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October 2021
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Healthcare employment down in August

Editor's Note Overall healthcare employment in the US was down in August to a seasonally adjusted 15,978,700 workers, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on September 3. That’s down 4,900 since July. However, hospital employment was up 3,200 jobs. The overall unemployment rate fell to 5.2%.

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By: Judy Mathias
September 7, 2021
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Poll: COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy drops to new low

Editor's Note An Axios-Ipsos poll published August 31 finds that COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy may be waning. Among the findings: 20% are not likely at all or not very likely to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, down from 23% 2 weeks ago and 34% in March 68% with K-12 children have either…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 2, 2021
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Cleveland Clinic, UH CEOs concerned that COVID-19 vaccine mandates could lead to HCW shortages

Editor's Note CEOs of Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals (UH), Cleveland, say they are concerned that COVID-19 vaccine mandates could lead to healthcare worker (HCW), shortages, endangering patient care, the August 26 cleveland.com reports. Strict COVID-19 measures were keeping patients safe before the vaccines and are still doing the job,…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 30, 2021
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Survey: COVID-19 pandemic takes toll on staffing

Responses to the 2021 OR Manager Salary/Career Survey indicate that OR leaders continue to face significant challenges as a result of COVID-19. The survey results come at a time when the buffeting waves of the pandemic are receding for some leaders, leaving them on the shoreline of a post-pandemic world.…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
August 19, 2021
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Retaining nurses in a post-pandemic era--Part 1

The ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic run deep in the nursing profession. As one respondent to the 2021 OR Manager Salary/Career Survey noted: “[The pandemic has] caused healthcare workers to rethink the reason they went into this profession. Also the fact that we could die doing our jobs.” Part of…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
August 19, 2021
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Survey: ASC leaders continue to feel pandemic pain

Staff turnover and open positions have increased in ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) during the past year, according to the 2021 OR Manager Salary/Career Survey, indicating the continuing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. About half (49%) of ASC leaders reported increased RN turnover (more than double the 24% in 2020), and…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
August 19, 2021
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1,850 US hospitals now mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for HCWs

Editor's Note American Hospital Association statistics show that 1,850 US hospitals, or nearly 30%, have now announced COVID-19 vaccination mandates for their healthcare workers (HCWs), the August 17 Becker’s Hospital Review reports. Several states, including California, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Main, also are requiring HCWs to get vaccinated.…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 18, 2021
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Chamberlain University, AORN initiative prepares nursing students for the OR

Editor's Note Chamberlain University, which has the largest nursing school in the US, and AORN have teamed up to address the critical shortage of OR nurses. In early 2022, Chamberlain will begin a 16-week online training module in perioperative nursing, with content developed by AORN, at its campuses in Chicago,…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 17, 2021
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Healthcare employment up in July

Editor's Note Overall healthcare employment in the US was up in July to a seasonally adjusted 15,990,500 workers, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on August 6. That’s up 36,800 since June. Hospital employment was up 18,300 jobs. The overall unemployment rate fell to 5.4%.

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By: Judy Mathias
August 10, 2021
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Federal workers, contractors must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination

Editor's Note President Biden on July 29 announced that all federal workers and contractors will be required to prove their COVID-19 vaccination status or face travel restrictions, mask requirements, and weekly or twice-weekly testing, Reuters reports. The federal government has about 2.18 million civilian employees (including nurses and other healthcare…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 2, 2021
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