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Why Nursing Continues to Be a Top Career Choice

Why Nursing Continues to Be a Top Career Choice

Sometimes it's good to pause and to reflect upon the value and necessity of the nursing profession.

Likely if you're reading this, you have been a nurse or held another position in the healthcare profession for quite some time. In most cases, you entered the field in order to provide comfort to those in a vulnerable state. It was (and is) a vocation rather than a profession for you.


Top Healthcare Jobs for 2015

Top Healthcare Jobs for 2015

The healthcare industry remains solid and continues to support the U.S. job market as a whole thanks to its stability. Hiring is seeing above-average growth. The industry provides quality salaries alongside the opportunity to make a significant impact on the wellbeing of others.

Perhaps the single most important thing in anyone's existence is their quality of life. If it's not adequate, it affects all aspects of your life. Healthcare professionals directly address and impact this part of your life.


Nurses and Healthcare Administrators: Tips for Crafting an Ideal Resume

Nurses and Healthcare Administrators: Tips for Crafting an Ideal Resume

The healthcare field has been an in-demand field for a while now. The industry has been especially competitive as of late due to the fact that hiring cooled down following the Affordable Care Act. However, hiring is picking back up, and having a competitive resume that stands out is still as important as ever.


Healthcare Hiring Has a Heartbeat

Healthcare Hiring Has a Heartbeat

The healthcare industry is experiencing hiring growth that should continue through the beginning of 2015. This positive news is a dose of much needed relief for many who were starting to worry about the various reasons for which there was a dearth of open positions.

 

The enactment of the Affordable Care Act – while a positive change for many uninsured citizens – did negatively affect healthcare hiring as many wanted to wait and to observe potential fallout from the new legislation. However, new figures from the Altarum Health Institute’s Center for Sustainable Health Spending and the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics reveal that open jobs in the industry are increasing.

 

Around 28,500 jobs were added to hospitals throughout 2014. Approximately 4,300 positions at hospitals were added in the month of November alone. As a whole, the healthcare industry averaged 28,900 new career positions every month since November 2013. So between November 2013 and November 2014, around 261,000 new jobs were filled – with the help of nursing recruiting agencies.

 

Physicians’ offices faired the best overall when comparing the various sectors within healthcare. They added 6,600 jobs in two months in 2014. Home healthcare added 5,000 positions. Unfortunately, nursing care facilities didn’t see similar growth. Around 1,300 jobs were cut between October and November last year.

 

The Altarum Institute’s figures showed that 24,500 new jobs were added to the healthcare industry in October 2014 alone.

 

The Affordable Care Act created much change within the industry, which affected reimbursements and other issues. Healthcare providers sometimes struggle to collect patients’ high deductibles. The good news is that hiring is increasing finally.

 

De Vore Recruiting, one of the nation’s top healthcare recruiters, is hiring for a plethora of nursing and director-level positions for assisted/skilled living and nursing home facilities. To see the full list, visit our website here. Please feel free to call our recruiting specialists today at 877-411-4358 for more assistance. 


Meet Baymax: Hollywood’s Most Accurate Depiction of Nurses

Meet Baymax: Hollywood’s Most Accurate Depiction of Nurses

The nursing profession is experiencing an identity crisis of sorts. Pop culture has twisted the narrative regarding this noble trade, which begs the question, can any layperson correctly identify what it is nurses actually do? Hint: it’s a far cry from kindling steamy romances in the ICU or making brash decisions in the heat of the moment set to a swelling dramatic score.

Given how far pop culture has distorted the reality of nursing, perhaps the last place you’d expect to find an accurate depiction of the profession is on behalf of an animated movie starring a cartoon robot. Disney’s Big Hero 6 is arguably the most competent portrayal of nurses to shore up outside the crowded sea of mainstream entertainment in years.

Meet Baymax: a lovably loyal, affable, and dutiful robot/caregiver. Outside of the obvious dissimilarities, Baymax actually has quite a bit in common with other working nurses today; he evaluates health conditions of his patient, provides personalized recommendations relating to his health and even finds time to educate him on his neurochemical processes. Not bad for an hour and forty-eight minutes of work, wouldn’t you say?

