Smart Nursing: Nurse Retention & Patient Safety Improvement Strategies, Second Edition / Edition 2

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CE credit available through the No Dakota Nurses Association

Smoothly written and effectively blending hard facts and personal observations, the book is peppered with inspiring success stories about what works in terms of improving morale and the quality of nursing practice.
Sean Clarke, RN, PhD, CRNP
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

[Fabre's] not afraid to tackle the tough issues?.Implementing Smart Nursing concepts will result in energy enhancing experiences for your nurses and better care for your patients.
--Susan Keane Baker, MHA
Author, Managing Patient Expectations

Too many health care organizations are using short-term fixes to patient health care delivery problems. Patients, however, require long-term solutions that treat the whole person, not just their particular ailment. What the profession needs is Smart Nursing.

Smart Nursing provides practical guidance on patient care that every nurse, manager, and health care facility can use to restore patient safety, generate revenue, reduce nurse turnover, and stimulate realistic health care solutions.

In this new edition, Fabre presents the recently updated Smart Nursing model. This practical model uses seven basic elements to deliver improved results, improved patient care, and increased employee job satisfaction. These simple yet critical building blocks- caring, respect, simplicity, flexibility, integrity, communication, and professional culture-allow nurses to create a positive work environment, and provide holistic care to patients.
Special Features:

  • Provides practical, cost-effective solutions to business and management problems, such as strategies for improved staffing and retention
  • Includes guidance on leadership and mentoring, building high-performance teams, and accelerating professional development
  • Presents strategies and recommendations for developing strong relationships with staff for increased communication and efficiency
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826104649
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/15/2008
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

June Fabre, MBA, RNC, has worked as a clinical nurse, educator, and manager in many specialties such as medical surgical, psychiatry, home care, long-term care, ambulatory care, managed care, rehabilitation, and cardiology. She decided to turn the challenges of working as a nurse into an opportunity—to start a business focused on producing positive health care change. Ms. Fabre believes that nurses can create positive change by supplementing their comprehensive medical knowledge with communication and leadership techniques.

Ms. Fabre is an author, speaker, and consultant on various topics such as critical thinking, high-performance teams, and the art of creating a staff-friendly culture. As a result, she has spoken to audiences large and small all across the country. In addition, she has published more than 30 articles in popular health care journals. Ms. Fabre received her RN and BS in education from State University College, Plattsburgh, NY; a BSN from Excelsior College, Albany; and an MBA from Plymouth State College, Plymouth, NH.

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Table of Contents




Part I: Why Use Smart Nursing?


1: Relationships: The importance of a staff-friendly culture
(With contribution by Jeanette Ives Erickson)

2: Research: Show me the evidence

Part II: The Seven Core Values of Smart Nursing

3: Respect: Learn to value nursing
(With contribution by Kristin L. Gillen)

4: Simplicity: Focus on the basics

5: Flexibility: Be adaptable

6: Integrity: The foundation of ethical practice

7: Culture: The Art of Creating a staff-friendly Organization

8: Communication: A Key Ingredient of Collaboration
(With contribution by Beth Boynton)

9: Caring: The energy source of a compassionate staff

Part III: Applications of Smart Nursing

10: Staffing: Recruiting and Retaining the Best Nurses
(With contribution by Diana Halfer)

11: Teamwork: Building High-performance Teams
(With contribution by Beth Boynton)

12: Safety: Preventing Medical Errors
(With contribution by Patricia Byrnes Schmehl)

13: Diversity: The Magic is in the Staffing Mix

14: Leadership: Coaching and Mentoring Others
(With contribution by Linda Pullins)

15: Problem-solving Strategies: Creating Opportunities from Challenges

16: Benefits to Groups Outside Nursing: How CEOs, Physicians, Trustees, and Managed Care Professionals can help

Part IV: Looking to the Future

17: Becoming a Lifelong Learner: Accelerate your Professional Development
(With contribution from Susan Hoolahan and Jacqueline O'Brien)

18: What Individual Nurses can Do: How You Can Make a Difference

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