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A Writer of HealthCare Management & Consulting

The Business of HealthCare

Healthcare these days is purely daylight robbery! Zero price standardization, markups everywhere. People do go broke simply from healthcare bills alone. Knowing this, wouldn’t one expect that business management would be taught in medical and nursing schools? Right? Wrong!

Healthcare management should not be left in the hands of executives to manage it- the front line staff need to understand the business behind it all. That way, it makes more sense to take only supplies that you will need into a patient’s room and not excess which then goes to waste.Business of Healthcare

It would help the physician understand that running all those unnecessary tests won’t make the patient heal faster any quicker but rather determine the test needed and run that.

It would help the tech understand that taking in different bags of briefs into a patient’s room for convenience hurts the bottom line when one exact brief for the patient would have sufficed.

It would help the nurse understand that all all that alcohol swabs, or is it the saline flushes helps no one when you stockpile it to be thrown away after the pt is discharged when a handful would have been sufficient.

It would help the respiratory therapist understand that taking in so many supplies of different sizes is NOT helpful to the patient when you could find the one you needed and then some!

It would help the phlebotomist understand that discarding all those unused text tubes never did any good and would come back to bite…on the bottom line.

Healthcare is expensive enough as it… curb wasteful practices!

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It’s Abuse Not Burn-out

Abuse not Burn-out!

If you are yelled at, it’s abuse not burn-out

If you are bullied at work; it’s abuse not burn-out

If you supervisor or co-worker verbally harasses you; it is abuse not burn-out

If you have unsafe patient load; it’s abuse not burn-out Abuse not burn out

Let us recognize abuse for what it is and not confuse it with burn-out. If as healthcare workers , we advocate for our patients, we should certainly be able to use the same parameter to recognize abuse and advocate for ourselves.

Abuse is debilitating- recognize it for what it is and stand up against it. it may be just one of you at the very beginning but for every one moment that you stand up against abuse, you grow stronger and soon it becomes a movement.

If you don’t speak out against abuse, who will? Abusers are usually coward and what it takes is for you to stand up just once. You may not be liked for it- but you will be respected for it.

Say no to abuse, not just for your patients but for yourself as well, you owe you that much. And if you won’t do it for you- do it for the people that will one day be in your position.

Read Here and HereAbuse not Burn out

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Signs YOUR Employee is stabbing you in the back

Workplace politics can be a dangerous mine field to navigate.Recently wrote a blog post on how not to be intimidated by your employee ( see here). But are there times when you DO need to worry? The answer is Yes! Here are  signs to recognize on when your employee is trying to shaft you.

  1. Closed Doors- Nothing good usually comes out of closed doors. When you find your employee constantly behind closed doors with one or more co-workers, chances are they are whispering about you and working on a plan of action against you.
  2. Going Above You; Whenever your employee goes above your head without consulting you, it is one of two things. First, they want recognition from a superior and second they are usually trying to make you look bad.

    Toxic Work place

  3. Your Gut Instincts Warn you- Over time, your gut instincts have been honed by previous experiences and as such is usually a good warning signal when something is about to go wrong. Always follow your guts and protect yourself. If you have a suspicion about your junior employee, you are right in some way- the goal is to avert the trouble before it comes upon you.
  4. Divided Team: When that employee disagrees with you publicly in a very nice, sugary way, your antenna should really go up. What they are really doing is aligning against you. They are making it out that YOU are the problem to the growth of the company; they agree, but it is just you that disagrees, so with you out of the way, work should run smoother. In this scenario, they have put the blame squarely on your shoulders.

Be Proactive- you worked hard for your position, so work also on keeping it. It is hard to find loyalty in a work place full of politics, so don’t expect it. Welcome it when it is there but don’t go about looking for it- you avoid disappointments this way.

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Doctors Versus Nurses

Doctors versus Nurses “battle”.  Doctors are important for what they do. Nurses are important for what they do. Together the two can work together in synergistic efforts. Neither side should be downplayed but either side need to understand its level of importance. Bottom line is for both sides to work together.  we can all co-exist happily. Enough of the rhetoric- it never helped anyone.

Impossible as it may seem, it does take a team to grow.

doctors versus nursesNo such thing as Doctors vs Nurses!

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When You Are Intimidated by Your Employee

Intimated by your employee? Don’t be…
Intimidated by Your Employee

The goal of a good supervisor is to hire the best candidate possible for the available position, at least, that is the intent which does not always turn out to be the reality. As a human being with natural emotions, you may sometimes feel intimidated by an employee with exceptional talents but try not to allow that get to you. Understand that you, as the hiring manager are special because it was through your intuition and wealth of experience that you were able to make the call to hire that candidate.

Don’t make the mistake of trying to dim that employee’s light so that your light can be the best shining. It is okay to all shine together, in fact, that is what you should strive for because by having an your skills mix up with those of your employee, you create a synergistic effort for the greater good of your company as a whole.

If you have ever worried that your employee’s bright light would dim yours, you shouldn’t. The time to worry would be when you notice these signs (watch out for the next post on ways to know that your employee is gunning for your job!)

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