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Nurses use artistic talents to improve patient experience and hospital atmosphere

This past summer, nurses Mary Cohn and Annette Bargmann of Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC) in Parole, MD, visited patient rooms armed not with medication, but with acrylic paint.

AAMC is undergoing a series of renovations that have necessitated many windows in the acute care pavilion being covered with a film to darken the windows toshield patients from the occasional glare of the construction equipment and provide more privacy. This film has replaced the natural light flooding into patient rooms and has created a gloomy atmosphere. [more]

New nursing programs geared towards preparing and retaining nurses

Studies show that up to 60% of new nurse graduates leave their first job within their first year, and many hospitals are focusing on ways to help new nurses through the difficult transition from nursing school to novice nurse to competent, confident practitioner.

Rapid City (SD) Regional Hospital is one such facility looking to help its new grads succeed and remain with the organization. The hospital hires an average of 100 nurse graduates every year, but within two years, 25% of those nurses are no longer with the facility. With the help of a recent grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Regional Hospital has launched a two-part program to provide guidance to the new nurses. [more]

Improve nurse satisfaction in a time of uncertainty

Improving nursing satisfaction is tough in bad economic times, when many hospitals are experiencing census dips and cost cutbacks that are forcing reductions in work force, benefits, hours, and pay. But the state of the economy doesn’t need to bring your nursing satisfaction scores down—there are ways to boost morale immediately.

For example, you can:

  • Begin nursing staff meetings by asking, “What was the best thing that happened to you today or during your last shift?” The meetings should focus on improving care and team-building.
  • Focus on improving the image of nursing by gathering a group of nurses to volunteer with a community or organization project.
  • Ask creative nurses to develop banners or posters that showcase nursing excellence and hang them around the unit or facility.
  • Thank nurses for their fortunate choice of profession. In Gallup’s annual honesty and ethics professional survey, nursing has been rated No. 1 for the past seven years.
  • Ask a nurse to create helpful hints on how to deal with stress and print them in your nursing or hospital newsletter.
  • Ask the CNO to visit each nursing unit to listen and discuss why he or she is encouraged and hopeful about the future. Now is the time for leadership to paint an accurate but hopeful picture for nurses.
  • Keep up the budget-friendly celebrations and recognitions for staff nurses. You can celebrate by handing out coffee coupons or recognizing a staff nurse during every unit meeting for his or her excellent patient care.

Supporting nurses through those terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days

It comes with the job of being a nurse: dealing with the injured, the sick, and the dying; constantly trying to do the best for your patients with limited time; and always asking “How are you feeling?” But nurses are rarely asked that question. Peers, patients, family members, physicians, and even the nurses themselves are too concerned about the health of the patients to take a step back and make sure those giving the care are doing all right.

In a study of 1,215 nurses conducted by the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing  published in the journal Social Science and Medicine, 25% said moral distress made them want to leave their position. Moral distress can leave nurses feeling powerless because if they feel they did not carry out their duty to the best of their ability, even after exhausting all possible options. [more]

Correlating study tips with learning styles

It can be helpful for adult learners to identify their own learning style so they can determine study strategies that work best for them. The main types of learning styles are:

    • Right brain
    • Left brain
    • Auditory
    • Visual
    • Tactile

What kind of learner are you? Visit to download a free tool to assess your auditory, visual, and tactile learning preferences. You can also use this tool to assess others’ learning styles as well.


Time management tips for beating stress

Everything comes down to time management. You have to make sure there is enough time for your job, your significant other, your family, your friends, taking the kids to soccer practice and ballet lessons, the dog has to go to the vet, and somewhere in between all of that you are supposed to breathe and have time for yourself. In all this commotion, it can be hard to remain calm and stress free, especially for busy nurse managers struggling to keep track of other staff members and daily tasks. Exhausting!

Here are some helpful tips to remember while trying to manage your time and remain stress free:


A report on nursing and the economy

This week, we released a report on the state of nursing in the current economy on Our newest benchmarking report is available to subscribers here. The results from the survey, conducted in April, reveal the thoughts and opinions of 163 nursing professionals from across the country. The survey included questions on a variety of topics, including staff morale, cost-cutting measures, retirement, staffing levels, stress, quality of care and the perceived future.

Here are some of the highlights:

  • More than 90% of the respondents said the economy was affecting their organization
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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.

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.

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]