21,000 new health care jobs added in June | N.J. needs medical interpreters, bilingual health care staff | Calif. county begins push to add more than 700 nurses
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July 15, 2014
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21,000 new health care jobs added in June
Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed the health care industry generated 21,000 jobs last month. Ambulatory services added 13,000 jobs, while residential care centers and hospitals added 6,000 and 2,200 jobs, respectively. BeckersHospitalReview.com (7/7)
Industry and Employment Trends
N.J. needs medical interpreters, bilingual health care staff
A Rutgers Center for State Health Policy report on patient language and cultural barriers calls for more trained medical interpreters in New Jersey health care facilities, as well as the recruitment of immigrants and bilingual students for nursing and medical programs. The Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital provides training and works with the Health Sciences and Technology High School to educate students for careers in health care. NJSpotlight.com (New Jersey) (6/30)
Calif. county begins push to add more than 700 nurses
Los Angeles County officials have started hiring hundreds of nurses to meet increased demand for health care expected under the Affordable Care Act. The county runs 19 clinics and four hospitals, and additional nurses should reduce costs and increase care quality, health officials say. KPCC-FM (Los Angeles) (6/30)
VA makes significant additions even as federal hiring falls
Hiring by the U.S. government slowed in fiscal 2013, but about a third of new federal employees joined the Department of Veterans Affairs as it added health care professionals, including nurses. Veterans made up 45% of federal hires for the year. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (7/10)
Demand for APRNs rises sharply, staffing analysis finds
The shortage of primary care providers and an increasing number of outpatient clinics have driven a surge in demand for advance practice registered nurses and physician assistants, according to national health care search firm Merritt Hawkins. Data from this year's Review of Physician and Advanced Practitioner Recruiting Incentives indicate that demand for nurse practitioners and PAs increased 320% over the past three years. American City Business Journals/Dallas/DBJ Confidential blog (7/10)
Nurses Everyday
Why nurses should earn more
Nurses are among those who deserve greater pay based on their education, training and job responsibilities, according to this informal look at salaries. Nurses' earnings vary widely by state, but the educational requirements and demanding work are constants. Wall St. Cheat Sheet (6/29)
Continuing Education
Nursing program teaches students specifics about veterans' care
Marquette University's College of Nursing teaches its students about caring for veterans in a program with the Zablocki Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Milwaukee, one of six VA Nursing Academic Partnership programs. This program teaches nurses specific skills for treating veterans who may have varied needs because of their service experiences. "The unique thing about the program is building that awareness for students to ask veterans about their experiences. I think it's a trust issue," said Marquette's Amber Young-Brice, a clinical instructor. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (tiered subscription model) (6/28)
Ill. community colleges to discuss 4-year nursing degrees
Illinois community college presidents will meet to discuss whether to seek legislation allowing them to offer four-year degrees, Carl Sandburg College President Lori Sundberg says. Staffing demands from health care employers, particularly for nurses, are driving the discussion, Sundberg said. WGIL-AM (Galesburg, Ill.) (6/26)
Leadership and Management
SANE training helps nurses care for sexual assault victims
Nurses can be trained and certified through the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program to help children and adults. The program teaches nurses how to collect evidence and care for victims. Hospitals may have SANE-trained nurses in units such as maternity, behavioral health and the emergency department. SeacoastOnline (Portsmouth, N.H.) (tiered subscription model) (7/13)
Virtuwell rolls out in Va.
An online telehealth service called Virtuwell was recently launched in Virginia by Minnesota-based HealthPartners to give patients access to experienced nurse practitioners at any time of day. The service, which charges a flat fee per consultation, employs NPs who can diagnose a limited list of conditions and provide drug prescriptions online to patients. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (7/13)
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To help nurses manage their daily challenges and chart a course toward professional growth and satisfaction, Nursing Success TV was created to provide nurses across all specialties and experience levels with insights and advice from their peers. Each episode includes a career-related educational segment, a personal story from a nurse called "One Nurse's Success," and "Ask Dr. Phyllis," a segment in which Dr. Phyllis Quinlan, RN, Ph.D., will answer questions sent in from nurses throughout the nation. According to Dr. Quinlan, "This is nurse-to-nurse straight talk that will address the real issues of real nurses in today's workforce. Nursing Success TV enables nurses to learn from each other by featuring the vast amount of knowledge and thought leadership held within the nursing community."

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