In the wake of Vaught’s trial ― an extremely rare case of a healthcare worker being criminally prosecuted for a medical error ― nurses and nursing organizations have condemned the verdict through tens of thousands of social media posts, shares, comments, and videos. They warn that the fallout will ripple through their profession, demoralizing and depleting the ranks of nurses already stretched thin by the pandemic. Ultimately, they say, it will worsen healthcare for all.
The program, based at NYU Langone Hospital-Long Island, is an example of interprofessional education (IPE), designed to develop effective working relationships between different types of healthcare students and practitioners to support health outcomes.
Nearly 75% of hospital and 64% of health system-based chief nurse executives (CNEs) are “stressed, dissatisfied, or intend to leave their role,” with staffing as the top challenge as CNEs lead their nurses through the interminable COVID-19 pandemic, reveals a unique recent study by HealthLeaders Exchange.
While staffing shortages aren’t a new concern for healthcare executives, it took the No. 1 spot last year as the top issue that hospital CEOs faced in 2021, according to The American College of Healthcare Executives’ (ACHE) annual survey.
A recent study by management consulting firm McKinsey & Company revealed that 22% of nurses are considering leaving their jobs, 60% of whom said this possibility has become more likely since the beginning of the pandemic. A variety of factors influence nurses voluntarily separating from hospitals, but the 2021 NSI National Health Care Retention & RN Staffing Report found scheduling to be one of the top 10 reasons.
On the frontlines of the pandemic, nurses have faced staffing shortages, an early lack of personal protective equipment (PPE), intense fatigue, and being witness to unparalleled suffering, death, and grief, and these ongoing stressors have taken a toll on their mental health and well-being.
When COVID-19 brought chaos to nurse leaders at Allegheny Health Network (AHN)’s 14 hospitals, a time management course designed just for them helped them feel less overwhelmed about their day.
Engagement also affects a hospital or health system’s bottom line. Fifteen of every 100 nurses are considered disengaged, with each disengaged nurse’s lack of productivity costing an organization $22,200 in lost revenue annually, according to a 2016 study published in the American Nurses Association’s Online Journal of Issues in Nursing.
The survey was conducted by Trusted in October 2021 with a sample of 3,357 nurse respondents, of whom 54% currently work as travel nurses, 37% as staff nurses, and 9% in per-diem or other types of nursing roles.
Because good leadership is key in retaining nurses, Leanne Salazar is taking the culture of nursing excellence she built as chief nursing officer for nearly seven years at HCA’s Oak Hill Hospital in Brooksville, Fla., before becoming CNE in early 2020, and expanding it throughout the division’s 15 acute care hospitals.