CGHS Staff Nurse Recruitment 2017-18

CGHS Staff Nurse Recruitment 2017-18

Post Needed: ANM, Nursing Officer(Gr-I)
Eligibility Details for CGHS Recruitment 2017

Educational qualification: Aspirants must possess the Graduation degree in Allopathy or B.Sc Nursing or Diploma in ANM from recognized University.

Age Limit: Applicants age limit should be between 18 years to 30 years.

Selection Process: Candidates will be selected based on the written Exam and Interview.
Applying Process for CGHS Recruitment 2017

Eligible Aspirants must apply online through its official website www.cghspune.gov.in and fill the form carefully with All mandatory details of you then submit the form before the last date.

Important Dates:

Starting Date of Online application: 4th November 2017.

Last date for Online application: 4th December 2017.

Official Website cghspune.gov.in

Peace Corps Nursing Jobs: Vacancies for Nurses in Peace Corps

Peace Corps Nursing Jobs: Vacancies for Nurses in Peace Corps
About the organization

Community based non profit agency that offers services and programs to help people become socially self sufficient. This position is for the Nurse Family Partnership Program that helps low income, 1st time mothers and their babies.
Duties

Provide in home services to low income, 1st time mothers and their babies. Follow guidelines and model elements set by the nationally acclaimed Nurse Family Partnership Program. Services clients in both Fayette and Greene Counties in Southwestern Pennsylvania.
Qualifications

BSN preferred, ADN considered. Prior experience in maternal-child health, home visiting, pediatrics or mental health nursing.
Salary

based on experience, plus mileage for travel
Application instructions

Contact email: tknouse@fccaa.org

can also mail resume to: Director of Human Resources FCCAA/NFP 108 North Beeson Avenue Uniontown, PA 15401

Before responding to this announcement, please review the Terms of Use [PDF]. The Peace Corps is not able to confirm the legitimacy of all positions posted to this jobs board. If you believe an announcement has violated the Peace Corps Terms of Use, please contact rpcvcareerlink@peacecorps.gov.
Application Deadline
December 31, 2017
Equal Opportunity Employment

The posting employer has certified that this announcement complies with Peace Corps’ Equal Opportunity Employment policy:

The Peace Corps is committed to providing equal opportunity to all employees, Volunteers, and applicants for employment and volunteer service. Peace Corps policy prohibits discrimination and harassment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age (40 or over), disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, parental status, political affiliation, union membership, genetic information, or history of participation in the Equal Employment Opportunity process, grievance procedure, or any authorized complaint procedure.

Social Media Users React to Taiyesha F Baker Tweeter Racist Rant

Taiyesha F Baker

Social Media users have continued to react to antiwhite racist rant by Taiyesha F Baker.

Miss Taiyesha had earlier posted the following on her twitter page before deleting her account after heavy criticism from people:

“Every white woman raises a detriment to society when they raise a son. Someone with the HIGHEST propensity to be a terrorist, rapist, racist, killer, and domestic violence all star. Historically every son you had should be sacrificed to the wolves bitch”

Below are what social media users have to say on the incident:

Funny, not funny how she is all over the place. She is likely the most racist person I’ve ever come across and yet she hates racism. She even ranted about The Bachelorette who was black and chose a white fiance

Another user says:

She won’t lose her license over this. There are nurses out there stealing drugs from their patients and all they have to do is isnap.

I wonder if she realizes blacks make up 12.5% of the total population but also make up 60% of all violent crime (FBI stats). That is an overwhelming statistic. Before you start blaming the white man you might want to take a look at what is going on in you own neighborhood.

And it looks like she just graduated and got the job. She obviously didn’t realize how good of a job she has/had! Good luck getting a good job now that you made it to the news and your ignorant posts went viral!! That ish can never be erased dummy!!

Another user has this to say:

Why do people feel vindicated by an ignorant woman saying ignorant things. Like look a black person made an ignorant statement so that somehow justifies the discrimination of that group of people. Or her ignorant opinion represents the opinion of the entire black community? As a black woman it was an ignorant thing for her to say. She should be fired for it. But her ignorance doesn’t justify yours. Don’t be ignorant!

