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Life Balance: Seek Out Laughter

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, May 5th, 2016

Is the Nursing Shortage Easing?

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, May 3rd, 2016

Over a decade ago, experts predicted a nursing shortage of dire proportion. Unexpectedly, enrollment in nursing schools doubled and the crisis was eased. But the need is still great because 1 million nurses are currently over the age of 50.

nursing shortageExpert nursing researcher Peter Buerhaus, PhD, RN, FAAN projects an increase in the RN workforce from about 2.7 million RN FTEs in 2013 to 3.3 million in 2030. But even if nurses continue entering the workforce at the current pace, the supply will not meet the projected demand. By 2025 we will still have a shortage of approximately 130,000 nurses.

We need to care for all nurses, with attention given to those over 50, so they continue in the profession longer. To learn how to teach them SelfCare, and to increase their retention, visit SelfCare for HealthCare. Contact me today for a complimentary consultation about what’s working and what’s not working in terms of wellness at your facility.

Life Balance: Shed Bad Habits

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, April 28th, 2016

Why Do Healthcare Workers Come to Work Sick?

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, April 26th, 2016

Eighty-three percent of Advanced Practice Clinicians and physicians admit coming to work sick within the past year! 56% had significant respiratory symptoms, 30% had diarrhea, and 16% had fevers. Why did they come to work anyway?

SelfCare_Sick Nurses99% said they didn’t want to let their colleagues down.

95% had concerns about staffing.

93% didn’t want to disappoint their patients.

64% were concerned about ostracism by coworkers.

61% reported a cultural norm to come to work unless they were “remarkably ill.”

The very people who are committed to curing people are exposing them to illness. We need to shift the culture to one of caring for our caregivers.

To embed SelfCare into your work environment visit SelfCare for HealthCare and contact me today to discuss our many implementation options for your caregivers.

Life Balance: Are You STUCK by STUFF?

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, April 21st, 2016

The Nursing Shortage and Advanced Education

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, April 19th, 2016

Less than half of RNs with an associate’s degree or a diploma plan to pursue any additional education in nursing, according to a survey was conducted by AMN Healthcare. However, RNs ages 19-39 are more likely to pursue higher education, with neanursing shortage_advanced degreesrly 25% planning to obtain a BSN and 34% a MSN, compared with 22% of RNs ages 40-54 planning to pursue a BSN and 22% an MSN.

Of younger nurses, 21% are certified in their specialty, but 59% expect to seek certification.

Current staffing shortages and nurse shortages can be attributed to nurses reducing hours or taking leaves to pursue higher degrees. While these will boost the performance and abilities in the future, it contributes to nursing shortages today.

To learn how to recruit nurses and retain to ease the nursing shortage, visit SelfCare for HealthCare. Contact me today to discuss implementing this powerful program with your current initiatives.

Life Balance Tool: Forgiveness

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, April 14th, 2016

Life Balance: Money Does Not Equal Happiness

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, April 12th, 2016

Don’t Drop the Ball of SelfCare

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, April 7th, 2016

Nurse Retention: Nurses No Longer Work for Highest Pay

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, April 5th, 2016

The nurse retention strategies that worked 10 or even 5 years ago cannot meet the demands of turnover facing healthcare today.

nurse retentionIt’s estimated that over 260,000 nurses leave the profession each year, and are not being replaced as quickly as they leave. In turn, new nurses do not have the same experience level as seasoned nurses. For skilled nursing, the median turnover rate is 43.9%. Each percentage change costs about $379,000 on average, which means an average loss for a hospital of about $5 to $8 million annually, not to mention the erosion in quality of care.

Nurses are no longer working where the pay is higher…they want more than that. They want and need life balance. To learn the best strategy to implement life balance and improve nurse engagement, visit SelfCare for HealthCare.