What Every Nurse Leader Needs to Know

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

3.8.18 image.jpgAmplion 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.

Indeed, nurses are responsible for quality patient care in dozens of areas: they administer medications, educate patients about medical procedures, perform tests and treatments, tend to patients’ wounds, celebrate births and recoveries, and comfort patients and family members who are facing tough diagnoses or hard decisions. The work is both physically and mentally exhausting, but most nurses would be quick to say that their job is rewarding and fulfilling, too. Perhaps that’s why nurses represent the largest segment of the healthcare workforce in the United States, currently totaling more than 3 million people.

Good nurses are made stronger by even better nurse leaders. A great nurse leader is always looking at what’s best for the organization, and what is most helpful for their team and their patients. Nurse leaders also offer insights into how the organization works and ask- questions such as, “How can we improve?” and “What do we need to change?”

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job openings for medical and health service leaders are growing 20 percent faster than expected. While a degree in nursing is necessary, some larger healthcare organizations also require an advanced degree in a nursing specialty or healthcare administration. Want to be an exceptional nurse leader? Here’s three things every prospective nurse leader needs to know:

  1. Nurse leaders ensure technology is accessible. As healthcare becomes more consumer-driven, technology will be the tool that helps connect patients to their caregivers.
  2. Nurse leaders interact with staff and patients. Effective leaders make patient rounds and engage with staff to learn how the department functions and address any obstacles that may be hindering patient care.
  3. Nurse leaders collaborate with others. Historically, healthcare teams have operated in silos. However, the new emphasis on multidisciplinary teams means that nurse leaders often serve as the liaison between nurses, physicians, hospital leadership and team members from other departments. Collaborating with other departments and team members also spurs innovation and creative thinking.

At Amplion, we believe that leveraging technology improves patient care and nurse satisfaction. Making technology accessible and interactive with clinical workflows can lead to happier patients and staff. That’s why we designed our Amplion Alert Care Assurance Platform. Our platform helps nurse leaders access and use data to improve situational awareness, accountability and care team cooperation.

We’re committed to helping nurse leaders improve care coordination, enhance patient safety and the patient experience, optimize clinical workflows and better manage staffing. Our Clinical Integration and Outcomes (CIAO) team works closely with nursing leadership to ensure total team adoption, and to guarantee that hospitals receive the maximum value that the Amplion Alert platform can provide. Schedule a demo today to learn how our next-generation nurse call Care Assurance Platform can help your hospital.

HIMSS isn’t over yet! Come by and see us in the Innovation Live Area (KIOSK 9900-10) to learn more about our Amplion Alert Platform and how it can help your hospital.

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