lean healthcare management Healthcare executives are continually on the lookout for strategies that deliver both cost savings and improved quality of care. Traditionally, staff layoffs were the go-to solution for reducing costs. But recent studies reveal that patient outcomes improve when the nurse-to-patient ratio is low. And under a value-based reimbursement model, it is critical to achieve the desired patient outcome as quickly and with as few mistakes as possible to achieve maximum return. Layoffs a Short-Term Fix Layoffs, as a cost cutting measure, should be implemented as a last resort, according to Mark Graban, Lean expert and author of “Hospital Kaizen.” While layoffs will lower operational cost in the short term, it may bring about bigger problems in the long term in the form of negative patient outcomes. Instead, many hospital executives are tearing a page from the manufacturing industry in the adoption of Lean healthcare management. Lean healthcare management is a process where inefficiency and waste are identified and eliminated from hospital processes to reduce cost and/or improve employee productivity. Graban explains, “Lean is actually the best alternative to layoffs. It’s all about encouraging everyone to participate in the process improvement. As well as finding creative and [+]

The U.S. healthcare system is going to have to replace approximately 555,100 nurses through 2022 just to replace nurse attrition, according to estimates from the American Nurses Association. That’s in addition to the 574,400 new nurses that will be required to adequately care for aging boomers and additional patients as a result of the Affordable Care Act. The ANA recommends federal action on a number of fronts including funding for nursing education to help in meeting the demand. Currently, nursing schools are turning away qualified applicants due to lack of nursing faculty and teaching facilities. In the meantime, many hospitals and their healthcare staffing agencies are scrambling to source qualified medical professionals to fill open positions as well as prepare a talent pipeline for the future. Sue Higgins, Product Development Manager at StayStaffed and Candidate Direct, has the solution to help hospitals and healthcare staffing agencies stay ahead of the game in a rapidly changing environment, “Our clients have been able to avoid many of the problems that others’ are experiencing in a rapidly changing healthcare environment. By using our vendor management system (VMS), clients gain access to the Candidate Direct Marketplace®, a national database of 400+ healthcare [+]

Nursing Staff Engagement Key to Retention and Performance Research consistently shows that sustainably engaged employees outperform their non-engaged coworkers. Even a small improvement in productivity can have a positive effect on your organization’s performance and competitiveness. ~ Towers Watson It’s difficult enough to keep employee engagement at high levels during the best of times, let alone in times of massive change. We’re now nearly five years into the Affordable Care Act and many healthcare employees are experiencing ‘change fatigue’ in addition to the normal wear and tear that tough economic times has on people. For many healthcare providers, it’s a good time to use re-engagement strategies to boost morale, retention, and performance. HR consulting firm, Towers Watson, has been studying workforce engagement in the healthcare industry for several years and has “consistently seen a strong relationship between higher levels of engagement and higher levels of retention.” Further, when employee engagement improves, so too does performance in the form of better patient outcomes, HCAHPS scores, and reduced safety incidents among other metrics.

Healthcare Reform

Highly Negative about Healthcare Reform In one Towers Watson study, nearly 90% of healthcare workers reported that they held highly negative emotions about the long-term [+]

If you’ve hired a newly-licensed RN, there’s a 1 in 5 chance they’ll leave within their first year on the job, according to a study by the RN Work Project. If they make it past the first year, you’re facing 1 in 3 odds that they’ll leave before completion of their second year of employment. By the 8th year on the job, only 40% of newly-licensed nurses will still be working for your facility. These are just some of the study results of the RN Work Project, through funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, to study the career path of newly-licensed registered nurses. The study began in 2006 to survey new nurses and track their career trajectory. The study ends in 2015. The goal is to understand the reasons behind nurse turnover so that healthcare providers can improve recruitment and retention strategies. Cost of nurse turnover The Cost of Nurse Turnover Registered Nurses play a pivotal role in the profitability of healthcare facilities. The financial cost for the turnover of each nurse is estimated to be twice their annual salary. For each percentage increase in nurse turnover, hospitals are estimated to lose $300,000 in profit. To give [+]

VMS Technology for healthcare staffing and recruiting For years now healthcare recruiters have been under enormous pressure to keep their own or client facilities fully staffed. With phones ringing all day from potential candidates, a bursting at the seams email inbox, and hiring managers clamouring to urgently fill open positions, it can be difficult for medical recruiters to stay organized and productive. But it doesn’t have to be that way. A Vendor Management System (VMS) that interfaces with a national marketplace of healthcare professionals can not only streamline your recruiting process, but open your candidate sourcing to the entire country. “We realized significant savings almost immediately. With our first FTE hired through Candidate Direct, we saved $6,200. Candidate Direct gave us more candidates to choose from at more competitive rates. I wish all systems were this easy to use.” Curious? Read on to see how healthcare facilities and staffing agencies can benefit. No Investment Required  Let’s begin by asking a question. If you were offered a no-cost, easy-to-use web-based IT solution to source, recruit, procure and manage contingent and direct hire needs, would you accept the offer? We’re not talking about a [+]

According to study author Linda H. Aiken, PhD, RN, there are unfounded beliefs among hospital executives that patient outcomes may suffer because temporary staff isn’t familiar enough with hospital protocol. The University of Pennsylvania 2012 study examined 1.3 million patient outcomes and 40,000 nurses at more than 600 hospitals in the United States.

Hospital employees nationwide are being acknowledged for their contributions during the 2014 National Hospital Week being held from May 11th to the 17th. The American Hospital Association (AHA) sponsors the week-long event with this year’s theme being “Compassion, Innovation, Dedication: The Commitment Continues.” Candidate Direct understands that it takes dedicated professionals to make hospitals run smoothly and efficiently. More than a staffing agency, The Candidate Direct Marketplace is a network of healthcare employers, staffing agencies, and healthcare candidates – all connected by web-based technology. Hospital hiring managers and their recruitment agencies utilize the Candidate Direct Marketplace to source, recruit, and hire skilled and experienced healthcare professionals.

For decades, the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) has provided leadership, professional development and advocacy to help advance the nurse management profession. The AONE annual meetings are attended by nursing and hospital managers from around the country. This year's conference was held in Orlando, and Candidate Direct was a proud participant.

Think it's hard keeping an eye on RN and Allied healthcare turnover? Try keeping an eye on hospital CEO turnover. According to a report from the American College of Healthcare Executives, the hospital CEO turnover rate in 2013 was 20 percent, up from 17 percent the previous year. Further evidence that healthcare staffing is no easy proposition -- at any level. While CEO's may be expected to feel confident in their prospects after leaving the corner office, RN's, physical therapists and other healthcare employees on the front line may be experiencing a different situation. Healthcare workers have long been among the most confident US workers-- even through the recession -- giving high ratings to their job security and prospects of finding a new job if the need arises.

Today’s in-store healthcare clinics have evolved to offer a further level of healthcare, including testing and vaccination, treatment of minor wounds and common family ailments, along with routine wellness exams. Many of these new clinics are staffed by Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners, in addition to RN’s — and have ready access to Pharmacists’ expertise.

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