RSSArchive for November, 2008

Encourage staff to work and play together

Nurses of different generations are bound to hold different values, beliefs, and interests. For effective communication in and outside your unit, you must increase staffs’ understanding of these differences. Here are some suggestions to get staff talking and bonding: [more]

Improve nursing culture amid an economic crisis

by Denise Danna, DNS, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE

There are no quick fixes for cutting costs within a facility. System issues and problems often exist that, if resolved, could improve the overall budget. These system improvements take a great deal of time to implement for successful change, however there are some key points for developing a culture of accountability and engaging staff when facing economic perils: [more]

Time mastery for the nurse manager

by Debra Nussdorfer, MS, RN, PMHCNS-BC

Do you feel like everyone and everything is vying for your attention? Is your to-do list growing, calendar bulging, and are your deadlines looming? Regardless of the overload of responsibilities that await you, you can increase the energy and mental performance you put into each and every day. Here are some of my best tips to help you manage your time: [more]

Robots accelerate hospital’s med delivery process

Four robots are working overtime at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, MD, and their hard work is speeding up medication deliveries.

They don’t complain, get tired, or need a break no matter how many hours they work. The mobile TUG robots—dubbed Rigby, Herbie the love TUG, Jake, and Elwood—simply coast the facility’s hallways 24 hours a day, seven days a week, delivering medications to the nursing stations. Thanks to all their hard work, staff who previously delivered medication have been able to spend more time on patient care and less on pushing carts. [more]