Experts say the best way for health care organizations to recruit and retain experienced staff is to focus on improving employee satisfaction at all levels. Issues to consider include having user-friendly technology, providing staff opportunities for advancement and borrowing successful strategies from other industries.
The most recent report on demand for nurses in Florida was done in 2015 because providers stopped sending in survey data, so the Florida Center for Nursing still collects supply and nursing school performance information but no longer makes estimates on turnover, vacancy rates and estimated job growth. "It's all well and good to show what you're producing, but if you can't see how much is needed, you only know half of the equation," said center Executive Director Mary Lou Brunell.
Registered nurse Jacqueline Cassagnol's experience teaching first response and disaster preparedness in Haiti led her to create the nonprofit World Community First Responder organization, which provides health education and emergency preparedness training around the world. Cassagnol's advice to other RNs who want to expand their careers beyond the bedside is to begin by volunteering to find what they are passionate about.
A survey of nurses and other providers in Illinois and other Midwest states showed a lack of comfort in talking with HIV patients about the science behind the concept of "undetectable equals untransmittable" virus levels. Survey data showed 71% of nurse practitioners and registered nurses and 75% of other advanced practice nurses discussed U=U more than 50% of the time but only 64% of NPs, 43% of RNs and 50% of other APNs were comfortable with the science behind it.
The STROKE Perception Report was tested among patients at 35 US certified stroke centers to determine perceptions of the quality of stroke care. It showed three main themes of fast action to diagnose and treat stroke, genuine caring, and education to prevent and respond to stroke, researchers wrote in the Journal of Neuroscience Nursing.
Ultrasounds have been used to monitor pregnancies for decades, and while they are considered safe, some women are refusing them. "These are long conversations that you have to take the time to have, to make sure the family understands the provider's concerns and the benefits [of an ultrasound]," said certified nurse-midwife Shadman Habibi of UCLA Health.