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  • Not My Job: The legal perspective on updating job descriptions

    As a nurse manager, how often do you review the duties and responsibilities laid out in your staff job descriptions? The human resources department may "own" the files, but you probably review them when you have an open position. From a legal perspective, though, job descriptions deserve more regular scrutiny to ensure that duties align with your organization's policies and procedures, and meet the standard of care.

    For example, if new procedures have been introduced, staff must be trained, competencies documented, and job descriptions updated to support the revised standard of care. In the event of a patient injury, one of the first things the patient's attorney will do is look for gaps in the standard of care, so you must be proactive in this area.

    Dinah Brothers, RN, JD, suggests that, at a minimum, you review your staff's job descriptions once a year. In addition, you must revise your staff's job descriptions whenever any one of the following occurs:
    1. When there are professionally recognized changes to the standard of care
    2. When new medical advancements are accepted and implemented at your facility
    3. When new technology is implemented in your facility
    4. When policies and procedures change in your facility that impact the nurse's role and/or job responsibilities change

    Read the rest of the post here.

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  • Rock Your Health: Sync or swim

    By Carol Ebert, RN, BSN, MA, CHES, CWP

    Are you starting to feel old and out of sync with your current nursing position? Before you panic, this might be the first sign that you are starting to enter the pre-retirement phase.

    Here are some of the signs:
    1. You are aware that you are the oldest one in the group (remember when you were the youngest?)
    2. You are getting more and more frustrated with healthcare because of all the high-tech, de-personalization, and focus on making money
    3. Your workplace has "lost its loving feeling" like it had in the past
    4. Going to work isn't fun anymore
    5. You find yourself complaining more
    6. You are taking more and more meds for stress and health issues
    7. You know you are wise, skilled, and no one does it better than you, but it feels like no one cares
    8. You're starting to think you don't fit in anymore
    9. You're wondering if the end of your career is near
    10. You don't know what to do about all of this

    Read the rest of the post here.

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  • And the survey says... Staff retention (try to break these 20 habits)

    This week I have the pleasure of reading the incredible responses we received to our Nurses Week 2015 survey. So many of you shared your insights, challenges, and hopes for the coming year-thank you! We'll be emailing the winners of copies of Kathleen Bartholomew's Team-Building Handbook: Improving Nurse-to-Nurse Relationships in the next couple of days. Keep your eyes peeled for our email.

    Your generous responses help us understand your needs and aspirations, and we will try to return the favor by covering those important topics in this blog and in our upcoming books, webinars, and e-learning. For starters, I've revived a popular post from the past that deals with retention, identified by many of you as a top priority. Let me know if you recognize any of the 20 bad habits in yourself!

    Read the full post here.

  • Accountability looks good on you (and your staff)

    I learn from every book I work on, but this latest one on accountability strategies really hit home. I now realize that when I say "I'll try" to do something by a particular date, I haven't truly committed to being accountable for the deadline. And when I hear the same words from someone else, I no longer take "I'll try" to mean the commitment all managers want to hear from an engaged staff: the definitive YES.

    I'll try is what I say when I don't really see how I'll be able to make the commitment, but don't stop to think about what's in the way. Do I lack the resources, the bandwidth, or (worse) the interest? Am I just allergic to saying a simple "no" when I can't squeeze the proverbial 10 pounds of sugar into a five pound bag?

    As a manager whose goal is positive outcomes from an engaged staff, you need to train your ear to "hear" the difference between words that indicate accountability and those that fall short. Your staff can do the same, and when you're all hearing and speaking the language of accountability, good things will happen.

    Read the rest of the post here.

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  • Rock Your Health: How to coach yourself to be healthier

    By Carol Ebert, RN, BSN, MA, CHES, CWP

    How can nures keep themselves on a healthy path? Coaching can help. You can start by doing some role playing in front of a mirror. Feel free to copy my lines if you need them
    Reflection says: "Hello. How you are doing with your goal?"
    You say: "Thanks for asking. To tell the truth, I don't feel committed to my goal."
    Refection says: "What is stopping you?"
    You say: "I don't have support at home, so it is easy to stay with my old habits."
    Reflection says: "What is one step you can take to move forward with your goal?"

    Read the rest of the post here.

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  • Walk, don’t run, for wellness

    By Carol Ebert, RN, BSN, MA, CHES, CWP

    I'd been struggling to find resources for a project and I was coming up empty. As my frustration grew, I finally said to myself: "Step away from the computer and go take a walk." How many times have I advised others to do this as a stress management strategy and I wasn't taking my own advice? So I did.

    As I strolled along on a beautiful day with blue sky and puffy white clouds, my head started to clear and I could feel the creativity flowing.

    So here is the "power of a WALK" and what it can do for you.

    W - Walk off all the stress in your body. Keep walking until your pace starts to slow down into a rhythm, you stop thinking about everything you were doing that was getting to you before you started walking, your mind starts to open up to creative thoughts, and you start noticing your surroundings. Now you are starting to let in what will rejuvenate you.

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  • Nursing Peer Review, Second Edition: A Practical, Nonpunitive Approach to Case Review

    Nursing Peer Review, Second Edition: A Practical, Nonpunitive Approach to Case Review

    A comprehensive guide for establishing a formal case-based nursing peer review program, including all the tools and procedures organizations need to build and manage a structure to conduct systematic evaluation of clinical care.

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