Healthcare Industry Trends Category

15
Dec

This post was written by American Traveler Staffing Professionals

Related entries: Healthcare Industry Trends ; Nurse Career ; Nursing Career ; Operating Room (OR) ; Registered Nurse ; Travel Nurse Jobs ; Travel Nurse Tips ;
Tags: Health IT ; medsurg jobs ; nurse to patient ratios ; operating room nurse jobs ; Safe Patients ; Smart Hospitals ; surgical jobs ; Team Building ; travel nurse job ; travel nurses ;

Studies show that using safety techniques from the aviation industry may be the answer According to a study based on surgical teams from hospitals around the country, safety techniques—similar to ones used by the aviation industry—cut death rates from surgery by an astounding 18%. This is compelling news for those in operating room nurse jobs and other healthcare professionals in med surg jobs, interested in the benefits of teamwork. Known as "briefings" in the airline industry, the meetings are conducted before and after each flight, so that crews can anticipate and prepare for potential and/or future safety hazards. In a healthcare setting, "briefings" aided surgical teams in making important discoveries about the specifics of each patient's illness or condition prior to and after each surgical procedure. Checklists are a Must for Team Building in Surgical jobs The aviation industry doesn’t like surprises and either should operating room nurses and professionals in med/surg jobs. So what kinds of tactics are being used to eliminate surprises, and strengthen professional relationships among the operating room team? Operating room nurses are asked (to learn) to recognize red flags Med surg and OR nurses are expected to challenge colleagues should safety risks come up Operating room nurses are expected to develop [+]

10
Dec

This post was written by American Traveler Staffing Professionals

Related entries: Allied Healthcare Careers ; Healthcare Industry Trends ; Nurse Career ; Nursing Career ; Press Releases ; Travel Nursing ;
Tags: allied health jobs ; Healthcare Jobs ; healthcare jobs boards ; healthcare jobs press release ; healthcare jobs recession ; jobs for physical therapists ; nursing jobs ; occupational therapists ; The Conference Board ;

Are nursing jobs and allied health jobs really on the rise? Economic think tank, The Conference Board, seems to think so. A global provider of business insights, The Conference Board, reported in October that almost 27,000 jobs were added to online healthcare job boards. Remarkable news in light of an economic downturn that sent the U.S. economy spiraling into oblivion and unemployment soaring into the clouds. healthcare jobs riseAnalysts at American Traveler relied on their own numbers to confirm conference board findings and guess what? Client side demand at the agency is up more than 50 percent, which means nursing jobs - and jobs for physical therapists, occupational therapists and other allied health jobs – are indeed on the rise. But qualified candidates beware! The competition is rigorous, as many healthcare jobs professionals who were laid off due to economic woes will be looking for their jobs back, and many of them are ultra-qualified and immediately hirable. What’s a healthcare jobs seeker to do? Call a qualified agency, says American Traveler recruitment VP Mary Kay Hull, as high-level agencies are positioned well with top hospitals and outpatients centers to immediately deliver qualified healthcare jobs candidates [+]

07
Dec

This post was written by American Traveler Staffing Professionals

Related entries: Healthcare Industry Trends ; How To tips ; Nurse Career ; Nursing Career ; Registered Nurse ; Travel nurse job benefits ; Travel Nurse Jobs ; Travel Nurse Tips ; Travel Nursing ;
Tags: Compact Nursing States ; Life Uniforms ; medical scrubs ; nurse scrubs ; nursing career resources ; Pennsylvania nursing jobs ; Registered Nurse ; scrubs ; scrubs coupon ; scrubs coupons ; Scrubs Magazine ; Travel Nurse Jobs ;

Link into Travel Nurse Wardrobe Resources, Get Scrubs Coupons, Here! nurse scrubsScrubs have come a long way since they catered exclusively to surgeons “scrubbing in” for the OR; no longer strictly blue or green, color choices in medical scrubs abound—and today the majority of registered nurses are proud to wear them. Laura Ashley, Disney and Timberland labels are just a few designers behind fun scrubs, relegating the starched white dress and hat of yesteryear to the back of most registered nurses’ closets. There are, however, a few hospitals in Ohio, Georgia and Utah—the later being one of 24 compact nursing states in the U.S.—that mandate the white uniform for nurses, a rule that eliminates patients’ confusion when it comes to distinguishing among hospital staff. Considering that scrubs outfit so many in healthcare—from doctors and nurses to food and housekeeping personnel—it’s important to note hospital I.D. badges. Travel Nurse Jobs Feel Most Comfortable When They are Outfitted with the Right Resources American Traveler wants members of our team to have access to the very best nursing career resources, so with the spirit of this in mind, we’ve provided a shortlist of some of the best places to find quality [+]

