The Healthcare Executive’s Guide to Navigating the Surgical Suite: A Roadmap to the OR and Perioperative Services

Chapter 1:   “Unique Challenges from Surgical Services” Part I   by Gerald E. Biala, MSN, RN, CNOR, CSSM, Senior VP of Sullivan Healthcare Consulting and Therese A. Fitzpatrick, PhD, RN, FAAN Published by Sigma  This book provides experienced and novice healthcare leaders with the information, leadership structures, and practical strategies needed to successfully oversee  [continue reading…]

In Case You Missed It

  Read the Nurse Leader Interview with Karen K. Kirby, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, FAAN   Did you see the recent issue of Nurse Leader? Roxane Spitzer, PhD, RN, MBA, FAAN sits down with our CEO, Karen K. Kirby, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, FAAN to discuss what motivated her to run her own business, how she  [continue reading…]

How to Maintain Empathy in Healthcare

  What it means and why it matters. Showing empathy in healthcare is an important driver of patient satisfaction.   Communication is the key – both receiving and sharing information.  As a member of the healthcare team, the quality of your communication with patients should be consistent and aim to build relationships with patients and  [continue reading…]

Kirby Bates Expands in 2019 with New Innovative Leaders

Company Poised for Continued Growth   ORLANDO, Florida – Jan. 31, 2019 – Kirby Bates Associates, LLC (KBA) is pleased to announce two key strategic hires to support increasing client demand and to enhance the organization’s service offerings.  “Today’s healthcare executives face unique leadership challenges and selecting the very best leaders is more critical than  [continue reading…]

A Look Back and a Look Ahead

Today’s healthcare executives face unique leadership challenges and selecting the very best leaders is more critical than ever. As never before, Kirby Bates’ clients depend on our experience as Chief Nursing Officers and our comprehensive platform of services to build strong leadership teams. We are very proud of what we have accomplished this past year  [continue reading…]

Top 5 Blog Posts for 2018

  Looking back on 2018, the most popular blog posts reflected that executive healthcare leaders remain eager for practical advice and new insights. Thank you for your continued interest and comments! The Kirby Bates team is certain 2019 will offer many opportunities to continue the conversation.   5 Essential Skills for Compassionate Care in Nursing How  [continue reading…]

Happy Holidays from Kirby Bates

  Looking back at 2018…   Celebrating 30 Years of Success, Attending the ONL 40th Anniversary, sharing insights, networking with PONL members, delivering a keynote, welcoming new team members and MORE! Thank you for making our favorite moments from this year possible! From everyone at Kirby Bates, Happy Holidays! May 2019 bring new happiness, new goals, new achievements  [continue reading…]

Top Trends in the Executive Search Process

  Today’s healthcare executives face unique leadership challenges that are driven by health system consolidation; shifts in organizational culture; changes in employee composition; and redesign from the bedside to the boardroom. Organizations are faced with recruiting leaders for emerging roles that align with new healthcare structures and replacing an entire generation of baby boomers. Successful  [continue reading…]

Giving Thanks

  “Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone” —Gladys Bronwyn Stern This Thanksgiving, I say thank you to all of our friends, candidates, partners, supporters, and colleagues. We are thankful for you. Especially for those inspiring compassionate care—setting the example and providing care to all. We are grateful for our partnership with The DAISY Foundation. Their meaningful recognition  [continue reading…]

6 Career Planning Strategies to Propel Growth

Career planning can seem like a daunting process, but it can be a worthy investment of time that accelerates your career trajectory. Active career planning includes the development of activities and action steps to achieve individual career goals. Basic steps in career planning include: exploring your interests, assessing your talents, strategic planning, and development of  [continue reading…]

Congratulations to Robyn Begley, DNP, RN!

  Congratulations to Robyn Begley, DNP, RN, who begins this week as the new CEO of the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) and the CNO of the American Hospital Association (AHA). Kirby Bates Associates is especially proud to have been chosen by AONE and AHA and their Search Committee to facilitate their process and  [continue reading…]

5 Essential Skills for Compassionate Care in Nursing

  What is Compassionate Care?   According to a systematic literature review in 2016 published by the National Center for Biotechnology, “Compassion originates as an empathic response to suffering, as a rational process which pursues patients’ wellbeing, through specific, ethical actions directed at finding a solution to their suffering. We therefore define the term compassion  [continue reading…]

Happy Labor Day!

  “All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.” —Martin Luther King On Labor Day we celebrate the contributions workers have made to the strength and prosperity of our country. Nurses perform myriad tasks while providing compassionate care.  Nurse Leaders facilitate excellence in care giving while juggling the needs of many. This weekend we celebrate you, your dedication, and your hard work. Thank you, From  [continue reading…]

What are the Benefits of Interim Leadership in Healthcare?

Imagine being able to experience variety in geography, living arrangements, work settings and colleagues several times a year – welcoming a new set of challenges in each assignment. Often, nursing leaders share that the most energizing and fulfilling experiences they have had during their careers involved situations when they have truly transformed practice environments. Interim  [continue reading…]

How to Build a Professional Network in Healthcare

Building and maintaining a professional network is an essential skill and activity for all professionals, especially those in healthcare. With complex environments changing so rapidly, however, it is often all too easy to neglect. The turbulent nature of healthcare today, makes the commitment to being professionally connected vital. The need to understand external trends and  [continue reading…]

69% of Global Firms Plan for Leadership Coaching in 2018 – Should You?

  Developing internal talent is one of the most cost-effective approaches to developing high performing leaders at all levels within healthcare organizations. While classes or seminars provide generalized guidance for some employees, they may not be the most effective approach for leadership development. One-on-one leadership coaching is tailored to the needs of the individual and the opportunities within the  [continue reading…]

Inspiring Compassionate Care

In the constantly evolving world of healthcare delivery, what never changes is the central importance of skillful and compassionate care giving at the patient’s bedside. As leaders we want to facilitate that excellence in care giving, but it’s not always clear how. We asked Nurse Leaders from all across the country during the American Organization  [continue reading…]

Why You Should Consider Using a Professional Coach

What would you think if during a review a supervisor said, “You could benefit from having a professional coach”? In days past, this statement would bring heart palpitations to emerging leaders and seasoned executives alike, whose first thoughts might be that they were failing, performing poorly, or heading down the road of being replaced. However, contrary to  [continue reading…]

Top 5 Trends for Healthcare

As the initial two months of the new year are already in the rearview mirror, five trends are emerging from the headlines to form the 2018 healthcare agenda:  The opioid crisis Social determinants of health Healthcare reform Patient experience Leadership alignment     Read More: 1. Tackling the opioid crisis – Opioids are the leading  [continue reading…]