It’s a challenging time in healthcare right now. The past few years have certainly taken their toll. There’s an unprecedented workforce shortage, and relief in the form of additional staff is not likely to come anytime soon. Technology like SMART apps allows you to do both — relieving some of the burden from clinicians and
By Katherine Virkstis, Vice President, Clinical Advisory Services Nurses and patient care teams need the space and time to do their work with intention and presence. When care teams are present, they are better able to listen fully and completely, build trust, and promote healing. And when caregivers can foster this type of environment, it
Hospitals are places people go to with the hopes of getting better, of recovering from injury or illness. And it is the hospital staff — nurses and other members of the care team — who steadfastly work to provide a safe and healing environment for patients. Unfortunately, the hospital is not always a safe place.
As we reflect on 2022, one word comes to mind. Impact. Impact isn’t always easy. Rarely is it a straight line and sometimes it can be a real challenge. But when you choose projects of purpose driven by people and partners of passion, the journey is always worth it. We learn, we grow and we
Transitioning a loved one to hospice care is one of the most emotionally charged scenarios in a healthcare setting. It’s often a gut-wrenching decision, and patients need caregivers who are both clinically competent and filled with compassion and understanding during such a challenging time. For one family at Banner Heart Hospital in Mesa, AZ, Annie
Sometimes, sharing healthcare predictions can feel a bit like a song on repeat. We are still recovering from — and in many instances dealing with — the COVID-19 pandemic. The staffing shortage that was bad before is now at a critical point, which is only causing more staff to leave the field. And issues of
The nursing shortage is not going away. This isn’t hyperbole. The numbers are sobering. There are more than 195,000 openings for registered nurses projected through 2031 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics. RN turnover and vacancy rates broke records in 2021. Median bedside RN turnover was 18%, up from 14.8% in 2020.
People — the clinicians, staff, patients, and their families — are the heartbeat of healthcare. They’re aching to be seen, heard and understood, no matter their role. They want to know that their needs matter — and they do. The past few years have been challenging for everyone. It’s been scary and hard to be
October is Health Literacy Month — a month-long recognition where hospitals, health centers, literacy programs, libraries, social service agencies, businesses, professional associations, government agencies, consumer alliances, and many other groups “work collaboratively to integrate and expand the mission of health literacy.” Helen Obsorne, president of Health Literacy Consulting and host of the podcast Health Literacy