To Better Community Health Outcomes, Apply Clinical Expertise to Local Food Pantries


Considering the connection between food insecurity and obesity, it’s imperative that clinicians partner with food pantries to help identify high-risk populations and lead improvements in health outcomes.


Celebrating Nurses and 20 Years of Nurse Residency Program Success


Members of the Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Program™ came together to network with their peers, share strategies for success and gain new insights on issues that are critical to nursing care in today’s rapidly changing health care environment. Just days away from National Nurses Week, it provided a fascinating to look back and at how far we have come, not only as a program, but also in the nursing field. 


Four Ways Clinical Leaders Can Strengthen Patient Safety Through Suicide Risk and Prevention Safeguards


Tragically, suicide is a serious public health problem that impacts millions of lives each year. Patient safety in health care settings is a core responsibility, and suicide risk and prevention are widely recognized as critical components of patient safety programs. Compliance to Joint Commission and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ standards are vital in reducing the risk of patient suicide. Here are some tips to maximize patient safety.


Five Strategies to Implement Now to Support Your Hospital’s Newly Licensed Nurses


Throughout the country, nursing vacancies are at an all-time high. Many hospitals and health care organizations are filling these vacancies by hiring a record number of newly licensed nurses (NLNs). As we navigate nursing workforce challenges, organizations need to focus on addressing the unique needs of these nurses in creative ways. Here are five strategies nursing leaders can implement now to support your hospital’s NLNs.


The Chicken and the Egg: The Connection Between Health Literacy and Health Equity


Which came first, the chicken or the egg? This is a long-debated question for which there is not necessarily a right or wrong answer. You cannot have one without the other. So why not consider the chicken and the egg? In health care, a similar analogy can be used for health literacy and health equity as related concepts. 


Three Steps to Navigate the Perfect Storm of Clinical Workforce Shortages


The current workforce shortage may feel familiar, but that doesn’t mean answers are easy or obvious. Navigating the storm requires a comprehensive approach with a long-term mindset around three main components: Recruit, Retain, Reimagine. 




Creating the Optimal Environment for Clinical Team Success


You may have whiplash from the wide array of headlines about the clinical workforce over the past 18 months. It seems like every day we hear of the challenges clinicians face—lack of alignment and engagement with hospital and health system strategy and goals, well-being and burnout issues from the demands of professional duties and the transition from fee-for-service to value-based payment with health information technology as the platform. These are just a few areas where we need to help clinicians achieve success while managing the demands of practice. An effective clinician onboarding program can help ensure clinician well-being and engagement throughout their career—including times of immense stress.


Ensuring a Bright Future: 3 Ways Hospital Leaders Can Create a Culture to Support Evidence-Based Practice


Evidence-based practice ensures that we are using the best approaches to care that improve patient outcomes and lower health care costs. With the proper support from health care leaders to create a culture that supports evidence-based practice, the next generation of nurses can continue to drive the goal of incorporating the best available evidence into their everyday practice.


Hospital Adoption of Artificial Intelligence: It’s about the timing and the timing is now


Timing is everything. You have to know just the right time to catch the wave. In my 26+ year career at Vizient, I have evaluated hundreds of new technologies that have been introduced into health care—some were good; some were bad. But I haven’t used words like “‘transformational” or “disruptive” for pretty much any technology in recent memory, except when it comes to artificial intelligence.


Four Workforce Imperatives Essential for Every Health Care Organization


The clinical workforce is your health care organization's greatest resource, driving quality patient outcomes, financial health and serving as the ambassador of the organization's brand. Here are four imperatives essential to every health care organizations’ workforce strategy.