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Nursing in Crisis: How Nurse Burnout is Impacting Patient Care

Survey Confirms Nurse Burnout Crisis The long-projected nursing shortage is now upon us. To gain a better understanding of the impact it’s having on frontline nurses, Hospital IQ recently surveyed over 200 registered nurses working in hospitals. While not completely surprising, the survey results are alarming. Here’s what we learned: Chronic short-staffing is having a negative impact on both patients and staff.  The staffing crisis is systemic and goes much deeper than the Covid patient surges. Without deliberate action, the cycle of nurse burnout is very likely to get much worse.  Nursing leaders have seen how the mental health of [...]

By |January 31st, 2022|

The Cost of Caring: A Nurse’s Perspective

The long-discussed nursing shortage has been accelerated. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the need for 1.1 million new RNs for expansion and replacement of retirees by 2022. Compound that with more nurses than ever before leaving the profession for other industries, a shortage of nursing educators to teach and inspire the next generation of nurses, along with limited or no time to onboard newly graduated nurses eager to begin their careers, and some studies estimate a nursing shortage of close to one million nurses by 2029.  With over 30 years in the profession, I have experienced both the [...]

By |November 8th, 2021|

Nurses Week 2021: Why a Week, a Month or Even a Year Isn’t Enough

Celebrating nurses and their contributions during the month of May has been a part of my annual calendar for decades. Over the last year, the crucial role of nursing and the consequences of nursing shortages have become even more clear. As we relied on nurses to be the frontline care providers through the pandemic, we watched them navigate increased workloads and extraordinary changes that happened at breakneck speed. Today, we are grateful for the expanded opportunity to recognize nurses and show our appreciation for their impact. From a Day to a Week to a Month to a Year The tradition [...]

By |May 5th, 2021|

Perioperative Nurses Week: Recognizing this Crucial Role

Have you or someone you love ever had a surgical procedure? If so, you have personally been cared for by a perioperative nurse. Every year, the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN) chooses one week to put the spotlight on this specialized group of nurses, and this year Perioperative Nurses Week is being celebrated from November 8-14th, 2020. I would like to take the time to recognize all the hard work and continued commitment to patient safety by perioperative nurses. The recognition is especially well-deserved in 2020 as the Year of the Nurse and Midwife and COVID-19 collide; I know [...]

By |November 10th, 2020|

Nurse Burnout: How to Prevent Nurse Burnout with Better Staffing Solutions

What do NFL running backs and bedside nurses have in common? While the two occupations seem completely different, they share a common hazard: burnout. Nurse burnout has become an increasing concern for health systems, especially as hospitals work to manage and care for COVID-19 patients. Turnover and Burnout: Bad for Sports Teams and Hospitals The NFL season recently kicked off and similar to past years, it’s time to get to know the new names on the back my favorite NFL team’s jersey. But I have to wonder why are there so many new names?  Wouldn’t you think that would have [...]

By |October 13th, 2020|

National Nurses Week: Client Nurses Spotlight

Every day nurses around the globe deliver dedicated and compassionate care to those in their communities. Here at Hospital IQ, we are honored to work with so many wonderful nurses at our client sites. As National Nurses Week comes to an end, we want to take a moment and spotlight some of the amazing nurses we work with. Shawna Gunn, RN, BSN Manager of Patient Flow, MercyOne Des Moines Shawna Gunn began her healthcare career at the age of 16 as a CNA at Greene County Medical Center. She admired the nursing staff that she watched provide continuous support for [...]

By |May 12th, 2020|

National Nurses Week – Celebrating Our Nurses

For one week every year, beginning May 6 and ending May 12 on Florence Nightingale’s birthday, nurses across the country, and their positive impact on the healthcare system, are recognized and celebrated. Here at Hospital IQ, we are honored to have many dedicated, devoted nurses on our team. That's why to kick of National Nurses Week we had our VP of Client Operations and CNO, Shawn Sefton, and Clinical Product Specialist, Nicole Nemeth, reflect on their nursing career and the special characteristics of the people who become nurses. Hospital IQ · Celebrating Our Nurses I think I might have been almost destined to [...]

By |May 6th, 2020|

Avoiding Nurse Burnout: A Critical Concern for Hospital Leadership

The job of caring for patients at the bedside is arguably the most difficult of any profession. They work long hours and the combination of physical and emotional challenges is unique to this industry. And as a constant eye for detail is critical to patient care, a single mistake caused by being overworked and/or overstressed could have fatal effects. Nurses quite literally have lives in their hands on a daily basis and a long list of distractions competing for their attention. Patients aren’t the only people who can create challenges for nurses. As brilliant as physicians can be, some are [...]

By |February 4th, 2020|

Have Your Nursing Shortages Escalated Into Capacity Issues?

For years, we have heard about impending nursing shortages. Today, shortages that were regional and seemed manageable have escalated into much more critical problems. Surges of acutely ill patients during upswings in the pandemic, combined with a rebound of backlogged surgeries and delayed care, have stretched nurses to the breaking point. They’ve become burned out and are leaving the bedside. As a result, for many health systems, a lack of nurses has created capacity constraints that are impacting patient access to care. Nursing shortages have spun into a vicious cycle. Burnt out nurses leave the bedside, increasing the workloads of [...]

By |June 21st, 2022|

How This Chief Nursing Officer Managed Her Staff (and Herself) Through COVID-19

In Hawaii, where I’ve worked as a Chief Nursing Officer for almost two and a half years, the phrase ho‘omau aku means perseverance. It means to be constant, immovable, and to endure. Those who possess ho‘omau aku do not give up, especially when the going gets tough. This phrase eloquently sums up what the last two years have been like for nursing departments worldwide. Faced with a myriad of challenges never encountered—Hawaii in particular faced some unique issues as the most isolated land mass on earth—nurses and nursing leaders stayed focused and steadfast for patients and [...]

By |May 6th, 2022|
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