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  • KBA Interim Leaders are heading in your direction!

    05/19/17

    It is now easier than ever for KBA to bring outstanding leaders to your door.​

    Kirby Bates Associates is pleased to offer flexible options as you choose your preferred method of securing outstanding KBA interim nursing leaders. 

    What is best for you?

     

    Full-Service Model

    • KBA employs the interim leader directly as a KBA employee
    • Easy all-inclusive one invoice model

    Hospital Employment Model

    • The hospital employs the interim leader as a temporary employee
    • Custom designed, hospital controlled expense model
    To learn more about these options, visit our website:

    The highest caliber of interim CNOs, Directors, and Managers still come from KBA but now with added convenience as you can decide how best to suit your needs and budget.

    KBA Interims continue to deliver the very best in:

     
    • Bringing a fresh approach and added depth of experience from many diverse settings
    • Utilizing traditional interim management strategies along with consulting methodologies to ensure a value-added engagement
    • Bringing a strong and unencumbered focus on what the organization wants to achieve through the engagement deliverables
    • Maintaining focus and high priority on both financial and quality targets
    • Standing front and center in making and implementing difficult decisions
    • Sustaining the presence and visibility of leadership and the support of the existing leadership team after the departure of a key leader
    • Doing the “heavy lifting” required to better position the organization for a new permanent leader
     

    Explore interim nursing leadership with KBA, you’ll be glad you did!

     

    Doris A. Sinkevich
    MS, RN, CENP
    Executive VP
    Interim Services

    Doris leads KBA Interim Leadership Services. She is an accomplished healthcare executive, bringing over 30 years of nursing and healthcare leadership experience to her responsibilities at KBA. Her previous roles as a CNO, COO, and regional senior healthcare executive have encompassed acute care, behavioral health, and long-term acute care settings including public and private hospitals, for-profit organizations and private industry. 

    Contact Doris:
    dsinkevich@kirbybates.com
    508.796.2207

     

    Arlene M. Gimbel
    MN, BSN, RN, FACHE
    Vice President
    Interim Services

    Arlene heads up the KBA West Coast Interim Services team.  Based in Phoenix, she brings over 30 years of accomplished nursing and healthcare executive leadership experience to the team.  Her previous roles as a CNO, COO, and CEO have included acute care hospitals, long-term acute care facilities, and multi-specialty physician practices, including public, private and proprietary corporate owned for-profit and not for profit organizations.

    Contact Arlene:
    agimbel@kirbybates.com
    480.535.9189

  • Celebrating Nursing: The Most Trusted Profession in America

    05/05/17

    Most Americans trust their healthcare providers to be honest and ethical, but few other professions fare as well as nurses in Gallup's annual look at honesty and ethical standards among various fields.

    Nurses top the list with 84% of the public rating their standards as "high" or "very high," while members of Congress fall to the bottom — the only profession for which a majority of Americans (59%) rate honesty and ethical standards as "low" or "very low."  Perhaps members of Congress would fair better if they listened to nurses and our professional organizations more.

    Karen K. Kirby
    MSN, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, FAAN
    President & CEO
    Kirby Bates Associates

     

    This Nurses' Week we salute our fellow nurses and the work that our professional organizations are doing to protect and advocate for the health and well-being of all citizens in this tense and tumultuous healthcare environment.  

    The American Nurses Association (ANA) is doing an exceptional job of advocating for sensible healthcare reform and they have tools that all nurses can use in the effort.

    The American Organization of Nurse Executives,  together with the American Hospital Association (AHA) is a strong voice for nurses, nursing leadership and the patients we serve. Their website also has information that all nursing leaders can use to advocate for meaningful change, such as the following statement about the AHCA:

    “The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office estimates 14 million more people would be uninsured in 2018 if this bill becomes law, and more than 24 million would lose coverage over the next 10 years.  Over the same period, Medicaid funding would be reduced by $880 billion.  The bill does nothing to restore the hospital market basket reductions used to help fund ACA coverage expansions, leaving you less able to respond to the needs of those who lose coverage.  Learn more about the AHCA, including a video explaining what is at stake, on the American Hospital Association's AHCA webpage.” 

    The American Organization of Nurse Executives, together with the American Hospital Association (AHA) is a strong voice for nurses, nursing leadership and the patients we serve. Their website also has information that all nursing leaders can use to advocate for meaningful change, such as the following statement about the AHCA:

    “The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office estimates 14 million more people would be uninsured in 2018 if this bill becomes law, and more than 24 million would lose coverage over the next 10 years.  Over the same period, Medicaid funding would be reduced by $880 billion.  The bill does nothing to restore the hospital market basket reductions used to help fund ACA coverage expansions, leaving you less able to respond to the needs of those who lose coverage.  Learn more about the AHCA, including a video explaining what is at stake, on the American Hospital Association's AHCA webpage.” 

    We also celebrate the DAISY Foundation for all their work to honor nurses across the globe.  We are very proud to be a four-year DAISY Partner. 

    Please join me in celebrating all nurses, our professional nursing organizations and those who support and celebrate nursing!

     

     

     

  • Discover Hidden Treasures

    04/24/17

    Ever wonder how one of your better performers gets recruited away right from under your nose and you didn’t even know they were canvassing the market? Worse yet, they were an “A” player and you didn’t comprehend the full extent of the loss until they were gone?

    High performers don’t need constant strokes but they do need a development plan facilitating their ability to demonstrate contributions and grow as an emerging leader.  But how do you assess your team and understand who has the greatest potential?  

     

    As a coach, I’ve learned there are five key raw qualities that translate into successful nurse leaders. 

    1. Critical Thinking or the skill to objectively analyze and evaluate an issue in order to form a judgment.
    2. Emotional Intelligence as demonstrated by the capability of an individual to recognize their own, and others, emotions and to use this emotional information to guide thinking and behavior thereby managing or adjusting emotions to facilitate goal achievement.
    3. Introspection as defined by incorporating the examination or observation of one's own mental and emotional processes resulting in enhanced self-awareness.
    4. Empathy or the ability to put oneself in another colleague's shoes. This is one of the key traits demonstrated by transformational leaders.
    5. Tolerance as it relates to managing ambiguity and making sense out of the randomness that exists in working in a complex adaptive system.

    By proactively evaluating your leadership landscape and constructing a well-developed coaching plan, you can identify budding talent, thwart untimely departures and groom candidates to become the robust leader your organization needs.

    If this possibility resonates with you, explore the use of a qualified professional coach capable of assessing your leadership team and building a solid development platform.

    The time is now to invest in the future. 

    Be proactive- before someone else steals your valuable talent.

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