I really just want to know why she feels like this. My two white sons, who lay their lives on the line for the United States Air Force and YOU would be uphauled as i am and many people who have seen this. However, they would BOTH lay their young lives on the line to defend YOU at all cost. Just don’t understand what is happening to this world nowadays…WOW

If I had a white male son and she was the nurse I would ask them to not let her on the floor where my son was for fear of his safety. This person should not be around white children or black children or any child for that matter. Definitely should not be in nursing. How would she treat any white person in need. License should be revoked pending evaluation by a psychiatrist!

We will bring you update on this development.

Indianapolis Nurse, Taiyesha F. Baker Under Fire For Racist Rant on Twitter

Taiyesha F. Baker

An Indianapolis Nurse Taiyesha F Baker working with IU Health is under fire for her racist post on twitter.

Miss Taiyesha F. Baker who appears to be a newly Registered Nurse took to her twitter to post this:

“Every white woman raises a detriment to society when they raise a son. Someone with the HIGHEST propensity to be a terrorist, rapist, racist, killer, and domestic violence all star. Historically every son you had should be sacrificed to the wolves bitch” .

antiwhite,racist nurse

Haven realized the gravity of her tweet after social media users bombarded her twitter handle, she immediately deleted her account.

However, social media users were able to pull the following rants from her twitter page before her account was deleted.

racist nurse, white racist

IU Health has however reacted to the post. The institution on Saturday posted this:

“IU Health is aware of several troubling posts on social media which appear to be from a recently hired IU Health employee. Our HR department continues to investigate the situation and the authenticity of the posts. During the investigation, that employee (who does not work at Riley Hospital for Children) will have no access to patient care.”

We shall bring you latest development on this issue

KMTC Admission Portal Guide: Step by Step Online Application Guide

KMTC Admission Portal Guide: Step by Step Online Application Guide

Requirements for creating a new account
a) Use valid personal email address.
If you don’t have an email address you can easily create one before you continue with the application process.
1. Visit KMTC Website i.e. www.kmtc.ac.ke
2. Click on application portal on the top right side of the website.
3. If you do not have an account, click Register in the form provided and fill in your details as required then submit.
You’ll be redirected into a personal details form which you fill and submit.
4. If you have an account, click Login and input your email address and password.
5. You will be directed to Dashboard.
6. Pay 2,022 to pay bill number 964150 and enter NATIONAL ID NUMBER/BIRTH CERTIFICATE NO.(The one used when entering your bio data- you can find it by clicking Bio data→ my information) as account number
7. On the left sidebar of the Dashboard, Click Application then click Apply.
8. Fill in your KCSE subject scores correctly and click submit.
9. You’ll be redirected to uploads section. You’re required to upload 4 documents
i. KCSE Certificate or Results Slip(2015 candidates only)
ii. Leaving Cerificate
iii. National ID or Birth Certificate front page
iv. National Id or Birth Certificate Back Page
10. You’ll be redirected to My Uploads Page. Here You’ll review your uploads and make changes if need be.
11. Click Submit to Submit your uploads. Once you submit uploads you can no longer change them.
12. Click Next:proceed to make application
13. Select level (Certificate or Diploma) and click search.
14. Select course and preferred campus you will be redirected to choice 2
15. If you want to apply for choice 2, select course and preferred campus or click skip option to skip choice 2
16. you’ll be redirected to My Application Page, where you’ll review your applications. You’re presented with 2 option in action column of the table Submit or Reject. Click Submit button to submit application or reject to delete application and restart application. This page can also accessed form Application→Submit Application
17. On submission You’ll receive confirmation.

KMTC HELPLINES –
0736993813, 0736212060, 0723000429, 0723004569, 0723004516
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D I R E C T O R

For list of courses and application requirements for March 2018 intake check
KMTC 2017/2018 Intake for March 2018

Kenya Medical Training College Application Form March 2018 (Parallel)

Kenya Medical Training College Application Form

The Kenya Medical Training College invites applications from qualified candidates for admission into Medical Courses for the academic year 2017/2018 as PRE-SERVICE in her campuses situated in different parts of the country. The successful PRE-SERVICE students will join the college in March 2018. Applications will be made ONLINE with an application fee of Ksh. 2022 payable via MPESA pay bill No. 964150 following the procedure outlined in the KMTC website (www.kmtc.ac.ke).

