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Important Risk and Safety Information for Gebauer’s Pain Ease® and Gebauer’s Ethyl Chloride®:

Do not spray in eyes. Over spraying may cause frostbite. Freezing may alter skin pigmentation. Use caution when using product on persons with poor circulation. The thawing process may be painful and freezing may lower resistance to infection and delay healing. If skin irritation develops, discontinue use. CAUTION: Federal law restricts this device to sale by or on the order of a licensed healthcare practitioner.

Gebauer’s Pain Ease Only:

Apply only to intact oral mucous membranes. Do not use on genital mucous membranes. Consult your pediatrician when using on children 4 years old and younger.

Gebauer’s Ethyl Chloride Only:

Published clinical trial results support the use in children 3 years of age and older. Ethyl chloride is FLAMMABLE and should never be used in the presence of an open flame or electrical cautery equipment. Use in a well-ventilated area. Intentional misuse by deliberately concentrating or inhaling the contents can be harmful or fatal. Do not spray in eyes. Over application of the product may lead to frostbite and/or altered skin pigmentation. Cutaneous sensitization may occur, but appears to be extremely rare. CAUTION: Federal law restricts this device to sale by or on the order of a licensed healthcare practitioner.

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3 Benefits of Creating a Nurse Residency Program at Your Hospital

By: Bethany Nock | On: April 25, 2017

Nurse Residency Program at HospitalNew graduates are often eager to leave the world of classes and studying behind, and jump feet first into their career. With a significant number of the current nursing workforce reaching retirement age, projected at 1 million by 2025, hospitals are adding more recent grads to the employment pipeline just to keep up.

Finding ways to develop these novice nurses into the best practitioners they can be by advancing their professional development often falls on the administrators’ shoulders.

A Nurse Residency Program (NRP) is one option intended to make the leap from student to practicing nurse smoother for everyone by focusing on leadership, patient safety, and interdisciplinary care. Below we’ll explore why your hospital should consider implementing this type of program and what benefits can be expected.

1. Increase Critical Competencies

When a new nurse begins his or her hospital career, they must learn the many policies, procedures and routines of the facility. While this is important and necessary, it’s easy to lose focus on some of the bigger core competencies. NRPs focus on developing areas such as evidence based decision making and communication skills. The combination of mentorship and practicing critical skills that take hands on experience, lets new nurses feel empowered to transition from the educational to professional setting.

2. Reduce Nursing Turnover

Employee turnover is found in any type of job; however when it comes to healthcare, high nursing turnover can disrupt not only other staff members but also patients themselves. According to RN Work Project, 17.9% of nurses left within one year of starting their first job. The first year is recognized as a period of extreme stress, which can make novice nurses more prone to leaving the profession. According to the American Nurses Credentialing Center, “Nurse Residency Programs increase/improve newly licensed registered nurse job satisfaction, retention, and performance”. They can also save money compared to the cost of replacing those who leave, estimated at $80,000-100,000 per RN.

3. Achieve higher levels of patient-centered care

A survey conducted by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) found that less than half of respondents felt new graduate RNs were prepared to give safe and effective care. This is a concern for all healthcare facilities, but especially for hospitals seeking to apply for the Magnet Recognition Program®. In order to begin the Journey to Magnet Excellence®, a hospital must analyze gaps and develop an action plan to achieve higher performance levels. This may mean investing in a NRP to produce highly trained nurses with a substantial focus on patient safety. Make sure your program has measurable goals specific to evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and patient-centered care.

Finding ways to bridge the gap between school and practice will be an important part of on-boarding new nurses as the number of recent grads begins to outgrow that of experienced RNs. Creating a nurse residency program is an investment you can make now to benefit your hospital for years to come.

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