Healthcare Industry Trends Category

18
Nov

This post was written by American Traveler Staffing Professionals

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Tags: Ebola ; healthcare providers ; Hospital Infection ; Infection Control ; nursing staff ; virus ;

According to a recent survey, only 6% of U.S. hospitals are prepared to receive a patient with the Ebola virus. Conversely, only 5% of hospitals said that they were not prepared at all with the majority indicating they were somewhat prepared. The survey of 1,039 healthcare providers was conducted by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) between October 10th and the 15th, 2014. As a result of the survey, APIC recommends for hospitals and their nursing staff prepare for infectious disease outbreaks with new staff training, personnel and equipment. Hospital Infection Control not a Priority While infection control is important for most hospitals, it has not been priority for some. More than half of the hospitals surveyed (51%) has one or fewer full-time infection preventionists. Only 4% of these hospitals felt prepared to treat a patient with the Ebola virus. That number rises to 31% with hospitals that employ 11 or more infection preventionists. According to APIC President Jennie Mayfield, “We know that many hospitals do not have enough staff dedicated to infection prevention and control. Facilities that are inadequately staffed to begin with are stretched beyond capacity at a time like this. [+]

11
Nov

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Related entries: Healthcare employers ; Healthcare Industry Trends ; Nurse Career ; Registered Nurse ;
Tags: hospital ; nurse turnover ; registered nurses ; Staffing Agency ; temporary ; travel nurses ;

The RN Work Project is about to conclude its multi-state, 10-year study of the career trajectory of newly-licensed registered nurses in 2016. The goal is to understand the reasons behind nurse turnover so that healthcare providers can improve recruitment and retention strategies. A snapshot of the results from 2006 to 2014 (the study concludes in 2015): 17.9% of new nurses left their first job within the first year. 33.5% of newly-licensed RNs changed employers within two years of hire. 60% of licensed nurses left their position within 8 years. Of course, not all hospitals and healthcare facilities experience this level of nurse turnover. But whatever the rate of nurse turnover is at your facility, the costs can get out of control quickly. Hospitals Lose Millions Annually The estimated cost of nurse turnover varies within the healthcare industry. The American Organization of Nurse Executives estimates that direct recruitment costs alone are $10,000 per nurse departure. The Nursing Executive Center calculates that the direct recruitment costs make up just 21 percent of the total cost of hospital nurse turnover. It’s the indirect costs such as the loss of experienced RNs, new hire training, loss of productivity, and adverse patient outcomes that make up 79 [+]

19
Oct

This post was written by American Traveler Staffing Professionals

Related entries: Healthcare Industry Trends ; Hospitals ; Nurse Career ; Registered Nurse ; Travel Nurse Job Locations ; Travel Nurse Jobs ;
Tags: multistate licensure for nurses. ; Nursing jobs in Texas ; Texas Fast Facts ; Texas RNs ; texas travel nursing jobs ;

Austin, Texas skyline Since 2001, Texas has had trouble filling open nursing jobs. Major cities such as Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio are in desperate need of healthcare professionals. As of May 2013, approximately 190,090 Registered Nurses (RNs) were employed by Texas healthcare providers making the profession the leading healthcare occupation in the state. Texas Fast Facts Texas is part of The Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) which enables multistate licensure for nurses. It’s the second largest state by land mass, second only to Alaska. Texas is the 2nd most populous state next to California. The state has 630 hospitals with approximately 83,000 licensed beds. 73% of the State’s hospitals are in urban settings and 27% in rural. The state has the 7th highest Urgent Care Centers in the nation at 26 facilities and growing rapidly. The average age of working RNs is approximately 50 years of age. Nursing shortages will be exacerbated through RN retirements over the next two decades. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts that by 2030, Texas will have a workforce shortage of 109,779 nursing jobs. Only California at 193,100 nursing jobs and Florida at 128,364 nursing jobs will experience higher RN shortages. According to PayScale.com, RN hourly pay rates for [+]

18
Sep

This post was written by American Traveler Staffing Professionals

Related entries: flu shot ; Health Causes ; Health Tips ; Healthcare employers ; Healthcare Industry Trends ; Nurse Career ; Nurses ; Registered Nurse ;
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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Related entries: Healthcare employers ; Healthcare Industry Trends ; Hospitals ; Travel Nurse Jobs ;
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 [+]

26
Aug

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Related entries: Education ; Free CEU Courses ; Healthcare Industry Trends ; Nurse Career ; Travel Nurse Jobs ;
Tags: EHR Systems ; Electronic Medical Record ; EMR ; travel nursing jobs ;

