3 Critical Components of Nursing Professional Development Across the Care Continuum

High-performing organizations recognize the importance of professional development for new and incumbent nurses. Find out what those key components are.

“Let us never consider ourselves finished nurses. We must be learning all of our lives.” -Florence Nightingale

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7 Steps That Can Save Mothers’ Lives Now

Currently, the U.S. ranks 47th out of 183 countries in maternal mortality. These are seven steps your hospital can practice beginning today to reduce complications of obstetrical hemorrhage.

Recent media reports have brought the unacceptable rise in maternal mortality to heightened awareness for every American. Currently, the U.S. ranks 47th out of 183 countries in maternal mortality. A study published in the Lancet medical journal reports that the maternal mortality ratio (per 100,000 live births) has increased from 16.9 in 1990 to 26.4 in 20151This upward trend in the U.S. is opposite of the international trend. For our mothers and their babies, we can do better.

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3 Steps to Assess and Respond to Suicide Ideation in Acute Care Settings

While psychiatric settings are designed to be safe for suicidal patients and have staff with specialized training, non-psychiatric units in hospitals and emergency departments are not designed for suicide risk and often do not have staff with training to deal with suicidal patients.

National Suicide Prevention Week has been observed every year since 1975. This year’s observation occurs September 9 through 15 and corresponds with World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10.

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The Data Problem in Healthcare – What Are We Going to Do About It?

As recently brought to light in CMS Administrator Seema Verma’s statements regarding the need to make claims data readily available, there is a wealth of data that is not being leveraged due to challenges around interoperability and access.

As recently brought to light in CMS Administrator Seema Verma’s statements regarding the need to make claims data readily available, there is a wealth of data that is not being leveraged due to challenges around interoperability and access.

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Beyond E-Learning: How HR Can Move Staff to the Next Level

Good HR and OD partners make the show go on without a hitch, but great ones make the departments they support look even better and enhance the performance.

Have you ever watched a musical where the orchestra was a little off and not playing to the tempo of the actor? You noticed. And it was BAD. But, what if the orchestra had played in tempo with the actor? Would you have really noticed them? Probably not. Human resources (HR) and organizational development (OD) are the orchestra behind the production of a company, and each department is a leading actor. When HR and OD are even a little misaligned with the departments they are supporting, it is obvious. Good HR and OD partners make the show go on without a hitch. Great HR and OD partners make the departments they support look even better and ultimately enhance the performance.

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Protecting Mothers: Helping Hospitals Turn High Risk Into High Reward

An excerpt from a conversation with Julya Miner, Perinatal Safety Program Manager at St. Luke’s, during which we discuss how a service line setting – obstetrics – takes on a few key perinatal safety events to protect mothers and babies and gain traction for a broader risk mitigation effort down the road.

In my white paper, Rethinking Patient Safety: Turning High Risk Into High Rewards, I outline what I’ve found to be the successful approach to increasing patient safety by reducing risk. It is a simple framework: Analyze. Assess. Educate. To bring it to life, I had a few respected healthcare voices share their stories.

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It’s Time to Redefine Self-Care

It’s time to go beyond the idea that self-care is simply binging on Netflix for hours each night or going to that yoga class occasionally. Self-care is as much a mindset as it is a specific activity or routine. And when practiced effectively, it can change you and your staff’s lives for the better.

While job growth in the healthcare and human services sectors continues to grow at a rapid pace, there also continues to be a consistently high rate of employee turnover. One million nurses are expected to turnover in the next 15 years, and direct support professionals in intellectual and developmental disability services have an average annual turnover rate of 49 percent.

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Social Determinants of Health: Food Security and Its Connection With Chronic Disease Treatment

A recent study by the Economic Research Service on food security and health among working-age adults showed strong correlation between food security and chronic health conditions. If we solved food insecurity, how would this affect diabetes management and chronic disease treatment?

Over 42 million people are food insecure in the United States – that’s approximately 1 in 8 people. 1 in 4 adults in the United States have two or more chronic health conditions.

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IDD Workforce Crisis: National Core Indicators Report by The Numbers

By 2020, the Health and Human Services department estimates the number of individuals with IDD in need of residential inhome and day supports is expected to rise from an estimated 1,015,000 in 2003 to 1,400,000 in 2020, an increase of about 38%.

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Get the Most Out of Your Leadership Development Program

It has become crystal clear that organizations need to offer superior leadership development if they want to compete in the modern workforce.

It has become crystal clear that organizations need to offer superior leadership development if they want to compete in the modern workforce. The growing talent shortage makes it imperative that you retain current employees and promote from within. Additionally, not many organizations actually take the time to examine and assess incoming leadership skills. Consequently, leaders sometimes don’t walk the talk which can lead to a variety of unpleasant outcomes.

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