To wrap up the HealthStream Blog for 2018, we did some research about our most popular blog posts for the year. Of those published in 2018, these are the 10 most popular.
We are also approaching a situation where millennials will make up the largest percentage of the healthcare workforce, bringing a new focus to the future of care. Here are two specific trends involving the growing millennial healthcare workforce and how our industry will benefit as it adapts to them.
A strong trend in healthcare is for patients to assume a greater degree of financial responsibility for the cost of their care. This change has led many people to work to understand more “about the cost of care so they can shop around for services, plan for elective procedures, and budget appropriately.” To support the desire for greater transparency around healthcare costs, many healthcare organizations have begun “to rethink aspects of their revenue cycles, especially regarding pricing and cost estimation.” A recent HFMA Executive Rroundtable sponsored by Change Healthcare, Healthcare Consumerism and Transparency in the Revenue Cycle, offers valuable insights about where healthcare is heading in this regard.
Annual CPR training is seen by many in the healthcare workplace as something along the lines of a flu shot: necessary and even helpful, but not thought about very much. Both save lives, however, and in the case of CPR training that time and attention to initial and re-certification, alongside ongoing testing, is a key component of being an effective employee.
Thanks to advocacy and innovative strategies put forth by nurse, clinical educator, and HealthStream’s resuscitation coach Donna Haynes and other CPR boosters, that mindset is changing.
Goal setting is one of the most important activities for an organization. A culture that ensures all employees understand their roles, expectations, and why they are critical to organization success often find themselves well prepared to handle the many challenges we find in healthcare today. Here are some best practices to help achieve success.
Schools of nursing are recommending that their graduates seek out organizations that have a residency program and when possible, an accredited residency program. The gap between academic achievement and practice has been acknowledged by both schools of nursing and practice settings. An accredited residency program is a strong solution to closing this gap.
Training staff on Voice-Assisted Manikins (VAMs) is an important way to ensure that standardized quality CPR is being learned. Customers often ask how their organizations can assist staff with physical limitations or challenges to be successful in the completion resuscitation training. TriHealth (Cincinnati, OH) has developed a very successful BLS Program that includes workarounds for staff with physical challenges. They also have developed guidelines for protecting learners from hurting themselves. Here are some general tips for preventing injuries to staff members.
HealthStream recently interviewed Donna Haynes, a nurse, clinical educator, and resuscitation coach at HealthStream, about the challenges of resuscitation in non-acute care settings and how organizations are striving to improve rates. “High quality resuscitation is extremely important during end-of-life care,” Haynes says. “Often people assume that hospice is where people go when they’re ready to die, but that is not always the case.” Haynes explains that patients may have desires for certain interventions, and staff should be prepared to make every effort to sustain life for them.
The combination of an aging nursing population and not enough new nurses coming in to fill those roles plays a large part in today’s nursing shortage. According to the American Nursing Association, registered nurses who are less than 30 years old represent only 10 percent of the total working nurse population. With this nursing shortage there will come a shortage of nurse leaders. This post links to information about ways to accelerate the development of new nurse leaders.
The Yale New Haven Health (YNHH) system is the primary teaching hospital for Yale School of Medicine and Yale School of Nursing and includes hospitals, physicians, and related health services throughout Connecticut and into New York and Rhode Island. The Magnet-certified hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission and is a Level I trauma center for adult and pediatric patients. An ongoing challenge was the hospital’s Safe Sleep for Infants policy, which strictly limits crib contents while a child is unsupervised, was not being strictly followed by clinical staff. This post examines how YNHH developed learning involving a virtual crib environment to better demonstrate to clinicians the relationship between crib contents and safety, improving outcomes.
Non-acute care is definitely evolving, due to demographics and differing expectations of care as people age, as well as new approaches to reimbursement on the part of government and insurance industry payers. We cannot keep providing care in the same way we always have in the face of limited financial resources and a growing population needing care. Here are just a few of the many things we all should be paying attention to in this sector of care.
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