Nurses share their workplace beefs with Jimmy Kimmel

Last week on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," nurses shared some of their biggest gripes with the profession. Among the beefs shared on the show were having to wear scrubs (not winter-month friendly), feeding patients and seeing that same food in a different form a few hours later and when a patient’s family comes into the room and switches the TV station. A few of them are too gross to be mentioned in this blog (hint: “Code Brown”), but you can find all the gory details in the video clip here.

Five tips on recruiting in a challenged labor climate

As we’ve discussed ad nauseam in previous Nurse Watch columns, there is a predicted shortage of RNs in the profession that experts believe is only going to grow worse. The National Center for Healthcare Workforce Analysis pegs that shortage to be at about 300,000 by 2025. The website has a list of five ways that hospitals can bolster their recruiting in this challenged climate. Tips include strengthening your employer brand, conducting video interviews, speeding up the hiring process, and recruiting nurses across state and international borders.

Montana nursing schools loosen rules to speed up nurse production

Speaking of the nursing shortage, nursing schools in one state are looking to think differently by eliminating barriers to students' joining the RN workforce. Montana universities are planning to require fewer credits to graduate from their nursing schools, along with decreasing the amount of time students spend in school by one semester, the Billings Gazette reports. With those proposed changes, nursing students would be able to graduate 25 percent faster, save nearly $6,600 in schooling costs, and enter the workforce six months earlier, the newspaper writes. Officials in the state are considering those changes as an aging population is expected to strain the state’s health care workforce in the coming years.

Several recent honors for nurses across the country

A couple of big-name organizations in the field bestowed various honors on nurse all stars recently. Last Thursday, for one, the American Nurses Association announced the 11 recipients of its 2016 National Awards, honoring RNs who have made notable contributions to the profession. They included two inductees into the ANA Hall of Fame. Meanwhile, the National Patient Safety Foundation is awarding its annual DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses this week at its annual meeting. You can find the winners here. And finally, the American Organization of Nurse Executives recently bestowed its Distinguished Special Award for Nursing to Rep. Lois Capps, a retiring California Democrat who is one of five nurses in Congress. “Congresswoman Capps is a longtime champion of nursing,” AONE President Maureen Swick said in a statement. “She has spearheaded legislation to address the national nursing shortage and fund vital nursing workforce development programs. She is a true collaborator and respected leader in Congress. Her contributions to health care are numerous; she will be greatly missed.”

Rapid fire

Here are a few more items that caught our eyes this week, in brief:

  • Violent crime in hospitals has dropped dramatically according to a new study from the International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety.
  • OB-GYN residents are experiencing bullying and other ugliness in the workplace, according to survey results presented at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists' annual meeting.  
  • The National Council of State Boards of Nursing and National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers just released the results of their national nursing workforce survey. Among the findings: The nursing population is changing in its ethnic, racial and gender makeup, and the traditional work setting for RNs is shifting to outside the health care facility.