How Can Nurses Give Better Care?

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, November 9th, 2010

Every nurse wants to provide optimal patient care. Yet, on average, nurses spend just 30% of their time doing so.

Pat Rutherford, MS, RN,  Vice President at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement has several suggestions.

One strategy that makes a great difference is decreasing redundant documentation.

Another is moving supplies and equipment closer to where nurses are using them so they spend less time hunting and gathering.

A third is to move nursing workstations closer to where patients are.

Investing in these improvements will not only improve patient care and satisfaction, but nurse satisfaction too. This is the best way to recruit nurses and to retain nurses too.

To learn more ways to recruit and retain nurses, contact me. I’d love to speak to your hospital or organization to help you recruit the nurses you need and retain the best you have.

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