5 Ways to Improve Your Patients' Experience

5 Ways to Improve Your Patients’ Experience

by Dixie Somers
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Healthcare continues to evolve across a wide swath of important areas. Improving patient experiences is one of those that is important before, during, and after care. Each phase is an opportunity for providers to connect with their patients in ways that alleviate stress-levels and anxieties. There are simple changes that can easily be incorporated with existing processes. Here is a review of these strategies with rationale about their viability.

Navigating Hospital Corridors

A trip to the hospital is not the choice of any visitor. Difficulty finding the right department for a test or doctor’s appointment can be a very stressful journey. Hospitals have used traditional options such as an information desk with well-meaning staff that sometimes fall short on addressing this issue. Consideration should be given to signage that clearly directs patients at any location in the facility. This includes respite destinations such as the cafeteria and chapel. Using digital portals is ideal, as updates can easily be entered from a central dashboard.

Mitigating Patient Discharges

The best part of a hospital stay is when it is time to go home. However, waiting in the hospital room for discharge instructions and paperwork has a negative impact on much-needed resources. A special area can be created where patients can wait with family as the process unwinds. Each floor can be equipped with rooms that have comfortable seating, wireless internet, and telephone and television access. To conserve space, a triage area similar to the emergency room can offer the same results.

Patient QR codes

Preventing hospital errors are high on every providers list. Most errors are related to medications or lab results that are not flagged and lead to unintended patient harm. A helping hand is available with the trending resource of patient QR codes on wrist bands. It can impact one of the leading medical problems with a seemingly simple solution. With the continued focus on providing exceptional care for all patients, providers will find this alternative a winning solution. It has the potential to decrease death rates, longer hospital stays and the rising costs associated with them.

Patient Engagement Systems

On-boarding is a solution that continues to find useful applications across several industries. The hospital setting is one with a new virtual resource known as patient engagement systems. They use existing room televisions or facilities are investing in small mobile devices such as tablets. Patients can find a litany of information related to their condition, procedures, medications, and more. Feedback and contacting caregivers can be achieved real-time with time-stamped communications. Providers and patients alike will be empowered throughout the continuum of care.

Staying connect to Family and Friends

One of the contributing factors to hospital anxiety is isolation. Using technology to counter this obstacle has myriad benefits including the well-being of patients in the recovery process. Skype is an alternative that can seamlessly integrate with the current communications infrastructure. It has the capacity to involve family members that live in other areas or to interact with care while at work. Consultation rooms are another ideal location for using this mode of contact when providers need to reach loved ones.

There is no disputing that patient care is getting better. This is seen with shorter hospital stays and faster recovery times. However, the industry recognizes the need to continue to address nagging challenges with hospitalization. These five ideas can be a catalyst to achieve the over-arching goal of improving the patient experience.

 

Dixie Somers is a freelance writer and blogger for business, home, and family niches. Dixie lives in Phoenix, Arizona, and is the proud mother of three beautiful girls and wife to a wonderful husband.

The viewpoint expressed in this article is the opinion of the author and is not necessarily the viewpoint of the owners or employees at Healthcare Staffing Innovations, LLC.

Improving Patient Care What are Hospitals Doing

Improving Patient Care: What are Hospitals Doing?

by Meghan Belnap

Hospitals should provide the best quality care possible. This not only includes having the best doctors and nurses available, but also taking the time to know if patients are getting the most out of their visit. There are a number of different ways that hospitals are ensuring patients get the care they need.

Stay Quality

Having to be admitted into a hospital is very stressful. Hospitals these days are taking the time to offer quality rooms. Size matters but not as much as privacy, many studies show. Patients want to have single rooms, or if that is not possible at least have well divided rooms that offer privacy, and this is something many hospitals are making possible these days. Studies show that food quality is also vital. Improving the food, as most hospitals are doing these days, can increase the quality of a patient’s stay exponentially.

Interaction

Most people who stay in hospitals are frightened and concerned with their well-being or that of a loved one. To improve the quality of their stay or visit, health care professionals are now teaching their staff and themselves to take the time to interact with patients and loved ones. Research shows that taking time to explain what the procedures will be like, their length of stay in the hospital, and more, can make a huge impact on a patient’s visit.

Reduce Delays

According to health informatics experts, another point of stress in a hospital visit or stay is the wait times. A hospital is a complex system that depends on many variables to work efficiently and many times the system does not work as well as it should. This is why it is vital that health care professionals are incorporating more efficient methods to reduce delays in the system. This does not, however, mean that patients are rushed through the process. The best hospitals in the country are known for their shorter wait times but patient approach to care.

These are the most important ways that a hospital can ensure that a patient’s stay is one that will help them heal and recover quickly. The most efficient hospitals reduce the amount of stress on a sick person, and they do so by improving the quality of their food, their rooms, and the efficiency of the system as a whole. As technology increases and new techniques are implemented, hospital stays no longer need to be inconvenient and irritating.

 

Meghan Belnap is a freelance writer who enjoys spending time with her family. She also enjoys being in the outdoors and exploring new opportunities whenever they arise. Meghan also enjoys researching new topics that help to expand her horizons. You can often find her buried in a good book or out looking for an adventure. You can connect with her on Facebook right here and Twitter right here.

