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May 30, 2017
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If you are an engineer who would like to work in a healthcare field, or if you simply want to see what additional options regarding job opportunities you have, the list of 7 best healthcare and hospital jobs for engineers is perfect for you. Just look at the title and you will realize how awesome is to be an engineer. If you are one, you will definitely be proud for having such a variety of options regarding the job, and if you still don’t know what to do in life, this may inspire you to become an engineer. Seriously, they are everywhere, they are well paid, well respected, and very intelligent people, so you can’t do anything but praise them. There are so many different types of engineers, but if you are a software engineer, you should definitely check the list of 11 Cities With the Highest Demand for Software Engineers. If you thought that only doctors and nurses are enough to make a hospital, you are probably not aware of the fact that hospitals actually function thanks to various types of engineers. We rolled up our sleeves and got to know more about those jobs within healthcare institutions that may be done by engineers, and ended up being surprised by the number of possibilities and job positions engineers can have in hospitals. To get the proper information, we were very much helped by the websites such as Perspective, I am Biomed, NJIT, that were dealing with specific fields of engineering that may improve healthcare system in general, but the list of all possible engineering degrees that we found on Educating Engineers gave us a little bit deeper insight and a material to explore further and eventually create our own list. The main parameter that we used to make the final classification is the annual salary, with all the information gathered from PayScale, since it usually serves as the biggest motivator besides the fact you really like and enjoy your job. Overall, being an engineer is probably one of the coolest jobs, the most promising and profitable jobs in the 21st century. If you are one, work on yourself, and become even better at what you do, and if you are still in the process of thinking, do not hesitate. In general, reading the list of 7 best healthcare and hospital jobs for engineers will not take a lot of your time, but will bring you great ideas and maybe change your perspective. Let’s start! 7. Healthcare Quality Engineer Annual Salary: $66,528 When working as a healthcare quality engineer, you will be expected to assist the director of quality. Among all, your obligations may include planning various activities that deal with application and development, as well as maintenance of healthcare standards for the purpose of industrial processes. You will need to design and develop special forms that will enable further evaluating and reporting quality of the provided products, and to conduct additional revisions when needed. 6. Stationary Engineer Annual Salary: $67, 500 Stationary engineers are often called operating or power engineers, and their main task is to deal with various equipment within the institutions they work at. When it comes to hospitals, there are many things that stationary engineers need to deal with, and they include air conditioning systems, boilers, pumps and many other things that are crucial for normal functioning of one hospital. 5. Mechanical Engineer Annual Salary: $68,142 Generally speaking, mechanical engineers are in charge of evaluating mechanical systems in the way that they plan and design, as well as conduct research programs for the purpose of coming to final results. In order to do it, they need to apply mechanical or thermodynamical principles, which is definitely applicable to medical devices as well. It is a very responsible, but also very much respected and well-paid job, that is, one of the best healthcare and hospital jobs for engineers. 4. Clinical Engineer Annual Salary: $70,278 The essential duties of a clinical engineer include, before all, the need to test the equipment, such as, for example, wheelchairs. Clinical engineers also design various helping medical equipment, such as scanners or other machines that are made to check and ensure that all the equipment works properly and safely, which is of a huge help for doctors and other medical staff. 3. Electrical Engineer Annual Salary: $72,489 In general, electrical engineers are dealing with electrical systems, components, and products in a way that they design them, as well as do the research on how to make the programs fully applicable by applying their knowledge of electricity within the particular institutions. If you think about the fact that the medical devices are enormously improving within the last several decades, you will see the need of electrical engineering within hospitals. 2. Health Systems Engineer Annual Salary: $76, 884 This is a very similar discipline to biomedical or clinical engineering. In general, they deal with developing various methods to analyze and improve the performance of crucial healthcare systems, and they need to deal with it in new and innovative ways. They also need to assure that the technology they use in developing new systems is reliable, of a huge quality and applicable in institutions they work for. 1. Software Engineer Annual Salary: $80,745 If you think logically, you will realize that, besides having an electrical engineer to design the medical device, you will also need the software engineer to establish the program according to which the specific device is going to work. It is why software engineers are very important in healthcare, especially in biomedicine, where they develop and maintain algorithms for data analysis. This is probably the best-paid field of engineering, and when it comes to healthcare and hospitals, it is also the best healthcare and hospital job for engineers.
