registered nurses Category

14
Oct

This post was written by American Traveler Staffing Professionals

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Tags: ebola outbreak ; healthcare professionals ; hospital staff ; registered nurses ; USA ebola virus ;

The second case of Ebola has been reported in the United States; as many already know, the patient is a registered nurse working at a Dallas, Texas hospital, who cared for a man who succumbed to Ebola earlier this month. The RN is now being treated in isolation and is in stable condition; like so many registered nurses, this critical care RN, who has been identified by the media, is known for treating her patients with compassion and doing her job with great integrity. Thousands of people, American Traveler among them, are wishing her a safe and expedient recovery. Clinical Manager of American Traveler, Deborah Bacurin, RN adds, “We want to assure all of our healthcare providers that we are here to assist them in any way that we can. We respect and have a great deal of admiration for all that they do every day, not just during this situation. We do ask that they fall back on their Infection Control practices and training, and review their current facilities’ policies and procedures. The best place to go for the most accurate and up to date information about Ebola is the CDC website.” Watch Dr. Thomas Frieden, CDC Director, explain improved training and protocol [+]

18
Sep

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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 [+]

03
May

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Related entries: Events ; Healthcare Industry Trends ; National Nurse Week ; Nurses ; Registered Nurse ;
Tags: National Nurses Week ; nursing career path ; Nursing Leadership ; registered nurses ;

It's also about Appreciating What They Do in a Rapidly Evolving Healthcare System This week, registered nurses are being celebrated for the dynamic range of responsibilities they execute so well: from ensuring smooth and seamless patient care, to getting supplies ready for every medical procedure under the sun, to EHR implementation (electronic health records), a new technology for many of the nation’s millions of RNs.national nurses week 2014 Nurses, while on the front-lines of patient care, also work behind the scenes as critical users of EHRs; their evolving duties in a 21st century medical landscape require special leadership qualities that are recognized around the world on International Nurses Day (May 12) and all week through, May 6 through the 12th in the United States. The theme chosen for this year’s National Nurses Week, "Transforming Healthcare Through Nursing Leadership" lives up to its name on the ANA website, where RNs can register for a free webinar that explores the evolving nature of healthcare, and educates nurses on how to step out of their comfort zones and meet the needs of thousands of new patients, as a result of healthcare reform and changes to Medicare. INNOVATION AND CREATIVITY ARE REQUIRED [+]

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 [+]

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 [+]

29
Aug

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Related entries: Healthcare Jobs ; Nurse Career ; Nursing Career ; Travel nurse job benefits ; Travel Nurse Jobs ;
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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Related entries: Allied Health Careers ; Healthcare Industry Trends ; Nurse Career ; Nursing Career ; Occupational Therapist Career ; Physical Therapist Career ; Registered Nurse ; Therapy Jobs ; Travel nurse job benefits ; Travel Nurse Jobs ; Travel Nursing ; Travel Therapists ; Travel Therapy Jobs ;
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 [+]