It always pays to be ahead of the curve when it comes to landing the most coveted travel nursing jobs. And one of the ways to do that is to learn as much as you can on the basic fundamentals of each Employee Health Records (EHR) system you encounter on your travel nurse assignments. Doing so will not only improve your job effectiveness; it will make you more marketable to hospital hiring managers. RN using Electronic Medical Records EHR/EMR adds new challenge to travel assignments Electronic Medical Record (EMR) systems add a new layer of complexity to travel nurse assignments. While the core functionality of EHR systems is the same, the look and feel of different systems is apparent. On the core functionality side, each system offers medical document management, e-prescriptions, and messaging services. By focusing on these fundamentals, registered nurses can easily get up-to-speed quickly on different hospital systems. As for the look and feel, it depends on the EMR software . Some are computer-based software applications while others offer cloud-based services with varying interfaces and architecture. In an article a recent article, Derek Kosiorek, of MGMA Consulting, gives this advice to nurses, “If you know what the [+]

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 [+]

15
Jul

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Related entries: Healthcare Industry Trends ; Registered Nurse ; Travel nurse job benefits ; Travel Nurse Jobs ; Travel Nursing ;
Tags: Male Nursing ; Male Travel Nursing ;

As the demand for skilled nurses continues to rise nationwide, it appears that more men are entering the profession. And why not? The U.S. healthcare industry is one of the few industries that continue to offer well-paying, stable employment. According to the American Assembly for Men in Nursing (AAMN) the number of male nurses was at 58,000 in 1983, less than 5 percent of the nursing workforce. Today, there are 280,000 male nurses or 9.5 percent of the nursing workforce. Over 27 years, male nurse employment increased by 166,000 or an average of 5,500 per year. But in 2011 through 2012, male nurse employment took a dramatic leap rising by 56,000. Why the Large Leap in Male Nursing? There are a number of causes for the large leap in male nurses such as gender diversity programs and recruitment drives by various healthcare organizations. But it doesn’t explain a ten-fold increase. For that, many are looking at the economic recession as the main reason for men entering the nursing profession, like Sean an ER RN on a travel nursing job in Florida. The recession analogy goes like this: Even before the 2008 recession, U.S. manufacturing jobs were being off-shored leaving many men (and women, but manufacturing is [+]

20
Jun

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Related entries: Healthcare Industry Trends ; Nursing Career ; Travel Nurse Jobs ; Travel Nursing ;
Tags: New Mexico nursing jobs ; Nursing Career ; nursing jobs in Arizona ; South Dakota nursing jobs ; top states for nurse jobs ; travel nurse jobs in oregon ; Travel Nursing ; Travel Nursing Opportunities ;

From a recent study, it appears the advice from 19th century American author, Horace Greeley, “Go west, young man, go west” applies to today’s nursing profession. According to the study by finance advisory site, WalletHub, the best states for nursing careers are in the western half of the nation. Researchers focused on 15 performance criteria including average salary, open nursing jobs, mandatory overtime legislation, and over/under staffing incidents.

The top five states are Oregon, Washington, South Dakota, Arizona, and New Mexico. Top 5 States for Travel Nursingtop 5 states for travel nursing Oregon - If you’re the back-to-nature type then the top state, Oregon, may be the next destination in your travel nursing career. This Pacific Northwest state is home to five Magnet Hospitals. Its diverse landscape offers a variety of nature-based activities to fill your non-working hours. State of Washington - Right next door and coming in at the number two position is Washington State nursing jobs. This coastal state has three Magnet Hospitals. It’s an ideal place for nurses who enjoy exploring the outdoors from the Pacific Ocean coastal rainforest to the mountain ranges throughout the state. South Dakota nursing jobs took third place. [+]

03
Jun

This post was written by American Traveler Staffing Professionals

Related entries: Florida ; Healthcare Industry Trends ; Nurse Career ; Registered Nurse ; Travel Nurse Job Locations ; Travel Nurse Jobs ; Videos ;
Tags: florida travel nurse jobs video ; Florida travel nurses ; healthcare provider ; medical tourism ; Nursing Career ; travel nurse jobs in florida ;

Does Your Hospital Promote Healthcare Vacations?  Florida RNs aren’t the only people who divide their time between the hospital and sandy beaches. Now, some of their patients are combining healthcare and site-seeing in an industry that’s gathering strength in the Sunshine State: Medical Tourism! “FLORIDA TRAVEL NURSING JOBS UP CLOSE! See what the Sunshine State has to offer!” Sean, an ER RN, originally from PA now working in Florida shares his new and exciting lifestyle in South Florida. Watch this one minute video to learn more. For Florida travel nurses who like the idea, good news—and with it more patients—might be coming, thanks to legislation under review by the House and Senate with bipartisan support. If the bill (SB 1150/HB 1223) passes, it will require Florida to increase its promotion of medical tourism, with the aid of $5 million a year for the next four years, including $1.5 million in matching grants; these funds would enable Visit Florida, the state’s official tourism marketing corporation, to offer bundled medical vacation packages from select healthcare providers. Imagine hospital service packages that include amenities from hotels, restaurants and attractions—patients and their families will feel like they have gone someplace desirable for a high quality of [+]