Applications online will be open between Tuesday 14th November 2017 to Sunday January 14th 2018.
In case you need any assistance with the online application process please call any of the following numbers 0736993813, 0736212060, 0723000429, 0723004569, 0723004516. You can also get help on the online application process from the nearest KMTC campus.

For certificate courses in all programs check KMTC 2017/2018 Intake for March 2018

PRE-SERVICE PARALLEL CATEGORY COURSES,ENTRY REQUIREMENTS AND CAMPUSES

1 Diploma in Community Health Nursing

Requirements
C in English or Kiswahili and Biology/Biological Sciences.
C- in any one of the following: Chemistry or Physics/Physical Science or Mathematics

Campuses
Bomet, Bondo, Bungoma.Busia, Chuka., Eldoret, Embu, Garissa, Gatundu, Homabayn Kabarnet, Kakamega, Kapkatet, Kapenguria, Kilifi, Kisii,Kisumu, Kitale, Kitui, L. Victoria, Makindu, Makueni, Machakos, Meru,Mombasa, Msambweni, Muranga, Mwingi, Nairobi, Nakuru, Nyamira,Nyeri, Port reitz,Siaya, Thika,Vihiga, Webuye

2 Diploma in Pharmacy

Requirements:

C in English or Kiswahili and Chemistry or Physical Science and Biology or Biological Science
C in any one of the following: – Physics or Mathematics

Campuses
Nairobi, Manza, Kisumu, Nyeri and Mombasa

3 Certificate in Community Health Nursing

Requirements:
C- in English or Kiswahili and Biology/Biological Sciences
D+ in any one of the following: – Chemistry or Physics/Physical Science or Mathematics

Campuses
Kabernet, Lodwar, Garrissa Wajir

4 Certificate in Health Records and Information Technology

Requirement:
C- in English or Kiswahili and D+ in Biology/Biological Sciences
D+ in any one of the following: Mathematics,Physics, Physical Science, Chemistry, General
Science, Computer Studies , Agriculture ,Home Science

Campuses
Nairobi ( Evening/Part time

UPGRADING COURSES (FROM CERTIFICATE TO DIPLOMA QUALIFICATIONS)

1 Diploma in Community Health Nursing

Requirements
Certificate in Community Health Nursing (KECN),
Two years working experience

Duration
18 Months March 2018 Nairobi(Full Time)

2 Diploma in Community Health Nursing (Distance Learning)

Requirement
Certificate in Community Health Nursing (KECN)
Two years working experience

Duration
2 Years March/September 2018 depending on campus

Campuses
Kisii, Meru, Garissa, Muranga, Embu, Kisumu, Mombasa, Nakuru, Kitale, Kapkatet

3 Diploma in Environmental Health Sciences

Requirements:
Certificate in Environmental health Sciences.
Two years working experience

Duration
2 years September 2018 Karuri (Full Time)

4 Diploma in Medical Laboratory Sciences

Requirements
Certificate in Medical Laboratory Sciences.
Registration by the KMLTTB

Duration
2 years September 2018 Lake Victoria- Full Time

5 Diploma Medical Engineering

Requirements
Certificate in Medical Engineering.

Duration
2 years March/September 2018 depending on campus

Campuses
Eldoret – (March 2018) Part Time
Nairobi-(Sept 2018) Part Time

6 Diploma in Nutrition and Dietetics

Requirements:
Certificate in Community Nutrition.
Two years working experience.