Contrast this with depictions of nurses elsewhere like Showtime’sNurse Jackie and you’ll quickly find Hollywood is all about the drama. Although the show’s central figure, Jackie Peyton, can be counted as highly skilled and sympathetic — qualities frequently found within the nursing sector — she also happens to be a lying, corruptible, drug addict.

While it’s refreshing to see more accurate portrayals of nurses in mainstream media, but Hollywood certainly has a penchant for the sensational — occasionally at the expense of a time-honored trade. As one writer on behalf of NPR puts it, “You know your profession has an image problem when you point to a balloonish animated robot doll and say ‘Yes, that’s good. That accurately reflects what I do on a daily basis.’”

De Vore Recruiting specializes in placing experienced RNs in open positions throughout the US. To see a list of available openings, click here. To speak with one of our recruiting specialists, call us at 877-411-4358. 


Role of the Registered Nurse in an Assisted Living Facility

Role of the Registered Nurse in an Assisted Living Facility

De Vore Recruiting specializes in finding health care professionals to fill registered nurse and director-level positions in nursing homes and skilled/assisted living facilities around the country.

 

The responsibilities for a registered nurse in an assisted living facility (ALF) – a residential long-term care environment that includes 24-hour, health and personal care services for seniors – are specific.

 

The following highlights are provided by the American Assisted Living Nurses Association (AALNA). More about the standards for registered nurses in assisted living facilities can be found here.

 

The following are based on skill set, experience and knowledge. Registered nurses in assisted living facilities are responsible for:

 

·        Assessing the resident’s physical status when she/he is admitted, as well as during severe changes in health and also annually;

 

·        Establish a care plan using the information that was gathered on the resident during the assessment process;

 

·        Share the care plan with the resident and members of the staff and oversee its implementation while noting anything that strays from the plan;

 

·        Manage the resident’s medication, making sure to test a resident’s ability to manage their own medication administration and storage;

 

·        Create and oversee programs (including immunization requirements and plans for combating infectious diseases like tuberculosis) that promote health and prevent diseases for residents;

 

·        Create and oversee a philosophy of care that includes exercise plans  at the assisted living facility;

 

·        Create and oversee rules for resident capacity and end-of-life care preferences;

 

·        Be accountable for care practices when it comes to himself/herself and the staff;

 

·        Ensure care practices have each resident’s best interests in mind.

 

Assisted living facilities are unique care environments that work hard to avoid an institutional feel and look. They seek to aid seniors who are impaired either cognitively, medically or functional and require some assistance with day-to-day living activities.

 

De Vore currently is seeking a skilled candidate to fill a RN position in Oregon. Also, we’re looking for the right candidate for a RN nursing supervisor position in a skilled nursing facility in Pennsylvania. Click here to learn more.

 

For a full list of the open positions for which De Vore is looking to find the right candidates, please visit our website here


Nurses: 4 Ways to Find Work in a Another State

Nurses: 4 Ways to Find Work in a Another State

Sometimes nurses are looking to share their services in areas where there may be a dearth of quality health care professionals, which may require them to make a multi-state move. Other times, jobs for experienced registered nurses or director-level positions aren’t readily available in a certain area.

 

Whatever the reason, nurses may be interested in finding career openings in new areas but don’t know where to start.

 

At De Vore Recruiting, we specialize in finding the right candidates to fill in-demand positions for experienced registered nurses and directors within skilled nursing facilities. Here are some tips for health care professionals looking to make a significant move for the right position.

 

·        If you’re currently unemployed for whatever reason and looking for a job in another state, it always helps to start volunteering during your job search. Volunteer work keeps you relevant and provides a worthwhile bullet point on your resume. You can learn new skills or just merely keep your skills well-practiced. You will also stay abreast of the latest technology and techniques within your field. Employers will appreciate that you’re making an effort to work, rather than just waiting for the next paid position to come along. Check your local free clinics, blood banks or public health departments for open volunteer work.

 

·        Typically beginning in spring, nursing career fairs are a great way to meet potential employers face-to-face in order to make a more lasting impression. Employers and nursing recruiting agencies will be together in one place, making it more convenient for you as a job seeker. Career fairs are also a great place to network.

