Health care industry adds 30,500 jobs in Oct. | Experts say Ohio is short NPs to meet primary care demands | Research shows increased physician assistant hiring
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November 20, 2012
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Health care industry adds 30,500 jobs in Oct.
Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed the health care industry generated 30,500 jobs in October. Hospitals added 6,200 jobs last month, while physician offices and outpatient clinics added 11,200 and 1,700 jobs, respectively, researchers noted. BeckersHospitalReview.com (11/2)
Experts say Ohio is short NPs to meet primary care demands
Ohio faces a shortage of nurse practitioners, who are needed to meet primary care demands, especially in rural areas, experts said. Christine Colella, who heads up NP programs at the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing, said more NPs are being educated, but barriers to increasing enrollment include a lack of faculty. The health care law includes funding to increase NP education. Dayton Daily News (Ohio) (11/5)
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Nurses Everyday
Hospitals turn to palm scanning for patient safety
Many hospitals are implementing palm scanning and other procedures to ensure patient safety and proper identity. Privacy advocates say the collection of biometric data could be an identity theft nightmare, but administrators say the data are safely encrypted. Also, patients are not required to be photographed or scanned. "It's a patient safety initiative," said Kathryn McClellan, a vice president at New York University Langone Medical Center. "We felt like the value to the patient was huge." The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (11/10)
Study: Change hand-off protocols to improve care
Changing hand-off protocols among physicians and nurses between shifts could lead to better care and lower mortality, according to a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine. University of Michigan researchers who studied 23 shift hand-off sessions found physicians spent too much time talking about the first patients on the list and rushed through cases at the end, even though those patients may have needed more attention. HealthDay News (11/14)
Hospital wellness plans encompass employee health, finances
More urban and community-based hospitals are using a two-pronged wellness approach, focusing on employee physical health and reducing stress related to finances, writes James Revels in MedCity News. He says financial wellness leads to higher productivity and morale, but it can be difficult to determine return-on-investment. MedCityNews.com (11/5)
Continuing Education
Community colleges to get money to train nurses in IT
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT will provide grants to community colleges to train nurses and other health care professionals in IT programs. Registered nurse Vicki Vallejos, clinical informatics manager at Clark Memorial Hospital in Jeffersonville, Ind., said nursing IT programs are not the rule, but the subject should be a semester course in every nursing school. "Nurses need to understand the wide spectrum of what a nurse informaticist can do," she said. Government Health IT online (10/26)
$700K grant to support aspiring NPs at university in Conn.
The Health Resources and Services Administration awarded Fairfield University's School of Nursing in Connecticut a $700,000 grant to support students wanting to become nurse practitioners. The grant is part of a national initiative aimed at raising the number of providers to address the expected primary care gap as a result more people having health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Hartford Business Journal (Conn.) (10/30)
Leadership and Management
Labor and delivery nurses are recognized for walking research
A four-year research project by labor and delivery nurses at Saint Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., found walking does not help speed up a woman's labor, compared with resting. The nurses found that walking during an hourlong evaluation in a labor and delivery unit was not associated with faster delivery compared with women who rested. The study looked at women at 37 weeks gestation and less than 4 centimeters dilation. The study was published in the American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing and has been named the 2012 MCN Research Paper of the Year. The Kansas City Nursing News (11/12)
Cincinnati system: Nurse coordinators reduce admissions
A Mercy Health program using nurse care coordinators for high-risk patients with conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder led to a 51% reduction in hospital admissions for the group. Data showed about 12% of patients quit smoking. Officials with the Cincinnati health system say they will hire 30 more nurse coordinators in 2013 to expand the program. American City Business Journals/Cincinnati/CincyBiz Blog (11/12)
Who's Hiring?
Position TitleCompany NameLocation
DIRECTOR, SURGICAL SERVICESCHRISTIAN HOSPITAL, BJC HEALTHCARESt. Louis, MO
Andrology TechnologistNorth Shore-LIJ Health SystemManhasset, NY
Psychiatrist (Chief of Psychiatry)Department Of Veterans AffairsSpokane, WA
RN UNIT BASED-PRN-SAH Prep Recovery Unit (PRN)Centura HealthLakewood, CO
Manager of Outpatient Oncology ServicesJohn T. Mather Memorial HospitalPort Jefferson, NY
RN- Quality Management/Risk CoordinatorHealthONE - Swedish Medical CenterEnglewood, CO
PATIENT ACCESS REPCentura HealthCanon City, CO
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