What kind of experience do traveling nurses and allied health professionals have when they work a travel assignment at your facility?
Travel Nursing Central has just released its annual Travel Nurse hospital ranking results, which include the top 10 Travel Nurse hospitals of 2015, according to Traveler feedback.
With 703 Travel Nurse hospitals rated, the rankings provide great insight into what traveling healthcare professionals want to see out of the hospitals they come to work for. This insight is helpful to Travelers who are seeking out assignments at Traveler-friendly facilities, but it’s also helpful for hospitals to examine what’s working and what’s not. Whether your facility is on the list or not, the amount and detail of the feedback can help you make sure that your hospital is doing things right.
The Top 10 Travel Nurse Hospitals of 2015 are:
- Sharp Memorial Hospital (San Diego, CA)
- St. Alphonsus Hospital (Boise, ID)
- Shriners (Sacremento, CA)
- Wilcox Memorial Hospital (Lihuem, TX)
- White Plains Hospital (White Plains, NY)
- St Joseph/Carondet (Tucson, AZ)
- Mary Washington Hospital (Fredericksburg, VA)
- Falmouth Hospital (Falmouth, MA)
- LSU-SHC (Shreveport, LA)
- University of Madison Hospital and Medical Center (Madison, WI)
Congrats if your facility was recognized!
Click here to see the complete Travel Nurse hospital ranking results. Each facility has a score and number of rankings listed, and you can click on “View Details” to see an excellent breakdown of each hospital’s rankings in 20 specific categories including technology, friendliness, scheduling, staff morale, orientation, parking, cafeteria, location, and more. In addition to the numbers, you can read reviews of your hospital and its competitors written by actual Travelers. These detailed rankings and reviews are very efficient at providing information that will help your facility attract and retain top-quality travelers. They are a great window into what helps make an assignment a success for a traveler, and, in turn, also for your management and perm staff!
With 2014 in your rearview mirror as you embark into 2015, it can be helpful to look back and examine the trends of the past year to help inform your strategies going forward.
Staffing industry Analysts released its report, “December 2014 US Healthcare Staffing Growth Assessment” on December 31, 2014. The assessment was broken down into sections examining:
- Supply and demand for healthcare
- Target markets and skills
- A profile of healthcare staffing
- A look at the American healthcare in the future
The overview suggests that, “The current environment for the healthcare staffing market is generally positive, especially in certain pockets such as travel nurse, due to a confluence of favorable drivers.”
One big factor is the products of the Affordable Care Act’s momentum, such as health insurance exchanges and the expansion of Medicaid, both of which have created a higher volume of patients. Medicaid expansion has also cut down on admissions of uninsured patients, which ultimately has the effect of cutting costs for facilities and providing leeway and need to increase staffing levels.
An overall improving economy has unemployment down and more workers using their employer-sponsored healthcare benefits plans to purchase coverage and, in turn, visit facilities and hospitals.
The report reflects that the demand for healthcare workers has grown and continues to grow at a quicker pace than even facilities themselves have anticipated. In this climate, the need to raise staffing levels at the drop of a hat, yet also for sustained periods, has made getting staffing levels right a particularly imperative objective. Temporary and Travel Nurses, as well as other Allied Healthcare Professionals, have been instrumental in filling the need facing by facilities nationwide.
Click here to read Staffing Industry Analysts’ intro to its 2014 US Healthcare Staffing Growth Assessment, as well as the full PDF report.
Senior Editor John Commins made a list and checked it twice last week when he wrote Health Leaders Media’s Christmas Wish for U.S. Healthcare, which he opens by saying:
“This well-reasoned manifesto makes the case for an end to unfair billing practices, no more ICD-10 delays, and better access to healthcare for all. In the spirit of the holidays, here is my wish list for the coming year.”
Here’s a quick look at the items on Health Leaders Media’s Christmas Wish List for U.S. Healthcare:
- For Physicians — Find a Permanent Fix to the Sustainable Growth Rate
- For the Poor — Expand Medicaid in Every State
- For Hospitals and Public Health Policy — Implement ICD-10 with No More Delays
- For Consumers — Eliminate Drive-by Doctoring, Balance Billing
- For Veterans — Eliminate or Greatly Reduce Care Wait Times at the VA
- For Insurers — Reject the Latest Challenge to the PPACA
Regarding the item for hospitals and public health policy, a wish to implement ICD-10 without further delay, Commins says that there’s really no valid argument against ICD-10 implementation and makes a call to “move diagnostic coding into the 21st century.”