 

·        Pick up the phone. Call anyone – professional or personal – you know, as you never really know who knows who. Call people who aren’t even in the health care industry since they may know someone who may know someone, etc. Tell your contacts what you’re looking for in a new career move. Ask them to stay alert for any job leads or for opportunities to refer you to someone else. Networking and word-of-mouth referrals are the most effective ways to find and receive a job offer.

 

·        If you’re not finding anything online, it’s probably time to contact a nursing staffing agency like De Vore Recruiting to help you find an appropriate position for your skill level. Some agencies specialize in hospital placement. De Vore is looking for nurses and director-level employees for skilled nursing facilities. Our experienced specialists will help find you the right fit.

 

Call De Vore Recruiting today at 877-411-4358, or visit our open jobs list on our website to see what’s currently available. You can also submit your resume online. We look forward to helping you find your future fulfilling career move. 


Healthcare: November’s Jobs Report

Healthcare: November’s Jobs Report

Healthcare jobs continued to show solid growth in November, according to the recent federal data. The healthcare industry added nearly 29,000 jobs throughout the month.  These jobs filled the following sectors: hospitals, nursing and residential providers and ambulatory care. The latter saw the most growth, according to the release. The new jobs added to the 14.9 million healthcare workers in the U.S.

 

And news continues to get better for the industry. The report notes that:

 

·        November’s job growth was significant compared to the year’s monthly average of 23,500 jobs.

 

·        Healthcare employers added approximately 261,000 jobs – a 1.8 percent increase – in the 12 months that ended in November.

 

·        Hiring recovered (especially at hospitals) this year following last year’s slowdown.

 

·        Hiring at nursing and residential care facilities did, however, remain relatively unchanged with 300 new jobs added to the total number of 3.4 million.

 

·        Job growth totaled .8 percent during the year that ended in November for nursing homes and residential care employment. Payrolls increased by 24,500 jobs.

 

·        Employment increased in November in home health care services (over 5,000), outpatient care centers (over 4,000), hospitals (over 4,000) and physicians’ offices (over 7,000).

 

·        321,000 jobs were added in the month of November across the economy.

 

·        “Ambulatory care” (i.e. labs, outpatient centers, physicians’ offices and other sectors) added 24,300 jobs in November

 

·        During the entire year that ended in November, ambulatory care added 208,200 jobs – a 3.2 percent increase from the previous year.

 

De Vore Recruiting specializes in filling nursing and director-level positions for skilled nursing facilities around the U.S. If you would like to submit your resume to us, visit our website here. For a listing of all of the available positions for which we are recruiting, click here. Call De Vore today at 877-411-4358 to speak with one of our specialists.


Job Spotlight: Nursing Home Administrator

Job Spotlight: Nursing Home Administrator

At De Vore Recruiting, a majority of our work involves filling director-level positions in the health care field. One of those positions includes Nursing Home Administrator (NHA), for which there is a current opening in State College, Pennsylvania.

 

This skilled position is vitally important to a nursing home facility. A quality nursing home administrator must balance compassion and care for the residents and their family members while making the right business decisions for the facility and its profitability.

 

A nursing home administrator must be thinking about keeping a building full while maintaining a quality survey history. Other concerns include providing adequate social services and dining services while fulfilling physical therapy and occupational needs. All services must be provided and done well.

 

In California, where De Vore is headquartered, nursing home administrators must be licensed by the Nursing Home Administrator Program (NHAP). The licensing helps to assure that the security, health, safety and rights of the skilled nursing facility are being met. The NHA must be sure to maintain proper compliance with state and federal regulations while managing the development and implementation of policies within the various departments.

 

A nursing home administrator has to wear a lot of hats. At De Vore, we're looking for a candidate who can manage the difficult balancing act of understanding the importance of building revenue while being sensitive to the residents' needs. We're looking for good communicators — verbal and written — who understand that the goal is to get a facility to a five-star ranking while also efficiently generating revenue. Additionally, we would like to see good stability in the candidate's career history at various facilities.

 

The NHA will also need to hire and train new staff members and interpret monthly financial statements. She or he must also prepare an annual operations budget.