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jfolta
May 30, 2017
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How an Idaho hospital that serves a region with more bears than people is helping forge the future of American medicine. ARCO, Idaho — Just before dusk on an evening in early March, Mimi Rosenkrance set to work on her spacious cattle ranch to vaccinate a calf. But the mother cow quickly decided that just wasn't going to happen. She charged, all 1,000 pounds of her, knocking Rosenkrance over and repeatedly stomping on her. “That cow was trying to push me to China,” Rosenkrance recalls. Dizzy and nauseated, with bruises spreading on both her legs and around her eye, Rosenkrance, 58, nearly passed out. Her son called 911 and an ambulance staffed by volunteers drove her to Lost Rivers Medical Center, a tiny brick hospital nestled on the snowy hills above this remote town in central Idaho. Lost Rivers has only one full-time doctor and its emergency room has just three beds – not much bigger than a summer camp infirmary. But here's what happened to Rosenkrance in the first 90 minutes after she showed up: She got a CT scan to check for a brain injury, X-rays to look for broken bones, an IV to replenish her fluids and her ear sewn back together. The next morning, although the hospital has no pharmacist, she got a prescription for painkillers filled through a remote prescription service. It was the kind of full-service medical treatment that might be expected of a hospital in a much larger town. Not so long ago, providing such high-level care seemed impossible at Lost Rivers. In fact, it looked like there wouldn't be a Lost Rivers at all. The 14-bed hospital serves all of Butte County, whose population of 2,501 (down from 2,893 in 2000) is spread over a territory half the size of Connecticut. Arco, the county’s largest town, has seen its population drop 16 percent since 2000, and now stands at just 857. “Bears outnumber people out here,” is how hospital CEO Brad Huerta puts it. The medical center nearly shut its doors in 2013 due in large part to the declining population of the area it serves — almost becoming another statistic, another hospital to vanish from rural America. But then the hospital got a dramatic reboot with new management, led by Huerta, who secured financing to help pay for more advanced technology, upgraded facilities and expanded services. He also brought in more rotating specialists, started using telemedicine to connect the hospital to experts elsewhere and is now planning to open a surgery center and a long-term care rehabilitation wing. If Lost Rivers had closed, the alternative would have been hospitals in Idaho Falls or Pocatello, each more than an hour away across high-altitude prairie. Instead, “I don’t have to go across the desert for hardly anything," said Rosenkrance, resting at the hospital the morning after the cow attack. Rural hospitals are facing one of the great slow-moving crises in American health care. Across the U.S., they've been closing at a rate of about one per month since 2010. About 14 percent of the U.S. population lives in rural counties, a proportion that has dropped as the number of urban dwellers grows. Declining populations mean a smaller base of patients and less revenue. And the hospitals are caught in a squeeze: Because many patients in the countryside are older and sicker, they require more intensive and often expensive care. Faced with these dramatic economic and demographic pressures, however, some hospitals are surviving — even thriving — by taking advantage of some of the most cutting-edge trends in health care. They are experimenting with telemedicine, using remote monitors to track patients and buying high-tech equipment to perform scans and other types of exams. And because many face physician shortages, they are partnering with universities and increasingly relying on nurse practitioners, paramedics and others to deliver care. In parts of rural Oregon and Washington, veterans can get counseling through a tele-mental health program. Physicians in Iowa and North Dakota have access to virtual emergency room support. At Lost Rivers, Huerta’s strategy was to use technology and innovation to offer the kind of high-quality medical care that would keep patients like Rosenkrance coming back. “Necessity is the mother of invention,” Huerta said. “Small hospitals like mine are always going to be under the gun. You have to get really creative.” In the decades to come, America’s heartland and hinterlands will continue to be home to the people who run the country’s farms, forests and fisheries, and its wilder regions will continue to draw visitors who crave nature and recreation. And those people will need medical care. As a result, rural health