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Oregon Surgery Center Adds Charge Nurse Role to Enhance Unit Leadership

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Bend Surgery Center (BSC) is a freestanding ambulatory surgery center in Central Oregon, the first and largest in the area. It performs 13,000+ cases annually and enjoys high JCAHO approval rates; 99% of patients cite being satisfied and would recommend BSC to others. BSC’s mission is to provide a safe, comfortable, and healthy patient-focused environment. […]

The Cost of Nurse Retention Vs. Turnover

As the healthcare system in the U.S. struggles with a shortage of nurses and clinical support occupations, administrators are burdened with the impact this has on patient safety, public health, and the financial costs of employee turnover. The cost of turnover, particularly in the field of nursing, is growing and the number of nurses currently…

Alternative Care Models in Midst of a Nursing Shortage

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A combination of patient surges in 2020-2022 and nursing shortages have forced healthcare organizations to pursue new strategies for care delivery, or alternative care models. Pre-pandemic care models are stretching thin during a nurse shortage, so many U.S. health systems are rethinking their labor resources. Health systems are deploying alternative care models to address a…

Charge Nurses Are Also “Chief Retention Officers”

Organizational loyalty is cemented through relationships with supervisors and managers, but don’t overlook the importance of the Charge RN role to nurse loyalty and retention.  Turnover studies show that more often than leaving an employer, staff leave their first-level supervisor. Charge Nurses play a role in onboarding, coaching, patient experience and safety, and nurse retention. …

Nursing Trends to Watch in 2021

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First off, take the 2020 nursing trends article we wrote back in January of 2020, and throw it in the shredder. Whew, no one saw 2020 coming, and hopefully we’re soon to see it leaving. But there are some trends for 2021 and onwards that we see bubbling up from American Nurse Today, American Nurse…

Moments of Joy, and Hope, from a Challenging Year

In what has been a year unlike any other, we are reminded of the importance of taking time to celebrate hopeful moments of joy. We’ve seen just how much frontline healthcare workers are putting on the line to provide safe, compassionate care during this pandemic. We have gathered photos from dear customers across the country…

Utilizing the Pathway Framework to Thrive During the COVID Crisis

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This is an executive summary of a session from the ANCC Virtual Summit 2020, “Thriving in Crisis: Utilizing the Pathway Framework.” This summary focuses on the excerpt delivered by Patience Harris, BSN, RN, Sr. Pathway Specialist at the American Nurses Association. 2020 has been a strenuous year on the healthcare system. Nurses especially have felt…

What Your Nurses Didn’t Learn in Nursing School

Article Title is laid over top of two nurses, one a manager, one a new Charge Nurse. The manager is holding a clipboard and the new charge nurse looks overwhelmed

For nurses, especially those who are new to peer leadership positions, “soft skills” are important in career development. Being the best clinical and bedside nurse may mean little if other nurses are not buying into a new leader’s vision. “Soft skill” development is vital for new Charge RNs, and these skills can quickly help set…

How Could Nursing Change in a post-COVID-19 World?

A new era of health care preparedness is upon us. For the healthcare industry in general, scaling up can happen when backs are against the wall. We know we can quickly add capacity, or have the ability to add capacity when care delivery needs are vast (ICU for ex.) With this new can-do spirit, we’ll…