Solve the nursing shortage by caring for patients?

I just read an article about an initiative in New Jersey led by the New Jersey Hospital Association’s Institute for Quality and Patient Safety, in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation aimed at educating and supporting nurses so they can increase the amount of time they spend at with patients and in the process improving their job satisfaction. In turn this should help address the nursing shortage by stopping or at least slowing down the leaving of nurses from the profession.

What can you learn about the patient experience from dolls?

A lot apparently.

In an article about the patient experience from HealthLeaders Media, Gar Crispell, general manager for American Girl, talked about the ways that the American Girl Doll Hospital works to provide a great patient experience for the dolls that visit it and their owners. One thing that the article mentions is their consistency and how they strive to delight with each interaction. If you want to see what that kind of patient experience brings just go to YouTube and look at all the “American Girl Doll back from the hospital videos” are out there. These are little girls who love their dolls and take the time to film and upload a video about it when they get them back.

Gel (Good Experience Live) Conference Promotes the Patient Experience

I posted about this over at TravelNursingBlogs.com too, but thought it would also be worth mentioning here too. The Gel (Good Experience Live) Conference is on Thursday, October 22, 2009 (and optional 2nd day: Fri, Oct 23) in New York City. It brings experts on the patient experience together to put on a series of talks on the patient …

Can special talents of your nurses improve patient care?

I came across an article on HealthLeadersMedia.com the other day about nurses at Arundel Medical Center using their artistic touch to liven up patients rooms that were undergoing renovations, by painting uplifting scenes on the windows that were covered top protect patients from viewing the bright lights from the welders. Staff, patients and visitors all said …

Improve your nursing staff morale

As you know, a simple thank you can actually raise the morale among your nurses and help keep their energy and enthusiasm up through their shift. Unfortunately, it is easy to forget such fundamental practices when your lives and schedule as nursing and staffing managers are so busy. But simple acts of kindness and and appreciation, …

How do you orient travel nurses?

One of the big concerns of nurse managers and hospital staffing managers is the length of time it takes to truly orient a new travel nurse into their hospital and unit. This is an understandable concern, if you consider you only have a temporary nurse for basically three months at your unit and if they are …

Nurse retention and recruitment expert

I have seen a lot of readers coming to The Healthcare Staffing Blog looking for advice on nurse retention lately. So I wanted to point out a great site that is completely devoted to this topic. NurseRecruitmentandRetention.com is the website of LeAnn Thieman a well known expert on the subject of nurse retention and recruiting. I …