Studer Group - page 2

Hi, Just wondering about your thoughts on the Studer group? Does your facility use them? What's your response etc? I have been apart of a couple facilities that used them One facility went all... Read More

  1. by   luvRNs
    Have now worked in 4 hospitals employing Studer principles. Here are several observations:
    1. Must come from the top down, and the top must REALLY support the principles. Many at the top don't....just give it lip services. This DOES mean rounding and visibility. I learned ( and fixed) so much from doing rounds....
    2. Scripting is a weak point. You can't force-fit language, It must be what's comfortable.
    3.May work for the short term, but cultural change is a long-term commitment. As administrative attention wanders, so do the Studer principles. Change is then not maintained.
    4. The pillars work. As a former nursing director pre-retirement, I used the pillars in monthly reports. My goals were printed on them as well as the manager's aligned goals, metrics, progress and action plans. As a result my managers were always clear on what was expected, and what their progress or challenges were. For my part, I tried to be a barrier buster for problem sreas.
    5. Reward and recognition work. Sent flowers to one charge nurse after an extraordinarily horrendous night shift. She cried and said no one had ever sent her flowers in her life !!
    6. Getting low performers off the bus is critical. If you do any one thing, this is the one to do. It is really true that 20% of your employees get 80% if the attention. THe culture will not change with them still on your unit. Yes, it's hard.
    7 Re-recruitment also works. Everyone likes to hear they're valued. These high-performing people will support you through thick and thin.
    Have used these principles in MANY work settings,, always with success.
    Hope this helps, and enjoy the ride
  2. by   jlcole45
    I agree a prescribed script does not work - the staff will not consistently use and the patients especially the regular ones will notice! And we will come of as sounding insincere....sounding like a waitress in a chain restaurant!

    BUT having a framework and guiding principles does work. It provides consistency and continuity. And as mentioned helps the managers lose the "low performers."
    It only takes one bad apple to spoil the rest and we have all worked with them.

    A quick example. I used to work with a seasoned nurse - she was very competent BUT she was a witch who always was the first to offer a negative opinion and soooo critical of the other staff. So when she saw a novice nurse do something wrong she wouldn't help, she would simply talk
    bad about them and spread rumors. She was also the sort who would get buddy-buddy with
    some of the doctors - which is always annoying and inappropriate. If the manager was present on the unit more he would have noticed this but he didn't - as house supervisor I repeatedly told him she was a problem but nothing ever came of it. And as a result, several good nurses have left because the atmosphere was so uncomfortable. Remember the patients are very observant and they will pick up on tensions in the work place.

    I think if this place had a framework in place like the Studor group this one nurse would have been let go and it would be a better place to work.
  3. by   luvRNs
    Agreej cole45. Have always employed these Studer concepts in my admisitrative practice and they REALLY work. Overall the program is a good one if you 'filter' the knowledge and adapt it to your circumstances.
  4. by   jlcole45
    The new place I just hired on at uses Studor and so far it's the first place that I've worked at in my 20+ years of nursing were I feel like 'my prinicples' are the facilities prinicples.

    Call me Florence but I have always been about the patient. And I would challenge any nurse reading this to tell me that I am wrong to hold this belief. If you are a nurse then the focus should always be about patient safety and delivery of high quality care - if you don't believe this then you should not be a nurse. Wouldn't you want that for your family? Your mother? Your spouse? Studor or any other program like it, helps everyone get on the same page in the song book and it is usually a huge improvement to a hit and miss system or no system at all.
    It's a tool, a frame work, a way to help everyone understand what the facilities' Mission and Vision is and a way to implement an improvement in care and service - that's all.

    Yeah the company makes a lot of money, but so does every other self help group - and that's sort what this is - a corporate self help tool. Yes I said corporate - never forget healthcare is a business and if we fail as employees then our 'business' will shut down and we will be out of a job.
  5. by   alib
    They have come into a Canadian hospital and its the first time in 26 yrs of being there that frount line high achieving managers who have been very successful (receive awards, done amazing research, respected with staff etc) have been laid off....they cite ridding organization of low achievers but are getting rid of high achievers...fear and intimidation..I'd say.....never experienced such a poor culture as a result. Staff want to get on with their work, and appreciate the rounding but managers who have always valued staff feedbk and input say its not worth the added cost to have them there..upper management needs to walk the talk & support what is being brough forward or its useless...and frustrating....Canadian hospitals are also not for wasted $$
  6. by   rookieboss
    Amen. it has to come from the top down every hour of every day. it can't be a "flavor of the month" to try and "fix" whatever the problem is. it seems to me that those that negatively bark the loudest are the low performers who would rather belly ache & criticize rather than taking some ownership of their own behaviors & attitudes, come to the table and offer/discuss some realistic solutions to their concerns. listening is a 2 way get what you give...if you are not willing to listen, discuss & reach a compromise...don't expect anyone to listen to you.
    Last edit by rookieboss on Jun 11, '12 : Reason: additional thought
  7. by   Georgia peach RN
    I agree it must start at the top and roll down.
    The organization I work for uses the studer group also
    I LOVE rounding
    I look for things that can be improved think of ways to improve and when I am "rounded on" I tell them just what I think

    because of honestly telling them what I think I have seen some of my ideas instituted, new equipment purchased, and needed repairs made.

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