U.S. health care hiring in July steady at 7,000 new jobs | Hiring begins at VA Medical Center in Phoenix | States make it easier for retired clinicians to keep working
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August 19, 2014
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U.S. health care hiring in July steady at 7,000 new jobs
Health care overall added 7,000 new jobs last month, about the same as the month before, according to federal data. Hospitals and nursing homes lost jobs, but hiring by ambulatory care facilities increased, mostly through positions in physician offices and at home-care companies. Recent flat hiring by hospitals may reflect mergers, payer incentives to shift care to outpatient settings and payment cuts in states that did not expand Medicaid. Crain's Detroit Business/Modern Healthcare (8/4), Forbes (8/1)
Industry and Employment Trends
Hiring begins at VA Medical Center in Phoenix
The Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Phoenix is recruiting 1,000 nurses, physicians and nonclinical staff. New VA Secretary Robert McDonald visited the center recently and pledged to improve the system, make all employees accountable and put the focus on serving veterans. American City Business Journals/Phoenix/Health Care Daily blog (8/11)
States make it easier for retired clinicians to keep working
States are considering legislation to make it easier for nurses and physicians to work after retiring from full-time careers. Ralph Henderson of AMN Healthcare says assignments that allow clinicians to give back to the community are popular with retirees, and some nurses seek temporary placements where their children live so they can spend time with grandchildren. HealthLeaders Media (7/21)
Neb. state senator will reintroduce scope-of-practice bill
Nebraska state Sen. Sue Crawford says she will reintroduce a bill next year that would permit nurse practitioners in the state to practice without written physician agreements after 2,000 hours of practice under a more experienced colleague. The measure was vetoed by the governor last session, but supporters say requiring integrated practice agreements makes it more difficult to bring advanced practice nurses to Nebraska and to retain those working in rural Nebraska. The Washington Times/The Associated Press (8/10)
Nurses Everyday
RN: Nurses will find many uses for wearable technology
Nurses may find many uses for wearable technology such as Google Glass for tasks related to patient care, education and professional practices, registered nurse Susan Sportsman writes. "Although wearable tech comes with limitations related to power, privacy, interface and connectivity, nurses will benefit from this game-changing innovation," she writes. AdvanceWeb.com (8/5)
Oversight fees may affect recruitment of nurse practitioners
New Mexico began recruiting nurse practitioners last year using the fact that it did not have a physician oversight requirement or the big fees that often accompany it. While New Mexico's recruitment success is not yet known, fees may be a big motivator for advance practice registered nurses. Susan Lynch, CEO of the Florida Association of Nurse Practitioners, says payments to physicians for oversight vary by region, and the price can be high. Healthcare Finance News (8/4)
Continuing Education
Recruiters: Bachelor's degree makes a difference in nursing
Job seekers should stay on top of trends, including the value of a bachelor's degree in the eyes of employers, recruiters say. In fields such as nursing, more employers are seeking bachelor's-prepared job candidates, in part because nurse education is a factor in receiving and maintaining a facility's Magnet status. U.S. News & World Report (8/4)
Pre-bachelor's jobs grow quickly, but pay is higher for RNs with BSNs
Health care jobs that do not require a bachelor's degree are among the fastest-growing in the nation's largest metro areas, according to a Brookings Institution report, and they can be a gateway to becoming a registered nurse with a bachelor's degree. Higher pay comes with BSNs, and about 60% of RNs nationwide have at least a bachelor's degree. "We're really heavily focused on bachelor's degree RNs. But there are avenues to help people to get into those roles. We do a lot to help them achieve the education required," said Scott Doak, an executive at the Cleveland Clinic. The Detroit News (7/25), WAER-FM (Syracuse, N.Y.) (7/28), The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) (7/24)
Leadership and Management
Online health service to connect patients to nurse practitioners
Minneapolis-based Hennepin County Medical Center will unveil an online diagnosis service to enable patients to seek medical care for common health conditions. Using the provider's patient portal MyChart, patients will be connected with HCMC nurse practitioners who will offer diagnoses and treatments for conditions including heartburn, allergies and urinary problems. Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal (8/7)
Study supports bigger role for nurses in patient care
Data from 18 studies show that nurses could help relieve a shortage of primary care physicians by expanding their jobs to take on management of patients with chronic conditions. Lead author Ryan Shaw, a registered nurse, said nurses would first get additional training and would work in teams with physicians, nurse practitioners and other clinicians. In an accompanying editorial in the Annals of Internal Medicine, two physicians wrote that the U.S. needs new care models and "enlisting nurses will be central to this effort." Reuters (7/15)
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Staff RN Good Samaritan EDMultiCare Health SystemPuyallup, WA
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