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More older Americans are continuing to work

Editor's Note Not all older workers are counting the days until retirement, though they may cut back on hours, reports the August 1 MarketWatch. Reasons for continuing to work vary, but they are not always financial. Many seek to maintain a sense of purpose and productivity, the report says. The…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 8, 2018
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Hospital employment up 0.13% in July

Editor's Note US hospitals added 6,800 jobs in July to a seasonally adjusted 5,181,900, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on August 3. That is 94,800 more employees than a year ago. The overall unemployment rate fell by 0.1% in July to 3.9%.

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By: Judy Mathias
August 7, 2018
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Hospital employment up 0.21% in June

Editor's Note US hospitals added 10,600 jobs in June to a seasonally adjusted 5,175,800, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on July 6. That is 95,300 more employees than a year ago. The overall unemployment rate rose 0.2% in June to 4.0%.

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By: Judy Mathias
July 10, 2018
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Healthcare adds 21,500 jobs in October

Editor's Note Healthcare added 21,500 jobs in October to a seasonally adjusted 15,830,700 employees, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported November 3. That’s 300,600 more than a year ago. Hospitals, specifically, added 2,800 jobs in October to a seasonally adjusted 5,130,700 employees, which is 72,400 more than a year ago.…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 7, 2017
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Strategies for retaining, recruiting mature experienced nurses

Editor's Note No single key retention strategy solves the issue of keeping older nurses in the workplace but, rather, a multifaceted approach is necessary, this study finds. An exploratory study was conducted at a 730-bed teaching hospital in northeast Ohio using four focus groups of staff nurses−three groups consisted of…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 25, 2017
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Peer feedback helps promote professionalism in the OR

Behaviors that undermine a culture of safety and respect have long been a concern among healthcare workers and professionals. Such conduct can adversely affect teamwork, clinical outcomes, and trust. In recent years, unprofessional conduct has come under increased scrutiny by the Joint Commission, American Medical Association, AORN, and other professional…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
August 22, 2017
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BLS: Hospital employment up 0.15% in May

Editor's Note Hospital employment rose 0.15% in May to a seasonally adjusted 5,104,400 workers, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported on June 2. This is 7,400 more employees than in April and 95,500 more than a year ago. The nation’s unemployment rate fell by 0.1% in May to 4.3%.…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 5, 2017
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Women increasingly working into their 60s, 70s

Editor's Note New studies of census, earnings, and retirement data show that women’s career paths are more closely mirroring men’s, including an increasing tendency to work full-time into their 60 and 70s, the February 11 New York Times reports. About 30% of women aged 65 to 69 are working, which…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 16, 2017
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Survey: OR staff low in volume, experience, engagement--Part 2

Part 1 of this series on staffing challenges, published in October OR Manager, explored the challenge of increased demand. In Part 2, we turn to lack of experience, again including examples of how OR leaders are responding.   Recruiting for experience In all, 70% of respondents to the 2016 OR…

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By: OR Manager
October 17, 2016
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New Joint Commission resource center on workplace violence

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on October 4 launched an online resource center to prevent workplace violence in healthcare settings. “Workplace Violence Prevention Resources” includes policies, procedures, guidelines, research, case studies, white papers, toolkits, and other material focused on workplace violence prevention and preparedness. The Joint Commission developed the resource…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 5, 2016
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