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.


Clinician Onboarding: The On-Ramp to Engagement, Alignment, and Cost Savings


On a daily basis, clinicians face many challenges such as lack of alignment and engagement with health system strategy and goals, well-being and burnout issues, 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.


Safely Accessing Care in a Pandemic: Insights from Patients for Providers


The perceptions of patients regarding the safety of elective procedures has steadily improved since May, as shown in Vizient’s updated report Connecting With Patients During COVID-19. However, this has not translated into increased utilization of health care services.


Adult Fall Prevention: Does Your Program Include an Injury Risk Assessment?


One of the most common ways a hospitalized patient can be injured is by falling and, those that sustain an injury from a fall have a higher risk of complications that negatively impact their outcome.


What Message is Your Clinician Compensation Plan Sending?


With a shortage of roughly 140,000 physicians projected to impact health care in the U.S. by 2033, health system leaders are beginning to consider how much the advanced practice provider (APP) workforce, which includes nurse practitioners and physician assistants, could mitigate this shortage. One thing is for sure, the success of this strategy will rely on organizational structures, processes, and the deeply rooted, physician-centric culture evolving to fully embrace the APP workforce.


Increasing Radial Artery Access for Interventional Procedures


There are a multitude of benefits to transradial procedures including improved patient safety, a more comfortable patient recovery and a decrease in overall cost for hospitals over femoral access procedures.