Banner Health in Arizona needs to fill 1,500 jobs, including nurses in areas such as intensive care and behavioral health. Carol Cheney, vice president of staffing and workforce planning, said Banner has to hire the right balance of experienced and new graduates, but in some specialized areas it can be difficult to find experienced nurses to fill positions.
Penn Highlands Healthcare is growing and will need more doctors, nurses and other employees, said CEO Steven Fontaine. About 195 clinical positions will need to be filled over the next three years, he said.
Connecticut's Hartford HealthCare system wants to hire nurses and other providers and has staff needs in specialty areas. HHC started an operating room specialty nurse program with area colleges, to provide on-site training during a nursing student's senior year.
Nurses who want to change their specialty area should first ensure they don't have more general issues that a change in specialty will not address, writes registered nurse Robert Hess Jr. Seek an area that matches your motivations, learn as much as possible and prioritize programs that support training or provide tuition reimbursement.
B. Scot Hart served two deployments in Iraq with the Army and worked for the Peace Corps in Africa, but health care was his calling so he became a certified nurse-midwife and works at St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth, Minn. Hart also cared for Navajo populations in New Mexico, and said he believed he could make a difference in the lives of pregnant women.
The Illinois Health Care Violence Prevention Act, recently signed into law, will take effect in January and use a multifaceted approach to reducing workplace violence against nurses. It includes mandated workplace violence prevention programs and the posting of notices warning against verbal aggression and physical assault.
Join us on Sept. 27 at noon Eastern Time for a webinar titled "The High BMI Mother: Challenges and Care Strategies Related to Patient Safety and the Obstetrical Nurse." Deborah Cruz, RN will discuss the prevalence of high BMI in women of childbearing age. Learn to recognize and assess maternal and fetal risks and apply strategic interventions to promote a safe maternal-fetal environment. Phillips Healthcare supports this webinar in association with AWHONN. Register here.
AWHONN's Save Your Life magnet alerts women to signs of potential life-threatening complications that could occur after childbirth. Clinicians now have the ability to purchase Save Your Life magnets and downloadable Save Your Life magnet templates for the use within their hospital and to give to discharged new mothers. Purchase for your hospital.