Healthcare News & Insights

Quiet down! Lower noise levels positively impact critical care patients

High noise levels might be good for a concert or baseball game, but they’re not conducive to a healing hospital environment. The constant humming and droning of machines, the chatter of nurses and family members, and even the soap operas on patient TVs can all impact patients’ recovery. 

How to retain baby boomer nurses during a nurse shortage

Much of the focus during the country’s nursing shortage has been on recruiting millennials and new graduates. But those recruitment efforts are only half the battle. Retaining baby boomer nurses who already have the skills and experience you want at your hospital should be a priority. In this guest post, Brian Hudson, senior VP of a […] [MORE]

Study: Cut down on interruptions for ED nurses to improve efficiency

Workflow interruptions, like unexpected phone calls, may seem like minor inconveniences that don’t significantly affect efficiency at your facility. But new research shows when nurses in the emergency department (ED) are interrupted, patient care can suffer.

Sepsis nurses help hospitals boost outcomes

Many hospitals have had difficulty getting a handle on sepsis. The disease harms thousands of patients each year, and statistics show it’s one of the leading causes of death in hospitals. To dampen its effects, some facilities have started tackling sepsis with additional assistance from specially trained nurses. 

Overtime: New legal challenges could affect your hospital

Overtime has been a consistent part of hospital staffing for decades. The debate still rages on about whether having clinical staff work long shifts is more beneficial or dangerous to patients. And now, some recent legal challenges are bringing the issue to the forefront again for many facilities. 

5 essential skills your hospital’s nurses need

In an era of value-based care, your hospital’s clinical staff needs a unique skillset to meet the mark for various quality measures. This is especially true of your hospital’s nurses, who are on the front lines treating patients each day and are essential to your facility’s success. 

Nurse counseling can help hospital patients stop smoking

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), close to 40 million adults in the country smoke cigarettes, and many of these people will end up visiting a hospital for one reason or another. Regardless of whether their illnesses are directly related to smoking, the habit can have detrimental effects on […] [MORE]

Magnet award gives hospitals’ nursing programs a boost

Improving nursing care is a top priority for most hospitals. Meeting the standards set by the Magnet nursing distinction is one way to make your facility stand out from the pack. 

Animal therapy can help doctors & nurses, too

Animal therapy has proved beneficial for the recovery of hospital patients. But its benefits don’t end there. Using furry friends for therapy can help doctors and nurses relieve stress and fight burnout. 

‘Renewal rooms’ fight nurse burnout, stress

Your nurses do a great job of caring for patients. But they can also become fatigued, fast – and not just physically. Burnout and stress can negatively affect how well nurses perform each day. Hospitals need to do what they can to help their nurses maintain their emotional health.