Healthcare employers Category

18
Sep

This post was written by American Traveler Staffing Professionals

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Tags: flu season ; Healthcare employers ; nursing jobs ; registered nurses ; traveling nurses ;

RN with patient getting the flu shot vaccine RNs know that prevention and control of seasonal influenza is contingent on getting vaccinated; therefore, those working in nursing jobs throughout the United States hope to educate the demographic with the lowest vaccination numbers last year. Not surprisingly, RNs are not included in that demographic. According to the CDC’s updated research for the 2014/2015 Flu Season, the highest number of those who sought flu shots last year were pharmacists and nurses, with RNs being recorded at **84.3%. And it is no surprise, as healthcare facilities everywhere have stringent requirements. Mary Kay Hull, Vice President of Recruitment at American Traveler Staffing Professionals shares: All of the facilities we staff have flu vaccination requirements for the traveling nurses and healthcare professionals we place in our client hospitals. 6 Compelling Reasons Why RNs Should Help Raise Awareness These are compelling reasons from the CDC’s updated **2014/2015 Flu Season page to get vaccinated: Reason#1: The flu shot can reduce chances of transmission by between 50% and 70%. Reason #2: Flu shots affect quality! **The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has published flu vaccination rates for healthcare workers as part of its list of quality measures. Reason [+]

17
Sep

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Tags: Arizona ; California ; Florida ; healthcare jobs; healthcare recruiters ; healthcare staffing ; registered nurses ; RNs ; Texas ; travel nurses ;

Hospital needs to Secure the Best Candidates Healthcare is one of the toughest industries for recruiting. The ongoing workforce shortage in multiple medical professions has left healthcare recruiters scrambling to find quality candidates. It’s particularly troubling for hiring managers in Arizona (AZ), California (CA), Florida (FL), and Texas (TX) due, in part, to their large population centers which increase with wintering retirees. As the fall and winter seasons approach, it’s important for healthcare recruiters to post their job openings now in order to secure the best candidates. "Our CCU nurse manager wanted to let you know that the presentation of your candidate profiles are top notch. They really appreciate the neat, organized detail it provides. Thank you for making that little bit of difference." ~ American Traveler Client Hospital - Olympia, WA Read more hospital client reviews about American Traveler Staffing If You Think Hiring RNs is Difficult… HR analytics firm, Wanted Analytics, examines U.S. healthcare jobs and ranks the difficulty in filling positions on a scale of 1 to 99 with the higher ranking being hardest to fill. Registered Nurses are ranked at 48 on the hiring scale which indicates moderate difficulty nationwide. The most hard-to-fill healthcare positions [+]

29
Jul

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Tags: boston nurse jobs ; healthcare professionals ; Heroes of Every Day Life ; hunger gap in Boston ; Sodexo ; travel nursing jobs ;

From right to left: Maude Meade and her daughter Jennifer

From left: Jennifer Meade with mother Maude Meade, a Hero in Every Day Life

The Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston wouldn’t be as remarkable as it is without its Food Service Manager, Maude Meade, whom American Traveler is lucky to know by proxy. Maude is the mother of our Talent Acquisition Specialist, Jennifer Meade. To Jennifer and hundreds more, Maude is more than a Sodexo employee in a hospital; she also plays an instrumental part in filling the hunger gap in Boston, where an **estimated 10% of the population struggles to put food on the table. Maude’s efforts to help the hungry and serve as a leader in local fundraising, earned her the prestigious 2014 Hero of Everyday Life Award, an event that raised over a million dollars to fight hunger in America. Now that summer is here and school is out, food expenses are estimated to climb as much as **$300 a month—that’s when Maude’s work at the St. Mary’s food pantry, packing hundreds of boxes filled with nutritious food each week, is more critical than ever! The healthcare professionals at her hospital [+]

22
Jul

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Related entries: Healthcare employers ; Healthcare Industry Trends ; Oncology Nurse ; Registered Nurse ;
Tags: American Society of Clinical Oncology ; cancer patients ; melanoma ; Registered Nurse ; Travel Nursing ;

Patients, their families and the RNs treating them will be heartened to know that melanoma patients are living longer after their diagnoses, thanks to new medications that prompt the body’s own immune system to attack the cancer. Ipilimumab (Yervoy) is being prescribed for advanced malignant melanoma and can increase average survival from 6 months to 10 when combined with standard treatment. Nurses who work in every specialty are excited to see the positive effects of immunology drugs as they enter the market; however, they know they must learn to help patients mitigate some harsh side effects along the way.

As RNs who work with skin cancer patients may already know, **melanoma is in the top 5 most common cancers in the United States. There were over 75,000 new cases in 2013 and, currently, almost 1 million live with the disease now**.  Although melanoma is a small percentage of skin cancers overall, it does represent the majority of skin cancer deaths—and that’s why one of the most active areas in oncology research is melanoma. Targeting the patient’s immune system rather than the tumor was the “Breakthrough of the Year” title from Science Magazine late [+]

22
Apr

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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

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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

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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

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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 [+]

28
Feb

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Tags: community ; healthcare employer ; hospitals ; Kaiser Permanente ; medsurg nurse ; medsurge jobs ; registered nurses ;

Cleaner energy, safer chemicals, less waste and water conservation are, of course, important to U.S. hospitals, among the most energy-intensive buildings in the country. Compelling statistics for hospitals’ energy use include $8 billion spent on energy per year: enough to pay the annual salary of 100,000 registered nurses! Having realized the potential for not just monetary savings, but leading by example, hospital officials are doing more to make healthcare facilities environmentally friendly—perhaps, as a nurse or allied healthcare worker you’ve noticed small changes that make big differences in your hospital. Here are just a few:hospital going green Adjusted lighting: this can include motion sensors when a nurse or therapist enters and leaves a room, saving energy! Environmentally Preferred Purchasing Programs: These entail purchasing products with as much recycled content as possible. More natural medical goods are cost-savers or cost-neutral. Case in point, Kaiser Permanente saved $5 million by replacing its current IV solution bags and tubing with materials that are free of harmful chemicals. Going paperless: Electronic ordering spares trees! Unplugging non-essential surgery equipment: This can include selectively enabling computer sleep models. Using a prime vendor: When supply orders are consolidated into large bulk deliveries, it reduces the number of [+]

21
Feb

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Tags: hospital employers ; nurse winter shift ; travel nurses ; travel nursing staff ;

In the Northeastern part of the United States and as far south as Atlanta, record breaking cold and snow does more than create traffic jams and close federal buildings—it’s also impacting hospitals, as the hardest hit areas’ healthcare facilities endure slow moving ambulances, supply shortages and understaffed cafeterias that make lock-down situations especially hard. Registered nurses in these situations consistently show a willingness to miss lunch breaks, work late, and leave family members for extended periods, caring for patients and supporting fellow staff; for this they deserve not just recognition, but the highest praise.

travel nurse winter-shift

Deborah Bacurin, RN, Clinical Account Manager shared: “Nursing is that rare profession where it’s still commonplace to put everyone else’s needs ahead of your own. So when hospital clients on the Eastern Seaboard called in to me after the snow storms, I wasn’t surprised to find these healthcare employers had nothing but great things to say about our travel staff. Many of our nurses on assignment worked double shifts to cover for permanent staff that could not make it in due to the road conditions. And other Travelers did what they had to in this [+]