Co-workers describe Laurie Ketterl, a nurse manager in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), as someone who continually challenges her peers to think outside of the box in order to provide excellent patient care. Ketterl jumped into action earlier this year when a premature baby, born at just 29 weeks, and his critically ill mother were in separate Intensive Care Units. Since the mother had never seen her son and would soon undergo a life-saving surgery, Ketterl arranged for the mother and baby to see each other for the very first time via a video call using two iPads. When the mother kissed her child on the forehead using the screen, surrounding staff watched in amazement as the baby responded with a kick. Thanks to Ketterl’s innovation and exceptional care, the hospital’s foundation has since funded iPads for the NICU.
It can be challenging to transition into healthcare IT and informatics, but one piece of advice I often give nurses and others looking to make the change is to learn about the career and what job responsibly it has. One great way to do this is to look at job listings, job requirements, and networking with recruiters and hiring managers to determine the skills and training you need to be a viable candidate.
Nursing is one of the fastest growing professions in the healthcare industry. The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics reports that that there are 2.7 million nurse practitioners in the healthcare industry and the number is expected to grow by 57% in 2020.
Nursing jobs have also been projected to grow quicker than average growth expected among other occupations in the U.S.
The future of healthcare is changing. To so this is a scary time because there is so much uncertainty in the future of healthcare and nursing This is especially the case in the United States were the Affordable Care Act and the HITECH Act are causing drastic change in the way healthcare facilities and providers are reimbursed for the care they provide and the requirements linked to documenting patient care.
It’s fall, which means that high school seniors can no longer put off the decision about where to go to college and what to study in school. Savvy high school students are probably already aware that most four-year degree programs generate thousands of dollars of student loan debt per graduating student, and that many college graduates are having trouble finding work in their fields.
As technological advancements continue to transform healthcare into an information-rich industry, CDS (Clinical Decision Support) systems are leveraging the digital process to provide a seamless infrastructure and flow of information. The systems are becoming the means of better collaboration between the healthcare provider and the patients.
The family doctor is going to be the most sought after and most intensely recruited medical professional under the Affordable Care Act. Also, current trends in medical economics are dictating that more health care services are being moved into less costly outpatient centers, according to a national physician recruiting company.
Also, a recent survey by the physician staffing company Merritt Hawkins shows that family physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants also are in high demand.
Those of us in the helping professions often feel that we are expected to be perfect but realistically we know from experience that it is not possible. If we have an inborn tendency to be perfectionists on top of that, we may struggle with trying to be the best at everything we do. After all, there is a great deal at stake when others are counting on us to help them.
Perfectionism is a trait that gives us a preference for order, organization, timeliness, people pleasing, success and yes, perfection. When a perfectionist is stressed out, they will do more and take on more in the hope that the feeling of relief will follow once the goal is accomplished or the project finished. The problem is that it is never enough. Once we finish something we see the flaws in it or look to something else that needs to be done.
Many women struggle with various infertility issues and treatments. Some of these women use donor eggs, fertilized and implanted through IVF, to help carry successful pregnancies to term. Donor eggs are growing in popularity, but very little is said about the women who contribute these donations. Like My Egg Bank, most egg donation companies keep donors anonymous, meaning we rarely hear egg donor stories straight from the women who make it a possibility.