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ANA releases updated Principles for Nurse Staffing

In September, the American Nurses Association (ANA) released an update to its Principles for Nurse Staffing, a guide to help nurses and other decision makers identify and develop processes and policies to improve nurse...

This week is Healthcare Quality Week!

Healthcare Quality Week (October 20 – 26) is in full swing, and we wish to recognize the importance of this initiative by sharing resources for our visitors to learn more about healthcare quality. Next month,...

Patient-centered staffing as the path forward

Nurse leaders say staffing status quo is unsustainable. Frontline nurses and healthcare leaders know the impact staffing and scheduling have on clinical outcomes, patient satisfaction, staff engagement, and financial and compliance outcomes. However, as technology,...

CASE STUDY: Patient-centered staffing

American Nurse Today (ANT) interviewed Ann Gantzer, PhD, RN, chief nursing officer (CNO) and vice president of patient services for Swedish American Hospital, about the organization’s successful transition to patient-centered staffing. Swedish American, a...

Leadership challenge: The role of timing in work and life

How to create the conditions for career success when life throws you a curve ball Takeaways: Timing plays a more significant role in work and life than we sometimes acknowledge. Life sometimes throws us curveballs...

Appropriate staffing = safe, quality care

ANA, nurses work on range of efforts to address this nursing priority. When asked why appropriate staffing was so important, Tracy Viers, MSN, RN, CCRN, didn’t hesitate for a second. “The bottom line is it’s all...

Centralized vs decentralized staffing: Two case studies

Strive for balance to achieve improved outcomes. Takeaways:  Nurse staffing is influenced by an organization’s structure and culture.  Centralized staffing manages staffing through a central office. Decentralized staffing occurs at a hospital or unit level....

Are nurses and doctors being exploited?

By Julie Cullen, Managing Editor, American Nurse Today Nurses and doctors almost always do the right thing when they’re asked to go above and beyond, even when it means foregoing personal time with their families...

Progress on nurses working environment made

A study in Critical Care Nurse reports that the health of critical-care nurses’ work environments has improved since 2013, but staffing remains a major concern. Read more at  American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.
Nursing salaries and benefits: How do you compare?

Nursing salaries and benefits: How do you compare?

Here are some results from American Nurse Today’s 2018 Nursing Trends and Salary Survey; 4,396 nurses from across the country responded. Salary Here’s the breakdown in reported salary: < $40k (5.36%) $40-$59k (24.63%) $60-$79k...
why laws can't guarantee safe staffing levels

Why laws can’t guarantee safe staffing levels

Is the complexity of nurse staffing compatible with the blunt force of a law? FEW can doubt that nursing administration knows a great deal more about safe staffing than it did before the 1980s. In...
effective nurse patient assignments

8 steps for making effective nurse-patient assignments

Successful assignments require attention to the needs of both nurses and patients. Takeaways:  Making nurse-patient assignments is challenging but rewarding.  Nurse-patient assignments are created based on knowledge and understanding of nursing unit environment, nurse qualities,...
electronic nurse scheduling system

The imperative for an electronic nurse scheduling system

Prioritize the need and make a positive impact Editor’s note: This is an excerpt from Best Practices for Workforce Management: A Toolkit for CNOs. Access the full Special Report at americannursetoday.com/getoolkit. By Kathy Baker, PhD,...