Duration
2 years March/September 2018 depending on campus

Campuses
March,- Lodwar Nairobi Homa Bay
September- Karen

7 Diploma in Health Records and Information

Requirements:
Certificate in Health Records and Information

Duration
2 years March 2018

Campuses
Full time Kitui, Muranga, Siaya, Msambweni, Bondo
Evening/Part time and ELearning- Nairobi

8 Diploma in Orthopeadics and Trauma Medicine

Requirements:
Certificate in Orthopaedic Plaster Technology

Duration
2 years March 2018 Nairobi

For certificate courses in all programs check
Application Guide

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KMTC Application Online: KMTC 2017/2018 Intake for March 2018

KMTC Application Online

The Kenya Medical Training College invites applications from qualified candidates for admission into Medical Courses for the academic year 2017/2018 as PRE-SERVICE in her campuses situated in different parts of the country. The successful PRE-SERVICE students will join the college in March 2018. Applications will be made ONLINE with an application fee of Ksh. 2022 payable via MPESA pay bill No. 964150 following the procedure outlined in the KMTC website (www.kmtc.ac.ke).

Applications online will be open between Tuesday 14th November 2017 to Sunday January 14th 2018. In case you need any assistance with the online application process please call any of the following numbers 0736993813, 0736212060, 0723000429, 0723004569, 0723004516. You can also get help on the online application process from the nearest KMTC campus. “

Course duration: Certificate Courses: 2 Years except for Community Health Nursing which takes 2 1/2 years
Course duration: Diploma Courses: 3 Years except for Community Health Nursing which takes 3 1/2 years
• Mean Grade of C (Plain) and above for Diploma Courses and Mean Grade of C- (Minus) and above for Certificate courses


For Parallel courses and Upgrading to Diploma check
Kenya Medical Training College Application form for March 2018

PRE-SERVICE REGULAR KMTC Application Online
Courses, Requirements and Campuses

1 Diploma in Nutrition & Dietetics

Requirements:

C in English or Kiswahili and Biology/Biological Sciences
D+ in Chemistry/Physical Sciences
D+ in any one of the following: Home Science, Agriculture,
Mathematics, Physics, General Science

Campuses
Karen, Nyandarua, Thika, Nakuru, Homa Bay

2 Diploma in Health Records and Information Technology

Requirements:
C in English or Kiswahili and Mathematics
C- in Biology/Biological Sciences
C- in any one of the following: Physics/Physical Science,
Chemistry, computer studies

Campuses
Nakuru and Isiolo

3 Diploma in Registered Nursing, Mental Health & Psychiatry

Requirements
C in English or Kiswahili and Biology/Biological Sciences.
C- in any one of the following: Chemistry or Physics/Physical Science or Mathematics

Campuses
Muranga and Mathare

4 Diploma in Medical Laboratory Sciences

Requirements
C in English or Kiswahili and Biology/Biological Sciences and Chemistry/Physical Sciences
C in any one of the following: – Physics/Physical Sciences, Mathematics

Campuses
Nairobi and Nakuru

5 Diploma in Occupational Therapy

Requirements
C in English or Kiswahili and Biology/Biological Sciences
C- in any two of the following: – Physics, Physical Science,
Chemistry, Mathematics, Agriculture, Home Science

Campus

Nairobi

6 Diploma in Orthopaedic Technology

Requirements
C in English or Kiswahili and Biology and Physics/Physical Science or Mathematics
C- in any one of the following: – Physics/Physical Science, Mathematics, Chemistry, Woodwork, Metal Work, Technical Drawing.

Campus
Nairobi

7 Diploma in Physiotherapy

Requirements

C in English or Kiswahili and Biology and Mathematics or Physics/Physical Science
C- in any one of the following: -Chemistry , Physics/Physical Science or Mathematics

Campuses

Nairobi, PortReiz, Nakuru and Homabay

9 Diploma in Medical Engineering

Requirements:
C in English or Kiswahili and Mathematics and Physics/Physical Sciences
C- in any one of the following: – Biology/Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Electricity, Metal Work, Technical Drawing

Campus
Nairobi

10 Diploma in Environmental Health Sciences

Requirements:

C in English or Kiswahili and Biology/Biological Sciences
C- in Mathematics and any one of the following: Physics/Physical Science, Chemistry

Campuses

Nairobi and Kabernet

11 Diploma in Dental Technology

Requirements
C in English or Kiswahili and Physics/Physical Science or Chemistry
C- Biology/Biological Sciences and in any one of the following: Metal Work, Physics, Physical Science, Chemistry, Mathematics

Campus
Nairobi

12 Diploma in Orthopedic & Trauma Medicine

Requirements
C in English or Kiswahili, C in Biology/Biological Sciences and Mathematics or Physics/Physical Sciences
C- in any one of the following: Physics/Physical Science, Chemistry, Mathematics, Home Science, Agriculture.