 

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Cover Letter – A Proper Introduction

by Ruth Pankratz, MBA

Undecided about including a cover letter with the job application? Applications who do not provide a cover letter can create issues because the employer may believe that the applicant does not care enough to take the time to write a thoughtful letter or that the applicant can’t follow instructions.

A cover letter is intended to supplement other career documents by providing information the employer may or may not find in the résumé/CV. Detailed and relevant information is typically not provided in a cover letter template, so it’s best to avoid these types of generic letters.

Effective cover letters quickly convey information while grabbing the reader’s attention. Consider using one of the following strategies to start your next cover letter:

  • Demonstrate enthusiasm for the position.
  • State the name of a mutual connection between you and the hiring manager and provide one or two reasons why that person thought you might be a good match for the job.
  • Explain your passion for a particular type of work and how your experience can contribute to the organization’s success.
  • Tell the hiring manager why you want to work for the organization in a genuine way. (Caution: readers can easily tell if you are a fan or a fake.)

If you don’t know the hiring manager’s name, it’s time to do some research on the organization’s website or by using LinkedIn. Make a positive introduction that shows your value, states why you want the job, and why you are the best candidate by providing a customized cover letter.

 

Ruth Pankratz, MBA, is a dual certified resume writer and a certified interview and job search coach. Her resumes have won international awards and Ruth’s cover letters, resumes, and LinkedIn profiles have been included in a variety of publications. Contact Ruth at www.GabbyCommunications.com.

The viewpoint expressed in this article is the opinion of the author and is not necessarily the viewpoint of the owners or employees at Healthcare Staffing Innovations, LLC.

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5 Strategies to Address Work Gaps

by Ruth Pankratz, MBA

Life is about much more than work. Every year thousands of professionals take an extended absence from their career for a variety of reasons––to raise children, care for family, relocate to a new city, transition through divorce, grieve the death of a loved one, complete volunteer commitments, obtain an education, serve time in prison, or to prepare to make a shift from business owner to employee.

When you’re ready to get back to work, be sure that your résumé does not focus on the time of unemployment. A strong résumé focus is on the professional’s skills, talents, and abilities. If you have a work gap, consider the following strategies to address the extended work absence.

  1. Highlight the value. The résumé is a marketing tool used to promote a professional. This is best done through content that sells value and skills by emphasizing results and actions.

    Tell Example: Schedule and assist patients as needed. 

    Sell Example: Increased office efficiency by scheduling and supporting 26 patients daily, including managing HIPPA and insurance documents.

  2. Remove unrelated information. If you have concurrent work contracts, volunteer experiences, and part-time jobs during a work gap, it may not be helpful to include all of the information. Consider the job aim and then only include supporting information. Strengthen the résumé by removing unrelated or confusing information. Too many temporary jobs can raise concerns and does not create a “hard worker” impression.
  3. Include CARs. Use the challenge, action, and result (CAR) approach to sell talents and results. This is a great way to provide context and really highlight results. CARs can be used in both the résumé and during an interview.
  4. Honesty. It’s normal to feel uncomfortable disclosing a work gap situation. Tell the truth so potential employers can understand the situation and move past it to build trust. Keep the résumé work gap statement simple and consider what will be said during an interview BEFORE the interview. If a situation is disclosed from another source, the employer might draw negative conclusions.
  5. Power of people. Consider who might be a reference. While not all jobs require references, including them (especially after a work gap) can be a powerful way to reassure potential employers.

If there are job transitions due to multiple job changes or being fired on a regular basis for poor performance, consider why there has been a lackluster work pattern. If needed, get assistance from a career or mental health counselor.

Work gaps can be overlooked or forgotten when the résumé clearly conveys skills, talents, and value. An effective résumé reassures employers that they can depend on you.

 

Ruth Pankratz, MBA, is a dual certified resume writer and a certified interview and job search coach. Her resumes have won international awards and Ruth’s cover letters, resumes, and LinkedIn profiles have been included in a variety of publications. Contact Ruth at www.GabbyCommunications.com.

The viewpoint expressed in this article is the opinion of the author and is not necessarily the viewpoint of the owners or employees at Healthcare Staffing Innovations, LLC.

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Nurses Providing Police Aide

by Jason Lee, RN, BSN

The recent horrible events involving racial profiling, excessive force, and gun violence are deeply troubling but not new. Who can forget the Bronx shooting of Amadou Diallo in 1999 when 41 bullets rained down on his unarmed body. I can uniquely identify with the black experience because of my own numerous experiences of being pulled over for no other apparent reason except for being in the wrong neighborhood, wrong state and for the hue of my skin. I am Korean American. The most personal tense police encounter that I can remember was when I was coming from a business meeting in Philadelphia, attempting to set up a senior program for refugees. I was driving back to my office when I was pulled over by 6 police cars and S.W.A.T. And the most recent police encounter – being pulled over by undercover North Carolina state police en route to my friends’ wedding in South Carolina. I was pulled out of my car and interrogated in the officer’s vehicle. When I recall these events to family and friends they chuckle in disbelief because I am a nurse.