researchers say hospitals like Lost Rivers are important test cases. They show that, despite daunting obstacles, rural America need not be left behind when it comes to health care. In fact, because they are being forced to innovate faster than their urban counterparts, they can provide a glimpse into the future of medicine. “Being in a rural place does not preclude high-quality medicine,” said Tom Ricketts, senior policy fellow at the Sheps Center for Health Services Research at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. “They are under a lot of pressure, but there are rural places you can point to as places you would say, ‘This is how things ought to be done.’” IT'S A TUESDAY afternoon at Tara Parsons’ flower shop. She cleans up as she waits for customers — or for an emergency call. Parsons, a fourth-generation Arco resident, is not just the town florist; she is also the county coroner, a sheriff’s dispatcher and a volunteer emergency medical technician. This afternoon, she is on ambulance duty. “We all wear multiple hats out here,” she said. The town of Arco was founded in the 1870s as a junction for horse-drawn stagecoaches. Its quirky claim to fame is that in 1955, it became the first town in the world to be powered by nuclear energy, thanks to the Idaho National Laboratory down the road toward Idaho Falls. Every summer, to celebrate its history, the town puts on a celebration that features a rodeo and a softball tournament. The streets are lined with shuttered and boarded-up storefronts, some with their signs still on display: the Galloping Goose, the Sawtooth Club. Residents talk nostalgically about the town’s heyday, when there were banks, a bowling alley and a movie theater, back when residents drove to Idaho Falls only twice a year, to get school supplies and do Christmas shopping. Now, most of the businesses are gone. The town still has a lumber shop, a hardware store and a few auto garages. There’s also a bar, a gym and a dollar store. And around the corner there’s the local diner — Pickle’s Place — where people come day and night for fried pickles and biscuits and gravy. Like so many other residents, Butte County clerk Shelly Shaffer has a personal connection to the hospital: Her mom worked there, her sister was born there, and she used to take her children there. Lost Rivers Medical Center — which also has two outpatient clinics — is one of the town’s biggest employers. “It would be devastating if we didn’t have our hospital,” she said. That was the direction they were headed. When Huerta, the CEO, arrived four years ago, he found the nearly 60-year-old hospital in disarray, with dilapidated facilities, fearful employees, reluctant patients and a financial mess left behind by the former CEO. The hospital’s bank account held just $7,000 and morale was at an all-time low. “We were the poster child for everything that was wrong with rural health care,” he said. “It had been a slow, steady decline from neglect.” Shannon Gamett, 28, a nurse at Lost Rivers, said paydays were nerve-racking: “We would run as fast as we could to the bank to cash [a paycheck], or it might not clear.” After borrowing money to pay his employees, Huerta campaigned to pass a $5.5 million bond for Lost Rivers. He asked locals if it was worth $5 a month — one six-pack of beer or two movie rentals — to keep the hospital running. They answered “yes” at the polls, and the hospital emerged from bankruptcy. Next, Huerta set his sights on overhauling the badly outmoded facilities. One of his top priorities was the laboratory, which he said looked like a high-school science classroom from the 1950s. He instituted a new philosophy: If it doesn’t happen at a “real” hospital, it doesn’t happen at Lost Rivers. That meant ending some local practices, nixing little things like letting staff members wear scrubs of any color they fancied, and big things, like allowing people to bring their horses in for X-rays. “I said, ‘I have no problem doing this, but you tell me what insurance the horse has,’” he recalled. “The practice stopped immediately.” To bring in more revenue, he applied for grants and got the hospital a trauma center designation (the first level IV trauma center in Idaho) so it could get paid more for the care it was already providing. He saved money by inviting the town’s residents to help renovate clinic exam rooms and by moving the medical records to a cloud-based system that didn’t require more information technology employees. Despite Huerta’s efforts, however, the long-term success of Lost Rivers is not guaranteed. “If you don’t have enough people to support a clinic or a hospital, it has no economic reason to be there,” said Ricketts, the Sheps Center fellow. “It just disappears.” Arco and Butte County officials