Campus
Nairobi

13 Diploma in Health Promotion

Requirements:

C in English or Kiswahili and Biology/Biological Sciences
C- in any one of the following: Mathematics, Physics/Physical Science, Chemistry

Campuses
Nairobi, Lodwar, Rachuonyo and Lugari

14 Diploma in Medical Social Work

Requirements:
C in English or Kiswahili and Biology/Biological Sciences.
C- in any two of the following: Chemistry or Physics/Physical Science or Mathematics, Home Science, Agriculture

Campus
Karuri

15 Certificate in Health Records and Information Technology

Requirements:
C- in English or Kiswahili and D+ in Biology/ Biological Sciences
D+ in any one of the following: Mathematics, Physics, Physical Science, Chemistry, General Science, Computer Studies , Agriculture ,Home Science

Campuses

Mombasa, Siaya, Chwele,

16 Certificate in Nutrition & Dietetics

Requirements:
C- in English or Kiswahili and Biology /Biological Sciences
D in Chemistry / Physical Science
D in any one of the following: Home Science, Physics, Agriculture, Mathematics, General Science

Campuses

Makueni, Kabernet, Karen, Rera and Thika

17 Certificate in Medical Engineering

Requirements:
C- In English or Kiswahili, D in Mathematics and D in Physics/Physical Sciences. or Chemistry
D in any one of the following: – Chemistry, Biology, Biological Science, Electricity, Metal Work, Technical Drawing.

Campus
Meru

18 Certificate in Orthopaedic Plaster Technology

Requirements:
C- In English or Kiswahili, and C- in Biology/ Biological Sciences
D+ in Mathematics and in any one of the following:, Physics/Physical Science, Chemistry, Woodwork, Metal work, Technical Drawing, Home Science, Agriculture

Campuses
Machakos, Chuka, Makindu

19 Certificate in Environmental Health Sciences

Requirements
C- in English or Kiswahili
C- in Biology/Biological Sciences and D in Mathematics
D in any two of the following: Home Science, Physics,
Chemistry, Agriculture, Building Construction, Technical
Drawing, Electricity and Wood Work

Campuses
Kwale, Karuri, Lake Victoria

For Parallel courses and Upgrading to Diploma check
Kenya Medical Training College Application form for March 2018

For Step-by-Step Guide on how to apply check Application Guide

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What Makes a Good Nurse Manager?

What Makes a Good Nurse Manager

Who is a Nurse manager?

A Nurse manager directs and coordinates a team of Nurses in a medical facility. These managers typically focus on Nurse recruitment and retention, as well as supervise a team of nurses on a daily basis.

The supervisory role means that Nurse managers are responsible for everything concerning the nursing unit, including resources, personnel, patient care problems and budgetary issues.

At times, a Nurse manager collaborates with doctors regarding patient care and treatment, while also bridging the communication gap between a patient’s family and his or her doctor.

Additionally, a Nurse manager represents the team of nurses and communicates the team’s ideas, concerns and needs to hospital management.

Roles/responsibilities of a nurse manager

Nurse managers are expected to recruit, mentor and appraise performance; develop new nurse orientation; maintain a healthy work environment; and monitor and improve patient care.

A nurse manager also functions as the representative of Nurses and often is expected to talk to the top management on behalf of the nurses they lead.

Moreover, Nurse managers are expected to establish and ensure proper inventory of medical supplies and equipment, ensure a healthy and safe working environment, stay constantly updated on patients’ health status and incorporate fresh and proven health care practices for improving patient care.

