April 2014 Category

22
Apr

This post was written by American Traveler Staffing Professionals

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Tags: emergency care ; hosptials ;

Tools and Apps that are Streamlining Emergency Care! Immediate access to emergency care is considered the gold standard of a hospital's ED. With Medicare reimbursement rates now partially tied to patient satisfaction, hospitals are eager to shorten emergency room wait times—so it's no surprise to find hospital billboards across America advertising on-line registration and "why wait" assurances. ed waitingU.S. hospitals have come a long way since 2006, when the Institute of Medicine published a critique of the average ED being overwhelmed and fragmented from the rest of the hospital; fast forward to today's healthcare landscape and you'll find its emergency room waiting areas with far fewer people waiting. Hospitals are achieving this via registration that takes place after triage, avoiding hospitalization whenever possible, and adding an observation or short-stay unit where patients can be monitored for up to 24 hours, then released. Debbie Bacurin, American Traveler Clinical Account Manager says that ED wait time and its effect on patient satisfaction has always been a challenge for ED directors and managers. “My experience as an ED traveler across the country gave me lots of ideas on this, and grateful for the opportunity to manage my own Emergency Department. With [+]

15
Apr

This post was written by American Traveler Staffing Professionals

Related entries: Healthcare employers ; Hospitals ; Nursing Career ; Travel Nurse Jobs ;
Tags: Magnet Hospital ; Nurse jobs ; nursing staff ; travel nurse career ; Virginia Hospital ;

“Seven of the 11 health care organizations in the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For are Magnet-recognized facilities or have Magnet facilities in their system.” ~ American Nurses Credentialing Center Virginia Hospital Center achieving “Magnet Hospital” status reminded us of the influence Magnets have on the nursing profession. Even short-term travel nurse assignments at these centers of excellence can enhance future nursing career opportunities. Nursing staff at magnet hospitals earn on average 4.8% more than colleagues at non-magnet hospitals, according to a salary survey of 1,400 nurses. Nurses employed at magnet hospitals also tend to have higher education levels, enhanced leadership capabilities, a high-level of professional nursing practice, and are evaluated based on patient outcomes, all of which may contribute to higher wages. New Addition to Magnet Hospital Community Virginia Hospital Center is the newest addition to this exclusive group becoming only the 401st healthcare facility to receive Magnet status. VHC is a 342-bed not-for-profit, teaching facility that has provided comprehensive healthcare to the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area for 70 years. VHC has also been recently named as one of America’s 100 Top Hospitals and in the 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals nationally. Travel Nurse Amanda B. of American Traveler Staffing Professionals was not surprised [+]

08
Apr

This post was written by American Traveler Staffing Professionals

Related entries: flu shot ; Healthcare employers ; Healthcare Industry Trends ; Nurse Career ; Travel Nurse Jobs ;
Tags: CVS Stores ; healthcare professionals ; on-site flu shot clinic ; registered nurses ; Tobacco ;

A Move that Informed Healthcare Professionals Can Fully Support Recently, CVS Caremark, the largest pharmacy chain in the United States, attracted major media attention in their announcement to end the sale of tobacco products, starting in the fall. A statement released by the company President and CEO, Larry J. Merlo are strong words that every doctor and registered nurse can get behind, as they see the negative effects of smoking in patients treated everyday: “Ending the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products at CVS pharmacy is the right thing to do for our customers and our company to help people on their path to better health. Put simply, the sale of tobacco products is inconsistent with our purpose.” nurse against tobacco products Mr. Merlo’s statement is reflected in nationwide legislative efforts to stop hiring smokers in a growing number of U.S. hospitals. RNs in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Missouri, Massachusetts, Tennessee and Texas, will recognize their healthcare employers as nicotine-free, thanks to Senate Bill 97, introduced in early 2013. More states are following in smoke-free hospitals’ footsteps, in the hope that banning healthcare workers’ use of tobacco products (both in and outside the hospital) will promote healthy careers, improve worker [+]

01
Apr

This post was written by American Traveler Staffing Professionals

Related entries: Healthcare employers ; Healthcare Industry Trends ; Nurse Career ; Registered Nurse ; Travel Nurse Jobs ;
Tags: H-CAPS ; HCAHPS ; Registered Nurse ;

The Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (best known as H-CAPS) Called "H-CAPS" for short, the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) is a very important tool because it measures patient perceptions of their hospital experiences. While healthcare employers have been conducting surveys like this internally for years, the HCAHPS is the first survey of its kind to offer public results; staying abreast of its changes is vital to placement of quality healthcare staff and keeps terminations at a minimum.  Really, this 32-item survey is a primary concern to every healthcare professional because it can affect their employer’s ability to collect reimbursements. A good place to start in educating oneself about the HCAHPS is understanding the 3 major goals that shape it:HCAHPS hospital survey Making objective comparisons to other hospitals Creating new incentives for hospitals to improve quality of care Promoting accountability and transparency that prove if the hospital is “living up” to the public investment One of the more notable aspects to the survey is that “how often” is used to describe critical aspects of patients’ hospital experiences rather than whether or not they were satisfied.  The sampling of respondents is composed of patient [+]