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You, as a leader

Patient Communication   Leadership   Salary  Workplace Safety

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Welcome to the first Monday of 2021…are you ready? Hopefully, the year will bring some relief and the ability to focus on something other than the coronavirus. Today, we focus on you as a healthcare professional on social media and in the workplace.

If there’s a height you want to reach this year—professionally or personally, tell us about it. We want to help you get there.

MORNING BRIEF

Send a clearer message

When spreading the word about safety on social media, it’s critical to make the pictures match the words if you want your point to resonate, according to a new Journal of Health Communication study.

Specifically, researchers found that parents of young children were better able to recall safety messages, such as how to put a baby safely to sleep, after looking at social media posts with images in-line with the text. In addition, the researchers found that each second of viewing of such posts were associated with a 2.8% increase in a safety knowledge score.

Considering that 70% of adults report using social media and other internet sources to keep current on injury prevention strategies, it’s critical to keep in mind that how you craft your message can make a significant difference.

Cultivating joy at work

Burnout and compassion fatigue are very real emotions felt by many of you and your peers. And while, improving resilience and getting more sleep can help you fend them off, there is another strategy to consider: cultivating joy at work.

“Like burnout, the absence of joy in work can ultimately result in lower levels of staff engagement, patient experience, and productivity and an increased risk of accidents,” write Sharon A. Watts, DNP, and Suzanne Thorne-Odem, DNP. “Each nurse needs to own his or her work satisfaction and chart a course for meaningful and enjoyable employment.”

But what does that look like? Simply, workplaces that foster joy provide:

  • physical and psychological safety
  • meaning and purpose
  • choice and autonomy
  • recognition and rewards
  • participative management
  • quality improvement initiatives
  • camaraderie and teamwork.

To help create a workplace that provides all of these things, communication among staff and administrators should be open, clear, and non-threatening. Issues shouldn’t be allowed to languish and eventually escalate so that bullying and hostility can take root. Many organizations are using shared governance committees to provide choice, autonomy, and participative management. 

Another helpful tactic—participating in quality improvement work drives promote camaraderie and teamwork, as well as joy for those who participate. Together, nurses can help evolve healthcare environments into places that look forward to going to each day.

What do you want your RN earning power to be?

If you want to increase it, then you may want to consider working toward a higher income bracket within the RN field. According to a Nurse.com Salary Research Report, the highest-earning RN roles are executive or vice-president level with a median salary of $150,000. From there, higher earning levels based on median salary are as follows:

  • Nurse manager — $92,000
  • Assistant nurse manager — $90,000
  • Supervisor — $79,000
  • Case manager — $78,000
  • Charge nurse — $76,375
  • Staff RN — $70,000
  • Nurse educator — $68,000

ONE BIG NUMBER

$111,000

The median base compensation for physician assistants across all compensation types, according to the 2020 AAPA Survey Report. PAs in Alaska earn the most at $133,976 and PAs in Alabama earn the least at $90,550.

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