Workplace Violence: Three Ways to Improve Hospital Employees’ Safety

07/22/22

Statistics show that healthcare workers are at an increased risk for violence and that this has been exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic. Every employee has the right to go to work and be safe. Here are three proven strategies to improve workplace safety. 

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Let’s Shine a Light on the Fight Against Alzheimer’s Today and Every Day

06/21/22

June 21 marks the summer solstice and the longest day of the year. While you might be tempted to mark the beginning of summer with a cookout or dip in the pool, consider joining the thousands from across the world who will use the longest day to fight the darkness of Alzheimer's Disease through an activity of their choice. June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month and provides an opportunity for healthcare professionals to shine a light on Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia. 

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Growth in Digital Technologies Present Opportunities to Improve Access to Behavioral Healthcare

05/20/22

During the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s been explosion of digital technologies in the behavioral health space. The growth of these technologies has the potential to transform the care paradigm and increase access to underserved populations, but it’s not without challenges. 

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

05/09/22

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.

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Celebrating Nurses and 20 Years of Nurse Residency Program Success

05/06/22

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 look back at how far we have come, not only as a program, but also in the nursing field. 

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

04/19/22

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.

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

04/05/22

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.

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

04/01/22

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. 

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Three Steps to Navigate the Perfect Storm of Clinical Workforce Shortages

03/10/22

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. 

 

 

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Creating the Optimal Environment for Clinical Team Success

03/02/22

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.

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