Smart Nursing: Nurse Retention & Patient Safety Improvement Strategies, Second Edition [NOOK Book]


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"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 ...

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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: 9780826104656
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/15/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 2
  • File size: 862 KB

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. For more information, you can reach Ms. Fabre at

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Table of Contents

1 Relationships: The Importance of a Staff-Friendly Culture June Fabre Fabre, June Jeanette Ives Erickson Erickson, Jeanette Ives 9

2 Research: Show Me the Evidence 21

3 Respect: Learn to Value Nursing June Fabre Fabre, June Kristin L. Gillen Gillen, Kristin L. 33

4 Simplicity: Focus on the Basics 43

5 Flexibility: Be Adaptable 49

6 Integrity: The Foundation of Ethical Practice 61

7 Culture: The Art of Creating a Staff-Friendly Organization 67

8 Communication: A Key Ingredient of Collaboration June Fabre Fabre, June Beth Boynton Boynton, Beth 75

9 Caring: The Energy Source of a Compassionate Staff 89

10 Staffing: Recruiting and Retaining the Best Nurses June Fabre Fabre, June Diana Halfer Halfer, Diana 97

11 Teamwork: Building High-Performance Teams June Fabre Fabre, June Beth Boynton Boynton, Beth 119

12 Safety: Preventing Medical Errors June Fabre Fabre, June Patricia Byrnes Schmehl Schmehl, Patricia Byrnes 129

13 Diversity: The Magic Is in the Staffing Mix 141

14 Leadership: Coaching and Mentoring Others June Fabre Fabre, June Linda Pullins Pullins, Linda 147

15 Problem-Solving Strategies: Creating Opportunities from Challenges 159

16 Benefits to Groups Outside Nursing: How CEOs, Physicians, Trustees, and Managed Care Professionals Can Help 171

17 Becoming a Lifelong Learner: Accelerate Your Professional Development June Fabre Fabre, June Susan Hoolahan Hoolahan, Susan Jacqueline O'Brien O'Brien, Jacqueline 185

18 What Individual Nurses Can Do: How You Can Make a Difference 195

Appendix 205

References 207

Index 211

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