Posts from February, 2016

Life Balance: Making Good Decisions

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, February 25th, 2016

Patient Safety: Overextended Nurses Make Errors

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, February 23rd, 2016

few years ago survey of about 95,000 nurses found that 36 percent of nurses in hospitals and 47 percent of nurses in nursing homes said their workload caused them to miss changes in their patients’ conditions.

busy nurse patient errors More than one nurse reported that her underfunded hospital didn’t provide enough float pool nurses and the best they could do is to beg a manager to come in and help, which was unsuccessful 95 percent of the time.

Being told to “do your best,” isn’t good enough for good nurses. When even your best results in patients not being treated appropriately, many nurses choose to just walk away rather than risk their licenses having to provide care in risky environments.

But even beyond the liability issues is their aching hearts. We enter the profession to give superb care, the kind our patients deserve, caring with our hearts and our hands. We need help. We need more nurses. To learn the best nurse recruitment and nurse retention strategies, visit SelfCare for HealthCare.

Life Balance: Creating Down Time

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, February 18th, 2016

Nurse Recruitment: More Male Nurses Needed

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, February 16th, 2016

I pride myself in being pretty strong, but when the alcoholic I cared for became combative during detox, and when elderly man with dementia got combative, I was grateful to have the strength and support of a physically stronger male nurse.

When I graduated from nursing school, only 2.5 percent of RNs were male. Today, men make up 11 percent of registered nurses in the United States, but The American Assembly for Men in Nursing hopes to pump that statistic up to 20 percent by 2020.

recruit male nurses As a matter of fact, legal barriers kept men out of the field and nursing schools often refused to admit men until it was deemed unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court in a case brought against a state-supported school in 1981.

Today, schools are actively pursuing higher male enrollment in their nursing programs. Relatively high wages and expanding job opportunities make this field attractive, offering stability.

The state of Florida in 2008 launched a campaign called, “Are you man enough to be a nurse?” Billboards popped up around the state showing masculine, attractive, male nurses representing a range of backgrounds.

We need more nurses of both genders to combat the looming nursing shortage. How are you recruiting and retaining nurses? Visit SelfCare for HealthCare to learn the #1 way to get nurses to sign on and stay on.

The Good Work of the Nurse Shark

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, February 11th, 2016

Nurse Health: Most Nurses are Sleep Deprived and Hungry!

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, February 9th, 2016

A new survey of more than 3,300 nurses found that they feel stressed, overworked, under-appreciated, and underutilized.

tired nurseOf those surveyed by the Vickie Milazzo Institute in Houston, 64 percent said they rarely get seven to eight hours of sleep per night, and 31 percent said they get enough sleep just two to three nights a week.

Even though they work in healthcare, 77 percent of nurses said they regularly do not eat well.

They may also have long shifts and on-call availability, which makes them more likely to pull 24- or 36-hour shifts.

Nurses need SelfCare and they need it NOW. SelfCare for HealthCare gives nurses the tools they need to care for the bodies, minds and spirits, resulting in improved patient care. Contact me today to discuss your current programs and how we can easily implement this culture-shifting program.

Nurse Health: Get Good Sleep

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, February 4th, 2016

Life Balance: ROI of Regular Exercise

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, February 2nd, 2016

Employers are beginning to understand the positive impact employee well-being and life balance has on business. And it’s not just healthcare savings. Greater worker engagement, increased productivity, fewer sick days, greater job satisfaction, increased concentration, easier recruitment, and reduced turnover all affect the bottom line.

Businesses need to know about the ROI of regular exercise and movement in the workplace. When workers exercise, employers reap the rewards.

Research has proven that when workers exercise three times a week for 30 minutes or more, it’s 15% more likely that their job performance will be higher. And when they exercise during regular work hours, their moods and performance improve, along with their concentration, work relationships and resilience to stress.

daily exerciseThe significant boost exercise gives to employee engagement is especially important. Employees who are most engaged (top quartile) have 37% lower absenteeism, 21% higher productivity, and 22% higher profitability when compared to those least engaged (bottom quartile), Gallup research found.

Promoting regular exercise in the workplace yields rewards all around, from reducing the risk of worker burnout and depression, to enhancing self-efficacy and how workers feel about their ability to juggle work life balance,.

A company’s employees are its most valuable asset. When they are healthy, so is the bottom line.

To learn how to improve employee health, engagement and work life balance, visit SelfCare for HealthCare. Contact me today to learn more about bringing this life-changing, money-saving program to your facility.