Healthcare Industry Trends Category

26
Nov

This post was written by American Traveler Staffing Professionals

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

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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 [+]

14
Jul

This post was written by American Traveler Staffing Professionals

Related entries: Healthcare Industry Trends ; Healthcare Jobs ; Nurse Career ; Nursing Career ; Registered Nurse ; Travel Nurse Jobs ; Travel Nursing ; Travelling Nurses ;
Tags: Case Management Jobs ; nurse manager jobs ; nurse shortage ; RN jobs ; Travel Nurse Jobs ;

The recession has created a tough environment for Americans and the businesses, institutions and non-profits that make our world go round. The healthcare industry is no exception, yet nursing case management jobs help hospitals financially, as well as promote patient advocacy and customer satisfaction that lead to saving billions of dollars, in what might have been missed billing charges or unnecessary treatments. 'Anything’ and ‘everything’ are meaningful words for Case Mangers in travel nurse jobs; though, they are expected to wear many hats, most CMs welcome the challenge of residing at the nerve center of today’s health care delivery system. Nursing Case Management jobs exist not just in hospitals, but in rehabilitation centers, home health agencies, or any medical facility in which the managerial talents and strong personal ethics of RNs and/or social workers are required. RNs in case management jobs  are frequently assistants in placing patients in extended care, hospice and other specific treatment programs. Travel nurse jobs that attract talented case mangers expect these professionals to rise to the occasion—of thoroughly reviewing all medical documentation and testing, lucky enough to cross their path. When the i’s are all dotted and the t’s crossed, [+]

16
Jun

This post was written by American Traveler Staffing Professionals

Related entries: Healthcare Industry Trends ; Nurse Certifications ; Nursing Career ; Ongoing Education ; Registered Nurse ; Travel Nurse Job Locations ; Travel Nurse Jobs ; Travel Nursing ; Travelling Nurses ;
Tags: 4 year nurse degree ; New Jersey nursing jobs ; New York nurse jobs ; nurse licensing ; nurse shortage ; nursing bachelor degree ; registered nurses ; RN degree ; technical vs. professional nurse ;

Read about technical vs. professional nurse training and why it matters Its been said there’s more than one way to skin a cat. The same might be true of seeking licensure as a registered nurse; those on track to a permanent or travel nursing career can achieve success in several different ways—the interesting part of that statement being, no matter your chosen path to licensure, the examination at the end of your nurse training is exactly the same. The options for students interested in nursing jobs break down into these avenues: you can get a four-year nursing degree, or bachelor of science (in nursing) and be deemed a “professional nurse”; you can get an associate's degree, which takes two to three years—or you can go to a diploma school for about three years. It so happens that community colleges produce more than half of the country's new nurses; not surprising considering it’s the fastest and least expensive way to become an RN; should you go this route, you are deemed a “technical nurse” and may not get the same preferential treatment in hiring as professional and graduate nurses. The encouraging news for those new to [+]

09
Jun

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Related entries: Gadgets ; Healthcare Industry Trends ; Ongoing Education ; Operating Room (OR) ; Registered Nurse ; Travel Nurse Jobs ; Videos ;
Tags: Intuitive Surgical Company ; medical robotics ; Medical Surg nurses ; nursing jobs ; OR nurse jobs ; OR nursing jobs ; The da Vinci Surgical System ;

OR Nurse Jobs get more cutting-edge with the da Vinci© Surgical System Surgery used to present two options for doctors and their patients: a large open incision or laparoscopy; in the case of the later, surgery was limited to a handful of simple procedures, but now there’s an alternative that can be used in a wide variety of complex surgeries—and the fun part? It looks a little like a video game in an arcade. What are we talking about? The da Vinci© Surgical System, a hot topic in the medical community, and one that encourages Med/surg nurses to advance their education on medical robotics; just like their colleagues in OR nursing jobs, are encouraged to learn everything they can to better assist post-op patients. If you fall under the OR nurse jobs or Med/Surg category, consider the da Vinci a buzz-word in your continuing education as a nursing caregiver. Chances are you’ll concur with studies on the positive clinical outcomes (like reduced pain) of this high tech surgery and understand why more and more hospitals are welcoming da Vinci in. Created by the Intuitive Surgical company and named after Leonardo da Vinci for its precision in anatomy and 3-D images reminiscent of his drawings, [+]