Should Nurses Care about HCAHPS Scores?

Should Nurses Care About HCAHPS Scores

Hospitals need to step up to the plate and take on the responsibility of educating nursing staff on the what exactly HCAHPS surveys measure and what they can do to improve scores. This process shouldn’t be a monthly blame-session in which the entire department feels defeated, but instead a continuous process that begins at orientation and is evaluated routinely.

9 Reasons Every Nurse Should Drive a Convertible

9 Reasons Every Nurse Should Drive a Convertible

I can tell you now, that after exactly 6 months of ownership (most of those ironically in the winter months) that the car does in fact make me happy. But I can also tell you that I think cars like it, namely convertibles, have the ability to make any nurse happy. I especially think this is the case with nurses. But I don’t just think happiness is the only reason that nurses should drive a convertible so I’ll outline those in top 9 reasons nurses should drive a convertible below.

Care Beyond Treatment

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To the lay person, a nurse’s job may seem pretty simple: Nurses provide care for patients.

But the word “care” is a bit complicated. In a medical sense, it means to tend to needed procedures, carry out instructions from physicians, and do the clinical things that are required for an ill or injured person.

On top of all that scientific caring, there’s sociological caring as well. That means providing an equal level of commitment to the emotional situation, making sure that the patient and family members are coping with the complexities of their particular cases.

Advice to High School Seniors Interested in Healthcare

It’s fall, which means that high school seniors can no longer put off the decision about where to go to college and what to study in school. Savvy high school students are probably already aware that most four-year degree programs generate thousands of dollars of student loan debt per graduating student, and that many college graduates are having trouble finding work in their fields.

3 Dental Implant Developments That Improve Patient Care

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Patients who used to shy away from dental implants 4-5 years ago now consider it as an affordable and effective solution for missing teeth. This has been made possible due to advancements in dental implant technology allowing for easy integration and stability of the implants.

The developments have also increased the efficiency of the healthcare providers and reduced the total time for dental procedures. According to Smiles, 3 million individuals in U.S. opt for dental implants every year, and the number is expected to grow by an astonishing 500,000 each year.

Stay Positive, Take Care, and Make the Big Bucks [Scrubs Magazine Round Up]

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Nursing is hard work and can sometimes be very draining both mentally and physically. It can be easy to just get into a rut and be a negative Nancy, but for the sake of your coworkers and your sanity it’s best if you do your best to stay positive. But you’ve also got to take care of yourself physically. This means using all those body mechanics you were taught in school and likely routinely receive in-services on. Oh, and if you can stay in good mental and physical health you can also find ways to start earning more cash doing what you love. Keep reading for some great articles on these topics from our friends at Scrubs Magazine.

Becoming an Informatics Nurse: Going Beyond the Bedside

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When I discovered nursing informatics, it was like a dream come true. I was completing my BSN coursework, and I began researching options to further my education in nursing. I realized fairly quickly that I wasn’t interested in most of the education pathways that many of my nursing peers were following. Somewhere in the midst of that research I stumbled onto “Nursing Informatics” and I knew it was for me. The stars aligned, the angels sang, and the fascinating world of healthcare information technology became my goal.

10 Best Stethoscopes for Nurses

10 Best Stethoscopes for Nurses

Being a nurse, you know there are many important pieces of equipment used daily. Whether you’re trying to obtain a blood pressure, or listening to the chest of a little one with a cough, your stethoscope is a vital piece of nursing gear. Finding the best stethoscopes for nurses can be a challenge. While you want a top rated stethoscope, it can often be difficult to find just the right one and at a great price. However, you now have the advantage of viewing the top ten best stethoscopes for nurses, all of which can be found on Amazon.com for less than the normal price!

How to Show Support to a Sick Loved One

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Tragedy can strike a family at any time. Whether expected or unexpected, families have a difficult time when a loved one gets admitted to the hospital. The uncertainty creates a lot of stress and can become very toiling on a family. However, even in the midst of all this, they must remain focused on the person that is suffering with the sickness. Finding ways to show support aren’t always easy. But the more a family supports the loved one–and one another–during this difficult time, the easier it may seem.

Exploring the Benefits of Mother-Baby Maternity Nursing Units

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I had never really questioned this method of caring for mothers and newborns until the I learned about units where all the care was combined. However, there is an increasing trend in changing this model to a mother-baby setting, in which the baby stays with the mother. The only time the baby would leave the bedside is during the assessment, procedure, or if they were sick and required special medical and nursing attention. This would increase the amount of time the infant spent with the mother while she was still in the hospital.