Happy, Healthy Nurses = Happy, Healthy Patients

Nurses are undeniably the backbone of the hospital. For the last 16 years, nursing has held the highest position on Gallup’s annual survey of the public’s trust in occupation—high above positions such as doctors, lawyers, pharmacists and bankers. And that trust is well-deserved: nurses tend to patients’ wounds, administer medications, educate patients about medical tests and treatments, celebrate births and remarkable recoveries, and provide comfort for those facing disappointing news or hard decisions.

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Heading Off a Nursing Shortage at the Pass

5.3.18 nursingshortageIn May 2017, there were 2.9 million registered nurses working in the United States, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). But that’s not enough to meet future demand, experts say. The BLS estimates that the employment of registered nurses is projected to grow by 15 percent from 2016 to 2026—faster than all other occupations. Why? Not only is the healthcare industry putting more emphasis on preventive care, but the aging baby boomer population and growing rates of chronic conditions are further driving the demand for healthcare. Nurses are also getting older and retiring, and fewer people are entering the profession. Those new to the nursing workforce report a significant level of workplace stress, and surveys of newly licensed hospital nurses reveal that 43 percent leave their jobs within three years of employment.

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The Positive Financial Impact of Point-of-Care Data

Posted by Frank Grant, President & CEO on April 26, 2018

Now more than ever, hospital leaders are discovering their facilities must operate like a business to achieve financial stability. The problem? Most hospital leaders are making staffing, patient care and business decisions based on what they assume is solid, reliable data. But much of the time, helpful analysis is stymied by missing or incomplete information—or data that’s flawed. That’s why healthcare facilities should be turning to real-time, actionable, point-of-care data.

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Why It Pays to Invest in Patient Experience

Posted by Sherry Henricks, MBA RRT on April 19, 2018

As reimbursement models reward or penalize hospitals based on patient experience, healthcare organizations are more focused on the experience they’re providing patients.

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3 Ways to Make the Most of Hourly Patient Rounds

Posted by Cathy Swenson, RN, BSN, MA on April 12, 2018

NurseRoundsStaying in the hospital can be a stressful and overwhelming experience for many people. In addition to battling anxiety about medical conditions, tests and procedures, many patients may also be perplexed by the frequent noise, annoyed by beeps and alarms from bedside machines, and simply feel uncomfortable being away from the comforts of home. Research indicates that checking on patients at regular intervals—otherwise known as hourly rounding—helps address basic patient needs, as well as enhance patient safety and the patient experience, says a September 2014 study in the Journal of Nursing Administration.

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3 Ways Improved Communication With Your Clinical Team Can Lead to Better Patient Outcomes

Posted by Cathy Swenson, RN, BSN, MA on April 5, 2018

As the healthcare industry continues to shift toward value-based care, providers are working to improve communication between doctors, nurses and other clinicians. The renewed emphasis is because poor communication leads to poor patient outcomes and decreased patient safety. According to a 2015 study from The Joint Commission, lack of communication was identified as the root cause of 21 percent of sentinel events, or those events resulting in death or serious injury to a patient.

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Reducing Alarm Fatigue, Improving Patient Care

Posted by Cathy Swenson, RN, BSN, MA on March 29, 2018

Hospitals are noisy environments—just ask any nurse how many bells, whistles and alarms they hear during a 12-hour shift. Depending on the hospital unit, the number of alarms per patient per day can reach several hundred, resulting in thousands of alarm signals on every unit and tens of thousands throughout the hospital every day, according to the Joint Commission.

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Q&A With CEO Frank Grant: The Urgency of Implementing Real-Time Healthcare Technology in Hospitals

Posted by Amplion on March 22, 2018

Achieving interoperability—dismantling the technological silos that prevent clinical information from being shared across healthcare IT systems throughout the organization—can be a challenge. Fortunately, an emerging set of technologies is capable of helping hospitals break down the barriers to sharing, analyzing and using information. Gartner calls this group of technologies the Real-Time Health System (RTHS). These technologies help hospitals access and use point-of-care data more effectively to improve the quality of patient care.

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Key Themes From HIMSS 2018

Posted by Sherry Henricks, MBA RRT on March 16, 2018

The Amplion team enjoyed the chance to exhibit and present in the Innovation Zone at the 2018 HIMSS Conference & Exhibition, which wrapped up last week in Las Vegas, Nevada. The conference—with the theme of “Where the World Connects for Health”—attracted 45,000 health IT professionals, clinicians, executives and vendors from around the world for five days of education, networking and health IT product demonstrations.

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What Every Nurse Leader Needs to Know

Posted by Sherry Henricks, MBA RRT on March 8, 2018

Amplion has always considered nurses to be the backbone of the hospital, and it has been gratifying to deliver that message to thousands of attendees this week at the HIMSS2018 Conference, the leading healthcare information and technology conference.

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