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2014 News & Features

  • Nurse Agency Staffing

    December 1, 2014 - This information will also help you learn more about how travel nurses can help your organization balance scheduling and budget challenges while continuing to deliver great patient care.

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  • New Healthcare Roles Emerge as Industry Transforms

    November 25, 2014 - New jobs ranging from health coach to chief experience officer are emerging in healthcare in response to healthcare reform and other pressures, according to the results of a just-released survey.

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  • Nursefinders Celebrates 40 Years of Excellence

    November 25, 2014 - A pioneer in the field of medical staffing and home healthcare, Nursefinders hit the big 4-0 this year. Founded by Larry Carr in 1974 in Arlington, Texas, Nursefinders has evolved into one of the largest and most respected medical staffing and home healthcare companies in the country. In 1978, Carr...

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  • Demand Surges for Medical Sonographers

    November 25, 2014 - A confluence of more patients seeking health services and the noninvasive nature of ultrasound imaging has led to rising demand for the healthcare profession of diagnostic medical sonographers, which is likely to grow stronger in the years ahead. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics shows sonographers ...

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  • Vitals Volume 5

    November 25, 2014 - Essential data and information on healthcare workforce employment with topics such as healthcare hiring, physical therapist opportunities and medical school enrollment information.

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  • Ebola and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Best Practices to Keep Nurses Safe

    October 17, 2014 - Ebola has recently made its presence known in the United States—especially in Texas, where the first patient death occurred on American soil on Oct. 8 and two nurses have been diagnosed with Ebola virus disease (EVD) this week. Both nurses wore personal protective equipment (PPE) while treating ...

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  • Do Travel Nurses Really Need Travel Experience?

    September 27, 2014 - Demand for healthcare services is on the rise, and that’s corresponded to sharply rising demand for healthcare workers. According to the American Nurses Association (ANA), about 1.1 million new registered nurses will be needed by 2022 to fill jobs and replace retirees. At AMN Healthcare, this demand...

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  • Doctor or Assistant Doctor?

    September 25, 2014 - Who will meet your community’s need for primary care in the future: a doctor, nurse practitioner, physician assistant … or someone else?

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  • Physical Work Environment Takes a Toll

    September 25, 2014 - A recent study from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s RN Work Project found that registered nurses report higher job satisfaction when they’re happy with their work environment.

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  • Healthcare Job Growth Marches On

    September 25, 2014 - Healthcare employment continues to make solid gains month after month.

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  • Physician Supply On The Rise

    September 25, 2014 - While growing demand for physicians is leading to shortages, the supply of many specialties is growing, though maybe not enough to relieve demand.

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  • More Than a Buzzword: Teaching the Team Approach in Healthcare

    August 11, 2014 - Team-based care is spreading throughout our nation’s health system, incentivized by healthcare reform and pressures for improved cost containment, patient safety, quality of care and outcomes. But teamwork cannot just be a buzzword, nor is it simply grouping together physicians, nurses and allied pr...

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  • Hospital Jobs Shrink...Again

    August 11, 2014 - Hospitals were not only not hiring in July - they were actually shedding jobs.

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  • Will More Physicians or Nurses Help Your Emergency Department Flow?

    August 8, 2014 - Long patient wait times and crowding remain a vexing problem as a seemingly ever-increasing number of patients seek care in hospital emergency departments. Solutions vary depending on the department and the cause of the bottlenecks.

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  • The Wait Times Challenge: Search for Solutions Begins With Staffing

    July 8, 2014 - The Veterans Affairs scandal has roiled Washington, D.C., and the nation, focusing on long wait times for medical care at VA hospitals and clinics and the risks veterans face due to delayed access to healthcare. But the same problem affects civilian health systems, too, in many states and communitie...

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  • Telehealth Policies Gain Steam in State and Federal Governments

    July 7, 2014 - In response to pressures to control costs, improve quality and expand coverage, momentum to expedite the use of telehealth is continuing to pick up on a state and national level. One prominent example is newly crafted legislation that would allow doctors to apply for interstate licensure, effecti...

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  • Solving the Rural Recruitment Dilemma

    June 28, 2014 - The need for care continues to grow in rural areas of the country, and it’s an ongoing challenge to recruit enough healthcare professionals to provide care in rural hospitals and clinics.

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  • Parkland Health Sets Standard for Entry Workers’ Pay

    June 20, 2014 - At a time of financial uncertainty for hospitals, Parkland Health & Hospital System in Dallas has raised its hourly minimum wage to $10.25 for entry-level workers, paying for it with funds set aside for executive bonuses. Many see this action as setting a new standard in the fair wage debate rag...

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  • Physicians Leading Majority of ACOs

    June 16, 2014 - Although initially many people expected hospitals to dominate the accountable care space, an analysis of data from the first national survey of public and private ACOs found physicians are holding strong leadership and ownership roles in more than three-quarters of accountable care organizations.

