Change is hard. Whether it be incremental or swift, it is typically met with some resistance. However, as Socrates once said “the secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.
The rumor mill can create operational challenges and impact employee satisfaction in any organization. Information that has been spread and retold by multiple parties often results in the obfuscation, distortion, or exaggeration of the original statement. Healthcare leaders often find themselves unwittingly playing the “telephone game,” receiving feedback that has made its way “down the lane” and is not a true reflection of reality.
In the spirit of the season, ALTIUS is combining two of our favorite things: the magic of Christmas and the mystery of effective healthcare leadership! We are taking the results of our recent social media poll and are breaking down what your favorite holiday movie says about your leadership style. And the winner is… Elf Released in 2003, this Christmas comedy became an instant critical and commercial success, grossing $220 million worldwide. It is listed among the greatest holiday movies of all time and clearly our followers would agree, earning 46% of our poll votes! Elf tells the story of Buddy, a human raised by Santa's elves, who learns about his origins and heads to New York City to meet his biological father.
ALTIUS is wrapping up our Fantasy team series the same way that all games are decided, with “red zone” performance! All too often, teams have the right strategies, but fail in application. They march down the field, come close to scoring, and fall short. It could be due to the amazing defense of the opposing team or perhaps, it is the result of the players’ inability to effectively deviate from the called plays when obstacles are present.
ALTIUS is back with the second installment of our Fantasy team series. To adequately discuss “team selection” through recruitment and retention strategies, we must first delve into the art of coaching: the good, the bad, and the misconceptions! Whether you are a hospital executive or department/service-line manager, it’s a high stress/big reward position. Leaders are the face of operations, setting the tone and establishing expectations.
It’s that time of year again! The weather is cooling down, the leaves are changing, and football season has officially begun. In the spirit of the ever-popular Fantasy leagues, ALTIUS is kicking off a new series of effective tips to help healthcare leaders “draft” the most capable teams. “Who’s on your bench?” That’s the first topic we will tackle! Understanding the strengths and weaknesses of your current staff as well as having a “game plan” for any anticipated vacancies is crucial to sustained efficiency.
ALTIUS is back with the third installment of our ALTIUS Answer/Asks interview series. In this segment, our team gained insight on trending topics and industry challenges through our ALTIUS Asks interview with Dr. Sheri Matter, Assistant Teaching Professor for the Graduate Nursing Program and the Director of the MSN online programs and the DNP Leadership program at The Pennsylvania State University.
ALTIUS is back with another installment of our ALTIUS Answer/Asks interview series. We decided to pivot this month and provide insight into the technical side of our services/tools through an ALTIUS Answers interview with our VP of Business Intelligence Services, Brian Krugle. With the various EHR systems used across the industry, how does ALTIUS approach data submission so that it is not a burdensome task for clients? As efficiency and workforce optimization experts, we do whatever is needed to make data submission as quick and seamless as possible for our clients.
Long before the pandemic began, a shift started occurring in healthcare; an evolution of the nursing profession that introduced new opportunities to licensed staff, deviating from traditional patient care. While these innovative roles are enticing and serve to strengthen hospital operations by expanding skill sets and meeting previously unaddressed needs, these positions are creating further strain on care delivery. Staff shortages were already plaguing the industry and now nursing advancement is another element that organizations must navigate.
This time of year, checklists help manage the back-to-school madness. They provide structure and direction on preparing for the coming year, especially while parents and students alike are still preoccupied with maximizing the waning days of summer. Checklists are also effective in other areas – they transcend in application and detail the elements required and/or steps to be taken in order to reach a goal.