 

If you are interested in this position, or any of the other open positions on our website, please give our skilled recruiters a call at 877-411-4358. 


How Health Care Facilities Can Help Nurses Concerned with Ebola

How Health Care Facilities Can Help Nurses Concerned with Ebola

Nurses, the front line of patient care, were likely not surprised when Nina Pham became infected with Ebola while treating patient Thomas Eric Duncan in Dallas. They have been worried for a while about such diseases and proper safety precautions at their hospitals. However, worries were amplified thanks to Pham’s contraction of the disease, especially given the extreme precautions typically taken when dealing with deadly diseases that lack a cure.

 

Pham’s case is interesting, as she apparently followed her hospital’s procedures for dealing with infection control. She wore a gown, mask, gloves and face shield.

 

So what needs to happen at hospitals and health care facilities around the country to help assuage their nurses’ concerns and ensure that their procedures are foolproof when it comes to dealing with infectious diseases?

 

Patients requiring isolation require the utmost precaution. There should be:

 

·        A room to gown and a room to de-gown after seeing a patient.

 

·        A colleague watching the nurse suit up and down to ensure that it’s being done efficiently, especially since nurses don’t have the extra safety of a Hazmat suit when they visit patients.

 

·        Extra measures taken to make sure that nurses working with Ebola patients or other infectious diseases aren’t fatigued. Lapses in judgment and care can happen especially if nurses are working a 12-hour or longer shift. Therefore, proper staffing must be in place to prevent overworked nurses from having to care for patients with deadly diseases.

 

The issue with nurses is that sometimes the patient’s needs outweigh thoughts of their safety and health. They are continuously looking for ways to care for and help someone feel better. Sometimes, this comes at the expense of the nurse, as in Pham’s case. Hospitals and health care facilities need to help their nurses and staff feel confident that all precautions are being taken.

 

De Vore Recruiting specializes in finding experienced RNs and director-level nurses to fill competitive positions around the country. To view current openings for which we’re looking to hire, click here, or call our offices at 877-411-4358.


Job Outlook: Nurses Exploring Roles

Job Outlook: Nurses Exploring Roles

Many individuals question job security and how roles are changing in particular fields. The healthcare industry is seeing great expansion, yet hospital jobs are becoming harder and harder to find. However, with the help of nursing recruitment agencies, nurses are now able to explore new jobs and revisit traditional roles.

The Importance of Education

Beginning a career as a nurse in a hospital is becoming increasingly difficult. Despite staff shortages, hospitals have stopped hiring new employees. Also, existing nurses are postponing retirement. As openings occur, facilities are searching for applicants with a high level of education. This is a direct result of the Affordable Care Act, legislation aimed at improving the quality of care patients receive at hospitals. Nurses with advanced degrees are entering specialties and leadership roles.

Shift in Job Placement

A lucky nursing graduate will receive an internship invitation into a hospital, but most graduates must seek other sources of employment. Although nursing home jobs were once populated by experienced professionals, they are the new starting point for many graduates. Since healthcare reform is trying to keep patients out of hospitals, there is a heightened need for community healthcare. Home healthcare is the one segment projected to grow the fastest over the next five years.

To train nurses, many home health agencies offer mentoring and orientation programs. In a similar fashion, ambulatory surgery centers are training new nursing graduates to perform tasks including wound care, behavioral health and chronic illness treatment. Nurses are also being taught to prep patients for small surgical procedures, administer sedation and perform other triage jobs.

Some graduates are receiving opportunities to work in general medical offices. Many medical groups are teaming with nursing schools to involve students with clinic rotations. Through this hands-on learning, students develop critical thinking skills and a positive bedside manner. If a candidate proves successful, it is not uncommon to be picked up on a permanent basis.

Besides new nurses, experienced nurses nearing retirement are seeking employment outside traditional hospital settings. Some are interested in nursing home jobs, and others choose hospice duties. These new roles are considered the "new natural progression" in the nursing industry.

While working with a healthcare recruiter, a nurse is likely to find satisfactory employment that fulfills individual career goals. It is a smart way to gain benefits and a flexible schedule. No matter where it leads, a person will be able to enjoy a rewarding nursing career throughout the field. 