The U.S. has the biggest spend on healthcare in the industrialized world, he writes, yet we remain the only industrialized country still using the coding set, ICD-9, which was established in the 1970s. While acknowledging the speed bump implementation may present, Commins argues that ICD-10 has been no surprise and that the data offered by ICD-10 is needed to “help identify best practices, and track treatment regimes, procedures, outcomes, quality, cost, redundancy, and fraud.”
“These delays are unfair to the people, hospitals, and other institutions who assumed the implementation dates would be met and who acted appropriately and prepared. Hospitals are spending billions to operate dual systems because of the delay,” writes Commins.
Click here to read Health Leaders Media’s Christmas wish list for U.S. healthcare in its entirety.
What do you think of the list? Is there anything else you’d add?
Health Leaders Media shared an interesting list of 20 people improving healthcare with a recent post, “20 People Who Make Healthcare Better.”
The list includes a picture, bio, and interview with each of the 20 chosen, who span all aspects of healthcare. Included in the list are nurses, physicians, researchers, executives, providers, payers, watchdogs, innovators, and even patients.
According to Health Leaders Media, this year’s Health Leaders 20 were chosen for “their efforts to make a difference in healthcare. Their stories are sometimes tinged with struggles or challenges, but always, ultimately, with success.”
The list includes the following 20 people improving healthcare:
- Otis Brawley, MD, Chief Medical Officer, American Cancer Society, Atlanta, GA
- Anne Wojcicki, CEO, 23andME, Mountain View, CA
- Tom X. Lee, MD, CEO, One Medical Group, San Francisco, CA
- Steve Simonin, President/CEO, Iowa Specialty Hospitals and Clinics, Clarion, IA
- Bryan Coffey, CEO/CFO, Hamilton County Hospital, Syracuse, KS
- Rebecca Katz, Author, Director, The Healing Kitchens Institute, Bolinas, CA
- Lee Aase, Director, Center for Social Media, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
- Roxana Reyna, RN, Skin and Wound Care Specialist, Driscoll Children’s Hospital, Corpus Christ, TX
- Rushika Fernandopulle, MD, Co-founder/CEO, Iora Health, Cambridge, MA
- Andrea Ippolito, PhD Student, MIT, Cambridge, MA
- Derek C. Angus, MD, MPH, Chair of Critical Care Medicine, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA
- José Ramón Fernández-Peña, MD, MPA, Director, Welcome Back Initiative, San Francisco, CA
- Ellen Goodman, Columnist, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Cambridge, MA
- Sam Foote, MD, Internist, Phoenix VA Health Care System, Phoenix, AZ
- Manny Sethi, MD, Orthopedic Trauma Surgeon, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN
- Cole Galloway, PT, PhD, Professor of Physical Therapy, University of Delaware, Newark, DE
- Charles Kennedy, MD, Chief Population Health Officer, Healthagen, San Francisco, CA
- Peter Semczuk, DDS, MPH, Vice President of Clinical Services, Montefiore Medical Center, The Bronx, NY
- Ed Damiano, PhD, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Boston University, Boston, MA
- Bruce Ribner, MD, Infectious Disease Specialist, Emory University Hospital, Atlanta, GA
Click here to check out the list and full bios.
Many hospitals, facilities, and agencies celebrate Nurses Week and Travel Nurses Day each year. Such occasions provide a wonderful chance to recognize the hard work of your staff and a great opportunity to celebrate them and make them feel special. And, as research indicates, a fulfilled, appreciated staff is a more productive staff.
Well, this week, November 3-7, comes another great opportunity to celebrate your staff — by celebrating Allied Health Professionals Week!
