Health care employment up by 45K last month | Nursing job market tougher for new grads, experts say | Governors' report supports expanding NPs' scope of practice
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January 15, 2013
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Health care employment up by 45K last month
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data show the health care sector generated 45,000 jobs in December. Hospitals added 12,000 jobs, nursing and residential care facilities added 10,000 and ambulatory services added 23,000. The industry added 338,000 jobs for the year. Healthcare Finance News (1/4)
Industry and Employment Trends
Nursing job market tougher for new grads, experts say
The health care industry has been driving job growth in the U.S. since the recession, but many recent nursing-school graduates are still having trouble finding jobs, observers say. Health care providers commonly post job descriptions that rule out candidates with no experience, which makes job hunting more difficult for recent grads. Some experts say the job prospects for young nurses should get better in the next few years as the demand for health care services grows. CNNMoney (1/14)
Governors' report supports expanding NPs' scope of practice
Nurse practitioners and physicians offer comparable quality of care in terms of patient satisfaction, prescribing accuracy, preventive education and time spent with patients, according to a review of the literature by the National Governors Association. "The Role of Nurse Practitioners in Meeting Increasing Demand for Primary Care" report found that expanding nurse practitioners' scope of practice would not lower quality of care and that increased use of NPs could lead to greater access to care. MedPage Today (free registration) (12/28)
More HMOs turn to NPs for primary care, survey finds
Around 75% of insurers -- more than in previous years -- credential nurse practitioners as primary care providers to help ease the shortage of primary care providers, according to a survey of 250 health maintenance organizations by the National Nursing Centers Consortium. The survey was conducted from June 2011 to May 2012. Modern Medicine/Contemporary Pediatrics eConsult (12/20)
Other News
Nurses Everyday
More hospitals enforce flu shot requirements
Fifteen health care workers including nurses have lost their jobs in recent months after declining to be vaccinated against the flu. With pharmacists and doctors, nurses are among the health care workers most likely to get flu shots. The Seattle Times/The Associated Press (1/12)
Positive work environment for nurses tied to lower readmission rates
Medicare beneficiaries admitted at hospitals where nurses have a good work atmosphere had lower odds of readmission within 30 days than those treated in hospitals with a poor work atmosphere, a study found. Readmission rates for pneumonia, heart failure and myocardial infarction for older patients in hospitals with better work environment were 10%, 7% and 6% lower. (12/20)
Continuing Education
Dying nurse teaches students about hospice care
Nursing students in Massachusetts learned about caring for terminally ill patients from nurse Martha Keochareon, who called her alma mater, Holyoke Community College, and volunteered herself as a study subject. Keochareon, who died weeks later of pancreatic cancer, encouraged nursing students to spend time at her bedside, ask questions and examine her so that they had more than a textbook education on palliative and hospice care. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/10)
Leadership and Management
Report: Patient navigators can help improve quality of care
Deploying patient navigators, who guide patients through the system and help them overcome health care barriers, may lead to better medical outcomes and patient satisfaction while cutting no-show rates and care disparities, according to a report by the Center for Health Affairs. (1/3)
Mich. NP wins state excellence award
MaryLee Pakieser, president of the Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners, has won the 2013 AANP Nurse Practitioner State Award for Excellence. Pakieser, who works at the Traverse City VA Outpatient Clinic, was an advocate for a proposed scope-of-practice bill. "We have 40 years of documentation and ongoing research that shows that nurse practitioners working within the scope of their education and license are equal and in some instances better than our physicians," Pakieser said. Traverse City Record-Eagle (Mich.) (tiered subscription model) (1/7)
Who's Hiring?
Position TitleCompany NameLocation
Convenient Care Per Diem NP/PA for Southwest Medical AssociatesUnitedHealth GroupLas Vegas, NV
Nurse Assistant - General Medical Care (Unit B1) JobHenry Ford Health SystemDetroit, MI
BIO-MED TECH IIIPeaceHealthLongview, WA
Delivery Technician-Home Infusion JobHenry Ford Health SystemSouthfield, MI
Certified Medical Assistant - OB/GYN GroupFlorida Hospital CareersOrlando, FL
Regional Infusion Center Manager - Infusion CenterSutter Health Sacramento Sierra RegionSacramento, CA
RN Clinician IAlexian Brothers Health SystemIllinois, IL
MEDICAL ASSISTANTCentura HealthCanon City, CO
Per Diem RN - Emergency Department - Level I Trauma CenterNYP/Weill CornellNew York, NY
Respiratory Shift Coordinator - Nights (RRT Required)Barnes-Jewish HospitalSt. Louis, MO
Sr. Director of Compliance Program Operations and Regional Compliance OfficerExempla HealthcareDenver, CO
Internal Medicine Family Practice Physician - Medical DirectorCorizonNewport, AR
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