Data from HIMSS Analytics' Logic Analyze showed that the number of CIO positions held by women in health care dropped from 32% in 2007 to 24% in 2017, but the emergence of the chief nursing informatics officer position may help alleviate the gender gap, with 166 hospital CNIOs in 2018 being registered nurses and 90% of RNs being women. Meanwhile, women in health information and management system jobs only received 83% of the pay given to their male counterparts, according to the 2018 HIMSS Compensation Survey.
A Vermont Talent Pipeline Management survey found the state can expect more than 3,900 nursing-related job vacancies through spring 2020, but only 26% of the positions are expected to be new jobs. Most of the open positions will be to replace nurses who retired or left their jobs.
American Society of Clinical Oncology researcher Suanna Bruinooge, MPH, said a study published in the Journal of Oncology Practice showed advanced practice providers, such as nurse practitioners, have a big role in cancer care, spending a median of 85% of their time doing direct clinical care. The highest job satisfaction rates were found among advanced practice providers who worked in an independent model where they were the primary provider and consulted on complex cases with oncologists.
Registered nurse Sarah Emami said working in a hospital emergency department sometimes has some of the drama seen on TV shows, but most of the time she works to prevent patients from reaching a critical situation. "The biggest rewards are when I can teach a patient something new about their diet, medication or how to navigate the health care system," Emami said.
Montana hospitals and rural clinics find it challenging to recruit clinicians, partly because there are not enough students or training sites to prepare the next generation of providers. Martha Robertson of the Western Montana Area Health Education Center said there are too few millennials entering the system to fill vacancies left by retiring providers, leaving a shortage of nurses and other clinicians.
Viterbo University's Nurses for Underserved Rural Students Seeking Educational Success program gives students the chance to work in rural hospital settings while helping rural areas recruit qualified clinicians. The National Center for Health Workforce Analysis reported 19% of the US population lives in rural areas but only 16% of registered nurses practice in rural settings.
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