Posts from December, 2015

Happy New Year!

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, December 31st, 2015

Happy New Year!

Increasing Patient Satisfaction and Outcomes with Human Touch

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, December 29th, 2015

Handholding and providing spoken information correlate with reduced patient anxiety, according to a study recently published in the Journal of Clinical Nursing.

patient satisfaction nurse touchFor patients undergoing percutaneous vertebroplasty under local anesthesia, Bong-Hee Kim, R.N., from Chosun University in Gwangju, South Korea, and colleagues conducted a study to examine the effects of handholding and spoken information.

The researchers found that those patients whose hands were held had lower psychological anxiety and significant decreases in systolic blood pressure.

Nurses have known this since the beginning of time. We know the value of high tech AND high touch.

To learn more ways to increase patient satisfaction, outcomes and reimbursements, visit SelfCare for HealthCare.

Christmas Blessings to All!

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

Merry Christmas!

Nurses Must Have Moral Courage

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, December 22nd, 2015

“Moral courage is the ability to overcome your fear and stand up for your core values and your ethical obligations as a nurse,” said Vicki Lachman, PhD, APRN, MBE, FAAN, a member of the American Nurses Association Center for Ethics and Human Rights Advisory Board. Understanding of the ANA’s Code of Ethics is an important first step.

nurse courageLachman described five values common to moral courage. Honesty, respect, responsibility, fairness and compassion are universal traits held by morally courageous individuals. This includes respect of oneself as well; not allowing another person to treat you disrespectfully.

It’s important to reflect on one’s own personal and professional values to fulfill our moral obligations to do the right thing for those we serve. This means speaking up when an unethical situation occurs that could jeopardize patient safety.

This isn’t easy. Nurses might endure adversity when they confront and address unethical behavior. Lachman advises nurses to learn self-calming techniques and positive affirmations. Tell yourself, ‘I can manage this.’”

To learn positive affirmations and relaxation techniques that help manage the day-to-day stress of nursing, visit SelfCare for HealthCare.

Nurse Health: Fifty-Five Percent of Nurses are Obese

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, December 17th, 2015

About 55% of female nurses were either overweight or obese, according to a University of Maryland School of Nursing study, “Job Stress and Work Schedules in Relation to Nurse Obesity.”

Signs of poor health that were identified included impaired judgment, inability to perform physical duties, sleepiness, lack of focus, weight gain, weight loss and fatigue. Fatigue, a consistent problem, has been linked to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and gastrointestinal problems.

nurse obesity The American Nurses Association defines a “HealthyNurse” as one who actively focuses on creating and maintaining a balance and synergy of physical, intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual, personal and professional well-being…living life to the fullest. There are five constructs of the HealthyNurse model: calling to care; priority to SelfCare; opportunity to role model; responsibility to educate; and authority to advocate policy in their work environment, in the community and in their own personal circles.

When these are achieved, the nurse is in full capacity to care.

Learn more about SelfCare for HealthCare – My culture-shifting program that teaches nurses to care for themselves so they can best care for patients. Contact me today to discuss bringing this gift to your caregivers.

Retain Nurses by Teaching SelfCare

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

If you ask a nurse to explain how she/he dresses a wound, starts an IV, comforts a patient, or consoles a family, the stories are endless. It’s what they do day after day.

retain nurses But when I ask them how they take care of themselves in order to meet the demands of their work, they are too often stumped. Are they getting enough sleep? Eating right? Exercising? Mediating or praying?

Unfortunately, a majority of nurses do not properly care for themselves, yet today they face unprecedented demands on their bodies, minds and spirits. Many work 12 hours or more a day – juggling innumerable responsibilities in a single shift. Good health is mandatory for a nurse to manage complex patient care in today’s challenging and stressful work environments.

Over 3 million nurses are working tirelessly throughout the various healthcare arenas. It’s time to care for them as well as they care for their patients. Indeed, caring for them is the BEST way to care for patients.

To learn how to recruit nurses by empowering them through SelfCare, visit SelfCare for HealthCare.

Caring for our Nurses and Caregivers

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

Healthcare systems must create an environment that protects a nurse’s well-being. About 52% of nurses complain of chronic back pain, according to American Nurses Association. A new study reported that nurses suffer from 4.5 times more contact dermatitis than any other profession, as a result of frequent hand-washing, scrubbing and sanitizing.

nurse health We need to give great attention to caring for our nation’s caregivers, showing how much we value them, perpetuating the idea that nursing is a good career choice.

Increased staff retention and better morale will result when organizations take the time care for their nurses and all caregivers. Nurses love taking care of people. Who will care for them? To learn the best way to care for nurses is teaching them to care for themselves. Visit SelfCare for HealthCare to learn more.

Nurse Recruitment: Reasons We Need More Nurses

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

One main reason we are facing a nursing shortage is that there are not enough faculty members to teach incoming nursing students. Some faculty are leaving due to retirement; like their counterparts in healthcare settings, they too are aging. Others are seeking higher salaries elsewhere in practice settings.

nurse retentionAccording to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, two-thirds of nursing schools report that faculty shortages were a main reason for turning away qualified applicants.

Consumers continue to rate nursing the top profession on honesty and ethics, and they rely on them to provide constant care. But what they may not realize is how the role of nursing is changing along with the healthcare landscape.

Nurses are adapting to meet patients wherever they seek care, much of it beyond the hospital. They are in homes, long-term care facilities, retail drug stores and community settings, filling the gaps in healthcare. They are in high demand; they are the glue holding our fragmented healthcare system together.

To learn the best strategies for nurse recruitment and nurse retention visit SelfCare for HealthCare. Contact me today to talk about easily implementing this powerful program with your current initiatives.


A Main Factor to Improve Patient Care

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

A University of Pennsylvania study showed that Kaiser and Magnet hospitals often have better outcomes than others. Why?

nurse to patient ratios One contributing factor is that Kaiser Permanente hospitals have a 4-to-1 patient-to-nurse ratio, on average, compared to 5-to-1 in non-Magnet hospitals, the UPenn study found.

Having more nurses ensures that patients can be more closely monitored. It also means that nurses have sufficient time to follow up with patients and communicate effectively. Nurses are at the bedside and are working with all the other providers. They’re monitoring patient conditions, and if something problematic does happen, they intervene, respond and save lives.

To end your nurse staffing shortage with the best nurse recruitment and nurse retention possible, visit SelfCare for HealthCare.

Nurse Shortage: “Silver Tsunami” Predicted as Nurses Retire

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

Nursing is bracing for what’s being called a “silver tsunami” as Baby Boomers retire. Additionally, many other nurses are leaving out of frustration. Why? They don’t feel they’re making enough of a difference for their patients.

nurse shortage A 2011 study found that more than 20 percent of nurses who provide direct patient care expressed job dissatisfaction.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that 526,800 more nurses will be needed by 2022 — an increase of 19.4 percent from 2012 — to help keep up with patient growth and replace those who leave.

To learn how to recruit nurses, retain nurses, and create a positive nursing environment that gets nurses to sign on and stay on, visit SelfCare for HealthCare.