Hand Hygiene Compliance: Not That Simple

By Barbara ConnellClinical SolutionsLeave a Comment

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In 1847, Ignaz Semmelweiss made a landmark discovery. He noted that the incidence of puerpal (childbed) fever, a female reproductive tract infection occurring after childbirth or miscarriage could be drastically cut by the use of hand washing with chlorinated lime solutions.  Semmelweiss’ hypothesis — that there was only one cause and all that mattered was cleanliness — was extreme at … Read More

Moving Nurses from Hospital Rooms to Board Rooms

By Martie L. MooreVoices From The FieldLeave a Comment

Nurses on boards

A recent American Hospital Association survey of more than 1,000 hospital boards found that just five percent of board members were nurses, but there is a campaign happening right now to get more nurses on boards.  The Nurses on Boards Coalition is implementing a strategy to bring the experience of nurses to governing boards and to state and national commissions with … Read More

Flu: New Thinking in the New Year

By Barbara ConnellHot TopicsLeave a Comment

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2017 is starting off a little rough and for clinicians, it’s very busy.   That’s because the 2016-2017 influenza season is just now starting to kick into high gear. The general public often uses the term flu to describe an illness with symptoms of upset stomach, vomiting and diarrhea.  These symptoms actually describe gastroenteritis, an infection of the stomach and intestines.  … Read More

De-Stress and Improve Communication with Medical Improv

By Beth BoyntonVoices From The FieldLeave a Comment

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One of the main differences between improv comedy and medical improv is how instructors use the activity.  As a communication specialist and medical improv practitioner, I’m always looking for ways to bridge activities from improv that can teach important skills. Since the holidays can be filled with stress related to high-stakes pressures of nursing work, not to mention personal and … Read More

How to Make and Maintain a Great Company Culture

By Renne PoppeHot TopicsLeave a Comment

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When you think of a call center or contact center, what comes to mind? Is it unhappy employees? High attrition rates? We can all agree contact centers have a bad reputation. They’re notorious for high turnover which is extremely costly, and disengaged employees which affect morale and productivity. In 2012, turnover-rates for contact center employees were 49 percent for large … Read More

Three Easy Ways to Reduce Traffic in Your OR

By Barb ZaskeHot Topics, Medical DevicesLeave a Comment

Preparing the OR

As a perioperative nurse, have you ever wondered how excessive foot traffic within the surgical suite affects surgical site infections (SSIs)? A study at Johns Hopkins revealed that one-third of observed procedures had enough door openings during the surgeries to potentially defeat the safety effects of systems meant to keep contaminated air out of sterile ORs. Our role is to … Read More