What nurses need and how to fix the shortage

What nurses need and how to fix the shortage

Nursing professionals, including the 3 million registered nurses in the U.S., are working in one of the most demanding and stressful industries. As caregivers working on the front line providing healing and comfort to patients, the nurses' own mental and physical states should be of utmost importance to employers.

 

Focusing on nurses' wellness is important at this time, especially, as the nation faces a nursing shortage. The American Journal of Medical Quality forecasts the nursing shortage to increase by 2030, according to a 2012 report.

 

Part of the nursing shortage problem can be attributed to a large number of Baby Boomer nurses who will be retiring in the next few years. Also, there are a large number of registered nurses looking at retirement in the near future; 47 is the average age of a registered nurse today.

 

However, much of this forecasted shortage is coming from nursing burnout. A 2011 survey by the American Nurses Association cites overwork and stress as being the top health concerns for three out of four nurses. Demanding work schedules and insufficient staffing are contributing to nurses saying goodbye to the industry. Nurses are frequently found working 12-hour shifts over the course of three days. And studies show that nurses who work over eight-hour shifts are two-and-a-half times more likely to experience burnout.

 

Sometimes the reason nurses enter the field is the very reason they leave it. Those who are driven to help others, rather than enjoyment of the actual work, are more likely to become burnt out, according to a survey of over 700 registered nurses by University of Akron researchers.

 

Yet there are ways to reverse nursing burnout. While nobody can control the influx of sick patients and more complex work environments, factors within employers' control include:

 

·        Ensuring that nurses have a voice in the workforce and authority to implement changes.

·        Providing learning to help them grow in their profession.

·        Recognizing their efforts and vital role in health care.

·        Encouraging mentors to help provide support when needed and guidance on the job.

 

Nurses, who see themselves as part of a collective family, need to take care of themselves and worry about each other. But employers also need to make sure nurses are cared for so that they can provide their knowledge and expertise to the best of their ability.

 

Fatigue and stress need to be minimized to retain and protect nurses. Studies have shown that nursing burnout directly affects how well patients are being taken care of, which can be costly for health care facilities.


10 States with the Greatest Need for Nursing Employment

10 States with the Greatest Need for Nursing Employment

The health care industry is generally seen as a quality and in-demand industry in which to enter. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics predicts that the field will continue to offer plenty of job availability and nursing employment through 2020.

 

Yet there are nursing shortages in various states due to a variety of reasons, one of which being the fact that Baby Boomer nurses are retiring in the next few years. Other factors include location, as will be seen in the following list that highlights states with the greatest nursing shortages, courtesy of insidermonkey.com.

 

·        Minnesota – Nurses in rural areas are in demand.

·        New York – Nurses throughout the state, including New York City, are needed. Also, nurses in this state may find its deep cultural offerings to be a strong selling point.

·        Ohio – Nurses are needed in this state where quaint towns and mid-sized cities make it a good place to raise a family.

·        Alaska – It’s the least densely populated state in the country due to what many see as unfavorable living conditions. However, nurses are in need in this state.

·        Utah – Despite the fact that it boasts some of the most beautiful terrain, the state is lacking in nurses. Good standards of living help make up for lower pay nurses may receive.

·        Oregon – The state’s beauty and numerous hiking and skiing options make this a popular destination.

·        Texas – There is demand for both rural and city nurses in Texas, where cost of living is affordable.

·        Hawaii – Nurses are in high demand on this tropical paradise and also are paid well.

·        California – The state will need to fill 800,000 new nurses by 2015, according to some estimates. Nurses are paid well to help with higher costs of living.

·        Florida – Known as a retirement state, Florida will always be in demand for nurses. And excellent living conditions make this a favorable choice for many.

 

Top healthcare recruiters De Vore Recruiting specializes in filling nursing and director-level health care positions for hospitals and facilities around the country. For a full list of available positions and salaries, visit our website here. If you’re interested in having De Vore assist you with your nursing employment needs, call us at (877) 411-4358 to speak with one of our health care recruiters. 