hope the local economy will get a boost from a planned expansion of Idaho National Laboratory, which conducts nuclear energy testing and research. Residents also are mounting a campaign to get the Craters of the Moon, a national monument in Butte County, designated as a national park. “It would literally put us on the map,” county clerk Shaffer said. But even if that happens, Huerta knows he can’t expect a big influx of new residents. Rural parts of the United States saw an absolute decline in population following the 2008 financial crisis, a trend that has since stabilized. But there is little or no growth. So Huerta has to concentrate on keeping the patients he has, and giving them a reason to keep coming. And it’s working: The hospital is now making a small profit and has some reserves on hand for future projects. “If you are not offering the services, people are going to go somewhere else,” Huerta said. “And as medicine advances and reimbursement is still pegged to volume, you have to find ways to keep that existing population here.” One big challenge for Lost Rivers and many other rural hospitals is that their patients tend to be older, and thus sicker and costlier to treat. People 65 and older account for about 18 percent of the rural population, compared with 12 percent in urban areas, according to the National Rural Health Association. An older patient base can strain hospitals because Medicare, the public insurance program for the elderly, doesn’t pay hospitals as well as private insurance does. Elderly patients also may need more intense care than small hospitals can provide. Rural hospitals also have a higher percentage of patients on Medicaid, the public insurance for poor people, which pays notoriously low rates to providers. Some seniors move to Arco precisely because there is a hospital in town. But for others, what Lost Rivers offers simply isn’t enough. Residents Ray Westfall, 82, and his wife, Winona, recently put their house on the market after deciding it was time to move to Utah, closer to family and more specialized health care. Westfall has neuropathy in his legs, which causes numbness most of the time. He gets around with a walker. Winona has dementia. “We can get some care here at the local hospital, but mostly we have to travel to Idaho Falls,” he said. Westfall is a regular at Parsons’ flower shop. On a recent Tuesday, he bought a bouquet for his wife — carnations, her favorite. Parsons said many of the emergency calls she responds to are for older folks who’ve suffered strokes, fallen at home or are struggling to breathe. One 99-year-old woman she took to the hospital on this morning had fallen in her living room. Parsons said she has known many of her patients for years, through her parents or grandparents. As they grow old and get sick, she picks them up in the ambulance and drives them to Lost Rivers. “And before long, I’m doing their funeral flowers,” she said. AT FIRST THE Bengal Pharmacy, on the bottom floor of Lost Rivers Medical Center, looks like any other pharmacy, with racks of over-the-counter cold medications, bandages, reading glasses and medical supplies. Shelves of prescription medications sit behind the counter. But it has no pharmacist on site; instead, technicians and students from Idaho State University in Pocatello move about, filling prescriptions. Their supervisor is a pharmacist at the university, about 80 miles away, who checks their work remotely. Patients who want to talk to him go to a small private room with a phone and video link. The pharmacy is named for the university’s mascot. For rural hospitals, telehealth can make otherwise faraway services accessible to people where they live, said Keith Mueller, director of the Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis at the University of Iowa. That can be critical, especially during the winter when snowstorms sometimes cut off access to rural towns. “We can, in effect, bring the provider to the community without physically doing so,” Mueller said. “Even in urban areas, people want more and more convenience in how we receive our services. Here we are talking more about necessity.” At Lost Rivers, patients can have telemedicine appointments with a psychiatrist. And doctors can get virtual guidance from specialists in trauma, emergency care and burns. But new technologies sometimes take getting used to. “When you lose that hometown community pharmacist, that human touch, when you turn it over to computers, that’s a concept that people have difficulty with,” said Martha Danz, who sits on the hospital’s board. Leon Coon, 83, said the concept is a bit foreign to him. “I just don’t do that stuff,” said Coon, who works loading hay. “I’m a little old-fashioned.” Sipping coffee at the truck stop