Joining the Nursing Workforce During COVID-19: Lessons for Hospital and Nursing Leaders


As our nation’s newly graduated nurses are collecting their diplomas and celebrating graduations both in person and virtually, health care organizations across the country are preparing to welcome them into practice. I recently reached out to a group of these new nurses via survey as well as personal conversations to learn more about their experiences. What I learned from this group both inspires me and provides important insights into the challenges they faced (and continue to face) and support needed to ensure these nurses not only stay with the profession of nursing, but also grow and thrive professionally.


Leadership Rounding: Shifting to a Tracer Approach for Regulatory Compliance


Are you a clinical leader, new accreditation professional or someone who is tired of performing the traditional “audit” to evaluate regulatory compliance? There has to be a better way, right? There is. You can shift from spending your time behind the computer sifting through emails and medical records, to engaging staff in a meaningful way to evaluate the care treatment and services being provided. Oh, and you will still be able to verify regulatory compliance and check the box on the audit form. Let me introduce you to leadership rounding and the tracer approach.


A Celebration of Nursing: Team Sport of the Year


Over the past year, health care leaders and organizations nationwide have been focused on how best to support health care providers during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a workforce that shoulders plenty of burdens in their day-to-day practice, the pandemic blanketed nurses in another layer of stress, uncertainty, fear and distress, but their team is what helped to get them through. That's why during National Nurses Week, we're naming nursing the “team sport of the year”.


The Ins and Outs of Communicating with Patients to Build Trusting Relationships and Improve Care


Providers need to adjust how they communicate with patients not only to meet the requirements of the 21st Century Cares Act, but to ensure patients receive necessary care and create lasting relationships with their patients. A Vizient survey of patient preferences reveal key insights about patient preferences for safely accessing care during the pandemic.


Patient Safety: Let’s Make It Hard to Make a Mistake


The Institute of Medicine defines patient safety as “the prevention of harm to patients.” While great strides have been made in the name of patient safety in the last 20 years, efforts to improve safe care will continue to be a priority for the unforeseeable future.


Preparing for an Offsite Accreditation Survey: Strategies for Success


The growing use of virtual technology during the COVID-19 pandemic is not just confined to advances in patient care via telemedicine. Companies also pivoted to virtual options to conduct business, including accrediting organizations such as the Joint Commission. During 2020, the accrediting organization suspended most of its onsite surveys from March through May in response to COVID but has since launched offsite surveys for many of its accreditation and certification programs. Survey success in a virtual environment relies heavily on providing access to information, so advance preparation and technology testing is important to ensure a smooth and successful survey. Here are several strategies to help ensure success for your hospital’s next offsite survey.


Caring for our Newest Nurses During COVID-19: A Call to Action for Hospital and Nursing Leaders


While the full effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the nursing workforce remain to be seen, the latest data from the Vizient and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Nurse Residency Program serve as a call to action for hospital and nursing leaders if we are to successfully support and retain these nurses as a critical component of the health care workforce.


It's All in the Story: Five Elements to Strengthen Your Health Care Presentation with Storytelling


Our brains are wired for stories. Sandy knew that. Learn how she leveraged storytelling to capture the attention of her audience and gain support for changes to the hospital's Value Analysis program.


Evaluating your Block Schedule: Dive Right In


Managing, let alone changing, your organization’s block schedule might feel as intimidating as the thought of diving with sharks. But don’t let it scare you; the benefits far exceed the risks. It’s time to dive in!


Ensuring Maximum Well-being and Engagement: A Checklist for Clinician Onboarding


In the wake of the current pandemic, many health systems have been strained by increased levels of stress and burnout, absenteeism, and turnover among its clinicians. COVID-19 is placing increased demands on health systems and clinicians as well as a renewed focus on the importance of clinician well-being. An effective clinician onboarding program can help ensure clinician well-being and engagement throughout their career—including times of immense stress—but it needs to begin on day one.