Omaha, NE (PRWEB) May 06, 2015
The future of nursing is influenced by many factors, from technology to a nationwide nursing shortage to an increase in educational requirements. Leslie Brown, branch manager of healthcare staffing company Aureus Medical Group, offers insight on these trends and how a travel nurse can make the most of the multitude of opportunities that exist in the nursing field.
Technology is reshaping travel nursing:
Widespread electronic health record implementation has been prevalent across the U.S. ever since the HITECH Act was introduced in 2009. Since then, three-fourths of U.S. hospitals have adopted at least a basic EHR system, according to a recent data brief from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. This means that nurses have become very familiar with EHRs over the past few years.
Brown states that overall, these innovations have made nursing routines more efficient and safe, especially since EHRs allow medical staff to make fewer medication errors due to online records and scanning capabilities. Additionally, she indicates that interoperability through EHRs has allowed communication between members of the medical team to become much easier.
In order for nurses to remain marketable for travel nursing jobs and full-time positions, they must become “lifelong learners” of this type of technology, according to Brown, as EHRs have become standard in most healthcare settings.
“There is continuing education both online and in the classroom … but EMR training is best done on the job, hands-on. Taking assignments that will teach different EMR systems will be the travelers’ best way to learn. Hospitals throughout the country use different charting systems, so the more they learn and know, the more marketable they will be for new assignments,” Brown explains.
Another major trend seen in the healthcare industry is the influence of value-based care, which could mean that nurses will be preparing themselves to treat a patient population that is more educated.
Assignment location and specialty trends:
Brown indicates that many travel nurses are taking assignments in the southeastern states, but that there is also interest in Massachusetts, Michigan, Washington, Oregon and California. These trends make sense, especially since these are some of the most populous areas in the U.S.
When it comes to specialty assignments, Brown says there are also a variety of choices for travel nurses. One of the biggest areas seeing growth is MedSurg nursing, especially since it covers many types of patient care. ICU nurses also are in high demand because they are very specialized, and ER, OR and L&D nursing assignments are also popular.
Career moves with a BSN degree:
Brown mentions that a large proportion of nurses are looking to get their BSN degree by 2020, as many hospitals are making a push to have their nursing staff well-versed in the particulars outlined with this degree. She suggests that if nurses have the opportunity to further their education with a BSN, then they should do so.
“We talk to students and new graduates across the country every day. They are telling us that many positions now are requiring a BSN or at the least require that they are enrolled in a BSN program when they are hired,” Brown explains.
Many of these educational opportunities are available online, which is perfect for a nurse already working with an organization or taking on travel nurse assignment. This means that there are several BSN educational opportunities to meet a nurse’s individual needs and career path. Additionally, she says that many employers offer tuition reimbursements through these educational programs. For instance, Aureus Medical has such a program for nurses seeking an advanced degree, offering $ 12,000 per degree for tuition and books for qualified individuals.
Driving factors for the future of nursing:
The nursing shortage and an increased amount of Americans being enrolled with insurance plans are some of the biggest influences on nursing, which means that nurses need to be flexible when it comes to assignments. The more experience and specialties that nurses have under their belts, the more career opportunities they will have down the road.
“For example, if a MedSurg nurse can learn to read strips and work on a telemetry floor, she’ll have more options. If a nurse on any unit has the chance to float to other units while working as a permanent staff member and learn new skills, that makes them more marketable,” Brown shares.
Besides recent healthcare reforms making insurance more available to patients, Brown also says that baby boomers reaching retirement age is requiring an increase in medical care, as well as technological advancements allowing more people to become involved in the healthcare system.
Making the shift to travel nursing:
Another big trend for RNs is taking travel nursing assignments, both for flexibility and building a resume. Although there are a lot of benefits to transition a career from a full-time nurse to a travel nurse, Brown says it is critical that RNs are prepared. Many of the places where travel nurses take assignments might be short-staffed or experiencing organizational changes. Being a self-starter, having the ability to adapt and remaining open to new learning experiences and asking questions are all encouraged for future success in travel nursing.
