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Charge Nurses as Mentors: How CNOs Can Encourage a Culture of Learning

The case for mentoring in Nursing The Future of Nursing 2020-2030 (2021) report identifies mentoring as critical in transitioning to a more equitable healthcare system stating that “new and established nurse leaders – at all levels and in all settings – are needed to lead change” (National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, [NAM] 2021, […]

How Can Nurse Leaders Support the Next Generation in 2024?

Thirty five percent of nurses are novices. Young nurses can become frustrated when they’re not ready to work in some clinical settings if there are additional stressors. An unpleasant workplace, especially as a newer nurse, may lead to overall dissatisfaction, low team morale, and increased turnover.   With continuing unprecedented retirements and healthcare landscape change,…

An Updated Model for Frontline Nursing Leadership

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This blog article is a summary of a session at AONL 2023 entitled “You may be on to something:” An Updated Model for Frontline Nursing Leadership. This was given by nurse leaders at Inova Health System. At AONL 2023, several visitors to the Catalyst Learning booth talked to us about this session and noted its relevance…

2023 Trends for Nursing Learning & Development Efforts

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What are nursing educators, instructors, and enterprise L&D leaders thinking as we head into 2023? In this article, Catalyst Learning reflects on well-cited nursing trends (staffing shortages, informatics, retention, need for leadership pipelines, etc.) and what we hear on-the-ground from nurse educators to understand and describe four priorities for NLD efforts in 2023. CNOs/Educators Think…

Oregon Surgery Center Adds Charge Nurse Role to Enhance Unit Leadership

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Bend Surgery Center (BSC) is a freestanding ambulatory surgery center in Central Oregon, the first and largest in the area. It performs 13,000+ cases annually and enjoys high JCAHO approval rates; 99% of patients cite being satisfied and would recommend BSC to others. BSC’s mission is to provide a safe, comfortable, and healthy patient-focused environment.…

The Cost of Nurse Retention Vs. Turnover

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As the healthcare system in the U.S. struggles with a shortage of nurses and clinical support occupations, administrators are burdened with the impact this has on patient safety, public health, and the financial costs of employee turnover. The cost of turnover, particularly in the field of nursing, is growing and the number of nurses currently…

Alternative Care Models in Midst of a Nursing Shortage

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A combination of patient surges in 2020-2022 and nursing shortages have forced healthcare organizations to pursue new strategies for care delivery, or alternative care models. Pre-pandemic care models are stretching thin during a nurse shortage, so many U.S. health systems are rethinking their labor resources. Health systems are deploying alternative care models to address a…

Charge Nurses Are Also “Chief Retention Officers”

Organizational loyalty is cemented through relationships with supervisors and managers, but don’t overlook the importance of the Charge RN role to nurse loyalty and retention.  Turnover studies show that more often than leaving an employer, staff leave their first-level supervisor. Charge Nurses play a role in onboarding, coaching, patient experience and safety, and nurse retention. …

Nurse Managers and ANM’s: Key Players in Saving the Country. Pandemic Reflections

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Nurse Managers and Assistant Nurse Managers in U.S. health systems have many things demanding their attention each day. And that is during “normal” times! The 2020-2021 pandemic created more challenges for managers in care delivery organizations. Nurse Managers were tasked with securing medical equipment, turning units into COVID-19 care areas, short staffing, and providing emotional…