More Time Caring or Patients

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, January 3rd, 2009

nurseworking1How much time do nurses spend with their patients? The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF ) sponsored a time and motion study to determine just that.

To my amazement, the national average is only 30 percent of a nurse’s shift!

Through its national initiative, Transforming Care at the Bedside (TCAB),
RWJF’s goal is to increase that percentage at 300 hospitals, specifically in
the medical-surgical units.

TCAB’s tools help hospitals improve their work environment by eliminating
inefficiencies and putting quality of patient care back into the hands of

Those tools clearly work – thanks to TCAB, Cedar Sinai Medical Center
reported an average of 86 percent of a nurse’s shift being spent with patients. This is a great nurse retention strategy.

When I assist hospitals with their nurse recruitment and retention efforts, one
frequent complaint I hear from nurses is that they have too many duties and
distractions taking them away from direct patient care.

Share this info with your hospital? Wouldn’t you nurses – and all nurses – love to spend that time at the bedside, doing the work we are called to do?

Contact me and I can help.

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