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  • 'Better' Nurse Staffing Seen at Children's Hospitals

    June 4, 2014 - Freestanding children’s hospitals provide better nurse staffing coverage and more support services and are at a lower risk for missing changes in patient conditions than pediatric hospitals within a hospital or pediatric units, according to a new study published in the Journal for Healthcare Quality...

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  • President Announces Shenseki Resignation Over VA Healthcare Problems

    May 30, 2014 - VA Secretary Shinseki has resigned, Pres. Obama announced May 30, amid allegations that Phoenix VA wait times led to veterans’ deaths.

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  • CMS Extends Time Frame for Stage 1 of Meaningful Use

    May 28, 2014 - It looks like eligible hospitals and providers may get a little help in meeting meaningful use requirements this year.

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  • Key Indicators Show Hospitals Improving Care Quality

    May 23, 2014 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) reports hospitals are outpacing other healthcare settings in improvements to quality of care. Three quarters of hospital quality measures are showing improvement, compared with 60 percent for home health and nursing home care, and about half for ...

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  • Hospitals Engaging More Employees than Patients via Social Media

    May 22, 2014 - Who’s reading your organization’s Twitter feed or posting on your Facebook page? More importantly, who do you want to be interacting with your organization through social media platforms?

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  • Strategies for Reducing Emergency Department Overuse

    May 19, 2014 - Access to healthcare through the emergency department presents an avenue for people not necessarily suffering from the life- and limb-threatening conditions such departments are designed to address. Overuse leads to needless expense, crowding and reductions in access to those in true need. Several e...

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  • Celebrating National Hospital Week, May 11-17

    May 14, 2014 - National Hospital Week 2014 in underway, with the theme Compassion, Innovation, Dedication: The Commitment Continues.

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  • State Medical Boards Release Telemedicine Guidelines

    May 8, 2014 - Telemedicine continues to grow as a viable method of delivering healthcare services to patients, particularly those living in underserved areas. Yet inconsistent state laws and regulations for caring for a person in a different location than the provider have been lacking, hampering further deployme...

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  • Comprehensive Strategies Shown to Reduce Patient Falls

    May 5, 2014 - Between 700,000 and 1 million patient falls occur annually in U.S. hospitals. These numbers represent a costly problem that can be devastating for patients and expensive for the healthcare system. And research suggests that at least one-third of these cases might be prevented.

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  • Health Disparities Report Shows It Is Possible to Reduce the Gaps

    April 30, 2014 - Despite progress in recent years, health disparities associated with certain characteristics such as race, ethnicity, income and geography remain a very real and pervasive problem.

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  • Diagnostic Errors Common and Preventable: 1 in 20 Missed

    April 28, 2014 - An accurate diagnosis remains key to starting timely and appropriate treatment, yet a new study estimates each year about 12 million adults in the United States could experience an outpatient diagnostic error.

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  • More Practices Hiring Non-physician Providers

    April 21, 2014 - More medical practices are incorporating nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other non-physician providers to extend their ability to deliver more care to more patients, according to a new analysis from the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA).

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  • New Nurse Staffing Measures Developed for Specialty Areas

    April 21, 2014 - Determining the optimal nurse staffing levels to avoid complications and improve patient outcomes has remained an elusive goal for many hospitals. Now, one of the industry’s chief quality improvement programs can generate staffing level correlations with patient outcomes in more clinical areas, incl...

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  • Nurses’ Work Environments: What a Difference a Decade Makes, or Does It?

    April 4, 2014 - The Institute of Medicine called for transforming the nursing work environment to keep patients safe in 2004. Just how much better is the workplace today? According to a recent report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, gains have been made but more work is needed.

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  • National Donate Life Month: Opportunities for Hospitals

    April 3, 2014 - April is National Donate Life Month, when hospitals and others celebrate the life-saving gift of organ donation and encourage Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors.

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  • Process Improvement Needed to Reduce Patient Suffering

    April 1, 2014 - The vast majority of patients who enter a hospital are experiencing physical pain and/or disability. While hospitals and their staff excel at addressing physical ailments a patient might experience, a patient’s experience of suffering often expands significantly beyond physical discomforts or impair...

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  • Do Ratings and Reviews Help Patients Make Better Provider Choices?

    March 28, 2014 - At a time where consumers readily check ratings and reviews about the vacuum they are thinking of purchasing or the restaurant they are considering dining in, it’s not surprising they also are beginning to peruse physician and hospital ratings and consumer reviews.

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  • The Limits on Nurse Practitioner Practice: Current and Future Trends

    March 27, 2014 - A growing number of states are removing restrictions that limit a nurse practitioner’s ability to practice.

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  • How Will the Federal Budget Affect the Healthcare Workforce?

    March 25, 2014 - While Pres. Obama’s proposed federal budget includes many provisions favorable to the healthcare workforce, it continues the downward pressure on healthcare costs, which could become problematic for people working in the industry.

