (i.e., personal characteristics, roles, job characteristics, group/leader relations, organizational/environmental perceptions, attitudinal reactions) and turnover intentions, as well as actual turnover among nurses.

Meta-analysis was used to determine best estimates of the effect of predictors on turnover based on 106 primary studies of employed nurses. Findings determined that supportive and communicative leadership, network centrality, and organizational commitment are the strongest predictors of voluntary turnover. Additional variables that relate to nurse turnover intentions include job strain, role tension, work–family conflict, job control, job complexity, rewards/recognition, and team cohesion.

These findings suggested that some factors, such as salary, are relatively less important in prediction of turnover. Further suggestions were for administrators to direct resources toward altering certain job characteristics and work conditions in the effort to reduce voluntary turnover among nurses.

To learn how to improve nurse retention and decrease nurse turnover, visit SelfCare for HealthCare.

Nurse Vacancy Rates on the Rise

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, September 10th, 2015

Nurses Bring Palliative Care to Elderly

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, September 8th, 2015

When patients are suffering from serious illnesses or chronic conditions, palliative care can help them cope with symptoms such as pain, stress and confusion. Studies show palliative care not only helps them feel better, but it helps them live longer by improving mood, energy and well-being. Nurses are key to a successful palliative care program because they are the front-line providers of comfort care and best able to assess the need for it.

nurses deliver palliative care Geropalliative care, as it is often referred to when treating the elderly, offers applications to avoid needless suffering and to enhance quality of life for all older adults.

Not every patient who qualifies for palliative care takes advantage of the benefits, however. Nurses can identify patients in need. Through its extensive resources and learning modules, NICHE, a nurse-driven program based at New York University’s College of Nursing, educates nurse leaders to advance palliative care. See for more info.

With aging demographics on the rise, geropalliative care is a pressing issue. The complex needs of older adults require healthcare providers to determine the need for and to provide palliative care. And nurses will, once again, answer that call.

To learn how to recruit nurses and retain them to meet the needs today, visit SelfCare for HealthCare – the only program that focuses on improving the mental, physical and spiritual care of your caregivers.

Still Don’t Believe There’s a Nursing Shortage?

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, September 3rd, 2015

Life Balance: Can Exercise Reduce a Woman’s Risk of Cancer?

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, September 1st, 2015

Physical activity may reduce a woman’s risk of lung or breast cancer, according to a new study from Stanford University. As levels of physical activity increased, risk of lung cancer decreased.

A French study found that women engaging in vigorous physical exercise may reduce their risk of developing breast cancer by as much as one-third.

Both studies were presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology in Chicago. The Stanford study relied on data from the Women’s Health Initiative, a long-term federally funded project that tracked the health of nearly 162,000 women 50 to 79 years of age at 40 U.S. hospitals.

Nurse ExerciseResearchers focused on about 132,000 postmenopausal women to see if their exercise levels had any effect on lung cancer risk or death. During nearly 12 years of follow-up, just over 2,200 women developed lung cancer and 1,400 women died from the disease.

Women who spent more minutes per week on the move were less likely to develop lung cancer or die from it.

The study looked only at minutes spent moving, not at intensity of movement. A minute of walking or mowing the lawn weighed the same as a minute jogging or lifting weights. Exercise didn’t need to be strenuous; a woman just has to put in the time.

Physical activity seemed to help smokers. Former heavy smokers and current smokers developed lung cancer and died from the disease less often if they were active, compared with sedentary women who smoked.

Overall, a sedentary woman who began engaging in four to seven hours a week of mainly vigorous physical activity seemed to reduce her risk of breast cancer by 31 percent.

We are running out of excuses women! We need to get moving! For more tips on how to balance your life mentally, physically and spiritually, visit my SelfCare for HealthCare website. How much could your staff improve from a little SelfCare? Let’s talk today!