comm-prev1Leadership is about having a vision and implementing a plan. Communication is the integral ingredient that links your vision to action. In order to provide the best and most efficient healthcare, particularly in a growing environment, everyone must be on the same page and I suspect you feel a constant need to update your team about the changes that are occurring. So the question becomes how do we get our colleagues to listen and retain the pertinent info?

Dear Director, I’m finishing residency and starting my first job. I’m pretty good but want to make a good impression and not screw up. What advice can you offer about getting started on the right foot?

director-90Dear Director,

My chairman tells me I need to see more patients. I’ve been doing this for a long time, and, believe me, I really am working as fast as I can. Now, I’m being told that if I don’t speed up, I could lose my job. Are there any tricks to being faster?

Dear Director, I keep hearing that the federal government is getting into the Patient Satisfaction business through something called ED-CAHPS. Is this like Press Ganey? I just want to focus on clinical excellence and patient safety - satisfaction seems to be all about fluffing pillows. Is ED CAHPS real and if so, how can we prepare?

Dear Director, I want all of my docs to sit on some hospital committees, but I hesitate with some, not knowing if I can trust them. What makes a physician good at representing the department? Is it a quality that I can teach?

Dear Director, I’m an experienced physician who is thinking of switching to a fixed overnight schedule.  I’m wondering your thoughts on the benefits to this and any potential risks to my career.

Dear Director,

I recently got sued for a missed appy case. Although my expert witness was supportive of my care (which did not include a CT), my attorney tells me we’ll need to settle.  Now I feel like I need to CT everyone with abdominal pain. What should I do?

Dear Director,
I’m hiring a new physician and I really like a certain senior resident but their residency director told me they failed their in-service exam. Everything else about this candidate seems perfect. Am I setting myself up for trouble if I bring someone on who may be academically challenged?

Dear Director,
My hospital is making me undergo mandatory EMR training and I think I should get paid for my time. I also think I should get paid for attending our monthly staff meeting and a committee meeting. Don’t nurses get paid for these kinds of things?
-Frustrated Hourly Worker

Dear Director,
I received a complaint from an ED triage nurse that one of our emergency physicians yelled at her for getting an ECG on a patient that he didn’t think needed one. She told me she’s now afraid to order ECGs on anyone but a straight forward chest pain patient. How can I improve the communication in my department between the physicians and the nurses?

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