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Nurses Week: Nursing catalogue discount

Looking for new resources and training materials for your nursing staff? You’re in luck, because today in honor of National Nurses Week, HCPro is offering a 30% discount on anything in our nursing catalogue.

You can find the HCPro 2012 Nursing Catalogue at This is a great opportunity to check out our newest books, educational packages, and training materials.

Please enter source code NRSWK2012 at checkout to receive your 30% discount.

Tomorrow we will feature our final offer for Nurses Week. Be sure to brush up on your nursing knowledge and check back here!

Nurses Week: Training video discount

Today we’re celebrating Nurses Week by offering 30% off the price of any of our nursing training videos. Our videos cover topics such as effective mentoring, improved communication, nurse-to-nurse relationships, and accountability in nursing. Visit HCPro’s Healthcare Marketplace to browse our selection of training videos!

Please enter source code NRSWK2012 when placing your order to receive your 30% discount.

What offer do we have in store next? You’ll have to visit again tomorrow to find out!

Nurses Week: Lead! Becoming and effective coach and mentor

As a nurse manager you are called upon to lead, inspire, and coach your nursing and take on a leadership role within your organization. That’s why today, in honor of Nurses Week, we are offering a 30% discount on our book Lead! Becoming an Effective Coach and Mentor to Your Nursing Staff, by Patty Kubus, RN, MBA, PhD.

Lead! Is an invaluable resource for nurse leaders and contains communication strategies and management skills that will inspire you to become a role model for your staff. The book includes downloadable materials such as development worksheets and tools.

Visit HCPro’s Healthcare Marketplace to take advantage of this great deal! Please enter source code NRSWK2012 at checkout to receive your 30% discount.

Tomorrow we’ll post a new special offer in honor of Nurses Week!

National Nurses Week: Free white paper and CE

To kick off Nurses Week, we’re giving away a free white paper on nursing image, which comes with one free Nursing Continuing Education (CE) credit. The white paper, The Image of Nursing: Your Ethical and Professional Role, is compiled from the book The Image of Nursing: Perspectives on Shaping, Empowering and Elevating the Nursing Profession by Shelley Cohen, RN, MS, CEN, and Kathleen Bartholomew, RN, MN. Among the topics discussed in the white paper are ways for nurses to improve communication and practice responsibility and accountability. You can access the white paper by following this link.

Enjoy the white paper, and remember to check back tomorrow for a great deal that will let your nurses get started on some early summer reading!


Celebrate National Nurses Week with HCPro!

As you may know, National Nurses Week begins on May 6 and goes through May 12. This is a week to promote the nursing profession and recognize the contributions of nurses at healthcare facilities across the country.  The American Nurses Association (ANA) picks a theme for Nurses Week each year, and this year’s theme is Nurses: Advocating, Leading, Caring.

In honor of Nurses Week, HCPro will be offering great deals and giveaways all week long. Be sure to check out the blog each day as we announce the day’s special offer.

What are your plans for Nurses Week? Leave us a comment and let us know how you’re going to celebrate!

Nursing uniforms: What do nurses think?

We recently posted about designated scrub colors to distinguish the various roles of hospital workers. The topic seems to have both supporters and opponents, with nurses falling on either side of the issue. HCPro’s OSHA Healthcare Advisor website featured the issue of color-coded uniforms as part of its weekly poll, and also polled readers about uniform colors.

As of press time, 464 people have participated in the OSHA poll, with 313 (67%) of respondents indicating that they believe nurses should be required to wear prescribed colors, and the remaining 151 (33%) of participants responding with the opposite opinion. The question has gained more than double the average response for OSHA’s weekly polls.

In the poll, readers were asked whether their organization requires nurses or other workers to wear prescribed colors or uniforms.  Poll participants could indicate whether or not they wore required uniforms and whether or not they agreed with the uniform requirements. Of the respondents, 60% have a uniform policy at their facility, while the remaining 40% do not. Opinions on whether or not facilities should determine the colors worn by staff members were again divided, with 59% of respondents agreeing to uniform colors and 41% disagreeing with required uniforms or scrub colors.

Although both polls indicate that a majority of those surveyed are in favor of uniforms, the number of those who oppose uniforms is significant. It may be helpful for policy-makers and staff leaders to poll their staff and determine whether a uniform policy would be accepted by the majority of the hospital’s employees or whether it would be met with opposition. Staff leaders can also explain the benefits of color-coded scrubs to staff members, and discuss the reasons for considering a required uniform.

Share your thoughts on uniform policies in the comments section below!

