Survey shows high job confidence among health care professionals | Survey: More than half of RNs, APNs would choose nursing again | Health care looks for ways to address aging workforce
November 20, 2015
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Survey shows high job confidence among health care professionals
A survey of nurses and other health care professionals found 66% were confident of their ability to find a new job, but only 32% said they were likely to look for one over the next year. The Harris Poll survey conducted for Randstad Healthcare found 36% of professionals said more health care jobs have become available. "The fact that health care workers indicated the highest confidence levels we've ever recorded is a sign the job market for these professionals is providing more opportunities, and the sector is experiencing the rapid growth many economists expected," Randstad President Abigail Tremble said. (11/13)
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Survey: More than half of RNs, APNs would choose nursing again
A Medscape survey of more than 8,000 US nurses found 60% of advanced practice nurses and 56% of registered nurses would choose nursing again as their career. The survey found 52% of nurses got a salary increase in 2014. About half of nurses who had attained a doctoral degree said they would choose the same educational program again, while one-third would work on another master's degree. Medscape (free registration) (11/17), Reuters (11/18)
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Calif. nursing school emphasizes diversity in recruiting
Samuel Merritt University's nursing program is emphasizing diversity in its recruitment of faculty, staff and students. Shirley Strong, the school's chief diversity officer, said the goal is to train more nurses for decision-making roles, including registered nurse, case manager and nurse practitioner. KPCC-FM (Los Angeles) (11/13)
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Study examines e-prescribing rate among ED staff members
A study conducted by Children's National Health System found e-prescribing rates to be higher among nurse practitioners and physician assistants than physicians in the emergency department. The e-prescribing rate among physician assistants was 46.2%, and 38.6% among nurse practitioners, compared with 41.1% among pediatric emergency physicians with at least five years of experience. The study, which examined e-prescribing from December 2013 to October 2014, found that less-experienced attendings and fellows had rates close to 30%. (11/18)
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On GivingTuesday, Dec. 1, AWHONN will join charities around the world to celebrate generosity and to give. And as part of GivingTuesday, many of the AWHONN sections have joined Facebook to help spread awareness about the work of AWHONN and to raise funds online for Every Woman, Every Baby, AWHONN's charitable giving program. Visit their giving pages to learn more. Funds raised on GivingTuesday count toward the Every Woman, Every Baby Section Challenge. Complimentary registrations to the 2016 AWHONN Annual Convention in Grapevine, Texas, will be awarded to the Section with the greatest participation rate based on a percentage of their total Section membership, and to the Section raising the most in charitable donations. Contact to learn how you can participate and support Every Woman, Every Baby!
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Reach more parents with an online childbirth class
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Nurse-led removal of catheters linked with fewer CAUTIs in study
A hospital-based study in JAMA Internal Medicine found that a directive that empowered nurses to examine patients and remove urinary catheters without patient-specific orders was associated with a reduction in the rate of catheter-associated urinary tract infections. Average UC duration in intervention wards was 2.8 days compared with 3.6 days in control wards. Medscape (free registration) (11/18)
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RN says attitude is important at the end-of-life
A person's attitude toward dying can make a big difference in suffering and acceptance at the end-of-life, writes registered nurse, attorney and end-of-life adviser Susan Dolan. People who acknowledge and talk about suffering may better understand the meaning of it, and not avoiding the process may help people achieve growth, compassion and understanding, Dolan writes. The Huffington Post (11/16)
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Why every baby deserves optimal care in the NICU
Premature babies depend on us as nurses and parents to be their advocates, their protectors and most importantly their voices. Their development in the NICU should mimic as closely as possible the uterine environment. As new parents of NICU babies, it is often hard to understand this concept, and that is when the NICU nurse is your best resource for education about your new baby. Read one nurse's story about her experience with her twin daughters in her NICU and her hopes that all of our most vulnerable infants get to experience the same type of care. Read the blog post.
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Updated Go The Full 40 toolkit available
AWHONN nurses encourage women to Go The Full 40™ when all is healthy and well with mom's pregnancy. Discover new ways to share your support of full-term births for babies -- as well as the health benefits for both mom and baby -- when you download our updated Go The Full 40™ Implementation Toolkit, which features sample social media posts, colorful infographics, ideas for sharing the campaign, and more. View the Toolkit.
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