Top skills needed for effective nurse managers

A Nurse manager is someone who often has a multifaceted knowledge of his or her field. This expertise is why Nurse managers are often in charge of planning, interacting with patients and families, and managing nurses, as well as a host of other responsibilities over the course of their day.

These managers also are adept at working against a strict deadline. Thanks to this
all – encompassing skill set, Nurse managers are not just restricted to the medical industry but also can serve other sectors.

If you’re keen on being a competent Nurse manager, ensure you have the following set of skills:

Communication

Nurse managers know how to effectively communicate with their staff and patients in addition to the doctors and administrators with whom they work closely.

They are expected to be liaisons between the management and nursing teams while ensuring their patients feel comfortable.

Team Player

Nurse managers are accustomed to the dynamics of a team and know how to successfully support them — even in times of conflict. In order to ensure their team is operating effectively, managers also must work to create a sense of trust and togetherness amongst their nurses and staff.

By creating a maintainable bond of trust and coordination, nurses and staff will be far more likely to work without conflict.

Positive Attitude

The medical industry is no stranger to tense and stressful job situations. At such times, a Nurse manager offers support and strength to team members, if needed.

Leadership

Nurse managers know how to lead a team of professionals with confidence and decisiveness, especially in times of high stress and tight deadlines.

Mentoring

A Nurse manager is willing to mentor Nurses whenever possible. Because mentoring plays an essential role in a nursing team’s growth, it is important for managers to guide their team to strive for leadership roles.

If another Nurse takes an interest in a Nurse management role, current managers have the extraordinary opportunity to take those Nurses under their wings to teach them how to successfully move up and manage a group of health care professionals.

Because a Nurse manager is not much different from a business leader, it is important for current or aspiring Nurse managers to acquire these necessary skills in addition to their medical training in order to thrive in their career.

Enjoy a beautiful night rest colleagues.

By Lateef Yusuf Mary

Procedure of Bed Making: Hospital Bed Making Steps

Procedure of Bed Making: Hospital Bed Making Steps

The bed is the most important and essential piece of furniture in the ward. It is the most noticeable to one entering the ward and is the one which, perhaps, concerns the patient most, and upon which his comfort largely depends, as he spends most of his time in it. It also perhaps concerns the nurse most, as the greatest part of her work is around, and with the bed. Its appearance can make or mar the whole appearance of the ward. The manner in which it is made can make or mar the patient’s comfort, and therefore hasten or delay his recovery.

The standard hospital bed is a single bed, six feet and six inches long, three feet wide, and twenty-six inches from the floor, made of steel or enameled iron tubing which does not harbor bedbugs. It is simple, free from decoration, knobs or angles, light, easily moved, convenient to handle, easily cleansed and disinfected, an possesses strength and durability. The height and size while not always comfortable to the patient are convenient to the nurse and doctor in the care of the patient. The castors are made of hard rubber or hard rubber tire, and are an important factor in moving the bed without jarring the patient. The springs are usually the national or woven wire which are the most durable and sanitary.

unoccupied bed making procedure

Why are Nurses Important: What Would A Hospital Be Without Its Nurses?

Why are Nurses Important?

What would a hospital be without its nurses? Not only are they responsible for a patient’s medical wellbeing, they are also round-the-clock caregivers that attend to the mental and emotional health of their patients, and those patients’ family members as well. You can ask almost anyone, and they will tell you about especially attentive nurses who went above and beyond to make their hospital stay a million times better. Now, a new study shows something most patients already know: nurses are essential to the success of a hospital. Without them, patients suffer.

Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania, knowing that nurses could make or break a hospital, sought to study what kind of effects a bigger, happier nursing staff had on the proceedings of a hospital. In order to do this, they looked to the Kaiser Permanente health care system, a health network present in eight states that integrates hospitals, insurance, and doctors’ offices into one system. Kaiser is known to be an exemplary health care organization that many other hospitals have tried to replicate, but with little success. Researchers believe this is most likely due to one key difference: its nurses.

When conducting their study, researchers from UPenn looked at 550 hospitals in California, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Florida, including 25 Kaiser Permanente hospitals in California and 56 Magnet hospitals. Magnet hospitals are also known as exemplary health care systems, recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a great place for nurses to work.

