Nursing Leadership from Bedside to Boardroom: Opinion Leaders’ Perceptions

The objective of this study was to examine views of nursing and nursing leadership among the nation’s opinion
leaders. A recent survey, conducted November 20-22, 2009, found the American public rating nurses with the
highest honesty and ethical standards, at 83%. Gallup has historically found nurses to be among the most
ethical and honest professions, as rated by the public. This study sought to examine opinion leaders’ views
about nursing leadership with an emphasis on determining the role of nursing in the future, and potential
barriers to leadership roles in healthcare today.

The Last Mile: The Role of HPM in Rounding Out the Enterprise Human Resource Management Mission

Active management of healthcare delivery and cost control has not typically been seen as an integral part of the mission for human resource (HR) departments. But changing times — and skyrocketing costs — have pushed healthcare performance management (HPM) center stage for companies that want to boost productivity, while investing benefits dollars in better health outcomes for their employees.

This shift away from traditional ways of managing employee health benefits stems from a clear and universal reality: rising healthcare costs increasingly pose a core business challenge.

Wellness Study Puts Price Tag on Unhealthy Behavior

Everyone knows unhealthy behaviors can be costly. Now some of those costs have been calculated into dollars. The Thomson Reuters Workforce Wellness Index estimates that employers spend an average of $670 annually per employee on medical care and pharmacy around six behavioral risk factors, with the top cost drivers identified as: Obesity /body mass index ($400), High blood sugar ($150), Tobacco use ($100).

Bridging the Gaps (Healthcare IT)

Ryan Champlin, vice president of operations for the physician network at the Cook Children’s Health Care System in Fort Worth, Texas, isn’t prone to hyperbole. But when it comes to practical implications of the athenahealth-Microsoft partnership that was announced at HIMSS11 in February, he can’t help it.

“People get mad at me for being so excited about this,” said Champlin, “but, honestly, this is the holy grail of health data.”

The Right Hire

Consider more than personality to make sure you choose the best fit for the position at hand. Your new employee has been on the job for 6 weeks now, and you’ve realized that, unfortunately, you hired the wrong person for the job. Her personality isn’t meshing well with her other coworkers, she isn’t working as fast as she should be and she just doesn’t seem like she wants to be there.

Charge Nurse Leadership Development Leads to Significant Annual Savings

The chief nursing officer (CNO) of this 250-bed, for-profit hospital wanted to improve the quality of care and physician satisfaction in her patient care units. She felt that one of the best strategies to effectively address these issues was to further develop and improve her charge nurses’ skills and job performance.

Building a High-Reliability Culture

The missing link is far deeper than protocols and checklists, albeit these tools are a vital component in keeping our patients safe. The missing link is the absence of a true culture of safety within our organizations. If we are going to live up to the trust that patients place in us, we must first consider our own core behaviors, acknowledge our failures and then intentionally build an environment where safety is the cornerstone value.

Employee Perspectives on Health Care: Employee Engagement

Part II – Report Summary With the economy still unstable, many employees face the strain of job insecurities, rising benefit costs and resulting financial troubles. With so many competing pressures, it’s not surprising many workers are failing to place a high priority

Building a Culture of Health

White Paper Summary Efforts to control healthcare costs often focus on expense management and cost shifting. But that’s no longer enough to control cost increases that are outpacing growth in both personal income and gross domestic product. Today’s  companies are aggressively addressing