26
Nov

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Related entries: Healthcare Industry Trends ; Nurse Career ; Nursing Career ; Registered Nurse ; Travel Nurse Job Locations ; Travel Nurse Jobs ; Travel Nursing ;
Tags: compact nursing license ; Compact Nursing States ; Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) ; Nurse Licensure Compact States ; registered nurses ; Travel Nurse Jobs ;

nursing license compactIf you’re a registered nurse, you will be happy to note the following: if your primary state of residence is included in the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC), high paying job opportunities are on the rise! You’ll see what we’re talking about when you visit our Go-To Guide for RN's seeking more job opportunities in Compact Nursing States; it's our newest career resource that lists the 24 states currently classified as NLC, in addition to criteria RN's must meet to hold a valid compact nursing license. Visit our new page, and bookmark it today! As a travel nurse, opportunities beckon in multiple places, so why not know everything there is to know about multi-state licensure? What is the Nurse Licensure Compact? The NLC allows a nurse to have one license (in his or her state of residency) and to practice, both physically and electronically, across state lines in any other compact nursing state, subject to each state's practice laws and regulations. This is great news for registered nurses, who will now find it much easier to qualify for travel nurse jobs that are posted throughout the country in compact nursing states.  For more information on multi-state nursing licensure, qualified [+]

16
Nov

This post was written by American Traveler Staffing Professionals

Related entries: Allied Healthcare Careers ; Healthcare Industry Trends ; Nurse Career ; Nursing Career ; Physical Therapist ; Registered Nurse ; Travel Nurse Job Locations ; Travel Nurse Jobs ; Travel Nursing ;
Tags: Emergency Room Jobs ; ER nurse jobs ; Medical Surg nurses ; outpatient surgery ; outpatient surgery center ; physical therapist jobs ; Travel Nurse Jobs ; US hospital ; US hospitals ;

Answering calls for faster, more convenient service in an outpatient setting, hospital systems, big and small, are branching out into the outpatient surgery business. Margins on outpatient surgeries are superior to inpatient counterparts – sometimes by as much as 20 percent, which could lead to a spike in travel nurse jobs in hospital-based surgery centers in select markets. outpatient surgery centerGrowing from about 240 outpatient surgery centers in 1983 to about 5,000 today, the Wall Street Journal reports that 65 percent of all surgeries in the U.S. don’t require an overnight hospital stay, compared to 16 percent in 1980. Minimally invasive techniques, improvements in anesthesia, smaller incisions and less blood loss have all enabled outpatient surgery to gain a stronghold at U.S. hospitals. In addition, financial incentives for hospitals to shift to less complex surgeries amid rising health care costs and changes in Medicare and insurance reimbursements has encouraged the development of both freestanding outpatient surgery centers, as well as hospital-based surgery centers in all 50 states. Opportunities for operating room techs, med/surg nurses, ER nurses and advanced nurse practitioners are expected to be abundant in coming years, as in addition to medically needed surgeries, the popularity of [+]

18
Oct

This post was written by American Traveler Staffing Professionals

Related entries: Healthcare Industry Trends ; Nurse Career ; Nursing Career ; Registered Nurse ; Travel Nurse Jobs ; Travel Nursing ;
Tags: HCAHPS ; HCAHPS patient satisfaction survey ; HCAHPS survey ; Healthcare employers ; hospital staffing ; nurse staff ; patient satisfaction survey ;

The HCAHPS* survey is valuable to healthcare employers and nurse staff alike in that survey results allow hospitals to compare patient experiences geographically with a hospital’s own data and to engage improvement in eight key performance areas: Communication with doctors Communication with nurse staff Responsiveness of hospital staff Pain management Communication about medicines Discharge information Cleanliness of hospital Quietness of hospital environment Patients ranked communication with nurse staff highest in hospitals in Louisiana, South Dakota, North Carolina, Vermont and Mississippi and lowest in hospitals in California, Nevada, Washington D.C. and Hawaii, based on the HCAHPS survey national average. The complete results of the 2009 HCAHPS patient satisfaction survey can be found online at the official HCAHPS website. While communication with nurses and doctors - along with responsiveness of hospital staff and hospital cleanliness - fared well overall in the patient satisfaction survey, patient opinions were markedly lower in areas of communications about medicines, discharge and hospital quietness. The HCAHPS survey, formally endorsed by the National Quality Forum in 2005, embraces three main objectives. First, to identify what consumers feel is most important or lacking in the patient care experience; second, to inspire healthcare employers and nurse staff to continually improve quality of care and [+]

28
Sep

This post was written by American Traveler Staffing Professionals

Related entries: Health Tips ; Healthcare Industry Trends ; How To tips ; Nurse Career ; Nursing Career ; Travel nurse job benefits ; Travel Nursing ; Travelling Nurses ;
Tags: 2011 flu season ; flu shot for nurses ; H1N1 flu vaccine ; The Center for Disease Control ; travel nurses ;

