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08
Apr

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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 [+]

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: healthcare employer ; hospitals ; Kaiser Permanente ; 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 [+]

29
Aug

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Tags: labor day rns ; nurses on holidays ; Nursing Career ; registered nurses ; Travel nursing careers ;

happy labor day to nursesAs Labor Day, the first Monday in September rolls around, America will celebrate the economic and social contribution of its workers. Why not start with registered nurses, many of whom will report to work during this holiday. While it is true that R.N.s work in one of the most rewarding and exciting professions, a nursing career does require long hours, overtime, and holiday shifts. Still and all, R.N.s from coast to coast will enjoy celebrating this important holiday with patients and colleagues. In honor of Labor Day, consider these reasons to thank a nurse, as well as celebrate his or her positive impact on healthcare. Thank an R.N. for Comforting and Healing Even the Most Difficult Patients. Nurses set the tone for a patient’s overall experience. More often than not, a nurse is the first healthcare professional to interact with a patient. Emotions are running high, sometimes the patient is in a lot of pain, and it’s the nurse job to soothe them into a speedy recovery.  Celebrate this challenge in nursing because:  R.N.s go home every day knowing they gave someone the gift of a lifetime: healing and hope.  Does it [+]

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. [+]

16
Jul

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Tags: ambulatory clinics ; basics on hand washing ; Biovigil ; Biovigil solution ; hand hygiene technology ; healthcare ; Healthcare Facilities ; Hospital-Acquired Infection ; hospitals ; long-term care facilities ; nursing jobs ; Patient Outcomes ; registered nurses ; surgical centers ; videos ; YouTube video ;

Read About Hand Hygiene Technology Here According to the CDC, 1 in every 20 U.S. patients contracts a Hospital-Acquired Infection each year—or, as it’s known by healthcare officials—HAI.  A serious problem in American healthcare facilities that range from surgical centers, ambulatory clinics, long-term care facilities and hospitals alike, HAIs cause an estimated 1.7 million infections each year and 99,000 fatalities. Thankfully, hospitals are aware and employing high tech solutions to bring these numbers down. Companies like Biovigil have created monitoring systems that remind hospital staff to sanitize and chart high and low compliance areas. Interested R.N.s can watch the Biovigil solution demonstration on the YouTube video below. How it works  The R.N. wears a badge linked to the hospital computer database; every time the nurse enters or exits a room, the badge blinks red, giving hospital staff approximately 40 seconds to sanitize their hands. Once that’s done, the R.N. places hands close to the badge and rubbing alcohol is detected, giving them a green light to treat the patient.  Non-compliance sounds an alarm. Everything is recorded electronically, with the eventual goal of raising hand hygiene compliance into the 90th percentiles. Some hospitals have already met this goal, dropping HAIs at Miami Children's Hospital [+]

02
Jul

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Tags: acts of terrorism ; BLS certification ; CEdirect courses ; Community Emergency Response Team ; Continuing Education for nurses ; CPR training ; disaster competencies ; Disaster Relief Plan ; FEMA ; healthcare professionals ; Nurse.com ; registered nurses ; therapists ;

Tips on What to Do for Victims in the Event of a Disaster   Registered nurses and allied healthcare professionals typically treat patients in a controlled environment, but when natural disasters or acts of terrorism strike the communities they live in, they are called upon to provide emergency treatment outside of a hospital. These are a few disaster preparedness tips that travel nurses and therapists can use to help victims in the event of a disaster. Seek training in disaster competencies. Healthcare professionals at American Traveler have access to free and unlimited Continuing Education (CEUs), and can take these courses online. To date, there are several CEdirect courses on mass casualty as well as emergency preparedness, and what other nurses (besides ED and trauma) can do to assist the public and victims waiting in shelters. Click on this professional resources link to find relevant nurse licensure, education and training information that make you better prepared in a crisis.Nurse CPR training Keep current on basic life-support certification and make sure your training covers CPR and first-aid skills: Most healthcare employers require BLS certification, but not necessarily first-aid treatment, which is strongly encouraged for an R.N. at any [+]

11
Jun

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Tags: AACN ; American Association of Colleges of Nursing ; healthcare reform ; Healthcare System ; Medicaid ; Medicare ; National Institute of Nursing Research ; Nurse jobs ; Nursing Career ; nursing shortage ; Registered Nurse ; registered nurses ; Title VIII nursing workforce ; White House Initiatives ;

To meet the needs of the current and projected state of healthcare, The White House has earmarked millions in federal spending to expand the nation's health workforce capacity and distribution of primary care providers. The following are positive outcomes of these White House initiatives, effecting registered nurses all over the country. Continued support and funding for the Title VIII nursing workforce development program Advancement in the nursing sciences through funding of the National Institute of Nursing ResearchWhitehouse innitiatives for nurses A stronger commitment to ensuring all Americans have access to high-quality care, by increasing access to nurse managed health centers as well as primary care health providers Reduction of costs by decreasing the need for more invasive treatment, preventable through early and continuous follow-up care, managed or overseen by care coordinators/navigators; this is a new process and nursing position that is a result of the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act”. Promoting the importance of advanced educational degrees in nursing that bolster the R.N.’s role in the country’s evolving healthcare system. Ensure that survey figures released by The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) continue to rise. (According to the AACN, enrollment in all types of professional nursing [+]

12
May

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Tags: ACO ; Affordable Healthcare Act ; Case Management Jobs ; hospital readmissions ; medical homes ; registered nurses ; Registered Nurses Career ; Telephonic nursing ;

The healthcare landscape is changing, in part because of Accountable Care Organizations (ACO), patient-centered medical homes and other initiatives coming from the Affordable Health Care Act; these new jobs are about community-based nursing, and take advantage of skills R.N.s already have, giving them plenty of room to expound on that expertise. case management nurseIn ACO, registered nurses assume responsibility for a patient population and its advocacy; in this emerging role, RN’s educate and engage the patient to a point where some view it as a perfect storm of medical science and the psychology of nursing—a smart move in the wake of healthcare reform creating the need for more care at a higher quality, and lower cost. Nursing jobs that make up a successful ACO are primarily case management jobs, growing by leaps and bounds as technological advances improve patients’ experiences and clinical outcomes. Travel nurses are using a blend of clinical expertise, financial and resource management skills, to earn top paying nursing jobs across the country. These R.N.s are skilled in data analytics, in addition to ensuring patients take prescribed medications, follow through with appointments and follow treatment guidelines. This results in fewer readmissions to the [+]

05
May

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Tags: American Academy of Nursing ; National Nurses Week ; Nursing Quality ; patient care ; registered nurses ; travel nursing jobs ;

2013 Theme: Delivering Quality and Innovation in Patient Care Celebrate Nurse Week 2013 As a registered nurse among some 3.1 million R.N.s in America, you can always count on National Nurses Week as a time that brings pleasant surprises to the workplace—like a guest speaker who is a big advocate for nurses, commemorative luncheon or party, or other appreciative gesture made by your hospital employer. While it’s a time for some well-deserved celebration, countess registered nurses look forward to this week in May for its outreach potential as well. Whether it’s nominating a colleague for a special award this week, or winning honor and recognition personally, National Nurses Week is something to look forward to, as hospitals across the United States focus not just on thanking hard working R.N.s in staffing jobs and travel nursing jobs, but on patient advocacy and innovation in times of healthcare reform and a nursing shortage. Besides wearing an official "RN Pin" this week, these are some other things nurses can do to celebrate the profession in ways highlighted by the American Nursing Association. Be an innovator: Innovative thinking helps patients find solutions to their most troublesome problems; innovation can also reduce fall rates [+]