About Aureus Medical Group:
Aureus Medical Group is a national leader in healthcare staffing specializing in the successful placement of professionals within the fields of nursing, therapy, medical laboratory, imaging, oncology, cardiopulmonary, neurodiagnostics, and more with hospitals and medical facilities nationwide. Aureus Medical also offers services in the areas of advanced practice and physician search. With more than 30 years of experience, Aureus Medical offers a full range of staffing options, including national contract (travel), local contract, and direct hire (full-time). Aureus Medical is the largest affiliate of Omaha-based C&A Industries, a leading provider of human capital management solutions for more than 45 years.
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New York, NY (PRWEB) May 14, 2015
The Network Journal (TNJ, http://www.tnj.com), the New York tri-state areas premier quarterly magazine for Black professionals, corporate executives and small-business owners, announces the recipients of its 2015 “40 Under Forty” Achievement Awards. The annual award recognizes outstanding young African-Americans who are Reaching for Higher Goals in their careers while remaining committed to their communitys development.
This years class will be honored at the 18th Annual 40 Under Forty Achievement Awards Dinner on Thursday, June 18, 2015, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Times Square, New York City, 1605 Broadway (at 49th Street), from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The awards dinner, themed Reaching for Higher Goals, will be hosted by television personality and social media blogger Shon Gables. It is sponsored by WBLS, African American Golfers Digest and AfricaStrictlyBusiness (dot) com. Please visit http://www.tnj.com/events/40-under-forty/dinner.html for more details.
TNJs vision of providing a network for young Black professionals in America has not diminished after eighteen years. We look forward each year to providing a new class of honorees with a platform to reach and network with like-minded professionals and entrepreneurs, says Aziz Gueye Adetimirin, The Network Journals founder, publisher and CEO.
Competition for the 40 Under Forty Achievement Awards has become increasingly fierce, with the number of entries growing exponentially each year. TNJ salutes all of the 2015 award recipients:
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Dallas, Texas (PRWEB) May 04, 2015
Today, Amedisys, Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED), one of the nations leading providers of home health and hospice services, announced a strategic decision to partner with Homecare Homebase, the leader in home health software development, to implement the HCHB platform across 396 branches throughout the US. The decision comes after extensive consideration of the evolving needs of Amedisys, the goals of their clinical and operational teams and the desire to provide an integrated, scalable solution for their continued expansion plans.
Homecare Homebase currently works with 74 of the top 100 home health and hospice providers in the country to provide an industry-leading solution that streamlines operational efficiency, increases financial health and improves clinical outcomes, said Paul Kusserow, President & CEO of Amedisys. After extensive due diligence, Homecare Homebase proved they would be the best strategic partner to advance our organization objectives and as a result we received a unanimous endorsement of HCHB from our clinical and operational teams.
For over 10 years, Homecare Homebase has been dedicated to providing homecare and hospice agencies with a best-of-breed healthcare information system that is fast, flexible and customizable to their unique operational requirements. Developed by industry veterans, Homecare Homebase offers a comprehensive, integrated, cloud-based software solution that continues to stay ahead of the curve, as well as the competition, allowing customers to not only manage their business more effectively, but ultimately provide their patients with the best possible outcomes.
“We are proud to announce the partnership with Amedisys, one of the nations top providers, and work closely with them as they realize their goals for fully integrated operations and standardization of their processes, said April Anthony, CEO of Homecare Homebase. We are closely aligned with their vision for a more scaleable, integrated solution to not only insure long-term business success in the ever-changing post-acute space, but to empower their mission to continue to serve their caregivers and provide the best in patient care.
About Homecare Homebase, LLC
Homecare Homebase, based in Dallas, Texas, is a leading healthcare software company serving the technology needs of the fast growing post-acute care industry including homecare, hospice and private duty. Homecare Homebase has received the prestigious Best In KLAS for Homecare award for three consecutive years in the Best in KLAS Awards: Software & Services report. Homecare Homebase offers a comprehensive integrated web-based software solution to improve the clinical, operational and financial success of homecare and hospice agencies. Homecare Homebase enables real-time, wireless information exchange and communication between office staff, field staff and physicians; automates workflow processes; enables accurate billing through numerous integrated checks and balances; and, provides powerful management reporting via a back-office data analysis tool that ties together all agency operational information. Founded by industry veterans in 1999, every aspect of the Homecare Homebase system was developed to be user-friendly, flexible and customizable to specific agency needs. For more information, visit http://www.hchb.com or contact us toll free at 1-866-535-HCHB (4242).
