According to study author Linda H. Aiken, PhD, RN, there are unfounded beliefs among hospital executives that patient outcomes may suffer because temporary staff isn’t familiar enough with hospital protocol. The University of Pennsylvania 2012 study examined 1.3 million patient outcomes and 40,000 nurses at more than 600 hospitals in the United States.

Hospital employees nationwide are being acknowledged for their contributions during the 2014 National Hospital Week being held from May 11th to the 17th. The American Hospital Association (AHA) sponsors the week-long event with this year’s theme being “Compassion, Innovation, Dedication: The Commitment Continues.” Candidate Direct understands that it takes dedicated professionals to make hospitals run smoothly and efficiently. More than a staffing agency, The Candidate Direct Marketplace is a network of healthcare employers, staffing agencies, and healthcare candidates – all connected by web-based technology. Hospital hiring managers and their recruitment agencies utilize the Candidate Direct Marketplace to source, recruit, and hire skilled and experienced healthcare professionals.

For decades, the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) has provided leadership, professional development and advocacy to help advance the nurse management profession. The AONE annual meetings are attended by nursing and hospital managers from around the country. This year's conference was held in Orlando, and Candidate Direct was a proud participant.

Today’s in-store healthcare clinics have evolved to offer a further level of healthcare, including testing and vaccination, treatment of minor wounds and common family ailments, along with routine wellness exams. Many of these new clinics are staffed by Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners, in addition to RN’s — and have ready access to Pharmacists’ expertise.

It looks like 2014 is shaping up to be a perfect storm of healthcare staffing challenges. As the Affordable Care Act takes effect, hospitals are encountering their first wave of newly-insured patients. With more patients now covered, more are seeking care -- leading to an increased need for healthcare professionals, including RN's

Many industry-watchers, including those at Candidate Direct, agree that as hospitals move toward a value-based model of care, RN's and allied healthcare professionals will play an increasingly important role. Here's just a few of the trends that are expected to affect healthcare staffing decisions:

As in real-estate, one of the most important factors in healthcare staffing is "location, location, location." Registered Nurses remain the most in-demand, and most advertised-for, job title in the US. Many staffing analysts believe that a significant component of the increase in help-wanted advertising is due to the lack of qualified RN's in the locations where they're needed most -- while in other areas there are more than enough RN's to meet demand.

Healthcare employers in the Northeast are no doubt aware of the Massachusetts Nursing Association's recent efforts in support of a referendum that enforces minimum nurse-patient ratios. nurse patient ratiosThe Lowell Sun reports that the proposed legislation calls for 1 nurse for every 4 med/surg patients. In emergency departments, nurses would care for between 1 and 3 patients depending on patient conditions. Nurses in critical care units would look after between 1 and 2 patients. Healthcare employers in violation would face a $25,000 per day fine. Nursing Association advocates can look to many studies that show that reduced nurse-patient ratios improve patient outcomes. Still other studies, such as a 2004 Review in the Journal of Nursing Administration show that improved patient outcomes are based on a constellation of factors, including medical staff skills, hospital management, and patient mix, as well as nurse-to-patient ratios. A similar conclusion was drawn in this 2007 study determining that lower nurse-patient ratios correlated with improved patient outcomes -- although the relationship was not necessarily causal. While Massachusetts state lawmakers have been reluctant to order a solution to the bridge the gap between nurses and hospitals, the nurses association says voters have supported [+]

According to the Q2 Randstad Healthcare Employee Confidence Index, healthcare workers are in increasingly high demand, and hospital employers are currently experiencing labor shortages. Many healthcare providers are in the midst of compliance efforts to meet deadlines for the implementation of ICD-10 and the mandated transition to electronic medical records. In addition to adding IT specialists to the staff, technological updates can lead to time-consuming training phases for the healthcare professionals who will use the new systems on a daily basis. Savvy healthcare employers are planning for this future and forecasting the staffing levels they will need for such challenging times. For many, contingent staffing is the answer for a smooth transition into an ever-more digital age. rns in demandPartly in anticipation of increased head counts with the coming impact of the ACA, demand is also up for skilled RN's. A March report by Wanted Analytics indicated that more than one million jobs were posted for healthcare-related occupations, representing a 3 percent year-over-year increase in hiring. Registered Nurses led the nation in the most job ads, up 13 percent when compared to March of 2012. Critical Care nursing jobs demonstrated the highest year-over-year growth with 34 [+]

Citing burdensome reporting requirements, the Obama administration has delayed the employer mandate portion of healthcare reform until 2015 giving employers an additional year to comply with worker health insurance. Under the provision, companies with 50 or more workers face a fine of as much as $3,000 per employee if they don’t offer affordable health insurance. Sue HigginsSue Higgins, Product Development Director at Stay Staffed supports the decision, “This change to 2015 will allow companies to better evaluate their options. Companies that are nearing 50 employees, where the employer mandate becomes effective, can supplement their workforce with contract or temporary workers and avoid the mandate. By setting up an effective vendor management or recruitment process outsourcing system, companies can continue to grow without going over the 50-employee threshold. The extra year will enable more companies to set up effective systems if this is a strategy they choose to take.” Many Companies Already Using Contingent Workforces One of the reasons for the boom in temporary employment is that many employers are utilizing contract workers to avoid the healthcare reform mandate. Temporary staffing jobs hit a record 2.68 million in May growing by 25,600 from the previous month. The temp industry [+]

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