Archives for March 2012

Arizona overcomes decade-old nursing shortage

( Ten years ago, Arizona hospitals couldn’t hire nurses fast enough.

Many times, hospitals had to hire on additional help through national nursing registries to fill up the roster. The recession has changed that.

“A lot of nurses aren’t retiring as early as before,” said Pert Wertheim, vice president of Strategic Communications for the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association. [Read more…]

ANA’s Daley requests funding for nursing workforce

( The United States must develop a stronger nursing workforce to fill an estimated 1.2 million nursing jobs that will open within the next decade and to meet the increasing healthcare demands of an aging population, American Nurses Association President Karen Daley, RN, PhD, MPH, FAAN, told a congressional committee Thursday.

Daley submitted testimony to the House Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies to request $251 million in funding for nursing workforce development through Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act and $20 million for nurse-managed health clinics in fiscal year 2013. President Obama appropriated $251 million for nursing workforce development in his budget, but the Republican-led House of Representatives may be unlikely to agree to that total during negotiations. [Read more…]

Three-day nursing career fair for Cleveland Clinic brings in thousands

( Nearly 2,000 nurses looking for a job with the Cleveland Clinic showed up at the first of a three-day nursing career fair at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

Some nurses were fresh out of school, others are looking to make a switch. Frank Figliano just graduated and feels a great vibe about this huge event. “I think my chances of getting a job are near 100 percent here,” Figliano said.

The Executive Chief Nursing Officer for the Cleveland Clinic Sarah Sinclair said they are looking to fill 600 positions in three days and they want to make sure local nurses stay here in Cleveland. [Read more…]

Saying thanks to a Vietnam nurse, women who served

(Forest Lake Times) It’s only been in recent years that I’ve become fully aware of the need and personal responsibility to say thanks to Vietnam veterans.

It’s the war of my generation and in the years that it raged to its most brutal levels, I was safely removed, a college student watching from afar.

In the early years of the war, years when I was still in high school, I was hawkish and firmly believed in the effort. That changed in my college years, perhaps largely becuse I was of military service age. How opinions can change. [Read more…]

New nursing degree targets newborn care

(  Amid the growing need to provide intensive care for newborn infants, the University of Indianapolis, the Indiana University School of Medicine and Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health are collaborating on a new UIndy master’s

The Neonatal Nurse Practitioner program will begin this fall with a mix of classroom instruction, online studies and clinical work in local healthcare facilities, leading to a specialized Master of Science in Nursing degree. The program is designed for working nurses, and the instructors will include active pediatricians and nurse practitioners. The hands-on training and observation will take place at Wishard Hospital, IU Health University Hospital and Riley’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the largest such unit in the state and one of the top-ranked NICUs in the nation, staffed by leading physicians in the field. [Read more…]

Beyond the Bedside: The Changing Role of Today’s Nurses

(Huffington Post) The nursing role is rapidly evolving as nurses are tasked with an even wider range of health care responsibilities. Caring for the sick has certainly gotten more complicated. Hospitals are understaffed. Budgets are tight.

The graying of our society — plus growing rates of diabetes, obesity, and other conditions — means the health care system is dealing with an increasing number of complex illnesses. And with political elections looming, it’s unclear what the regulatory landscape might look like in the future. [Read more…]

Nursing Schools Lack Resources to Accommodate All Qualified Students

Many schools do not have the faculty to accommodate all qualified applicants to nursing programs.(US News & World Report) According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the healthcare industry is rapidly expanding. Between 2008 and 2018, it is estimated that the field will generate 3.2 million new wage and salary jobs, which is more than any other industry in the nation.

The high demand for healthcare employees is largely being fueled by the baby boomer generation, which is set to retire and leave many positions vacant in the near future. Additionally, as these individuals age, they will require advanced care from professionals like registered nurses. [Read more…]

Demand for nurses in Louisiana remains unabated

( Despite a surge of interest in health-care careers, demand for trained nurses continues to increase across the state, a new report says.

Yet the largest vacancy and turnover rates exist outside hospitals, according to the Louisiana Center for Nursing’s study.

Home-health agencies report the largest vacancy rates, and hospice care, which has the highest turnover rate among registered nurses, is expected to see the most growth in coming years. [Read more…]

AACN: Enrollment in nursing education programs rising

( Enrollment in BSN, MSN and doctoral nursing programs increased last year, with more nurses answering the call to advance their education, according to new data from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

Although nursing schools have been able to expand student capacity despite faculty and resource shortfalls, the latest data showed 75,857 qualified applicants to professional nursing programs were turned away last year, including more than 14,354 applications to graduate programs. [Read more…]

Doctors, nurses must talk about weight

( Your clothes are a little tighter. You don’t remember the last time you went to the gym. You’ve been reaching for the remote more regularly – and for the chips instead of an apple. You are not looking forward to those blood-test results, either.

But the doctor didn’t say anything about your weight, so you shouldn’t be concerned about it. Right?

The reality is that health-care providers and patients often fail to discuss excess weight and obesity when they should. If the American obesity epidemic is going to get better, it’s going to have to start with improved communication. [Read more…]