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Tip of the month: Economic challenges and bringing new initiatives to life

Managers everywhere are hearing the same song played repeatedly, and the name of the tune is “do more with less.”

Now is the time to start exploring other options for support to assist you and your staff with process change, improvement, and other projects. Connecting with a school of nursing that has a graduate program can prove to be a great support and resource. Grad students are typically motivated, have deadlines, and stay connected to their faculty oversight.

Consider the following if you elect to explore this path:

  • Identify a specific project and include goals and objectives
  • Ensure that the project is realistic
  • Be willing to play the role of a mentor/preceptor
  • Be willing to allot time to grad students and understand that their success will be partly related to your input and guidance
  • Explore liability/insurance issues with your HR department
  • Prepare for the organization to sign a contract with the school providing the student

This can be an engaging process for you as a leader, the staff, the patients you serve, and the organization overall. You never know when that right person will click and eventually become part of your permanent staff. In addition, your nurses see what is possible within the profession and as individual nurses.


Shelley Cohen, RN, BS, CEN, Health Resources Unlimited, Adapted with permission.