De Vore, a Healthcare Recruiter, Participates in 64th-Annual CAHF Convention & Expo

De Vore, a Healthcare Recruiter, Participates in 64th-Annual CAHF Convention & Expo

Healthcare recruiter De Vore Recruiting is happy to be a part of this year’s 64th-annual California Association of Health Facilities (CAHF) Convention & Expo. The event runs Nov. 9 through 12.

Founded in 1950, CAHF is a nonprofit association and statewide organization supporting long-term care facilities, like skilled nursing facilities (SNF), sub-acute care facilities, intermediate care facilities (ICF), intermediate care facilities for persons with developmental disabilities (ICF/DD), institutes for mental health/special treatment programs (SNF/STP) and products and services providers. Specifically, CAHF is committed to improving the quality of long-term care in SNFs and community-based homes for people with developmental disabilities.

CAHF is a statewide nonprofit for California’s long-term care facilities that provide care for the elderly, frail, intellectually disabled and chronic mental illness sufferers. It also is the largest provider of continuing education for CA’s long-term care facilities.

This year’s event will feature approximately 270 booths and notable speakers. Attendees range from registered nurses (RN) and directors of nursing to facility managers and licensed vocational nurses (LVN).

De Vore Recruiting will be exhibiting at the event for the first time, despite having attended the event in previous years and engaging in numerous chapter events. It also is their first year being CAHF members. De Vore Recruiting specialists Alexis Lyman, Victoria Brahma and Sean De Vore will be on hand at the event. Sean De Vore encourages any attendees who may be interested in connecting with De Vore Recruiting at the event to contact him at sean@devorerecruiting.com

De Vore Recruiting will be answering questions and assisting with industry hiring needs. Attendees at the event also will be able to learn about regulatory issues, find new suppliers, network, examine new products, participate in educational programming and voice their opinions about issues that relate to the long-term care industry.

CAHF promotes long-term care enhancement at the local, regional and national levels. It also provides timely information regarding industry trends and developments.                                                                   

To learn more about De Vore Recruiting and their healthcare recruiting services, call 877-411-4358 or visit their website. Sign up for the newsletter to learn about the latest developments in the healthcare industry

EVENT DETAILS

CAHF 64th-Annual Convention & Expo

When: Nov. 9-12, 2014

Where: Renaissance Palm Springs & Palm Springs Convention Center, 888 Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA

Registration: Click here for online registration; Attendees and exhibitors contact Debbie Ross at (916) 432-5188 or dross@cahf.org

More info: (916) 441-6400, 1-800-347-5547, cahf.org, cahfconvention.com


Healthcare recruiter to exhibit at CALA 2014 Fall Conference & Trade Show

Healthcare recruiter to exhibit at CALA 2014 Fall Conference & Trade Show

De Vore Recruiting, a healthcare recruiter based in Sherman Oaks, will be one of 80 exhibitors at California Assisted Living Association’s (CALA) annual Fall Conference and Trade Show, running Oct. 27-29.

De Vore is one of the nation’s top healthcare recruiters, finding the best candidates for skilled nursing and hard-to-fill director-level positions across the US. As new CALA members this year, De Vore is excited to participate in the organization’s conference and trade show in Pomona. De Vore will be the only recruiting agency exhibiting at the trade show, according to company president Sean De Vore.

The healthcare recruiter is looking forward to being a valuable resource for assisted living facilities throughout California. Three De Vore recruiting specialists — Sean De Vore, Maria Paduano, Victoria Brahma — will be on hand at the trade show to assist with any recruiting needs or to answer questions regarding day-to-day operations and staffing at assisted living organizations.

De Vore will be providing candidate and client informational sheets accompanied by testimonials. There will be promotional products and a giveaway.

Sean De Vore is happy to be a part of an organization that places such a high value in its programming and provides its members with up-to-date information regarding new policies and legislation.

This year’s topics will include innovative care strategies and the latest news regarding new legislation. Attendees will take away best practices from individual sessions and learn about new products and services. It also functions as a large networking opportunity were professionals learn to provide the highest quality of care for their residents.

CALA, representing more than 500 assisted living communities, is the only association in the state that focuses solely on assisted living providers. The Sacramento-based organization seeks to improve assisted living for residents by offering leadership, advocacy and education to providers.

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