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New Podcast Episode: Reflecting on Moments of Connection with Rebecca Coren
Nikki Lewallen joins Wambi as Director of Partnerships, to bring a new go-to-market strategy for this fast growing real-time recognition and feedback system for the healthcare industry. Nikki is passionate about meaningful human capital solutions that help employers increase engagement at work and is convicted by Wambi’s mission. In 2020, Nikki will lay the foundation to rollout a robust Wambi Partner Program in 2021.
Nikki is the show host of a trending podcast called Gut+Science. Its mission is to increase global engagement averages at work by equipping people-first leaders with the knowledge and tools they need to make better people decisions. Now with Wambi, Gut+Science will offer a healthcare sub-series that focuses exclusively on employee engagement in healthcare settings.
“I believe that the workplace is a mission field to live our strengths and maximize our lives. We spend the majority of our waking hours working. When we are energized and empowered by our work, we show up as a better version of ourselves in all areas of our lives (the opposite is also true). I believe that CEOs, and all levels of leaders, are the catalysts to make change on this topic. My passion, my area of expertise, is devoted to employee engagement. Longstanding statistics say that 70% of employees are not engaged in their work. The result of this is high turnover and low productivity. This poses more of a problem today than ever before with things like the talent shortage, average tenure being two years and five generations at work.
“In my mid twenties, I realized my passion for workplace engagement. This started with my “Loving Mondays” keynote and “Love What You Do” weekly inspirational messages. Since then, I have been working on this mission in various capacities like speaking, coaching, consulting, podcasting and working with great companies to maximize relationships to influence business development. My revelation that healthcare is a vitally important industry for employees to be engaged at work, lights my fire for Wambi’s purpose. The compassion, gratitude and joy of the Wambi culture influences the health systems we serve in an incredible way. With high burnout rates in healthcare, Wambi plays a critical role in reigniting meaningful work in the industry.”
If you’d like to connect with Nikki to discuss partnership opportunities, send her a message now.
Wambi is the only real-time recognition and feedback system fueled by the voice of patients and families. Its gamified approach increases employee engagement, reduces clinician burnout, and enhances the patient experience. Partnering with hospitals and healthcare systems nationwide, Wambi gives flight to the personal side of healthcare by surfacing the moments where a human connection makes all the difference, connecting patients and team members and improving the human experience for all.
Dr. Bonnie Clipper, DNP, MA, MBA, RN, CENP, FACHE
There has never been a more important time to thank people for their kindness and recognize people for who they are and what they do. At times like this, no act is “too small”. Understandably our minds are running in a million directions, however, anchoring to the positive is important in difficult times. Here are a few tips:
Take just a few minutes each day to contemplate your gratitude and share it with others.
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LOS ANGELES, CA — July 17, 2017. Wambi’s Rebecca Metter speaks alongside other healthcare IT leaders with Becker’s Hospital Review on hospitals of the future.
In Becker’s Hospital Review’s recent article, 45 hospital and healthcare executives outline the hospital of the future, Rebecca shares her vision of how technology will shape the future of human interaction in healthcare: “The hospital of the future is far more consumer-focused than the hospital of today. Hospitals will cater to consumers the way retail currently does, giving consumers more choices when it comes to their care. Hospitals will leverage real-time data, facilitating more informed patient decision-making. These consumer-driven hospitals of the future will offer a smaller, more comfortable, family-friendly environment, especially as telehealth rises in popularity.”
Rebecca’s insights align with Becker’s, “One hundred years from now, hospitals will be nearly unrecognizable as care moves to the outpatient setting and organizations integrate artificial intelligence, telemedicine and other IT applications to care for patients outside the walls of their institution.”
Wambi delivers an employee engagement and recognition platform informed by real-time patient and family feedback. Through its gamified digital platform, Wambi creates a real-time feedback loop between patients and healthcare workers. This arms individual employees with their own performance data, fueling meaningful recognition while promoting autonomy and inspiring behavioral change. With Wambi, hospitals and health systems have demonstrated improved employee engagement, decreased turnover and burnout, and elevated patient experience. Watch Wambi’s Story told by Inventor, Alex Coren here, and view our video of a day in the life of a nurse using Wambi here.
David Shulkin, M.D. FACP
Ninth Secretary, US Department of Veteran Affairs
With the coronavirus (COVID-19) actively spreading, and so many uncertainties about its course, it may seem like we are in unchartered territory. The declaration of a national emergency at both state and federal levels has clearly focused attention on the readiness of our medical infrastructure and workforce. While the COVID-19 virus is novel, there is still much we can learn from prior infectious outbreaks.
It is crucial to note that the spread of viral illness depends on a number of factors such as the virulence of the pathogen, adherence to public health precautions and measures, and the readiness of the healthcare system to address these outbreaks, to name a few. The resilience of healthcare professionals is a critical element of the system’s ability to respond.
