A “Perfect” Case of Nurse Empowerment

Monday, September 17th, 2007
This post was written by Melanie Matthews

In this week’s Healthcare Business Weekly Update, a recent survey of nurses cautions that hospitals will be shy 340,000 RNs by 2020 if management and employee orientations don’t improve. Today’s 70 percent turnover in nursing can’t be good for continuity and quality of patient care — or a hospital’s quality ratings. When seeking to better patient outcomes and satisfaction, don’t underestimate the power of a satisfied and motivated workforce.

Case in point: Lenore Blank and Michele “Mickey” Gilbert — two nurse practitioners at Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC) who coordinate HUMC’s award-winning heart failure team. A model in continuity of care and nurse empowerment, the team has earned a berth on the Pursuing Perfection healthcare quality initiative from the Institute of Healthcare Improvement. Read about the power of their initiative in this week’s Worth Repeating.

If you’re inspired to hear more, click here to listen to an audio interview with Lenore Blank.

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