Physicians, NPs Deeply Split on Scope of Practice

Physicians and nurse practitioners are deeply split over whether NPs are an answer to the nation’s primary-care shortage, according to a recent study in The New England Journal of Medicine. More than 4 out of 5 NPs said they should be able to lead medical homes and receive the same pay as physicians for providing the same clinical services. Only 1 out of 5 physicians agreed with NPs on either issue. Only 1 out of 4 NPs believed physicians delivered a “higher quality of examination and consultation, compared with 2 out of 3 physicians who agreed with the statement. A… Full Story

Forbes Ranks Top 12 Healthcare Professions

Healthcare jobs rank among the best professions in the nation, according to a recent CareerCast report. CareerCast studied U.S. professions and ranked them based on five criteria: work environment, stress level, physical demands, median salary, and projected job outlook. Of the top 10 “Best Jobs of 2013” named by CareerCast, five were healthcare careers. Dental hygienists have the No. 1 healthcare job, according to CareerCast, partly because talented hygienists have higher-paying jobs and flexible schedules with relatively low stress. Other healthcare jobs were cited for their high pay and their anticipated market growth. Audiologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and optometrists… Full Story

Parkland Plans to Expand Residency Program

Parkland officials are piecing together plans to expand the system’s nursing residency program. The program at the system’s public academic medical center offers only 90 slots to more than 800 applicant hopefuls. Parkland is increasing the number of available positions by 144 in areas such as medicine/surgery, emergency/trauma and women’s services including labor and delivery. Parkland plans to hire those with two year degrees under the condition that they stay with the company and eventually obtain certification and bachelor’s degree. Parkland is looking to recruit bilingual nurses for the three-year residencies to meet the area’s changing demographics.

Morning Rounds (04.17.13)

Moody’s has downgraded Baylor Health Care System’s credit from Aa2 to Aa3 on its 2013 series bonds.

Victory Healthcare plans to build a surgical hospital in the master-planned community Craig Ranch in McKinney.

More than 740 nominations were submitted to the DFW 100 Great Nurses committee, and 100 North Texas nurses were honored by the 2013 award. Full Story

2013 “DFW Great 100 Nurses” Named

More than 740 nominations were submitted to the DFW 100 Great Nurses committee, and 100 North Texas nurses were honored by the 2013 award. The nurses chosen were selected for being role models, leaders, community servants, compassionate caregivers and significant contributors to the nursing profession. The nurses will be recognized at the 22nd Annual Great 100 Nurses Celebration on May 8 at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. The nurses chosen are: Ahrens, Linda – UT Southwestern Medical Center Anderson, Kandace – Baylor All Saints Medical Center Anderson, Kristy – Texas Health Fort Worth Ayala, Lisa – Texas Health Dallas… Full Story

Morning Rounds (03.29.13)

Nearly 9 out of 10 of U.S. healthcare workers used their personal smartphones for work purposes in the past year.

New legislation may require hospitals to disclose price information for inpatient and outpatient procedures.

Hospitals and clinics are increasingly relying on an already short supply of nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Full Story

Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants in High Demand

Hospitals and clinics are facing a shortage of primary care physicians and are increasingly relying on an already short supply of nurse practitioners and physician assistants, according to Forbes. Health facilities nationwide are gearing up for the increased demand when millions of Americans will gain health insurance due to the Affordable Care Act come Jan. 1, 2014. A report from Staff Care, an Irving-based physician staffing company, showed that 10 percent of staffing requests were for temporary physician assistants and nurse practitioners. In addition, close to 75 percent of health facility managers that were surveyed by Staff Care reported that they… Full Story