The term “Allied Health Professionals” covers more than 200 specific careers and each of them has a unique, truly important impact in the healthcare industry. So this year, Medical Solutions decided to go about celebrating Allied Health Professionals Week by letting Allied Health Pros tell their story. At MedicalSolutions.com/AlliedWeek, they can enter their specific title, also sharing why they do what they do and why they love their job.
In celebration this week, here are a few things your facility could do for its Allied Health Pros:
- Buy lunch or some other gift for them
- Create and post signs recognizing the occasion
- Make cards for each of them that recognize the occasion
- Make a point to verbally wish them a Happy Allied Health Professionals Week — whether in an assembly or individually
How you celebrate can vary; the main thing is recognizing and celebrating Allied Health Professionals Week and thanking them for all they do! Making a point to do so can go a long way when it comes to morale.
Also, don’t forget to send them to MedicalSolutions.com/AlliedWeek where each respondent will be entered into a drawing to win one of the following prizes:
- Grand Prize — Amazon Fire HD 7 Tablet ($174 value) that comes with a one-year Amazon Prime membership, plus a $100 Amazon gift card
- Second Prize — $150 gift card to Zappos
- Third Prize — $50 gift card to Tafford Uniforms and Scrubs
We hope your facility and staff have a great time celebrating Allied Health Professionals Week!
A recent post from Staffing Industry Analysts’ The Staffing Stream discusses risks associated with celebrating Halloween at the office, or, in the case of healthcare, at the facility or hospital.
When it comes to planning and executing Halloween in the hospital or other healthcare facility, what should administrators and management consider to make sure everything goes well?
Here are some tips inspired by The Staffing Stream and other ideas on how to best celebrate Halloween in the hospital:
Do Have a Some Kind of Celebration
Whether it’s a party, letting people wear costumes, buying candy or lunch for the unit, or whatever — do something to recognize that it is a holiday. It’s really good for your facility culture and staff morale to do something special to enjoy the day.
Don’t Insist on Participation
Make both attendance of any gatherings and wearing a costume voluntary. None of your staff should feel forced into the experience or participating in something they may not care for or believe in.
Do Insist on Safe Costumes
Be sure to communicate that professionalism and dress code don’t necessarily take a holiday just because it’s a holiday. This will help lower the possibility of inappropriate costumes, inappropriate remarks, and other such issues that could blow up into major problems. This is also key in a hospital in terms of patient safety — you want to avoid any costumes or celebrations that could endanger patients or exacerbate a condition.
Do Have a Clear Idea
Your best defense against any issues is to attempt to anticipate and interrupt them. Make sure to have a clear idea — and to communicate it to all employees — of how things will unfold on Halloween. Try to think through how things might unfold and recall any issues from past events in order to achieve this.
Do Communicate with Your Staff
As mentioned above, be sure to communicate thoroughly with all staff. Make sure they are well aware of all information regarding a celebration, as well as their employer’s expectations of them.
We hope these tips will help all involved enjoy a very happy Halloween in the hospital!
The 2014 ANA Staffing Conference will be held soon, November 4-5, 2014, in New Orleans, Louisiana. The theme this year is “Creating Optimal Staffing Through Innovation.”
The objective of the conference is to provide applicable, real-world strategies to implement to improve staffing at your hospital. As nurses and administrators at all levels know, staffing properly is a HUGE factor when it comes to a facility’s success, work environment, and patient outcomes.
Some of the takeaways of the 2014 ANA Staffing Conference, according to website, will be:
- Use available technology to better align staffing with demand.
- Apply strategies and metrics to drive successful innovation.
- Employ key competencies and skill mixes in managing staffing in real time.
- Re-examine your staffing model and take the first steps to adopt a fresh approach.
- Gain new ideas on how to maximize the value of your staffing committee.
- Ensure appropriate staffing levels in times of crisis.
- Communicate effectively with the C Suite to ensure that you have the appropriate resources.
2014 ANA Staffing Conference Speakers
Several leading industry experts will speak, including:
Chris McCarthy, MPH, MBA, will talk about how to “Fuel Evidence-Based Design Through Innovation.” McCarthy has spent 18 years working with Kaiser Permanente, focusing on the realities of nurse work settings and the optimization of time spent with patients. He’s created strategies and solutions to enhance both nurse and patient experiences, including models for safer medication administration and better shift changes for nurses.
