Pennsylvania needs more nurses to care for seriously ill children at home. The shortage of home care nurses, partly due to low pay, means some children cannot be discharged from health care facilities because care is not available.
SwedishAmerican Hospital's Center for Mental Health in Rockford, Ill., has hired its first advanced practice registered nurse, Lorri Mostad, who has a psychiatry specialty and can prescribe medications. Mostad says her role is that of a team member working with medical professionals and families, and she focuses more on listening to patients than on prescribing medication.
The number of acute care nurses with a bachelor's degree increased from 44% in 2004 to 57% in 2013, but the gains do not appear to be coming fast enough to reach a goal of 80% by 2020, set by the Institute of Medicine's 2010 Future of Nursing report, according to a study in the Journal of Nursing Scholarship. An estimated 64% of acute care nurses will have a degree by 2020.
NICU nurse manager Jill Krause says part of her job is to empower unit nurses to be problem solvers when changes are needed to improve care. Listening to staff and patients' families while sharing the reasons why change is needed is an important leadership tool, Krause writes.
Kentucky officials say the state will add more than 16,000 new jobs for registered nurses by 2024. Hospitals are offering incentives such as cash and tuition reimbursement. Meanwhile, the University of Louisville Hospital was able to hire 100 nurses in 60 days.
To supplement social media and online job boards, Kindred Healthcare started a Walk-In Wednesday program that guarantees an immediate interview. Senior Vice President of Human Resources Jeff Jasnoff said on Wednesdays everyone becomes a recruiter because a staff person has to be available and trained to do an impromptu interview.
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