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  • AMN Healthcare Invests in Leading Telepharmacy Company PipelineRx

    March 17, 2014 - AMN Healthcare Services, Inc. (NYSE: AHS), the innovator in healthcare workforce solutions and largest provider of staffing services in the nation, announced today it has made a strategic investment in PipelineRx, a leading clinical telepharmacy company.

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  • Researchers Identify Top Interventions for Reducing Surgical Harm

    March 17, 2014 - Despite all of the interventions designed to reduce adverse surgical events, only a few truly make a difference in decreasing patient harm, according to a systematic review.

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  • Admit or Observe: Where Do We Go from Here?

    March 15, 2014 - An older adult arrives at an acute-care hospital frail and in need of care. What happens next? Long gone are the old days when he would be admitted. In these times, he’s much more likely put on observation status--an action that will probably raise his out-of-pocket costs, affect reimbursements and ...

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  • Discontinuation of Randomized Clinical Trials Common, Reports Often Lacking

    March 15, 2014 - Approximately 25 percent of about 1,000 randomized clinical trials initiated between 2000 and 2003 were discontinued, with the most common reason cited being poor recruitment of volunteers; and less than half of these trials reported the discontinuation to a research ethics committee, or were ever p...

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  • Finance Committee Members Express Bipartisan Concerns Over Proposed Medicare Rule

    March 6, 2014 - In a letter dated February 28, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Ranking Member Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, were joined by 18 colleagues in urging Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Marilyn Tavenner to reconsider changes proposed for the Medicare Part D pr...

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  • 10 Best Practices for Addressing Ethical Issues and Moral Distress

    March 3, 2014 - Ethical conflicts are pervasive in today’s healthcare settings, where organizations are trying to do more with less and medical advances and life-extending treatments often cause suffering. When unable to do what they consider the correct action, clinicians--nurses and other healthcare providers--ma...

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  • More Evidence Nurse Staffing and Education Reduce Patient Deaths

    February 26, 2014 - European hospitals with better nurse staffing and more nurses with bachelor’s degrees enjoyed lower patient mortality rates after common surgeries, according to the latest study from Linda H. Aiken and colleagues that published in The Lancet this week.

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  • Geriatric EDs: The Next Trend in Emergency Medicine?

    February 18, 2014 - Emergency departments dedicated to caring for older adults: are they a fad or are they wise planning, asks the ECRI Institute’s 2014 Top 10 Hospital C-Suite Watch List. Hospitals that have established geriatric or senior EDs have found the specialized care pays off.

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  • Hospital Engagement Network Reports Improved Care and Cost Savings

    February 7, 2014 - The American Hospital Association (AHA) / Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) has released its annual report, which highlights the program’s major successes of the past two years. The report shows that significant improvements in quality were made in key ...

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  • Palliative Care Training for Hospital Staff Provides Benefits

    February 4, 2014 - Palliative care is often described as specialized care designed to provide “an extra layer of support” for seriously ill patients and their families.

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  • Flu Season Affecting Supply of Saline, Staff and More

    February 2, 2014 - With the 2013-2014 influenza season well underway, many hospitals are experiencing difficulties obtaining enough normal saline to meet their needs.

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  • Alarm Fatigue Pilot Shows More Technology Isn't Always the Answer

    January 31, 2014 - A cacophony of beeps, tones, buzzers and other annoying sounds permeates some hospital units, making it difficult for patients to rest. Meanwhile, staff members become so used to the noise and the number of false alerts from equipment they often just tune it out, a problem called “alarm fatigue,” wh...

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  • Workforce Adjustments Expected from Shift to Outpatient Care

    January 27, 2014 - Where will doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals be working in the future?

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  • Volunteer Medical Staff Sought for Mission to Guatemala

    January 17, 2014 - For the second year in a row, AMN Healthcare has partnered with HELPS International, a charitable nonprofit corporation founded in 1984, whose mission is to alleviate medical problems in Guatemala's rural indigenous areas. Working together, AMN and HELPS International will be providing U.S. hospita...

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  • More ACOs Join CMS Program

    January 10, 2014 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced 123 more accountable care organizations (ACOs) have joined the Medicare Shared Savings Program and will assume responsibility to provide high-quality care at lower cost, with a better patient experience for approximately 1.5 million Medi...

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  • What’s Ahead in 2014: Healthcare Trends to Watch

    January 8, 2014 - The coming year will bring more change to an evolving healthcare system, with people and hospitals coming together in new alliances and integrated networks and technology and clinical advances taking off.

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  • Nurse Fatigue Linked with Decision Regret

    January 8, 2014 - Nurses impaired by fatigue and an inability to recover between shifts report more concern that they made a wrong decision about a patient’s care than other nurses, according to a new study.

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  • AMN Healthcare Promotes Julie Fletcher to Chief Talent Officer

    January 1, 2014 - Jan. 2, 2014, AMN Healthcare Services Inc., the innovator in healthcare workforce solutions and largest provider of staffing services in the nation, announced today the promotion of Julie Fletcher to the newly created role of Chief Talent Officer, effective January 1, 2014.

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