Linda H. Aiken, PhD, RN, FAAN, FRNC, will deliver the talk “Optimal Staffing = Optimal Outcomes.” Aiken is the Claire M. Fagin Leadership Professor in Nursing, Professor of Sociology, and Director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She is known for her research efforts regarding the healthcare workforce and healthcare quality, with a focus on the impact of nursing care on patient outcomes. Much of her work substantiates a direct relationship between good work environments for nurses and improved patient outcomes.
Beatrice J. Kalisch, PhD, RN, FAAN will present on “Missed Nursing Care — What Can You Learn.” Kalisch was the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies 2013-2014 Distinguished Nurse Scholar in Residence. She is a noted author, educator, and researcher, focusing on nursing systems, nursing teamwork, policy, and the completion of standard nursing care.
Approximately a dozen other noteworthy nurses, nurse educators, researchers, hospital administrators, and other industry experts are also confirmed to speak, as of this post.
Click here to learn more about the 2014 ANA Staffing Conference.
Staffing Industry Analysts’ 2014 Healthcare Staffing Summit is finally (almost) here!
The annual summit is being held starting next week, September 8-10, at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel in Dallas. This year will focus on “The Challenge of Execution.” It’s all about attaining goals, creating effective strategies, and making your organization the best it can be.
Liz Wiseman, author of the Wall Street Journal bestseller Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter, is the 2014 Healthcare Staffing Summit keynote speaker. She is also President of the Wiseman Group, a Silicon Valley-based research and development firm.
Beyond Wiseman’s speech, there will be all kinds of excellent presenters and opportunities for growth, engagement, and networking.
Are you attending this year’s summit? If so, what are you most looking forward to? Let us know in the comments — and have a great time in Dallas!
Blogs and other healthcare staffing resources repeatedly advise Travel Nurses and other temporary healthcare providers that the most important thing they can do for their careers is to find a professional, trustworthy recruiter to help shepherd them through the industry.
For healthcare staffing firms, the flipside of that is obvious: To remain competitive and attract the best talent, you must hire excellent recruiters!
In fact, the 2014 Healthcare Staffing Summit will host a session titled “Recruit, Reward, Retain: The 3 R’s to Support Hiring the Best Recruiters and Retaining Them.”
Obviously, a session like that will provide a ton of insight on the topic, but why is that important to a facility?
To take things one step further, as a facility, you want to make sure that you are working with healthcare staffing companies that hire and retain the best recruiters in the business. Like attracts like, so it stands to reason that the best recruiters and Travelers will flock to the companies that treat them the best. Those are the companies that you want your facilities to be working with!
Furthermore, Travelers are happiest — and, in turn, most effective on the job! — when their personal and professional needs are met.
For example, consider the impact on job performance of a Traveler who was provided excellent company-provided housing versus one who was not and is struggling to remedy their housing misfortune with a non-responsive and/or unprofessional recruiter. The difference is huge! And it will make a huge difference in your facility.
Another reason why an agency’s recruiter quality is so important to a facility is so that everything is as a Traveler was promised. A Traveler can be pretty furious and could potentially direct that towards your hospital’s administration or even other staff members if an unseemly recruiter misrepresents the situation that he or she will be going into.
Facilities understand the importance of quality healthcare Travelers, but it just as important to consider why working with firms with great recruiters matters.
U.S. News and World Report has just released its list of the best hospitals 2014-2015.
According to their website, “Out of nearly 5,000 hospitals evaluated for the 2014-15 U.S. News rankings, just 17 made the cut for the Honor Roll.”
In order to be eligible, hospitals needed to score near the top in no less than six (out of 16) medical specialties, and could earn up to two “Honor Roll” points in each specialty category.
The Top 10 are:
10. Northwestern Memorial in Chicago
9. Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston
8. UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco
7. Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania-Penn Presbyterian in Philadelphia
6. New York-Presbyterian University Hospital of Colombia and Cornell in New York
5. UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles
4. Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland
3. Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore
2. Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston
1. Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN
Click here to see the slideshow and check out all of the hospitals, as well as a breakdown of the specialties they scored highest in.