Tag: Employment

Are you a perioperative nurse or an OR nurse?

For me, the answer is easy. For 25 years I have consistently said, “I’ve never nursed an OR a day in my life; it’s always been the patients.” As perioperative nurses, what we do is about more than where we work. Why is it that 25 years after the Association…

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By: Ruth Plotkin Shumaker, BSN, RN, CNOR
June 24, 2024
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How competency assessment could extend beyond licensing

Competency assessment in perioperative nursing—and American healthcare in general—is a story of unrealized potential. Particularly in the wake of the pandemic, staffing shortfalls and financial pressures have made focusing on staff development difficult for nurse leaders. Nonetheless, the argument for investing more in professional development and competency has never been…

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By: James X Stobinski, PhD, RN, CNOR, CNAMB(E), CSSM(E)
June 24, 2024
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Negative social media portrayals turning Generation Z away from nursing careers, survey suggests

Editor's Note Negative portrayals of nursing on social media play a major role in deterring members of Generation Z from pursuing careers in the profession, according to survey results from nursing marketplace platform ShiftKey. According to a June 4 report in The Hill, the survey involved 1,000 individuals aged 18…

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By: Matt Danford
June 12, 2024
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Healthcare employment up in May

Editor's Note Healthcare employment in the US rose by 68,000 from May to June, according to the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, released on June 7. That is compared to an overall monthly gain of 272,000 in May. In May, healthcare employment also trended up in: ambulatory…

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By: Matt Danford
June 7, 2024
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Nurse practitioner earnings rise

Editor's Note The average annual wage for nurse practitioners has increased by a total of more than $16,000 since 2019, according to a May 23 report in Becker’s ASC Review. In 2019, the mean annual wage was $111,840, compared to $128,490 in 2023, according to the report, which cites data…

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By: Matt Danford
May 28, 2024
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Survey: More than half of nurses pessimistic about 2024, ready to change jobs

Editor's Note Most nurses think this year will be “no better or worse” than last year, and more than one-third are “extremely likely” to change jobs, according to a national survey by Texas healthcare workforce solutions company AMN Healthcare. Fox News reported on the findings May 10. Specifically, 80% of…

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By: Matt Danford
May 14, 2024
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State grant helps build healthcare talent pipeline

Editor's Note A health system in Colorado is benefitting handsomely from Opportunity Now Colorado, a state grant program designed to provide a growing workforce with a variety of new job opportunities. Intermountain Health, which announced the $1.9 million seed grant in an April 25 press release, will reportedly use the…

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By: Matt Danford
May 6, 2024
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Kentucky passes first-ever state law decriminalizing medical mistakes

Editor's Note Healthcare workers in Kentucky will become the first in the country to gain protection from criminal prosecution for medical errors, WKYT reported April 30. Passed unanimously by both chambers of the Kentucky legislature and signed by Gov. Andy Beshear in March, the law was championed by the Kentucky…

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By: Matt Danford
May 1, 2024
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Study finds workforce readiness gap in new nurses

Editor's Note A study published March 30 in Nurse Education in Practice found that the majority of nurses with less than 2 years of work experience are uncomfortable performing more complex procedures independently. Conducted by Singapore General Hospital, Sengkang General Hospital, and Singapore Institute of Technology, the study aimed to…

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By: Brita Belli
April 25, 2024
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Managing challenging employees: When to let go

TAKEAWAYS • HR should be involved early in the disciplinary process to help guide OR leaders’ decision-making throughout disciplinary and/or remediatoin processes. • Timing, privacy, opportunities for employee feedback, and an empathetic approach are among the most important considerations for a final termination meeting. • Whatever the process for communicating…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
April 19, 2024
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