Nurse Retention Strategies

The average cost of turnover for a bedside registered nurse (RN) ranges from $37,700 to $58,400, according to a 2016 survey from nurse recruitment and retention firm NSI Nursing Solutions that examined hospital figures from 2011 to 2015. The average hospital loses $5.2 million to $8.1 million due to RN turnover, and each percent change… Read more »

The Hierarchy of Nursing

Hospitals and other traditional healthcare settings use a nursing hierarchy to define order and organizational structure. Nurses are ranked by their level of education and licensure, as well as years of experience. The following section outlines a typical hierarchy of nursing. Understanding the Hierarchy of Nursing Chief Nursing Officer (CNO): The CNO, sometimes referred to… Read more »

What Is Nursing Informatics?

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 supported a new model of care that helped providers move from paper charts to electronic health records, resulting in increased quality, safety and efficiency, according to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. Now, technologies such as electronic health records and electronic prescribing are… Read more »

The Best Nursing Apps

Nursing apps can be a powerful tool for students and professionals. Some of the most helpful and powerful apps for nurses reference valuable information on the go, such as dosage calculations and anatomy and physiology questions. Smartphone usage should not encompass private patient information, however. Nurses using apps in this way could be violating federal… Read more »

Alphabet Soup: A Guide to Nursing Credentials and Degrees

The confusing nature of nursing credentials has led to widespread use of the term “alphabet soup.” The letters that follow a nurse’s name can be perplexing to professionals in the medical field, and especially to patients and families. To solve this problem, nursing credentials need to be displayed properly. “Having a standard way ensures that… Read more »

8 Ways to Develop Leadership Skills

“While there are ‘natural born leaders,’ that phrase leads many to believe that when it comes to leadership…either you have it or you don’t. That belief couldn’t be further from the truth.” —Entrepreneur contributor Michael Noice Leadership is a skill that you can learn and develop like any other skill. And leadership isn’t only for managers…. Read more »

Boss vs. Leader: 10 Crucial Differences

The saying “people don’t leave jobs, they leave managers” may have some truth behind it. A 2015 Gallup Poll of 7,272 U.S. adults found that at some point in their career, one in two had left their job to get away from their manager. Only one in three people are engaged at work, and managers… Read more »

Behavioral Health vs Mental Health

For every 10 people in a doctor’s office, seven are there seeking care for reasons related to behavioral health, according to the Maine Health Access Foundation (MEHAF). These issues can include depression, anxiety, diabetes management, weight loss, smoking cessation and drinking or drug use problems. This has led a growing number of healthcare providers to… Read more »

The Worsening Heroin Epidemic in Pennsylvania

NPR reports two high schools in Berks County losing six former students to heroin overdose within two years. One high school student did heroin in the school bathroom before class. She collapsed in class but survived the “close call,” and now the middle and high schools stock naloxone, the fast-acting antidote, in the event of… Read more »

The Hidden Cost of Employee Turnover

Employee turnover is expensive, affects business performance and can become increasingly difficult to manage, says the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Unfortunately, some companies are unaware of the true cost of employee turnover. They “may inadvertently plant the seeds” for losing top-performing employees or those with in-demand skills. This ignorance can lead to an… Read more »