early on a Wednesday morning, Coon said he doesn’t even text, so he’s a bit wary of technology that puts him in touch with a pharmacist all the way in Pocatello. But then again, he said he doesn’t rely on the medical system much at all. “Anytime you go to the doctor, it’s just like a mechanic,” he said. “They’re going to find something wrong. I feel good most of the time, so I just don’t go.” Shane Rosenkrance, whose wife got trampled by the cow, said he remembers when there were five community drugstores in the valley. Now, he is grateful to have the one pharmacy – even if the pharmacist isn’t actually behind the counter. “To have health care, you have to have a pharmacy,” he said. “And through technology, they are able to do it.” Telemedicine is hardly a panacea. The projects often depend on grants or government awards, because rural hospitals’ operating margins are slim. And some of the telemedicine and remote monitoring technologies require high-speed internet, which isn’t always reliable or cost-effective in rural areas. “You can’t do home monitoring everywhere,” said Sally Buck, CEO of the National Rural Health Resource Center. “You can’t do telehealth everywhere.” Long-distance medicine also may raise more questions than it answers for some patients, and even create a need for in-person follow-ups. Orie Browne, the medical director for Lost Rivers, said he tries to keep patients from having to travel. But if someone needs more advanced medical care — or a specialist that Lost Rivers doesn’t have — he will refer them to another hospital. The hospital has a helicopter pad, and patients with emergencies that can’t be handled at Lost Rivers can either be flown out or transferred by ambulance. “Ego is a dangerous thing,” he said. “If there is anyone who can do a better job, I’m going to get [my patients] there.” Nevertheless, Huerta said, he hopes to expand telemedicine, including such services as oncology. Huerta recognizes that Lost Rivers doesn’t have the staff or the expertise to do it all. He believes the hospital should try to do more when it can, and refer out the rest. “We aren’t trying to do brain surgery,” he said. “We’re not doing Level I trauma. But colonoscopies? Teleoncology? People in rural areas get cancer too, and it’s demanding driving hours back from a chemotherapy session.” BROWNE STARTED WORK at Lost Rivers one recent day in March, then drove 45 minutes to one of its outpatient clinics in Mackay, 26 miles away. One of his first patients was Elizabeth Galasso, 59, who was worried because her heart rate was racing. “I was scared,” Galasso said, speaking with a hoarse voice as she sat hunched on the exam table. “I felt my heart pounding clear down into my stomach.” An EKG showed her heart was beating normally. Browne told her it was likely a panic attack, but suggested a stress test just to make sure. He told her that her age, her smoking history and anxiety all put her at risk for heart disease. “But I think things are going to be just fine,” he said. Galasso reached over and hugged him. Browne, who took over as Lost Rivers’ medical director in 2015, said he was drawn to the outdoor activities in the area, and the variety of rural health care. He used to have a private practice in Idaho Falls and rotated into Lost Rivers for a week at a time. Now, he spends his days bouncing between the emergency room, the hospital inpatient beds and the primary care clinic. “That’s good for a person who gets bored easily,” he said. Many doctors, however, don’t feel the same pull. Rural hospitals and clinics have long struggled to recruit doctors. In rural areas, there are roughly 13 physicians — of any kind — per 100,000 people, compared with 31 in urban areas, according to the National Rural Health Association. Doctors and other medical providers can be enticed by programs that repay their school loans if they work in a rural area. Some medical schools have programs designed specifically for students who plan to practice in rural or underserved communities. Another way to make treatment more accessible in rural areas is to expand the responsibilities of nurse practitioners, physician assistants and even paramedics. Lost Rivers relies on nurse practitioners and physician assistants to provide care for patients in the clinics and the hospital. In addition to Browne, the medical center has four part-time primary care physicians, some who live hours away and come in once a week. Various specialists, including a cardiologist and an orthopedist, also rotate into the medical center’s outpatient clinics about once a month. And an MRI machine gets driven to the hospital once a week. Tim Tomlinson, a podiatrist who lives in Twin Falls and drives 100 miles to Arco once a week, spent a recent morning seeing a lineup