• Why Is Physician Engagement Critical for Patient Experience: White Paper

    July 30, 2015
    Healthstream physician engagement solutions
    Why is physician engagement so critical for a successful patient care experience in hospitals today? This paper discusses how healthcare delivery is migrating now from a volume-based to a value-based system, which requires a physician-led, team approach.
  • Education is Vital for Controlling Communicable Disease Outbreaks: AACN

    July 28, 2015
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    AACN Shares How Education is Vital for Controlling Communicable Disease Outbreaks. The highly publicized 2014 West Africa Ebola outbreak reinforced the importance of critical care knowledge, skill, and teamwork in uncertain situations to the entire healthcare community.
  • What Matters Most to Post-Acute Care Residents?

    July 27, 2015
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    The most significant question involved in understanding satisfaction and experience in the post-acute residential environment is: “What matters most to the post-acute/long term care resident?” To have an impact on the experience of care there are at least five areas that deserve the greatest focus: Environment; Care; Communication and Respect; Autonomy; and Activities.
  • You’re Already a Healthcare Data Visualization Expert

    July 22, 2015
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    The term data visualization may already be in your vocabulary or you may have heard it quickly in a discussion about charts or reports. Anyway, don’t worry that it's some new class you have to take or concept that you will be forced to use. Whether you realize it or not you’re already an expert. Actually, if you work in a hospital you’re a leading authority on data visualization.
  • Selecting the Best Chart for Your Healthcare Data

    July 22, 2015
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    The best chart is usually not the newest, most elaborate, or most colorful. In fact, it's often the opposite. You don’t order a medical test for a patient just because you can--don’t just use the sexiest chart available either. So, how do you determine which chart is right for your audience?
  • Magnet Designation: Is It Worth It?

    July 21, 2015
    The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program® honors hospitals for excellence in nursing leadership, clinical practice, innovations, and positive outcomes. The current program has its roots in a ground-breaking study conducted by the American Academy of Nursing over 30 years ago.
  • Healthcare Leaders Have the Courage to Act

    July 20, 2015
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    There are many attributes of a leader, but at the core, the doing is what defines the leader. Many people are drawn to the superficial aspects of leadership but fail to meet this fundamental test of leadership.
  • Value-Based Purchasing is on the Horizon for Home Health Agencies

    July 14, 2015
    blog post 10.6.14
    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published its proposal to implement a Home Health Value-based Purchasing model for Medicare-certified home health agencies (HHAs) in selected states starting in 2016. The model will test whether incentives for better care can improve outcomes in the delivery of home health services.
  • The Impact of Retention on Quality, Safety, and the Patient Experience

    July 13, 2015
    Blog Post 6.12.14
    Most concerning is the impact to quality, safety, and the overall patient experience when an organization is weighed down with retention issues. By having a workforce that is newer in experience, the patient could be being cared for by less knowledgeable and less efficient employees.
  • Dealing with An Out-of-Control Patient

    July 08, 2015
    blog post 9.19.13
    In a report to the Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services and the US Congress, the National Council on Nurse Education and Practice speaks to evidence that health care workers are at greater risk of violence than are workers in any other field; they cite a 2001 Bureau of Labor Statistics report revealing 48 percent of non-fatal injuries in the workplace due to assaults and violent acts occur in health care and social services settings.
  • Protect Your Number One Asset – Nurses

    July 01, 2015
    Focus on Nurse Retention with HealthStream
    There are 1.3 million nurses in the U.S. Nurses are leaving providers at staggering rates. Did you know the turnover rate is 14.2%? That means 184,000 nurses are leaving their employers EVERY YEAR. Even worse, 30% of new nurses are leaving after their first year, and 57% of new nurses leave after their second year.
  • The Future Looks Bright for Nurse Practitioners

    June 30, 2015
    Several developments in the healthcare industry are resulting in increased demand for primary care services. For one, Baby Boomers have begun turning 65 and are entering the Medicare ranks at a rate of some 10,000 per day. Nurse practitioners may be a good solution to this increased healthcare need, but we need to address challenges, including scope of work limitations and increased demand for them.
  • Develop Accountable Leaders for the ED

    June 29, 2015
    blog post 7.23.13
    Effective leaders are facilitators of change, and these are the individuals that every ED relies upon to ensure the mission and vision of the organization are carried out appropriately. Passionate, qualified leaders are the foundation of every successful department and the first element to achieving operational excellence in the ED.
  • A Q&A About Nurse Education with Nursing Knowledge International

    June 24, 2015
    This post consists of a conversation with Mary Ann Scott RN, MSN; Director, Nursing Knowledge International. The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), is a nonprofit organization with a mission of advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. Founded in 1922 at the Indiana University School of Nursing, STTI today has 135,000 active members in more than 85 countries from Armenia to Wales.
  • Getting New Nurses Up-to-Speed on New Technology

    June 23, 2015
    Groundbreaking advancements in medical technology have revolutionized the dynamics of patient care. The burden of keeping up with these advancements, and the opportunity to improve patient care by using them, rests primarily on nurses. Exposing nurses to a range of medical technologies in order to create a solid foundation of understanding early in their careers creates nurses who are more confident, efficient, and productive as they engage in patient care.