The U.S. healthcare system is going to have to replace approximately 555,100 nurses through 2022 just to replace nurse attrition, according to estimates from the American Nurses Association. That’s in addition to the 574,400 new nurses that will be required to adequately care for aging boomers and additional patients as a result of the Affordable Care Act. The ANA recommends federal action on a number of fronts including funding for nursing education to help in meeting the demand. Currently, nursing schools are turning away qualified applicants due to lack of nursing faculty and teaching facilities. In the meantime, many hospitals and their healthcare staffing agencies are scrambling to source qualified medical professionals to fill open positions as well as prepare a talent pipeline for the future. Sue Higgins, Product Development Manager at StayStaffed and Candidate Direct, has the solution to help hospitals and healthcare staffing agencies stay ahead of the game in a rapidly changing environment, “Our clients have been able to avoid many of the problems that others’ are experiencing in a rapidly changing healthcare environment. By using our vendor management system (VMS), clients gain access to the Candidate Direct Marketplace®, a national database of 400+ healthcare [+]

Doctors of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs have grown a hundred-fold in the past ten years. Nursing schools are asking that the DNP be the entry-level degree for advanced-practice nurses by 2015, and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing reports that more than 100 additional nursing schools are considering starting DNP programs nationwide by 2011. And Registered Nurses aren’t the only patient care professionals looking to advance academic credentials. More than 20,000 physical therapists are presently enrolled in physical therapy doctorate programs nationwide, aimed at achieving their DPT (Doctor of Physical Therapy), reports the APTA (American Physical Therapy Association). Should the DNP become the threshold for advanced practice nurses in five years, nursing state licensure will reflect that, so graduating from a DNP program in any one of 24 states participating in the Nurse Licensure Compact will enable multi-state licensure, immediately adding value to DNP credentials. Why the spike in RNs and Physical Therapists going back to school? It’s all about clinical leadership, say researchers at the Institute of Medicine (IOM), who report that the loss of mid-level healthcare managers in recent years has decreased direct management support to patient care staff, resulting in a need for increased knowledge and skills for clinical [+]

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