To wrap up 2018, we did some research about our most popular blog posts for the year. Of all published in 2018, these are the five most popular in the area of clinical development.
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.
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.
Forrest General Hospital created a Simulation Center, supported by HealthStream Learning, to advance skills though interactivity in a safe educational environment. Staff are now required to demonstrate care competency for such situations and conditions as CLABSIs, CAUTIs, restraints, and patient declines. They have also instituted unit-specific competencies, such as Postpartum Hemorrhage and Shoulder Dystocia for Labor and Delivery staff.
How can we protect nurses? A frequent answer is simply safety in numbers through adequate staffing, but thoughtful design of the patient care environment is also a key to prevention. Facilities should provide adequate lighting and visibility, physical barriers and escape routes, and, some sources say, patient care areas with limited furnishings and other items that could become projectiles. Authorities say training should offer both instruction and hands-on experience to be effective.
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