of patients. One was a man who had to have a toe amputated after a horse stepped on his foot, another a diabetic who needed a skin graft checked on his foot. Tomlinson said he’s gotten paid late before, and he has seen the hospital nearly shut down more than once. But he keeps coming because he has developed a practice, and considers it important that patients have access to specialty care. Lost Rivers isn’t unique in its difficulties, he noted. “All those small towns are struggling as young people move out, leaving mostly old people,” he said. “That puts a drain on the hospitals.” Patients are living longer with chronic diseases now, so the demand for elderly care is only going to increase. If not the rural clinics and hospitals, Tomlinson said, “who’s going to deliver it?” Even with the decline in the nation’s rural population, many people are rooted in rural America because of family or because they like the outdoors and a slower pace of life. One of them is Gene Davies, who has lived in Arco more than 60 years and runs a mechanic shop straight out of a different era. Handwritten signs sit on a wooden chair next to the door: “Gone to Dr.” “Be back tomorrow.” “Hope to be back Monday.” Davies said he appreciates the remoteness of the region. “I ain’t got no plans to go anywhere else,” he said. “I’ve seen enough of the other world. I don’t want it.” Rosenkrance, the cattle farmer, said she’s not going anywhere, either. She’s been coming to the hospital since she was a child, when she ran through the halls while her father worked in the pharmacy. Now her husband teases her about having a standing reservation in the emergency room. Just before discharging Rosenkrance, nurse Celeste Parson told her she needed to rest physically and mentally. The accident had left her with a concussion, a lacerated ear and a black eye. Then Parson issued her the most important instruction: Don’t do anything that could cause another blow to the head. “We would really like you to rest up for at least a week,” Parson said. “But the doctor knows for you, two or three days is more realistic.” As she grabbed an ice pack and her purse, Rosenkrance reflected on the importance of Lost Rivers for residents across the whole valley. “This hospital is a big deal,” she said. “It’s saved a lot of lives.” Resource: Politco
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A company that already employs 300 people in Jacksonville is looking to add another 250 positions. An economic incentives agreement filed for City Council consideration as “Project Avalanche” says a healthcare information technology services business that already exists in Jacksonville is considering three cities for its expansion. They say the incentives are a “material factor” for whether to choose Jacksonville. The company is allowed to request confidentiality on their identity as these negotiations proceed. The company is proposing to maintain its 300 existing jobs and add 250 more by the end of 2021. The jobs would have an average annual wage of $70,000. The company further anticipates a minimum capital investment of $12.1 million in IT equipment, furniture, tenant improvements, and similar work. This would all serve to expand their corporate headquarters, which are in the Southeast portion of Jacksonville, although no further details were provided. In return, the company is seeking $1.5 million from the City and State combined under the Qualified Targeted Industry Tax Refund Program. The City’s share would be $300,000 and the State would pay $1.2 million- with the incentive contingent on delivering the promised job growth. The State would also provide a Florida Flex Training Grant of $1,100 per job. It’s not the only economic development agreement that the City Council will consider. “Project Velocity” has also been put forward. This company is identified as a global manufacturer of a variety of building products, and they currently employ 150 people in Jacksonville full-time. The agreement says the company is considering adding a new line of building products- and 20 jobs- and they’re considering Jacksonville among three cities for that growth. The 20 new jobs would have an average $40,000 annual wage and would be added by the end of 2022. The agreement says the company’s location is in an “Economically Distressed Area” of North Jacksonville, and these incentives would further secure the company in that location, in which they would also invest $54 million in capital improvements. The development agreement says this company is seeking up to $2,211,000 in incentives to expand in Jacksonville. The incentives are through the Recaptured Enhanced Value Grant program, which would allow the company to get back up to 60 percent of the increase in property taxes over seven years. Both incentives packages have been filed for expedited consideration, meaning they could face a final vote in about one month. Resource: WOKV
