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Category Archives: Author: Nanne Finis

Who’s Looking Out For Nurses?

I used to be a detectiveWith National Nurses Week coming up (May 6-12, 2015), it’s a good time to remember the old adage that working smarter trumps working longer or harder.

Studies have shown that 17 hours of sustained wakefulness is equivalent to a blood alcohol level of 0.05% and that after 24 hours, it is equivalent to 0.10%.  (You may be interested in: The Joint Commission Sentinel Event Alert Issue 48: Health care worker fatigue and patient safety.) » Continue reading

Categories: Author: Nanne Finis, National Nurses Week

Listening is a Big Part of Patient Safety Too

National Patient SafetyTwo weeks ago, in the middle of another Chicago snowstorm, a surprise phone call reminded me that patient safety is more than a checklist.

A college friend  said her dad was on a ventilator in a community hospital 100 miles away.  He feared he would die unless he was transferred to a Chicago hospital and the family had no idea how to do that. » Continue reading

Categories: Author: Nanne Finis, Patient Safety, Transfer / Referral Center

Opportunities in Nursing IT Keep Growing

Opportunities in Nursing ITAs healthcare becomes increasingly more digitized, opportunities for nurses continue to grow.

Nursing informatics specialists are constantly being pulled into initiatives that deal with new regulations and new technologies, and their contributions are being recognized.

The 2014 Nursing Informatics Workforce Study shows steady increases in annual salary and the number of information technology-related post-graduate degrees.

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Categories: Author: Nanne Finis, Future of Healthcare

TeleTracking Offering Protects Against 2-Midnight Rule

2-Midnight RuleRecent buzz suggests that the 2-Midnight Rule may be replaced with a “kinder, gentler” short-stay payment model. But long-time Medicare watchers say, “don’t bet on it.” Even though the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is asking for input on a short stay payment structure, there’s no guarantee that the controversial rule will go away anytime soon…if ever.

The 2-Midnight Rule is intended to reduce the admission of Medicare patients who could be treated on an outpatient basis. The rule aims to limit the growth in extended observation stays at hospitals, which have skyrocketed in recent years.

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Categories: Author: Nanne Finis, Future of Healthcare, Patient Flow

Insights on Establishing Patient Flow Goals: The Baseline

Patient Flow Goals:  The BaselineHow can you know how far you’ve come if you don’t know where you started?

The fact is that you can’t.

Yet many hospital productivity initiatives get underway without establishing the status quo. Patient flow is a good example.

Homegrown programs always start with very good intentions, but often very little in the way of measuring improvement. And if you don’t know where you are, how can you establish a goal and a realistic timeframe for reaching that goal?

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Categories: Author: Nanne Finis, Patient Flow

National Nurses Week 2014: Honoring ‘Nurses Leading the Way’

Florence NightingaleNational Nurses Week begins each year on May 6th and ends on May 12th, Florence Nightingale’s birthday.  Florence Nightingale, a nurse, spent her night rounds giving personal care to the wounded, establishing her image as the ‘Lady with the Lamp.’  Florence Nightingale was born in Florence, Italy, on May 12, 1820.  During the Crimean War, she and a team of nurses improved the unsanitary conditions at a British base hospital, reducing the death count by two-thirds.  Her writings sparked worldwide health care reform.  In 1860 she established St. Thomas’ Hospital and the Nightingale Training School for Nurses. Although she died August 13, 1910, in London, her legacy continues.

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Categories: Author: Nanne Finis, National Nurses Week, Nurses Week

TeleTracking and The Joint Commission’s Patient Flow Requirements

tjc-patient-flow-requirementsTeleTracking’s Real-Time Capacity Management solutions support compliance with The Joint Commission’s Patient Flow Requirements.

The Joint Commission (TJC) recently presented the 2013 Standards and Requirements and defined its position on emergency department patient boarding.

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Categories: Author: Nanne Finis, Overcrowding, Patient Flow

Culture Shift to Hospital Automation is Well Worth the Process

Hospital-culture-shift-to-automation-software (250x136)Managing hospital capacity – through automation – is now a strategic initiative for many healthcare institutions because it’s one of the fastest ways to reduce cost, generate income and maintain quality of care.

Embracing such automation is a big cultural and behavioral change.  For example, centralized patient placement gives a hospital visibility into its entire operation. Someone with a bird’s eye view can make decisions on an enterprise scale, and prioritize patient placements based on needs.

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Categories: Author: Nanne Finis, Real-Time Capacity Management

‘Human Factor’ Critical in Any Successful Hospital Efficiency Program

Taylorism-patient-flow-hospital-efficiencyOne of the first “efficiency” experts was Frederick Winslow Taylor, the father of Scientific Management, otherwise known as “Taylorism.” It was one of the earliest attempts to apply science to process design.

Its peak influence came in the early 1900s, and many of its seminal concepts are still in play today. These include analysis and synthesis of workflow, improvement measurement, standardization of best practices and the elimination of waste.

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Categories: Author: Nanne Finis