Jul 6, 2015
The effects that exercise has on our health has been well documented and well reported, but what seldom gets discussed is the effects that exercise has on job performance. Some companies recognize these benefits and offer health and fitness programs to their employees. Itís time for you to take advantage of these benefits, whether that means advancing in your career, dealing with stressful situations better, or simply enjoying your job more.
Jul 1, 2015
Searching endlessly in the paper, online, and through other outlets is not only tiring, but it is time youíre wasting. You could be spending your time putting in hours, caring for patients, and loving what you do; all while making money. Through this cheat sheet, you can find out the secrets to finding the ideal job, in your neighborhood, where you love to be every day.
Jun 30, 2015
A recent NPR report tells that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has decided to crack down on an industry with a long history of workers with special work-related healthcare issues. The surprise is that industry is the healthcare industry itself. NPR reports that nurses and nursing assistants suffer more debilitating back and arm injuries than any other occupation. Such injuries are caused primarily by lifting and moving patients, the report says. Many nurses end up having to undergo orthopedic procedures, and many quit the field due to injury.
Jun 29, 2015
In the wake of Supreme Court rulings on various aspects of the Affordable Care Act, Becker's Hospital Review has published a list of "The 8 Biggest Healthcare Issues in 2015 So Far." And not surprisingly, all of those issues are either directly or indirectly related to the ACA. It's a thought-provoking list, inasmuch as Becker's provides a largely spin-free look at the real fallout from the ACA -- the good, the bad, and the stuff that just doesn't even make sense.
Jun 24, 2015
At the Hospital Impact website, blogger and healthcare professional Thomas Dahlborg recently posted an interesting column about "the need for empathy in healthcare." It's almost hard to wrap your head around the story Dahlborg relates: while visiting a large hospital in the Midwest, he and the resident chief nursing officer (CNO) engage in a wide-ranging discussion on policy and patient care. Dahlborg relates his own experience to the CNO, telling of how he learned with time that providers must often go the extra mile in order to connect with patients. That a "difficult patient" may be suffering from any number of problems related to his/her background and environment, and that those problems may explain why, for instance, he/she has trouble maintaining a dietary regimen. Or refuses to exercise. Or reacts badly to certain overtures from staff.
Jun 22, 2015
Changes in healthcare are putting a new spin on an old practice. The humble house call, it would seem, is a thing again, according to a recent Associated Press article. AP details how Medicare has completed the first year of a three-year study to see whether home-based care -- including house calls -- can save money over traditional hospitalization. The answer so far seems to be a resounding "yes," as Medicare revealed that it saved more than $25 million in the first year.
Jun 19, 2015
In 2010, the Institute of Medicine set forth an ambitious goal in its "The Future of Nursing" report: By 2020, the IOM called for 80 percent of registered nurses in the United States to have at least a bachelor's degree. In a recent Becker's Hospital Review post, BHR checked in with Dr. F. Patrick Robinson, dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences at Capella University, to see where the U.S. stands vis a vis that goal.
Jun 18, 2015
We recently looked at some of the latest healthcare job statistics, including the news that there were 910,000 job listings in the healthcare industry in the U.S. in April, versus only 513,000 new hirees added to payrolls. Now let's look at the spin some industry observers are putting on those stats. "Health care is a job seeker's paradise," reported Money Talks News. Bloomberg Business noted that healthcare help-wanted ads "have been on a tear."
Jun 15, 2015
Becker's Hospital Review just re-shared a 2014 op-ed from Indiana University prof Dr. Richard Gunderman entitled "How to Discourage a Doctor." The piece is a tongue-in-cheek (i.e. fictional) recounting of a doctor who accidentally picks up an eyes-only bureaucratic missive detailing how to keep physicians in their place, constrained by the misguided directives of bean-counting hospital administrators.
Jun 12, 2015
Our friends at the Bureau of Labor Statistics have issued another round of monthly and yearly data, and some more characteristically optimistic predictions to accompany it. And yes, healthcare jobs seem to be continuing in a strong upward growth trend. Looking at the big picture, the U.S. added 280,000 jobs in May, and 47,000 of those were in healthcare/social assistance. That represented a slight uptick from April, when the industry added around 45,000 new jobs.