Nursing shortages are nothing new, and they're going to get worse. So why haven't we adopted solutions that other countries have already? There ARE ways to get around this.
The next time you feel like pulling out your hair if "just one more person puts on that call light," remember that, as nurses, we're No. 1 in the hearts and minds of the public out there.
Let's face it, healthcare is siloed enough without nurses running around with an "I'll do it all on my own" attitude. Pride is a toxic condition no nurse can afford to suffer from.
As nurse leaders/managers, I believe we have to be smarter in what we decide to let go and shrug off, as we might wind up having to do those things ourselves too often.
When it comes to skilled-care staffing, the future outlook is bleak. If it's possible, the situation for nurses might be even worse.
I shared with the charge nurse my inner joy about filling all our staffing holes completely. She looked at the schedule and mumbled, "Great — you have scheduled nothing but Refrigerator Nurses."
Healthcare managers have a "big role" when it comes to the health and stress levels of the nurses they employ, according to the authors of a new study on stress in nursing. In particular, they lamented a lack of understanding or appreciation of burnout.
When it comes to skilled-care staffing, the future outlook is bleak. If it's possible, the situation for nurses might be even worse. But at least a partial solution could be in the offing from a surprising source.
A new English study is both interesting and concerning related to long-term care nurses. These nurses feel isolated and excluded compared to others in the healthcare profession, and that can have big implications for you.
Let's face it. Nursing documentation can get you in trouble with your supervisor, make a surveyor faint, make a lawyer rich or make blog readers laugh. I'm going for the last here. What follows are actual examples I found after a quick search. Honest.
Registered nurses and licensed practical nurses working in long-term care are experiencing pay increases, but some wage gaps still exist between male and female nurses, the results of a new survey show.
OK, so any nurse reading this will probably relate, but we are so used to observing our patients/residents that we tend to "over observe" when not at work.
The best way to combat universal fatigue among nurses might be to grant them more control over their schedules.
How can I simplify the policies and procedures at my facility to make them more user-friendly?
Join Massachusetts Executive Director Carolyn Blanks on Thursday, May 4 as she discusses strategies for skilled nursing facilities.
The new book "Nursing Beyond the Bedside: 60 Non-Hospital Careers in Nursing" by Susan E. Lowey, Ph.D., RN, CHPN, provides nurses with information on more career opportunities.
The use of contract agency staff to fill nurse aide and licensed nurse vacancies is escalating. This increase is seen across many states, not to mention across the nation as a whole. Yes, we have a well-documented nursing shortage. Who, if anyone, is concerned? Let's all take a number and get in line!
Sometimes we get so bogged down in what we are doing that we forget why we were doing it in the first place. Unfortunately, my favorite TV show doesn't seem to realize this. Don't do the same.
The American Association of Directors of Nursing Services will hold its first national conference Wednesday through next Friday in Baltimore.
My first experience dealing with impaired practice in the healthcare setting came when I was a young nurse. I just passed my boards and was still a novice nurse in my practice. The situation was layered in complexity and safety issues.
Maybe I'm getting old, or the world is more complex, but lately I find my thoughts drifting to simpler times and moments that shaped me into the person I am today. Take, for example, by experience with Helen when I was 18 and she was 90.
There's a thing or two new nurses can learn from us "veterans." Those of us who make it to veteran status tend to share some common habits. Let me break them down for you.
American International College announced the receipt of a one-time $347,000 Nursing Workforce Diversity Grant from the Health Services and Resources Administration in support of its Nursing Education Achievement Program.
Yes, July 4th is right around the corner. Time to think of backyard barbecues, fireworks, blockbuster movies and ... §483.25 — Quality of Care.
Organizers for the 2016 NADONA LTC national conference are putting the final touches on the program and accepting registrations at an increasing pace. The event spans six days (June 24-29) and takes place in Austin, TX.
I saw a question on LinkedIn asking you to think back to your first job and what you wish you knew back then that you know now. It really got me thinking. After pondering on it for a while, my answer is ... "nothing."
It's generally understood that this sector faces a severe nursing shortage that's likely to worsen. Money alone is not going to make this problem disappear. That's because the real challenge goes beyond take-home pay.
Ask a nurse how she consoles patients with difficult diagnoses, stabilizes a critical patient or quickly saves a life. Nurses do these things masterfully, and often. But ask a nurse how she takes care of herself and you might be shocked by what you hear ... or don't hear.
Can you give some highlights on patient-centered care?