Baby Boomers are expected to drive demand for registered nurses | Health care industry hiring picks up in September | Hospitals contend with nursing shortage, tight budgets
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October 16, 2012
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Baby Boomers are expected to drive demand for registered nurses
Hospitals are looking to hire nurses as they prepare for an increase in demand brought on by Baby Boomers reaching retirement age, according to this article. "It seems like we always need more hands," said Jamie Malneritch, a part-time registered nurse with Scripps Health in San Diego. "Nursing is flourishing." USA Today (10/5)
Industry and Employment Trends
Health care industry hiring picks up in September
Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show the health care industry generated 43,500 more jobs last month. Hospitals added 8,000 employees, while jobs in physician's offices grew by 6,600. Modern Healthcare (free registration) (10/5)
Hospitals contend with nursing shortage, tight budgets
Budget pressures have forced many hospitals to cut staff in recent years, making it more difficult for them to meet the health care needs of the aging U.S. population, observers say. The nursing shortage could become more problematic with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, which is expected to increase the number of people with health insurance, and therefore could boost demand for health care services. Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (10/10)
AHRQ drafts system for patients to report medical mistakes
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is seeking approval on a prototype questionnaire that would encourage patients to report health care providers' errors and drug-related adverse events. The questionnaires or program information would be available at hospitals, doctors' offices and pharmacies and mailed to patients along with insurers' explanations of benefits. Researchers at the RAND Corp. and ECRI Institute would analyze the reports. The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (9/22)
Nurses Everyday
IT startup tests nurse call systems
Starling Health is testing its nurse call system in two hospitals in West Virginia and New York. The firm is developing software that operates on mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets. The system can route certain types of calls to specific staff members. (10/8)
Filipino nurses win settlement in language lawsuit
Delano Regional Medical Center in California has agreed to pay nearly $1 million to dozens of Filipino nurses and medical staff members to settle charges it created a hostile work environment, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced. The nurses filed a lawsuit after the medical center banned workers from speaking Filipino and Tagalog languages while in the workplace. Bloomberg Businessweek/The Associated Press (10/17)
Nurses' perceptions match data on hospital quality, study shows
The perceptions of nurses concerning the quality of hospital care accurately matched performance indicators, according to a study in the journal Research in Nursing and Health. "Although the patient's perspective is the most relevant quality-of-care indicator, nurse-reported quality of care is clearly a valuable indicator of hospital quality," lead author Matthew McHugh said. HealthDay News (10/11)
Other News
Continuing Education
Mo. schools get almost $1M in grants to educate nurses
Almost $1 million worth of grants is going to seven Missouri colleges to support nurse education. The money comes from nurse licensing fees, and schools can use it to hire educators, support scholarships and purchase equipment. The Kansas City Star (Mo.)/The Associated Press (9/20)
Bioscience school to adopt career-related instruction
In an Oregon district, a new high school focused on preparing students for health and medical careers is being constructed. The state-of-the-art Henrietta Lacks Health and Bioscience High School is expected to open next year, and will be open to all students who want to enroll. The focus, officials say, will be on preparing students for jobs in nursing, pharmacy and related fields and providing career-related instruction. The Oregonian (Portland) (10/2)
Leadership and Management
Iowa hospital taps retired nurse to oversee big renovation project
Trinity Muscatine Hospital in Iowa persuaded retired nurse Linda Pace to return to work to oversee an $18.5 million renovation. Aside from making sure construction crews do not get in the way of patients, Pace guides the schedule for work on the emergency department, operating rooms, lab and radiology department. Muscatine Journal (Iowa) (9/19)
Nurse navigators tackle readmission rates at Ill. hospital
A team of nurse navigators at St. John's Hospital in Springfield, Ill., is part of a pilot project aimed at reducing hospital readmissions. The nurses work with physician offices to provide extra care for patients with chronic conditions. The hospital faces a penalty from CMS for having too many readmissions for heart failure, heart attack or pneumonia. The State Journal-Register (Springfield, Ill.) (10/13)
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Who's Hiring?
Position TitleCompany NameLocation
Manager Cancer Services - Mercy Medical CenterMinistry Health CareUS - WI - Oshkosh
RN UNIT BASED-PRN-SAH Neuro/ Trauma I.C.U.Centura HealthUS - CO - Lakewood
UM/ Discharge Planner - St. Elizabeth Hospital - 20 hrs/ wk Day ShiftMinistry Health CareUS - WI - Appleton
Staff Nurse (RN) - GI/ Endoscopy (Part Time, Mon-Sat ; RN Exp Req'dBarnes-Jewish HospitalUS - MO - St. Louis
Staff Nurse, Subacute/ Rehab - Mercy Medical Center - 36 hours/ weekMinistry Health CareUS - WI - Oshkosh
Registry RN Clinician IAlexian Brothers Health SystemUS - IL
Registered Nurse - Acute Care - Part Time - Primarily Days (Our Lady of Victory Hospital, Stanley, WMinistry Health CareUS - WI - Stanley
COORD, MECHANICAL DEVICE - VAD - FT DaysBarnes-Jewish HospitalUS - MO - St. Louis
STAFF RN - ANTEPARTUM (Part-Time Nights - 24 hrs/ wk)Barnes-Jewish HospitalUS - MO - St. Louis
UM/ Discharge Planner - St. Elizabeth Hospital - ReliefMinistry Health CareUS - WI - Appleton
PCTAlexian Brothers Health SystemUS - IL
Registry RN Clinician IAlexian Brothers Health SystemUS - IL
MEDICAL ASSISTANTCentura HealthUS - CO - Parker
STAFF RN - Special Care Nursery (Part-Time Nights 18 hrs/ wk)Barnes-Jewish HospitalUS - MO - St. Louis
RN-SFMC PEDIATRICSCentura HealthUS - CO - Colorado Springs
Cardiac Cath RN - Mercy Medical Center - 32 hours/ weekMinistry Health CareUS - WI - Oshkosh
Home Health Nurse - Rhinelander- part-timeMinistry Health CareUS - WI - Rhinelander
RN-MRMC RADIOLOGY C.T. SCANCentura HealthUS - CO - Durango
CNA-PCC SKILLED NURSINGCentura HealthUS - CO - Canon City
RN-PAH MICUCentura HealthUS - CO - Denver
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