CAUTIs still a problem

Bit of a plug, but I think my visitors will find HCPro’s webcast on CAUTIs (catheter-associated urinary tract infections) extremely relevant, especially as CAUTIs cause 35% of all hospital-acquired infections every year, with 38,000 patient infections, and costing hospitals $400 million a year, according to an October 2011 National Quality Forum’s Partnership for Patients/ National Priorities Partnership webinar.

And don’t forget that The Joint Commission named CAUTIs a National Patient Safety Goal to be fully implemented by 2013. The Partnership for Patients also aims to reduce preventable CAUTIs by 50% by 2013.

So join nurse practitioner Mikel Gray, PhD, PNP, FNP, CUNP CCCN, FAANP, FAAN, and chief of infection prevention and 2012 APIC conference speaker Brian Koll, MD, FACP, FIDSA, for a live presentation of proven methods on CAUTI reduction, including how Beth Israel Medical Center reduced the number of CAUTIs by 83% using proven organization-wide catheter best practices such as evidence-based practice, staff education, daily need assessments, multidisciplinary teamwork, monitoring, and root-cause analysis. You’ll also get best practices to educate and train your entire staff.

Learn more here.

Just a note that now, you can buy the live audio and download the on demand version free.

Editor’s note: This blog post originally appeared on the Patient Safety Monitor Blog.

Nurse uniforms: Should nurses be required to wear prescribed colors?

According to a recent news article, Allina Health System, a Minneapolis-based hospital group, will soon enforce color-coded uniform requirements so that patients and family members can easily identify nurses from other hospital workers. Starting May 1, all RNs must wear navy scrubs, a requirement that is causing protest among many nurses in the organization. Several nurses argue that brightly colored scrubs cheer up patients and that requiring a single color eliminates autonomy. The Minnesota Nurses Association filed a grievance over the policy.

In a hospital setting where most workers wear scrubs, including nurses and specialists as well receptionists, transporters, and housekeepers, color-coded uniforms are an easy way for patients to quickly identify the people who can best assist them. Proponents of one-color uniforms also argue that it boosts the professional images of RNs. Other solutions include large name badges that identify the roles and skills of hospital workers, or training workers to introduce themselves clearly upon meeting and assisting patients.

What do you think? Do you think color-coded uniforms are helpful, or do you think it doesn’t make much difference? Do you know of any alternatives for easy identification by patients and family members?

Live webcast on staffing costs, featuring Pamela Hunt, BS, MSN, RN

Join Pamela Hunt, BS, MSN, RN, vice president of patient services and chief nursing executive at The Indiana Heart Hospital in Indianapolis, on May 9, 2012, 1:00-2:30 (Eastern), for a live, 90-minute webcast, Creative Ways to Trim Nurse Staffing Costs: Answers to the Six Most Pressing Concerns for Any Nurse Leader .  This webcast features expert advice from the coauthor of The Nurse Leader’s Guide to Business Skills: Strategies for Optimizing Financial Performance, and will focus on practical solutions to the financial challenges nurse managers and leaders frequently face.

During the presentation, Hunt will use real-life examples to explain practical solutions for meeting productivity targets, getting the most from nurse labor budgets, and ensuring high-quality patient care.  She will discuss important considerations for nurse leaders regarding employee satisfaction and staffing concerns. The webcast will conclude with a live question and answer session.

Hunt is an authority on the challenges of nursing leadership and business plan development. Her articles have been published in nationally recognized journals and she has lectured on the national and international levels.

Please visit www.hcmarketplace.comto learn more about this program.

Men in nursing remain a rare breed

An article in The New York Times last month reported an apparent trend of men who have lost jobs at factories, warehouses, and manufacturing plants entering the nursing profession, where their services are in high demand. Many of the men featured in the piece had been laid off from their former positions as autoworkers or factory employees and decided to make a career change by returning to school and training to become nurses. The article noted that men are usually a rarity in nursing but their numbers have been steadily increasing over the years.

Following the Times article, a poll on asked nurses to estimate the percentage of men on their nursing staffs. More than two-thirds of respondents (76%) indicate that less than 10% of their staffs consist of men. Of the remaining responses, 18% replied that 10%-25% of their staff includes men, and 5% responded that 25%-50% of their staff consists of men. Only 1% of respondents estimate that more than half of the nurses in their facility are male.

Nursing is a profession still very much dominated by women, but as The New York Times article indicates, men are a valuable addition to any nursing staff. One of the men interviewed for the article noted that two of his friends, both female nurses, encouraged him to enter their profession, while another man said he needed to overcome his own biases against men in nursing before becoming a nurse.

Are there many (or any) men among the members of your nursing staff? How do you encourage both male and female applicants to open positions on your staff? Share your thoughts and advice in the comments section!