Researchers then administered a survey to nurses, asking them about their work environment, level of education, job satisfaction, and the typical number of patients they see each day. In addition to this, they checked mortality data from each hospital.

“It turns out that, by and large, nursing differences accounted for much of the mortality difference that we saw in Kaiser Permanente hospitals,” Matthew McHugh, a registered nurse and professor at UPenn’s School of Nursing told Yahoo.

Interestingly enough, mortality rates decreased by as much as 20 percent in Kaiser and Magnet hospitals compared to their opponents, and the nursing staff made for “a sizeable portion of the advantage,” the study said.

“It turns out that these differences we see in nursing, in terms of work environment, staffing levels, investment in nursing around a highly educated workforce, those things translate to better outcomes,” McHugh said.

McHugh and his team found that there were a few differences that accounted for this result. The first was that nurses who claimed they enjoyed their work environments were also better at taking care of patients. “We find that places where nurses have a good experience working are places where nurses are better able to do their jobs,” McHugh said. “They’re more autonomous, they’re supported by management, and they’re integrated into hospital decision making.”

Empowering nurses is also essential to creating a better working environment; nurses need to be taken seriously, and feel comfortable telling a physician when something is being handled incorrectly. If nurses are also given the opportunity to make more decisions, patients can receive faster and higher quality care. A study published last year in the Journal of Nursing Administration found that when nurses have more authority within their units, those units report having more effective patient care.

Another way to empower nurses is to show a willingness to make tangible changes that will make their jobs easier. For instance, during the nursing shortage of the early 2000s, Kaiser Permanente worked to make its hospitals cater to the needs of its nursing staff. After investing in research efforts regarding nursing, Kaiser found in studies conducted in both 2005 and 2006 that nurses spent 35 percent of their time documenting patient records. In order to reduce this, Kaiser switched to an electronics-based system for medical records in 2005. It also found that nurses spent a fair amount of time searching for equipment and information, like whether or not a patient’s medication was ready. So it responded by giving nurses electronic notifications for when medications are ready for pick-up.

“We wanted to make sure that we were a place that nurses wanted to work,” said registered nurse Marilyn Chow, vice president of Patient Care Services and Innovation for Kaiser Permanente. “If you have nurses who are happy and joyful at work, they will definitely pass that on and be caring and compassionate.”

Researchers also found that Kaiser and Magnet hospitals were hiring more nurses with Bachelor’s degrees. According to Chow, the nursing field is more complex and demanding than it ever has been before. “The role is not only surveillance, but facilitating and coordinating the care, and not just for one patient, but for four to five patients,” Chow said. “There are so many things to take care of.”

Chow and McHugh also noted that many patients are arriving at hospitals in worse conditions, but leaving hospitals more quickly. Because the length of their stay is shortened, there is more pressure on nurses to spend enough time with patients and their families in order to teach them how to care for themselves when they arrive home.

“Hospitals are very complex, and integrating all of that information requires a certain set of skills and requires you have a pool of knowledge within the overall nursing staff,” McHugh said. When nurses were less educated, the study noted, there were more mistakes being made.

Finally, the study found that the more nurses there are, the better. Kaiser Permanente hospitals are known to have four patients for every one nurse, while non-Magnet hospitals have about a five to one ratio. Quite simply, when there are more nurses, there are more people to care for patients, and those patients receive more personalized, specified attention.

“Nurses are at the bedside and are working with all the other providers,” McHugh explained. “They’re the essential person for monitoring patient condition, and if something bad does happen, intervening and mobilizing the intervention response.”

So, when it comes down to it, a happy hospital means happy nurses. Nurses have always been the lifeblood of hospitals; now, there’s just a study to prove it.

Source: McHugh M, Aiken L, Burns L, et al. Achieving Kaiser Permanente quality. Healthcare Manage Rev. 2015.

Read E, Laschinger H, Finegan J, et al. The influence of nursing unit empowerment and social capital on unit effectiveness and nurse perceptions of patient care quality. Journal of Nursing Administration. 2015.