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Healthcare is one of the largest industries in Rhode Island. It represents about 20 percent of the state’s work force. And the $3 billion sector is expected to grow.  But many of those jobs are poorly paid, and the state is scrambling to fill a predicted need for workers. The young people at the Rhode Island Nurses Institute Middle College are all training to become nurses. That’s made immediately apparent by the uniform all the students are wearing: medical scrubs. In her navy blue scrubs, Junior Fatu Ndiaye says she hopes to work in obstetrics and gynecology. “I’m the oldest of seven, so I’ve always been around kids, it’s always been something I wanted to do,” said Ndiaye. “And in my family, we have a lot of people who that are sick, and I’ve always wanted to take care of people.” This charter high school in Providence offers standard high school classes, along with hands-on healthcare training. “We learn all the 25 skills necessary to become a CNA,” said Ndiaye. “So every skill we go through it one by one. She shows us it, we repeat it over and over again until we learn it and memorize off the top of our heads.” When she’s done, Ndiaye will have the training to become a Certified Nursing Assistant – someone who provides basic care, such as bathing, dressing, and feeding patients. If she does, Ndiaye and her peers will be helping to fill a projected nursing shortage in Rhode Island. “The healthcare workforce is aging,” said Nurses Institute Principal Colleen Hitchings. “And we know that as they age out we need to fill those positions.” But Ndiaye can only expect to make about $14 dollars an hour as a CNA in Rhode Island. If she becomes a registered nurse, the pay jumps to about $30 an hour. That’s why Nurses Institute principal Hitchings hopes her students will continue onto college. “The thing to understand is the CNA, for us, is not the endgame,” said Hitchings. “So we’re really interested in producing professional nurses at the Bachelor of Science level and higher.” Nurses with advanced skill sets will be in particularly high demand, for work in surgical wards or intensive care units said industry expert Chris Matteson. “You have a clinical track, like nurses, CNAs, RNs, that are always increasing, but now we’re seeing that they need to up their game, and start to include acute care skills,” said Matteson. Skills like the ability to handle emergency room nursing challenges. Matteson heads the nonprofit Stepping Up, which works to bolster the healthcare industry in the state. And he says nursing isn't the only area expanding in Rhode Island. “We’re also seeing community health workers, peer-recovery specialists that are starting to grow within the industry.” However Matteson says he expects to see a leveling off of in certain parts of the industry, including in the more specialized sectors of medicine. “We’ll be able to forecast, at least in the next couple of quarters, some increase in demand of some of the admin roles and clinical roles, like nursing and CNAs, but for specialty we’re really going to take a step back and wait until we see what happens,” said Matteson That’s because the future of the Affordable Care Act is uncertain. The federal law mandates that people get insured. It provides free preventative care. Matteson worries a repeal of the law could slow the industry’s growth if people get less preventative care and use emergency room more. “[For] ER staff there’s a lot of pressure on them to see a lot of patients every single day,” said Matteson. “And so with those changes we could see a huge influx in the amount of people that are going to ER centers, because they’re not able to see their primary care physician because their health insurance doesn’t cover a certain piece of that.” That influx would put greater burden on the state’s already-struggling hospital system, which could lead to less hiring of much needed staff, as an older generation of workers gets ready to retire. Resource: Rhode Island Public Radio
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Apr 25, 2017
In Charlotte
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Apr 25, 2017
In Hawaii
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Apr 25, 2017
In Hawaii
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Apr 25, 2017
In Chicago
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Apr 25, 2017
In Chicago
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Apr 25, 2017
In Dallas
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Apr 25, 2017
In Atlanta
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