Compassion Satisfaction or Compassion Fatigue

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

Patients and families desire compassionate care from healthcare providers. In today’s healthcare environment, challenges exist for all providers, including nurses, with balancing the delivery of consistent, compassionate care and maintaining a professional quality of life (QOL) that incorporates overall wellness and a healthy work environment. Professional QOL incorporates positive and negative aspects. An important positive aspect is compassion satisfaction (CS) …

Cooling Vests

Angie Szumlinski Featured, Studies

Researchers from the Radboud University Medical Center in the Netherlands have trialed cooling vests, originally designed for elite athletes, in nursing staff working long shifts in COVID19 wards wearing full personal protective equipment (PPE). The study found that among 386 healthcare workers involved in COVID-19 care, a high prevalence of: Thermal discomfort (77%), Excessive sweating (64%), Thirst/dehydration (81%), Headache (57%) …

Community COVID-19 Activity Level

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

JAMDA published a recent study that assessed whether using coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) community activity levels can accurately inform strategies for routine testing of facility staff for active severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection. Of the staff tested, 28% were certified nursing assistants (CNAs) who accounted for 36.9% of all staff testing positive. Similarly, licensed practice nurses (LPNs) …

Work to Feed Your Family

Angie Szumlinski Featured, Health

A team of researchers from UCLA and Yale University decided to examine the people who continued to enter nursing homes during the beginning of the coronavirus in March 2020, the employees! Keith Chen, a behavioral economist and UCLA professor said the key question is this: “The people who, we can infer, work in this nursing home, what other nursing homes …

Communicate Openly

Angie Szumlinski Health, Training

During this pandemic and beyond, we see that the stress put on our caregivers and staff has increased dramatically. We have added new policies, revised existing policies, and required staff to take on additional documentation and tasks throughout their shift. All of these changes can and have proven to increase their level of stress. As a leader, are you aware …

More Studies!

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

In an article published in BMJ Thorax online, September 11, 2020, results indicate that seroprevalence among hospital workers may vary by job and by ethnicity. “All health care workers in the hospital are at increased risk of COVID-19 infection, not just those that are patient-facing, and all health care workers should closely follow advice and training on social distancing, handwashing …

Spare Change?

Angie Szumlinski Studies, Training

How well do you understand your nurse turnover rate? Seriously, are you looking at numbers? Are you looking at “why”? There have been many studies on nurse turnover and most say the same thing, “if you treat the employee fairly and pay them a competitive salary, nurses won’t leave”. Some of this is true, everyone wants to be respected for …

Employee Health & Well-Being

Angie Szumlinski Health

During this time of uncertainty, frontline healthcare workers are facing additional burdens, not only at work but also outside of work.  Many caregivers are working longer hours/extra shifts and are anxious about the lack of necessary personal protective equipment. These challenges increase stress the caregiver may be experiencing as they are also concerned about contracting the virus and bringing it …

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Transmission of COVID-19 to Health Care Personnel During Exposures to a Hospitalized Patient

Angie Szumlinski Case Study, News

Solano County, CaliforniaFebruary 2020 A summary of the CDC’s April 14 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report What is already known about this topic? Health care personnel (HCP) are at heightened risk of acquiring COVID-19 infection, but limited information exists about transmission in health care settings. What is added by this report? Among 121 HCP exposed to a patient with unrecognized …

Reduce Transmission Among Employees

Angie Szumlinski Health

If a staff member is not feeling well; fever, cough, shortness of breath, they should call their supervisor and stay home The staff members should not return to work until they have been cleared with a physician note; or emergency state orders allow them back sooner If a staff member becomes ill or symptomatic during their shift, they should be …