healthcare-workforceWith more people expected to rely on the American health care system in the near future, there is an urgent need to develop new skills among the health care workforce and attract others to health care professions, especially in areas related to primary care.

Increasing and modernizing the health care workforce is a major goal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The health reform law contains dozens of provisions related to health care workforce issues including strengthening primary care through payment reform, academic and financial assistance programs and examining the changing role of front-line health care workers like nurse practitioners who are increasingly providing primary care to medically underserved communities.


Union Activity Increasing at Philadelphia area Hospitals

Four hundred sixty registered nurses at Philadelphia-based St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children voted Feb. 10 to join the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals, according to a CBS Philly report. The move makes St. Christopher’s the latest Philadelphia metropolitan area hospital where workers have recently voted in favor of unionization. Nurses Hahnemann University Hospital voted Jan. 20 […]

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By On Friday, February 12th, 2016

Where in the U.S. do RNs earn the highest pay?

Registered nurses earn the highest salaries in the western region of the country, according to the Medscape Nurse Salary Report 2015.

By On Friday, February 12th, 2016

Union suit against Kaiser takeover of Maui hospitals dismissed

A federal judge has thrown out a union lawsuit that could have been a potential roadblock for Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente to manage the three state-owned hospitals in Maui County, beginning July 1, according to a report from The Maui News. Here are four things to know about the lawsuit. The lawsuit was filed by the United Public […]

By On Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

Keck Hospital of USC Workers on 12-hour Strike

Nearly 1,000 technicians and other workers at Los Angeles-based Keck Hospital of USC are scheduled to go on strike Feb. 10, according to a North Hollywood-Toluca Lake Patch report. The workers, part of the National Union of Healthcare Workers, are slated to take part in a one-day strike, according to the report. The hospital and workers have […]

By and On Monday, December 7th, 2015

More healthcare job gains in November, but is that a good thing?

Modern Healthcare — The healthcare industry created 23,800 jobs in November, another month of solid job growth. But the sustained hiring blitz of 2015 raises questions about whether healthcare is doing enough to become more efficient and lower costs. This week, government health actuaries said national health expenses rose 5.3% in 2014, the highest level since before […]

By On Sunday, December 6th, 2015

U.S. Healthcare Workforce Outlook

The U.S. healthcare workforce outlook is becoming increasing important as more patients get access to care and our elderly population grows. We thought this was the perfect opportunity to gather some data on the U.S. healthcare workforce outlook to better understand the scope of recruitment needs for hospitals. Take a look at the data in […]

By On Friday, November 27th, 2015

Pay Okay, but many RNs looking to leave nursing

While many nurses may be happy with the paychecks they bring home, they’d still consider another profession if they had to do it all over again, according to a new survey of RNs by Medscape.

By and On Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

Nurse groups cite Kentucky case to support push for staffing ratio laws

Modern Healthcare — Last March, a nursing assistant noticed a large pressure ulcer on the backside of a patient needing intensive care at the Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center (KY). It was about 10 days after the patient had been admitted for leg ulcers and complications related to diabetes and renal disease.

By On Monday, July 20th, 2015

Are ER nurses suffering from death anxiety?

Hospital leaders know that nurses are at high risk for job-related stress, which often leads to physical and mental conditions like fatigue or depression. As a result of their job burnout, they often become disengaged from their work, which can then lead to mistakes or patient safety issues.

By and On Monday, July 20th, 2015

Organizations solicit answers for national nursing survey

Becker’s Hospital Review — The National Council of State Boards of Nursing and The National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers are surveying approximately 260,000 registered nurses and licensed practical/vocational nurses in July to learn more about the U.S. nursing workforce, according to AHA News Now.

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