Ultrasound Infection Prevention: Balancing Essential Safety Measures and Cost Effectiveness


Due to expansion in applications and smaller point of care options, the use of ultrasound technology continues to grow. Though many clinicians may be familiar with what ultrasound equipment is, they may not be as familiar with the gel products used to properly operate these systems as well as important infection control practices related to them. Here are three essential considerations to ensure proper infection control practices related to ultrasound gel products.


Changing the Conversation: Three Considerations to Strengthen Hospital Clinician Engagement and Retention


Back in March 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic began, the needs of our nation’s clinical care teams looked much different than they do today. Here are three prominent considerations, which as part of an organization’s broader workforce strategy, can help shed light on how to retain and ensure a long and positive professional relationship with your clinical staff.


Joint Commission and Block Charting During Emergencies: Is it Right for Your Hospital?


Nurses on the front line are often challenged to document each individual dose adjustment of complicated medication titrations while simultaneously providing emergent/urgent care to patients. Guidance from The Joint Commission provides the option of “block charting” as a documentation method for certain titration orders during urgent or emergent situations. Block charting may save nurses valuable time when seconds matter most but requires advance preparation. Here’s an overview of the guidance as well as some considerations to help you determine if block charting is right for your hospital. 


Meeting the Demand for Diagnostic Imaging: Is a Mobile Interim Solution Right for You?


A variety of factors are increasing the demand for diagnostic imaging at hospitals and health systems across the nation. COVID-19, shifting sites of care, staffing shortages and community outreach are contributing to increasing demand and the need for flexible solutions. As hospitals consider how to best meet this growing demand, many are considering mobile interim diagnostic imaging solutions. If your organization is considering a mobile interim imaging solution, here are some key considerations to select the right solution for your organization. 


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.