Temporary Staffing of RNs Benefits All Involved
Feb23

Temporary Staffing of RNs Benefits All Involved

There is good news for contract registered nurses … and for the hospitals that hire them. According to a new study published in the April/May 2015 issue of the Journal of Nursing Care Quality, the use of temporary nursing staff for a “modest” amount of hours can help lower costs without compromising the quality of care. First some background: more than half of all hospitals across the U.S. employ temporary registered nurses (RNs) to...

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Play or Pay and Staffing (Part 2)
Feb16

Play or Pay and Staffing (Part 2)

In our previous post we discussed the penalties in the ACA’s “Play or Pay” mandate, and how they applied to different types of business by size. How do we know if those penalties could apply to those you are staffing or not?   The Final Rule in the ACA equates a full time employee as one that works 30 hours or more a week, or 130 hours a month. Determining whether this is true for each employee is critical for analyzing potential...

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Play or Pay and Staffing (Part 1)
Feb09

Play or Pay and Staffing (Part 1)

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), enacted in 2010, has set many new rules in place for all of those associated with healthcare. Many of these rules are debated and questioned on what their impact within the field is, as they are not as clear as most would like them to be. One of those for the staffing world is the “play or pay” mandate. With deadlines approaching in the next few weeks for some, there are still many questions as to how...

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New Healthcare Job Roles Emerging
Feb02

New Healthcare Job Roles Emerging

There is no doubt that reform is happening in the healthcare sector right now. Things are changing rapidly and not just in one area. The pressures of this change don’t just affect the rules and functions, but increase the need for new roles that are within these settings. We discussed job number trends in our previous post Healthcare Staffing Trends, but AMN Healthcare recently released a survey entitled, Emerging Roles in Healthcare...

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Healthcare Staffing Trends
Jan26

Healthcare Staffing Trends

With all the buzz going on in the healthcare world right now due to the changes from the Affordable Care Act you could be surprised at the following news. The November U.S. employment summary tells us that healthcare has added 29,000 jobs over the previous month. This number has been steadily growing throughout the entire spectrum of healthcare entities with an increase of 261,000 jobs in 2014 alone. This shouldn’t surprise us though...

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Prepping for Nursing Shortage
Jan12

Prepping for Nursing Shortage

In the coming years we will be facing a dramatic need for help in the healthcare work world. With the baby boomer population nearing retirement, not only will there be a wave of retirement in the healthcare world, but with that will come an entire new generation of those that will require increased health care needs.   The baby boomer population is around 76.4 million according to the April 2014 data from the U.S. Census Bureau....

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