Healthcare Industry Trends 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 [+]

07
Mar

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Tags: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation ; blood test ; CDC ; hospitals ; IGRA Test ; PPD ; registered nurses ; Tuberculosis Tests ;

Nationwide shortages of PPD solution are still being reported, prompting state departments of health to recommend alternative testing. If PPD tests can't be found, the Center for Disease Control recommends an IGRA blood test; it may require a blood draw, but presents distinct advantages, especially for international patients, who have had the Bacille Calmette Guerin (tuberculin test), used outside the United States. Because the traditional PPD is, of late, harder to come by, more registered nurses are satisfying the annual requirement of a TB test with the Interferon-Gamma Release Assays (IGRA).  Many healthcare employers are using IGRA test brands, approved by the FDA: QuantiFERON®-TB Gold In-Tube test (QFT-GIT) and T-SPOT®.  These new tests save nursing staff the extra hassle of a two-step TB; however, travel nurses should always check with their agency to be sure that the pending healthcare employer accepts IGRAs, as some are not yet accepting this relatively new test. If healthcare employers do offer the IGRA, travel nurses need to make sure that the blood draw required can be analyzed within 12 hours of giving the specimen. RNs are encouraged to check with a staffing consultant for guidance on this matter, as American Traveler continues to work closely [+]

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 [+]

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 [+]

20
Sep

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Tags: Americas best hospitals ; Cedars-Sinai Medical Center ; Cleveland Clinic ; Duke University Medical Center ; healthcare employer ; Johns Hopkins Hospital ; Massachusetts General Hospital ; Mayo Clinic ; Northwestern Memorial Hospital ; NYU Langone Medical Center ; Pittsburgh Medical Center ; Registered Nurse ; travel nurse ; UCLA Medical Center ; USA Hospital honor roll ; Womens Hospital ;

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 [+]

13
Aug

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Tags: Art and Science of Nurse Coaching ; healthcare career ; medsurg jobs ; nursing career path ; Registered Nurse ; S.M.A.R.T. Strategy ; travel nurse ;

5 Important Questions to Ask Yourself on the Nursing Career Path In a healthcare career, it’s important to ask yourself where you intend to be later in nursing career path. Perhaps you dream of getting an advancsmart goals for nurse careered degree and teaching nursing students, moving from med/surg jobs to critical care, or desire a less specific goal, like landing a leadership role even if you’re not quite sure what that is yet. So where should R.N.s turn for guidance? The Art and Science of Nurse Coaching: The Provider’s Guide to Coaching Scope and Competencies, an ANA publication is a good start. Written by and for registered nurses, the book helps R.N.s identify goals, select action steps, evaluate progress, and sustain life changes. There is also a well-known mnemonic technique, touched on in ANA’s book, for travel nurses and other health professionals with careers in flux to consider: The S.M.A.R.T. Strategy, ideal for helping to define and achieve goals. The letters mean: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely. For example, a nurse’s goals are best tracked on a definitive time-line, with the idea that positive changes will be met by certain dates. When R.N.s Use S.M.A.R.T., Here [+]

06
Aug

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Tags: Bureau of Labor ; healthcare job market ; healthcare professionals ; Healthcare Wages ; home health jobs ; Job Secruity ; nurse salary ; physical therapists ; registered nurses ; therapist jobs ; Travel Nurse Jobs ;

Healthcare workers rank near the top when it comes to job satisfaction, according to a recent study. U.S. Healthcare professionals rank third in overall job satisfaction trailing only engineering and finance employees.

Healthcare Professionals Confident about Job Security Additionally, healthcare workers are among the most optimistic of job seekers with 81% being confident in finding a job within a 12-month period. Healthcare jobs with the highest demand include registered nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, medical assistants, and home health aides. The top geographic markets for healthcare employment are Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, and New York; however workforce shortages are being experienced throughout the nation. Healthcare Job Market Statistics Further, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the outlook for healthcare jobs is solid through to the year 2020.nurse job opportunities From 2010 to 2020, the BLS estimates that demand for: Physical therapist jobs will increase 39 percent. Registered nurse jobs will increase 26 percent. Pharmacist jobs will increase 25 percent. Licensed practical nurse jobs will increase 22 percent. Medical assistant jobs will increase 31 percent. Healthcare Wages a Concern Although the demand for healthcare jobs is on a rising trajectory, compensation does not appear to be following suit due to cost-cutting/containment measures. [+]