Last year, hospitals required travel nurses to receive the H1N1 flu vaccine in the form of a shot or nasal spray. Now hospitals are strongly encouraging you to get vaccinated again, in preparation for the 2010/2011 flu season; you can read about this year’s flu strain, its symptoms and tips on how to prevent catching the virus at flufacts.com. Flu season begins in October and lasts until May, with outbreaks of influenza peaking in the coldest winter months of December and January; fact: did you know that December 5-11 is National Influenza vaccination week?The Center for Disease Control (CDC) advocates getting vaccinated early. You can browse CDC’s "What you need to Know" facts about this year’s flu strain and 2010/2011 vaccinations, which also protect against H1N1 (swine flu) this year. Travel nurses at American Traveler enjoy healthcare insurance benefits and should take advantage of that full coverage by getting vaccinated ASAP! Plug your current zip code into Take Care Clinics or your nearest pharmacy, where most insurance covers cost. Advise your friends and family that even without insurance, the price of a flu shot runs about $30—a small price to pay when you are guarding against the influenza virus, which factors into [+]

21
Sep

This post was written by American Traveler Staffing Professionals

Related entries: Healthcare Industry Trends ; How To tips ; Nurse Career ; Nurse Interview ; Nursing Career ; Registered Nurse ; Tele/ICU ; Travel Nurse Jobs ; Travel Nurse Life ; Travel Nurse Tips ; Travel Nursing ;
Tags: float shift ; Floating nurses ; Health IT ; How to float safely ; ICU ; Med-Surg ; nurse float shift ; nursing careers ; PACU ; registered nurses ; Telemetry ; Travel Nurse Jobs ;

Advance Your Nursing Career: Take a float shift, share your expertise and rise to all occasions! floating nurse Nurse Managers and healthcare staffing experts agree that it’s a necessity—for any top-notch hospital—to have experienced registered nurses on staff, who float to departments experiencing staffing shortages and higher patient volume. In addition,  floating to departments experiencing staffing shortages assures hospitals that travel nurses really play an important role and can perform to the best of their ability. Registered nurses, among them travel nurses, approach their float assignments capably and with a high degree of adaptability and skill; further good news—as revealed by a study that looked into flexible healthcare staffing approaches, like travel nurse jobs—found that, surprisingly, more nurses are choosing to float in today’s healthcare landscape, rather than waiting to be asked. American Traveler checked in with Clinical Coordinator, Debbie Bacurin, R.N., a former Nurse Manager, to weigh-in on what drives this emerging trend for floating nurses. “We are seeing more and more facilities post float nurse positions, this lets the nurse know upfront that she/he may work on any unit for their scheduled shift. Resource managers are helping nurses on float shifts transition more seamlessly into Med/Surg, [+]

12
Aug

This post was written by American Traveler Staffing Professionals

Related entries: Healthcare Industry Trends ; Nurse Career ; Nurse Certifications ; Nursing Career ; Ongoing Education ; Registered Nurse ; Travel Nurse Jobs ;
Tags: AACN ; American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) ; DNP degree ; doctor of nursing ; Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) ; nursing career path ; nursing jobs ; physical therapists ; registered nurses ;

Nursing schools encourage advanced-practice nurses to earn DNP degree by 2015 A Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree (DNP) is proof of mastery in advanced competencies, adding prestige, as well as higher earning potential to a nursing career. While registered nurses trained at the masters-level provide excellent care, significant technological advances, healthcare reform, and need for bigger and better service recovery call for a doctorate—a consensus reached by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) in late 2004. The trend mirrors what physical therapists and others in certain allied healthcare jobs have been doing for some time—taking their continued competency to the max—until it results in a doctorate. Pharmacists and psychologists made the move long ago; while their title is pronounced “doctor”, most patients understand they are not physicians. DNPs do not complete a dissertation and the focus of their training is not as researched-focused; instead their training focuses on evaluation and use of research rather than conduct of research. Many DNPs are faculty members at teaching hospitals; whether they teach, work in leadership roles, or practice as specialists, DNPs are grabbing the attention of employers and job seekers alike, which paves [+]

06
Aug

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Related entries: Healthcare Industry Trends ; Healthcare Jobs ; Nurse Career ; Nursing Career ; Registered Nurse ;
Tags: Best Childrens Hospital Rankings ; Best Hospitals ; Children’s Hospitals in the United States ; nicu nurse ; Pediatric Nursing ; Pediatric specialties ; Peds nurses ; PICU jobs ; Registered Nurse ;

Are you a Peds Nurse or registered nurse in the NICU, looking to make the honor roll? Registered nurses interested in landing the best travel pediatric nursing jobs in the country—at  teaching hospitals, magnet nurse facilities and large medical centers with cutting edge PICU jobs that treat critically ill newborns—are well advised to pay attention to this Years Honor Roll for Best Children’s Hospitals. Leading travel nurse staffing agencies put Peds nurses and NICU nurses on the map for award winning pediatric care. What about you, personally? Will your next travel nurse job be at a top ranking facility for children with life-threatening or rare conditions beyond the capabilities of most hospitals? Read on for a clearer picture of which medical centers rank the highest in nurse-patient ratios, access to specialists and top notch quality of care in every pediatric specialty. Pediatric Nursing:  Get high ratings for nurse –patient ratio’s The U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll distinguished the best 62 medical facilities (ranked high in at least one specialty) out of more than 5,000 hospitals reviewed— the Best Children's Hospitals rankings are facilities that treat children with cancer, cystic fibrosis, defective hearts and [+]