May 22, 2015
Hospital Jobs with Magnet Recognition The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) created the Magnet Recognition ProgramŽ to recognize health care organizations for their quality patient care, nursing excellence, and innovations in professional nursing practice.
May 22, 2015
Hospital Jobs at Multidisciplinary Health Care Centers In a multidisciplinary care team, comprehensive patient care is delivered by a range of professionals who are functioning as a team to provide the best possible patient outcomes.
May 22, 2015
Fore more rose predictions on the healthcare hiring front, we turn to a new report -- the 2015 HireRight Health Care Spotlight -- that predicts an industry boom for the coming year. In issuing the report, HireRight (a company that provides employment screening services) cites the usual litany of facts and figures -- the "aging population plus increased access to healthcare through the ACA" party line on how demand for healthcare is sure to grow, plus the usual stats from the B.L.S. Five million more healthcare jobs expected between 2012 and 2022, one-third of all jobs created in the decade, etc., etc.
May 20, 2015
In a recent post, we discussed some findings concerning the safety and cost-effectiveness of using temporary nurses to fill employment gaps. Now let's take a closer look at some of those findings, specifically one of the studies on nursing costs. While studies that looked at the safety records of facilities using temporary nurses (i.e. travel nurses, or supplemental nurses) reflected favorably upon their employment -- such nurses tend to be highly qualified, and effective in terms of patient safety and satisfaction, studies showed -- surveys looking at the costs of using temp nurses were more mixed.
May 18, 2015
Travel nursing -- i.e. the use of traveling professional "temp" nurses to fill nursing employment gaps -- has been a useful stopgap for facilities facing nursing shortages and short-term personnel crises. But some industry observers have maintained that there are downsides to employing travel nurses that outweigh the potential benefits. The website IntelliCentrics notes that "in the past, a certain stigma has been attached to traveling nurses. They were thought to not only cost the facility more, but were also seen as negatively affecting patient care." IntelliCentrics says that those attitudes can often be traced to a handful of specific incidents, such as a case in 2011 when, during a California nursing strike, a cancer patient died after a medication error by a replacement nurse.
May 15, 2015
A recent study at The Ohio State University examined ways to reduce workplace stress. And in choosing suitable guinea pigs for the study, researchers looked toward nurses working in a surgical intensive care unit. That should come as no surprise to members of the industry -- when employment pundits make lists of most stressful jobs, nursing often makes the cut. And since the OSU study posits that over 40 percent of Americans say their job is "very" or "extremely" stressful, what better place to start than with a group of workers who rate among the most stressed-out of the stressed-out?
May 14, 2015
So -- bad puns aside -- what is a Magnet hospital, and what does being at a Magnet institution mean, for both patients and personnel? The Magnet Recognition Program was created by the American Nurses Credentialing Center to designate hospitals that meet certain criteria. The operating premise is that hospitals receiving Magnet recognition are institutions that have both better patient outcomes and higher lvels of job satisfaction among nursing staff members.
May 11, 2015
May marks an auspicious occasion for nurses in the United States -- and the world over, for that matter. Florence Nightingale was born on May 12, 1820, and in recognition of her role as the founder of modern nursing, May 6 through 12 was designated National Nurses Week by President Nixon in 1974. That same year, the International Council of Nurses declared International Nurses Week, as well. Becker's Hospital Review has posted its own recognition of National Nurses Week, in the form of a list entitled "50 nursing job trends." Taken as a whole, it offers an interesting quick-take on where modern nursing came from, and where it is now.
May 8, 2015
Let's turn our attention again to this bright and shiny new notion known as "patient-centered care" -- the idea that healthcare providers are becoming increasingly sensitive to the needs and wants of patients, and giving those needs and wants a higher priority in their operational model. Sorta seems like a no-brainer, right? Kaiser Health News recently reported on the new executive at Inova Health Systems, a man who had no previous background in hospital administration, but rather, a background in the hospitality industry.
May 6, 2015
Ah, lists. We all love 'em. And on job and career sites, we can't seem to live without 'em. Now CareerCast Healthcare Network has released its latest, in the form of the 2015 edition of CCHN's annual Best Jobs in Healthcare List -- which, by extension, seems to be the de facto Best Jobs in Healthcare List for Forbes Magazine, as well. And this year's list may sound pretty familiar to anyone who has been keeping up. It's not exactly clear how CareerCast created its 2015 best-jobs roster; the brief summary accompanying the latest list makes an ambiguous reference to their "Jobs Rated report metrics," whatever the heck those are.