Clinical

  • Guest blog
    06/29/17
    Last December, nursing was ranked as the most trusted profession for the 15th consecutive year. This isn’t surprising because nurses provide consistent support and comfort in a patient’s most vulnerable moments. They also go beyond providing physical healing to promote social, emotional, intellectual, occupational and spiritual wellness for the people in their care. It seems natural to assume that nurses would provide this same support to one another. Unfortunately, this is not...more...
  • 06/16/17
    We are now at the halfway point of 2017, which is the first performance measurement year for MACRA. Have you selected what performance metrics you will report and what method of reporting you will use? If you haven’t done anything up to this point related to MACRA compliance, do you know what to do in the second half of 2017 to avoid a payment penalty in 2019? more...
  • Guest blog
    05/24/17
    As someone on the front line of patient care, I know one thing to be absolutely true: left unchecked, the stress nurses face on a daily basis in providing care for others can severely impair their mental and physical well-being.more...
  • 05/10/17
    It’s that time of year again when nurses and health care organizations take time out to celebrate the profession of nursing. This year’s celebration of National Nurses Week is a special one for me as I mark my 25th year as a nurse. While I am amazed at how far nursing has come over my career, I also see there is much more that we need to accomplish. One area that I have given a lot of thought to recently is how we can empower bedside nurses as clinical leaders and change agents to...more...
  • Guest blog
    05/05/17
    If you have ever traveled in an airplane, then you’ve heard the safety instructions provided by the flight crew before takeoff, reminding you to put on your own oxygen mask first before assisting other passengers. This is an essential part of the survival chain because if you run out of oxygen, you won’t be able to assist anyone else. more...
  • Part two in a two-part blog series
    04/20/17
    The increased pressure on nursing leadership to manage budget and productivity continues to add to the sometimes overwhelming mountain of responsibilities of this group of former caregivers. I think it’s often forgotten that nurse leaders are just that: nurses. Nowhere in our education on pharmacology, pathophysiology and anatomy did they sneak in studying the ins and outs of productivity. And yet it has arguably become one of the most critical aspects of a nursing leadership position...more...
  • Part one in a two-part blog series
    04/10/17
    Socrates once said, “I know that I know nothing,” which may ring true when trying to predict the long-term future of an industry. But in the case of the nursing industry, here’s what we do know…and here’s why you need to know it. 1. The BSN requirement isn’t going away.more...
  • 03/23/17
    I can’t remember who said it first, and it’s been said many times now, patients and families are the most underutilized patient safety resource in health care today. Health care organizations are always looking for tools and resources to provide patient-centered, safe, high-quality care and the best resources are abundantly available right in front of us. Patients and families are the only constant across the care continuum. They see and experience the good, the bad and the ugly in...more...
  • 03/16/17
    A key component of the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 was the collection of data related to patient safety events for accountability and learning. Fast forward to 2017 and what we often see are organizations placing all quality and safety data into their Patient Safety Evaluation System (PSES), reporting it to the Patient Safety Organization (PSO) and calling it Patient Safety Work Product (PSWP). If only it were that simple.more...
  • 03/14/17
    When I think about how most hospitals audit their work processes, a favorite commercial comes to mind: the LifeLock™‘Bank’ TV spot. It begins with several armed robbers entering a bank filled with people. The robbers tell bank customers and employees to drop to the floor, but the security “monitor” remains standing. One of the customers looks up and whispers, “Hey, do something.” He responds, “Oh, I’m not a security guard, I’m a...more...