Healthcare employers Category

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 [+]

02
Jan

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Tags: healthcare staffing ; hospital recruiters ; nurse shortage ; registered nurse jobs ;

Isn’t it enough that hospital recruiters have to deal with an ongoing nurse shortage  without having to compete with fast growing healthcare sectors such as physicians’ offices, public health, home care, or alternative care centers such as skilled nursing, intermediate care, rehabilitation, and assisted living facilities? And even countries like the U.K. are getting in on the act by recruiting American nurses to shore up their own healthcare workforce shortage. U.S. News rates RNs as the 2nd Best Job in Healthcare nurse recruiter competitionA major reason why U.S. News rated Registered Nurse jobs as the 2nd Best Job in Healthcare is the high demand. Nursing jobs are some of the hottest positions available in the current healthcare job market. With increased competition in nurse recruitment, it can be difficult for hospitals to attract, recruit, and on-board experienced medical professionals quickly and cost-effectively. The Department of Health and Human Services predicts that by 2020, the country will be experiencing a nursing shortage of 1.1 million nurses - a 36 percent shortfall! Survey: Recruiting and Retaining Nurses a Major Challenge A 2013 HireRight Employment Screening Benchmark Survey found that a main challenge for healthcare organizations is attracting and retaining medical staff. [+]

27
Nov

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For healthcare professionals and their employers, statistics coming from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics represent both good news and the challenge of matching supply with demand.  The American Association of Colleges of Travel Nursing Jobs and RecessionNursing is among the fray, calling for an expansion of enrollment in nursing schools, in the hope that this will help meet an increased need for healthcare services. Talented nursing graduates across the U.S.A. are within reach of hot nursing jobs, with highly flexible schedules and competitive incomes that erase debt and leave R.N.s poised for a comfortable retirement. Whether R.N.s travel or work in permanent jobs, current employment figures will establish an upward trajectory in their careers between now and 2020. The BLS is projecting a steady spike in healthcare jobs throughout the rest of this decade, with an annual employment rise of 3%; that’s just ahead of the second strongest job market in construction. While this news is excellent, filling the BLS’s projected increase of 712,000 nursing jobs (by 2020) will require a fundamental improvement in nursing education, both before and after R.N.s receive their licenses. Nurse staffing agencies help health professionals stay current in their specialties, [+]

20
Nov

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Tags: Healthcare Industry ; healthcare reform ; nursing staff ;

Healthcare reform and an increase in the consolidation of healthcare systems are creating a lot of uncertainty among nursing staff at hospitals nationwide. With so many changes occurring simultaneously, it is imperative that hospital administration maintain frequent and open dialogue with their medical staff. To maintain high-quality patient care, CNOs are meeting more frequently with their nursing staff to keep them fully informed of changes that affect them. Mergers and acquisitions can be especially nerve-racking for nursing staff due to the uncertainty and job security issues. Focus on the Positive Healthcare analysts believe that much of the fear and uncertainty can be dispelled by focusing on the positives that come about through dramatic change. And CNOs are in an ideal position to communicate these positives to their nursing staff. Many are holding forums or town hall meetings to present new information, answer staff questions, and deliver revised organizational objectives. Debbie Bacurin, RN Clinical Coordinator for American Traveler StaffingDeb Bacurin, RN Clinical Coordinator for American Traveler Staffing Professionals agrees with being proactive, “With all that we are experiencing in this era of change and growth in the healthcare industry, nurses have a great opportunity to become leaders…to be instrumental [+]

30
Oct

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Tags: American Traveler ; CVS ; flu shot ; healthcare ; R.N. ;

flu shot clinicEvery year corporate team members diligently remind healthcare professionals about the benefits of an annual flu vaccine.  This is why, in solidarity with our traveling nurses and allied healthcare professionals, and in support of our employees’ health, we made it extra easy for corporate employees to get a flu shot this year. We did this by sponsoring an on-site flu clinic at our corporate headquarters in Florida. It was the first event of its kind, and so well received that we plan to make it an annual affair! Our thanks go out to our corporate employees, who rolled up their sleeves so willingly.  A visiting CVS pharmacist and technician helped everything run smoothly—no surprise, there, as CVS is well known for providing flu shots at a low cost. As everyone knows, getting more people vaccinated is a goal of the CDC and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; they would like to see more healthcare workers outside the nursing sector follow the R.N.s’ example when it comes to getting vaccinated.  Click on Vaccine Information Statement to find out everything you need to know to protect your health this flu season. American Traveler Wants You [+]

20
Sep

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Registered nurses and allied health professionals across the country will be interested to read about the 18 top ranking hospitals in America; these made the cut from nearly 5,000 medical facilities evaluated this year. The new 2013/14 list was released in July, and has since dominated headlines in healthcare news. Peruse this list of America’s best hospitals for 2013-2014 and see if you recognize your healthcare employer!

Best USA Hospitals 2013-2014

#1: Johns Hopkins Hospital: Travel nurses and therapists in Baltimore and the D.C. area are bound to know just how awesome Johns Hopkins is, scoring #1 rankings in ENT, Geriatrics, Neurology, plus 2 other specialties. The hospital also achieved high ranks in 10 pediatric specialties. #2: Massachusetts General Hospital: This #1 hospital in Massachusetts appeals to everyone in Boston nursing jobs, and ranks third in the nation for Diabetes/Endocrinology. #3: Mayo Clinic: Situated in Rochester, Minnesota, this award winning hospital is the first and largest not-for-profit group in the world. It’s also #1 in gynecology. #4: Cleveland Clinic: Ohio travel nurses will recognize this hospital as #1 in Ohio; it’s also ranked #1 in cardiology.   #5: UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles: This is the number [+]

12
Sep

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Tags: National Neonatal Nursing Day ; Neonatal Nurse ; NICU ; NICU Nurse Day ; nicu nurse jobs ; PICU ; travel nursing jobs ;

Happy National Neonatal Nursing Day to all NICU and PICU Nurses! NANN Love What You Do - logo The National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN) established this important holiday for R.N.s caring for the tiniest and most vulnerable patients over a decade ago: and now in its 13th year, Neonatal Nurses Day has chosen this year’s  theme as: “Love What You Do” Celebrate National Neonatal Nurses Day 2013 on Sunday, September 15. Knowing that NICU and PICU nurses are in such high demand is a bonus in jobs that are, in and of themselves, their own reward. Here, three neonatal nurses from the American Traveler team offer their inspiring stories, a peek at travel nurse housing, and rave reviews about their healthcare employers.

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Rachel R., a NICU nurse left her comfort zone in a permanent R.N. job, in favor of traveling the country to see how other neonatal units worked. She looked into a couple different travel agencies and picked American Traveler first, connecting with her recruiter instantly. Rachel hoped for a coveted location, and that’s exactly what she got, landing her first travel nursing job in sunny California! Rachel reports that the hospital was amazing, [+]