In the 1918 influenza pandemic, hospitals were overflowing with patients. Many had to double or triple their usual bed capacity and used hallways to accommodate the demand. Already experiencing a severe nursing shortage from military demands of World War I, civilian hospitals were left with minimal staff. As a result, nurses and other healthcare workers were often on duty from early morning to the late hours of the night. Workloads were dramatically expanded, and staff often worked without proper supplies, equipment or medications. Even worse, large numbers of healthcare workers themselves got sick, and many died.
The stress on nurses, physicians and others dealing with the 1918 pandemic was considerable. Yet few voluntarily left their assignments, instead caring for patients even when it meant a risk to their own health. There may have been many reasons for this, but it is my opinion that the response from organized professional societies and the public at large played an important role.
In support of nurses and others during the 1918 pandemic, the Red Cross organized motor brigades for transportation to help get healthcare professionals to work and home. Community groups organized food pantries and other staples to support staff who did not have time to go to markets and attend to ordinary household chores. Supervisors in hospitals, even those not clinically trained, helped gather supplies for nurses and would assist on rounds. Volunteers came to help with staffing shortages. Professional societies worked on education and communication campaigns. But maybe most important, government officials and community leaders publicly offered their gratitude and support for what the healthcare professionals were doing to try to lessen the catastrophic nature of the pandemic.
Since 1918, our healthcare system has responded to many other challenges and we’ve been able to quantify the impact of infectious outbreaks on healthcare workers. In the A/H1N1 pandemic in 2009, 56% of healthcare workers expressed worry for their own safety and that of their families. Absentee rates of up to 35% were observed during this outbreak due to healthcare workers’ concerns, their own illness, or needing to care for sick family members.
Staffing shortages only add to the stress of those that continue to work, often at times of high patient demand. Those that remain face additional stress in the workplace. During times of crisis, healthcare workers often report a sense of ethical duty and many put their responsibility to help others above their concerns for their own health or that of their family. This professionalism must both be admired, but at the same time, must be supported with meaningful responses from health system leaders and the community at large.
As we’ve learned from past infectious outbreaks, how our staff are treated and supported during a pandemic can have a big impact on our workforce and ultimately on our patients. With the most challenging times for dealing with coronavirus likely still ahead of us, thinking through how we lessen the stress on our staff and address their concerns will be of critical importance.
Ensuring that staff know that leaders are concerned about their safety and health is vital. This can be done by explicitly stating that this is an institutional priority. Before a pandemic occurs, staff must have the time to prepare for situations like this and ensure they have the skills to respond accordingly. In the face of a pandemic, staff must have the right protective equipment and supplies for them to feel safe and to deliver safe, quality care. Training and education about the infectious agent, and the epidemiology of the disease, is essential for staff members to feel well-informed and supported to do their jobs well. Additionally, emergency preparedness trainings and resilience trainings are useful in preparing staff for these often-unpredictable situations.
Recognizing staff for the courageous way they respond to the challenges faced, and professionalism in which they meet these demands, is impactful. Far too often, staff are not recognized for the work they do and the differences they make. Recognition from leaders, co-workers, and patients and their families are all essential for reinforcing the reason why healthcare professionals step up in times of crisis. Real-time feedback is the best possible way to tap into the reason why people remain committed and dedicated to their work.
Systems that demonstrate the impact of recognition, where patients and families can leave real-time recognition and feedback for their care team, are showing very real increases in staff morale. It is important for staff to be recognized for their valiant efforts during times of crisis, such as responding to this current pandemic. Amid staff feeling concerned and fearful of the many unknowns surrounding COVID-19, this approach makes staff feel like their work doesn’t go unnoticed, but is instead valued and appreciated.
Regular updates and communications about the current situation facing a community or an organization are helpful in allowing staff to feel more control of their situation. The use of technology and social media platforms to share information can be an effective form of communication. Moreover, forming committees, or other organized forums, to get input from staff and others on how best to address the situation and the environment is a good way to ensure feedback from those often being affected the most. Providing forums to have exchanges of information is a vital part of addressing these needs.
Providing transportation, telephone or device access, and food is often effective in reducing some of the stress that can be seen with increasing job demands. In times of pandemics, options such as public transportation may be limited, making getting to and from work for some more challenging. Being able to stay in communication with family and friends is often a concern as well with more hours being spent at work.
Stress and burnout of healthcare workers has been growing for years, but during times of crisis, we must be especially vigilant in addressing the needs of our staff. Addressing these issues is an essential part of a healthcare organizations’ emergency preparedness. Even more than 100 years since the last great pandemic, let’s hope that we can learn from that experience and do an even better job in supporting those that are doing such important work.