National Preparedness Month is in September. This month servers to provide an opportunity to reflect on the importance of preparing for natural disasters and unexpected events. Recognizing that practices and levels of planning may vary, DrFirst put together a survey on healthcare organizations’ policies related to disaster preparedness. Their goal is to understand healthcare organizations' preparedness/recovery plans related to natural disasters, unexpected weather events, and other … [Read more...] about National Preparedness Month! Plus win a $25 Amazon Gift Card
This post has been made possible by a partnership with magnatag.com. The patient experience is an area of healthcare that can no longer be overlooked. Patients are routinely questioned about the care they receive through HCHAPS surveys. The results of these surveys can have an impact of the level of Medicare reimbursement a hospital receives. According HCAHPS to December 2014 summaries, 21% of patients did not feel like nurses always communicated well, 36% did not feel they were always … [Read more...] about Can Whiteboards Improve Patient Satisfaction and HCAHPS Scores?
I remember when I first became a nurse and we would have monthly staff meetings to discuss various topics and issues that hospital administration had pushed down to us. I often grew frustrated with these meetings because the same topic kept coming up: HCAHPS scores. At which point the majority of the nursing staff would grumble and groan and complain about a standard that was unattainable due to ever-increasing workloads and complexities in the care they provided. Hospital administrators were … [Read more...] about Should Nurses Care about HCAHPS Scores?
A recent survey of over 1,000 RNs suggests that there are several barriers preventing implementation of evidenced-based practices to improve patient outcomes. One of the primary barriers mentioned was resistance from nursing leadership. Also ranking high on the list were politics and organizational cultures. The cultures that avoid change are certainly damaging to implementation of these standards of care. There is a disconnect among new graduate nurses and seasoned nurses in understanding the … [Read more...] about Evidence Based Practice: Nurses Barriers to Implementation?
Attractive electronic medical tools always fascinate me. Sometimes they even excite me. Tonic Health is one of those fascinating and exciting technologic wonders that gets my nerdy little heart all-a-twitter. So what is Tonic Health? Tonic Health is the first data collection tool designed specifically by and for healthcare. We're revolutionizing the industry by providing a platform that is regulatory compliant, more patient-friendly and less chore-like. This translates into more patient … [Read more...] about Tonic Health Refreshing Medical Data Collection