Studies show that purposeful, hourly rounding helps limit the use of call lights, wait time for patients, reduce noise in the hospital environment, prevent falls and improve patient satisfaction. Researchers have found purposeful rounding can improve nurse satisfaction and efficiency, because it helps clinicians feel like they have more control over their time and care for patients.
It’s no secret that nurses juggle a lot of daily responsibilities—hourly rounding, administering medications, fulfilling patients’ requests, chasing alarms from room to room, charting and monitoring patients’ conditions, managing intravenous lines, communicating with doctors, and much more. Those tasks, in addition to the stress of long shifts, lean staffing and coping with sickness and death, can often lead nurses to feel overwhelmed and stressed.
Topics: Nurse Satisfaction
Picture this scenario: It’s time to upgrade your hospital’s nurse call system. First, you research and select a vendor, then schedule installation, training and Go Live. That’s it, right? Not if you want to take advantage of new technologies available in next generation nurse call communications systems.
Nurses face urgent scenarios every day that require quick thinking. A keen sense of situational awareness—i.e. understanding what’s happening with a patient and what’s likely to happen in the future—is critical to clinical decision-making. However, actually achieving situational awareness is threatened by nurse fatigue, which is dangerous for both clinicians and patients.
As a rule, nurses love their jobs. Despite the demanding, fast-paced environment, many nurses enjoy their career because they get to make a difference, positively impact patients’ lives and help people through vulnerable moments.
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.
In 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.
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.
Making changes within organizations is always challenging, no matter the industry. Hospitals are no exception. New technologies, regulations and the shift from fee-for-service to value-based payment models are just some of the changes turning healthcare on its head.
Nursing is a challenging profession that requires a lot of time, dedication and commitment. In addition to the fast-paced environment and long hours, nurses also face hurdles such as low compensation, short staffing, potential workplace violence and hazards such as bloodborne pathogens, cold and flu germs, and injuries. It’s not surprising that 82 percent of nurses surveyed by the American Nurses Association reported that they are “at a significant level of risk for workplace stress.” Surveys of newly licensed hospital nurses reveal that 43 percent leave their jobs within three years of employment. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, we will need 16 percent more nurses by 2024.