RSSArchive for May, 2009

Using disciplinary action as a learning technique

The components of an environment of safety include several cultures such as just, reporting, informed, flexible, and learning. A just culture includes an atmosphere of trust in which people are encouraged to provide essential safety-related information, but in which they are also clear about where the line must be drawn between acceptable and unacceptable behavior.

One question that often arises in organizations is whether or not the current disciplinary process is supportive of their patient safety philosophy and policies. [more]

Can Twitter improve healthcare communication?

Twitter, the social network based around the phrase “What are you doing right now?”, continues to gain popularity in world of healthcare.  But can it help improve communication with patients’ families?

Children’s Medical Center in Dallas thinks so.

The latest facility to “tweet” during surgery (a concept created in February by Henry Ford Health System), Children’s sees the technology as a way to help communication between physicians and families.

Read more about the idea here.

Join an online journal club

Starting a journal club is a great way to read articles that will help update practice. Journal clubs consist of groups of nurses who meet regularly to discuss and critique research articles appearing in scientific journals. Creating one is a good way to get started in evidence-based nursing practice.

An alternative to forming a journal club at your facility is to join an online club that is already established. Some nursing associations and nursing journals offer journal clubs in which a journal article—whether published in that journal or not—is critiqued. [more]

Ten lucky nurses win best-selling book from HCPro

As part of our Nurses Week celebration, HCPro, Inc. included a quiz about Florence Nightingale in its nursing e-newsletters. We asked you to send us the answers. The reward for a perfect score? A chance to win a copy of the best-selling Ending Nurse-to-Nurse Hostility: Why Nurses Eat Their Young And Each Other.

Proposed 2010 fiscal year budget increases nursing incentives

President Barack Obama’s proposed healthcare workforce development funding for fiscal year 2010 could bring incentives to nurses in the field and in the classroom.

Of the $1 billion in the budget devoted to strengthening healthcare professions, $125 million is allocated to the Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program (NELPN)—an $88 million increase from the 2009 budget. The program contracts RNs with the federal government to work full-time in a healthcare facility with a nursing shortage in return for repayment of qualifying educational loans. [more]

Ask effective questions to ensure meetings are productive

In a meeting, you want participants to process information in a useful way that adds value. Each person in the room is running on a processing question. They are asking themselves a question and continually answering it. By setting that question for them, you can make the meeting much more productive. [more]

Recommendations to fight fatigue

Last week, we provided two posts to help you analyze fatigue among your nurses. The first one talked about collecting the data and the second one discussed how to analyze the data. Today, with help from Fight Fatigue: A Nurse Manager’s Guide to Reduce Risk and Revitalize Staff, we’re presenting some recommendations to help you solve sluggishness. [more]

Arm yourself in the battle against fatigue

Earlier this week, we provided a checklist to help you recognize the presence of fatigue at your facility. After you collect the data, the next step is to analyze it. Turning back to the pages of Fight Fatigue: A Nurse Manager’s Guide to Reduce Risk and Revitalize Staff, we present some steps to help evaluate staff sluggishness. [more]

Recognize fatigue at your facility

The difficult economy has added stress and anxiety to the workplace. Longer hours, smaller staffs, and a “do more with less” attitude create feelings of fatigue and sluggishness that can be crippling to patient care. It’s important to recognize the signs of fatigue so that you can provide help to staff members that may need it.

A flip through the pages of Fight Fatigue: A Nurse Manager’s Guide to Reduce Risk and Revitalize Staff reveals a fatigue checklist that can help you collect data on your staff. Answer “yes” or “no” to the following questions: [more]

Counting down to Nurses Week: How well do you know Florence Nightingale?

Florence Nightingale is regarded as the founder of modern nursing. She helped establish the profession in its modern form and became a personal hero to nurses of all ages. Her pioneering work during the Crimean War led her to understand that keeping hospitals clean and free from infections improved patient outcomes. Her lifelong devotion to nursing—and her tireless efforts to reform military hospitals—forever changed patient care.

Nightingale is on our minds as we gear up for Nurses Week, which every year ends on her birthday, May 12. So to celebrate Florence and all she has done for nursing, we are giving away 10 copies of our best-selling book Ending Nurse-to-Nurse Hostility: Why Nurses Eat Their Young and Each Other.

To qualify for the drawing, simply provide correct answers to the following five questions about Florence:

1. In what year was Florence Nightingale born?
2. By what nickname is Florence Nightingale often known?
3. During which war did Florence Nightingale learn about the importance of hygiene in controlling infections?
4. What is the name of the book Florence Nightingale wrote about nursing? (Hint: It was published in 1859 and is still in print today.)
5. In what city did Florence Nightingale establish her training school for nurses?

Send entries to by May 11. And don’t forget to pass it on to your staff. The 10 winners will be notified by email.