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Nurse Get More Time at the Bedside

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, December 9th, 2009

nurseworkingA three-year effort to improve the work environment for New Jersey’s nurses is under way, with 47 state hospitals set to participate.

The hospitals are participating in the Transforming Care at the Bedside initiative, to train support nurses so they can spend more time with their patients.

The training also is intended to increase retention and decrease turnover among nurses, according to the director of the New Jersey Hospital Association Institute for Quality and Patient Safety. The NJHA is sponsoring the initiative with a $732,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Their goal is to increase the amount of time nurses spend providing direct patient care and investigate ways to keep our more experienced nurses in the work force longer, while helping them to maintain their enthusiasm and passion caring for others.

An honorable goal, we should all strive to achieve. Allowing nurses to give more attentive patient care, is the best retention tool.

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