Be Prepared! It’s Flu Season!

Fall is here and we must be mindful not only of COVID-19, but the flu as well. This year’s flu season is expected to be a bit different, as our patients may find it harder to determine if they are having symptoms of the flu or COVID-19.

HIPAA- Patient Confidentiality

By Jenny Palmgren, BSN, RN, Clinical Nurse Manager, MSSI Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) went into effect in 1996 to protect health information (PHI) and medical records. PHI breaches can occur with electronic documents, paper documents, and spoken conversations.  Research shows breaches have occurred while caregivers are completing handoff outside of patient’s rooms.  Read more…

Influenza Prevention

It is that time again – flu season is upon us! Every year in the United States, between 9.3 million and 49 million cases of the flu arise, resulting in nearly 140,000 – 960,000 hospitalizations and 12,000 – 79,000 deaths annually. Influenza can happen to any of us, but as healthcare providers who are in direct contact with vulnerable patients every day, we have a duty to keep our patients safe.  

Silos in Healthcare

Think of the last time you sat in a meeting with your coworkers. Did you look around and wonder what they all do in their departments? In healthcare, we fall victim to this all the time as we tend to ask only the staff on our unit of their previous experiences, when indeed it is best to reach out to other units and individuals that may have more experience.

Managing Up in Healthcare

By speaking highly of all your partners in healthcare it allows your patients to feel comfortable and safe by knowing they are going to be in good hands. Who wants to hear that they will have to wait because that department is “always behind” or that they have to see “that” doctor? These types of comments can cause someone to instantly feel insecure about their appointment.

Avoiding Burnout

By Jenny Palmgren, BSN, RN, Clinical Nurse Manager, MSSI How often do you work your shift and think to yourself, have I gone to the bathroom today? Have I had anything to eat or drink today? Have I had a minute to sit down and take a break? We have all been there, exhausted to Read more…

Lateral Violence in Healthcare

Lateral Violence in Healthcare

By Jenny Palmgren, BSN, RN, Clinical Nurse Manager, MSSI Every day, nurses are suffering from lateral violence (otherwise known as workplace bullying), which is leading to lower productivity, compromised patient care, and the ever-increasing nursing shortages across the country. Perhaps it is a form of hierarchy, control, or lack of confidence from the staff who Read more…

Let’s Celebrate!

Every year we celebrate National Nurses Week from May 6th – 12th with National Nurses Day being the 6th. Did you know that this special week ends every year on May 12th as that was Florence Nightingale’s birthday? I have been an RN since 2005 and I had not realized that. I guess the saying is correct, “You learn something new every day.”

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