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
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
More than half of the nation’s physicians are over 50 years old.
Two reports in the current edition of the journal Health Affairs indicate record-low healthcare spending growth may be more structural than cyclical.
Parkland officials are piecing together plans to expand the system’s nursing residency program. Full Story
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.
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