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Employee Engagement Reduces Mortality Rates Significantly, Especially in Nursing

The long hours in school…the even longer hours at work. All that time you spent putting others first wasn’t so you could get rich and work a comfy schedule. No! You entered healthcare to make a difference in the world, to help strangers in need, and – above all else – to save lives!

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Topics: Employee Engagement, Healthcare, Nurses, Mortality Rates

Nurses Are Burning Out, But Employee Engagement Can Save Them…And Your Patients

“As a nurse, we have the opportunity to heal the heart, mind, soul and body of our patients, their families and ourselves. They may forget your name, but they will never forget how you made them feel.”

The above quote comes from the late Maya Angelou. Her touching words help illustrate the great importance nurses have in our healthcare system. And since Maya’s mom was a nurse, she likely had some understanding of the many challenges they face.

While an overwhelming majority of nurses love their occupation, the long hours and lack of engagement in the workplace are causing many to burn out and leave the industry. Luckily, there is something we can do about it!

Before we get into HOW to solve the problem, let’s take a closer look at the latest findings.

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Topics: Employee Engagement, Healthcare, Nurses, Burning Out, Culture of Engagement, Work Life Balance, Mortality Rates

Focusing on Patient Experience & Employee Engagement Results in Increased Safety, Revenue

Do you want to create a safer healthcare environment, all the while increasing your ROI? Then you’re in luck! A new report from the Harvard Business Review sheds light on how, exactly, healthcare in the United States has become safer, of higher quality, and more profitable for shareholders! By putting patient’s first, healthcare providers saw major gains across the board. It turns out, employee engagement was the key all along.

Here’s why. 

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Topics: Employee Engagement, Healthcare, Patient Satisfaction, Patient Experience

Start Planning Now for Fun and Meaningful Hospital Week and Nurses Week Activities

These individuals work some of the most demanding jobs there are physically, emotionally and spiritually – and it takes its toll on all medical staff. That’s why it is especially fitting that we celebrate National Hospital Week and National Nurses Week every year – to take the time to take care of the people who spend their careers taking care of us.

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Topics: Employee Recognition, Employee Engagement, Healthcare

Engaging a Multi-Generational Healthcare Workforce

Age Does Matter In Employee Engagement

It’s been projected that by 2020, the healthcare industry could face a shortage of 20,400 primary care physicians—and that number doesn’t even include specialty care providers, technicians, nurse practitioners and other critical staff. What’s the cause of this supply and demand disparity? As the generation known as ‘Baby Boomers’ continues to age, they’re presenting an increased challenge to providers, who are already reaching max capacity. Made up of roughly 75 million Americans, more individuals are both entering and leaving the industry than ever before. Whether it’s caring for these aging patients or a lack of an experienced workforce due to their retirement, the coming years will have a profound affect on caregivers and policymakers for decades to come.

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Topics: Employee Recognition, Total Recognition, Employee Engagement, Healthcare, Communication

3 Things Your Employees Want You to Know About Creating a Culture of Recognition

Recognition Starts with Getting to Know Your Healthcare Workers

Much like different cultures around the world, your healthcare facility has a culture all of its own. Whether your healthcare facility’s company culture was a strategic undertaking or solely based on just maintaining the status quo, your workforce performs based on the established cultural norms that are in place. Changing or implementing new cultural norms of any organization is an arduous task, but not impossible. Communication, upper-management buy-in, and a commitment to change are all necessary when implementing any type of revolution within your facility.

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Topics: Employee Recognition, Healthcare

How to Engage Healthcare Employees through Employee Recognition

Editor's Note: This blog post was originally published in November of 2014. Because we have recently published new blog posts regarding the Healthcare industry, we feel it is advantageous to republish this blog post for easy accessibility and reference. This post is the 7th in a series of eight blog posts about engaging employees in the healthcare industry.

World at Work defines employee recognition as,"... the acknowledgment or special attention to an employee’s efforts or positive performance." Recognition meets an intrinsic psychological need for appreciation, and can support business strategy by reinforcing certain behaviors that can contribute to organizational success.

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Topics: Employee Recognition, Total Recognition, Employee Engagement, Healthcare

6 Ways to Celebrate Nurses During National Nurses Week

Today kicks of the start of the American Nurses Association (ANA)’s National Nurses Week which is hosted annually on the 6th of May and ends on Florence Nightingale’s birthday, May 12th. This year the ANA chose the theme “Ethical Practice. Quality Care”, which closely aligns with their 2015 Year of Ethics outreach program that is meant to promote and advocate for the health and safety of patients and nurses.

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Topics: Employee Recognition, Healthcare, Employee Recognition Strategies

Is Employee Engagement Necessary in a Managed Care Organization?

This post is the 6th in a series of eight blog posts about engaging employees in the healthcare industry.

The Status of Managed Care Organizations (MCOs)

Currently, there are more than 1 million people living in assisted living and senior care facilities, and this number is expected to double in the next 15 years. One would assume that the industry would be booming. While the demand for healthcare workers to staff facilities are stronger than ever, the ability of these communities to remain profitable are becoming more and more difficult.

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Topics: Employee Engagement, Healthcare

How to Engage Healthcare Workers Despite the Generational Gap

This post is the 5th in a series of eight blog posts about engaging employees in the healthcare industry.

The demand for qualified Registered Nurses and Healthcare Professionals continues to grow due to expanding healthcare needs of aging Baby Boomers. A new generation of RNs is entering the workforce every day, bringing new ideas, technologies, and ways of incorporating their newly acquired skills. While this is an amazing advantage that can only bring positive change to the industry, some seasoned staff can begin to feel as though their many years of experience are now unappreciated.

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Topics: Healthcare, Employee Engagement Strategies

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