About Hearst Health
Homecare Homebase is part of the Hearst Health network, which also includes FDB (First Databank), Zynx Health and MCG. The mission of the Hearst Health network is to guide the most important care moments by delivering vital information into the hands of everyone who touches a persons health journey. Each year in the U.S., the Hearst Health network guides the care of 76% of discharged patients, 133 million insured individuals, 30 million home health visits, 1.88 billion retail pharmacy prescriptions and 3.26 billion prescription claims. Extensions of the Hearst Health network include Hearst Health Ventures and the Hearst Health Innovation Lab. http://www.hearsthealth.com
Amedisys, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMED) is a leading health care at home company delivering personalized home health and hospice care to more than 355,000 patients each year. More than 2,200 hospitals and 61,900 physicians nationwide have chosen Amedisys as a partner in post-acute care. Amedisys is focused on delivering the care that is best for our patients, whether that is home-based recovery and rehabilitation after an operation or injury, care focused on empowering them to manage a chronic disease, palliative care for those with a terminal illness, or hospice care at the end of life. Amedisys also has the industry’s first-ever nationwide Care Transitions program, designed to reduce unnecessary hospital readmissions through patient and caregiver health coaching and care coordination, which starts in the hospital and continues throughout completion of the patient’s home health plan of care. For more information about the Company, please visit: http://www.amedisys.com.
Riverwoods, IL (PRWEB) May 01, 2015
MAGA Ltd., one of the nation’s original Long Term Care Insurance specialty brokers, is celebrating its 40th anniversary. While this is a feat for any family-owned business, it’s especially noteworthy because Long Term Care Insurance (LTCI) is only 41 years old. When the first LTCI policy was introduced in 1974, few people understood this new type of insurance. Yet MAGA’s founder, Murray Gordon, was so convinced of its value, he left his position as sales director with a national insurance carrier to focus exclusively on LTCI.
The business grew, and with each passing year, so did his convictions. Which is why, at the then- unusually young age of 49, he purchased policies for himself and his wife. (While purchasing in your 40′s and 50′s is the norm today, the average applicant age then was 70+.) Little did he know that just seven years later, he would suffer a major stroke. After months of rehabilitation, he returned to work, an even more passionate LTCI advocate. Now he knew firsthand how devastating a long term care event can be, physically, emotionally, financially, and on one’s family.
Fast forward to 2015. MAGA is thriving, and Gordon-now MAGA’s CEO-is joined in the business by two experienced LTCI specialists: his son, Brian Gordon, CLTC, and son-in-law, Peter Florek, CLTC.
“So much has changed over time,” says Gordon. “The product and benefits are very different today.” Gordon helped pioneer some of those changes, including the Waiver of Premium provision for people collecting benefits and premium discounts on employer and association group plans. Both are industry standards today.
“Originally, LTCI was called ‘nursing home insurance,’ because that’s where most people would receive long term care,” recalls Gordon. “Today, LTCI is basically ‘anti-nursing home insurance,’ because it allows people to receive care in their home or in assisted living facilities. In fact, more than 70% of claims today are for home care and assisted living.”
For years, LTCI was available only as a traditional stand-alone policy. Today, newer asset-based products, which combine life insurance or an annuity with an LTC benefit, are gaining market share. Asset-based plans make up about 25% of MAGA’s new business. “Today, most financial and legal advisors are having the conversation about long term care as part of their clients’ financial and retirement planning,” says Gordon. “That’s one of the best changes we’ve seen.”
To learn more, visit http://www.magaltc.com.
Now marking its 40th anniversary, MAGA Ltd. is one of the nation’s original long term care planning specialists. To date, MAGA’s clients have received millions of dollars in benefits. MAGA offers cutting-edge LTC planning solutions that protect retirement assets, provide quality choices of care, and ease the caregiving burden for families. They work with a number of reputable insurance companies to ensure clients have access to the best options. MAGA serves consumers, corporations, health care professionals, and financial advisors, offering asset-based and traditional LTCI products. The company is passionate about providing personalized service to clients and to educating the public regarding the pressing need for long term care planning. Licensed nationally, MAGA has won numerous achievement awards in its industry, including from the AALTCI, its professional trade association. For more information, visit http://www.magaltc.com.