Walking more in unison

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality released a case study demonstrating the effectiveness of the government agency’s TeamSTEPPS patient safety program at Fairfield Medical Center in Lancaster, Ohio. Implementation of the program resulted in a 30 percent increase in employees’ ratings on level of mutual support and treatment with respect, according to AHRQ. The training also boosted employees' willingness to speak up. The ratings increased by 5 percent about feeling empowered to speak up when observing something that might negatively impact patient care, and by 14 percent on feeling able to question those in a position of higher authority about a patient's care, according to the case study. TeamSTEPPS is a system AHRQ develop with the Defense Department to improve communication and teamwork regarding health care and patient safety.

Boomer retirements loom

Twenty-seven percent of nurses said they were thinking more about retirement now that the economy has improved, according to a survey conducted by AMN Healthcare. An additional 12 percent of respondents said they were thinking about maybe retiring, according to more than 8,800 respondents included in the “2015 Survey of American Nurses.” Among nurses older than 54 years, 44 percent said they were thinking about retiring and another 18 percent said they were thinking about maybe retiring, which have major implications for the supply of nurses, according to the report. “The loss of older nurses to retirement and part-time work means a considerable overall loss in nursing supply, since older nurses make up a significant portion of the nursing workforce,” pointing to reports that more than half of working nurses are 50 or older, according to the report.

Nursing remorse

Nurses of all education levels voiced a lack of enthusiasm for their career choices in a survey conducted by Medscape. In it, 60 percent of advanced practice nurses would choose nursing as a career if they had to do it again, while 56 percent of RNs would and 48 percent of LPNs/LVNs. Medscape noted that those numbers are even lower than the 64 percent of physicians who said they would do it over again if they could, in a separate Medscape survey.