 I sympathize with the police force too. Police stick their neck out for us. It should not go unheralded. Not unlike them, according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, “nurses face epidemic levels of violence” and opportunities to be assaulted. Some of my coworkers have been injured in the line of duty after unfortunate patient interactions. In many ways police and nurses are on the same team.

It’s only after being racially profiled that I admit to the officers that I am a nurse in order to deescalate the situation and provide myself with some level of safety and cover. It works. Some of the police officers that I have encountered are married to nurses or have been cared for by nurses. If Philando Castile had pleaded to Jeronimo Yanez that he was a Nurse, perhaps he would still be with us.

As the President and the Nation as a whole grasp for answer or solutions to the growing divide between law enforcement and communities of color, I can’t help but see the lack of conversation or attention being placed in area of emergency medical training for our officers or the lack of medical care delivered after excessive force has been applied. In order to improve in this area, we need to re-envision policing in such a way to stop preventable deaths in the field and nurses can play a vital role.

Nurses are in the business of saving lives. It was hard to watch the video of Philando Castile bleed out and being unattended to, gasping. When in the hospital, nurses’ gut instinct is to apply a pressure dressing to wounds, start massive blood transfusions and start CPR. It was equally difficult to watch videos of Eric Garner’s pleas of “I can’t breathe” because for nurses, securing airway is critical. According to reports, the NYPD officers at the scene did not perform CPR on Garner because they believed that Garner was breathing. If police are vested with the authority to use lethal force they should also be adequately trained in resuscitating life beyond basic life support. If this is beyond their scope, nurses with backgrounds in trauma and critical care should round with police acting as support for officers who may not know they are choking the life out of someone or that a patient has lost a pulse or is no longer spontaneously breathing. Another clear example of a need for clinical expertise in the field is on July 20, another unarmed black man and caregiver, Charles Kinsey was shot by North Miami police while he was trying to redirect his autistic patient in the middle of the street. He lay on is back with his hands in the air and pleaded with officers that he was a therapist. They still shot him. After being shot, he was handcuffed and flipped over while bleeding. No medical aid was provided at the time. This is another example where a Nurse could have intervened and could discern this was an autistic child and corroborated Kinsey’s statement that he was a therapist with a few simple questions. And may have prevented the shooting or at the very least provided emergency triage at the scene.

Creating new models of care and public safety delivery that ensures both our men and women in uniform and community are both safe need to be explored. Nurses provide that caring bridge to every stripe and I have no doubt that my colleagues would applied the same measure of quality care to any victim whether a police officer, suspect or bystander.

 

 

Jason Lee, RN, BSN works in surgical trauma and neurocritical care for Mount Sinai and Northwell Health systems in NYC. He is a graduate of the University Pennsylvania where he is also currently attending for his MSN. He can be reached atleewj@nursing.upenn.edu

The viewpoint expressed in this article is the opinion of the author and is not necessarily the viewpoint of the owners or employees at Healthcare Staffing Innovations, LLC.

Six Technologies You Need to Improve Administrative Tasks

Six Technologies You Need to Improve Administrative Tasks

by Brooke Chaplan
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Technology tools can be extremely helpful in improving the administrative tasks you do every day, especially with redundancy, record keeping, filing, and communications. There’s no question that administrative work has to be taken care of as it can pile up very quickly and can’t be avoided for long. However, keeping everything manual can also mean spending hours on things that should only take minutes to take care of.

Scanning
Just about every hospital assistant and support desk should have a scanner. While this may seem a bit of overkill, being able to take every document and convert it to a digital format means a tremendous amount of work and effort can be avoided with file keeping and tracking. Instead, with a good digital file structure, paperwork can be scanned, sorted, and stored out of the way for a quick search later on. For a medical office or hospital, having a storage system or program like a Health Data Archiver is also a big part of making scanning efficient and actually helpful in a big network.

Digital Recording
In the old days, an office assistant had to be good as a stenographer or shorthand note taker. Today, something as simple as a digital recording can make it easy for taking the basics of a memorandum and then giving the tool to a digital assistant to convert to a letter or document. This is a big time-saver for those who have to write letters and memos just about every day.

Tracking
Many hospitals and warehouses are converting over to a bar code tracking system, and those who haven’t really should. Barcode tracking is a fast and efficient method of tracking everything from files to consumables. Because a barcode can be attached by sticker to just about anything physical, it provide a great, easy way to connect digital files with a physical tracker tool.

Visual Activity Mapping
Ever been in a shopping center and seen a map that says, “You are here”? The same concept can be used in large facilities but for managers. Traffic management, customer flow, congestion, supply and demand points for consumer response, and emergency situations can all be represented and displayed for fast decision making on visual geospatial technology platforms. This can be extremely powerful for hospitals networks that need to triage cases, particularly when emergency rooms are becoming clogged.

Accounting
If you’ve ever had to be a cashier in a store or a counter business, you know how tricky accounting can be when done by hand. And the smallest mistake can snowball into bad numbers later on. Technology has clearly fixed this problem with digital accounting tracking, and it’s the number one reason why accounting tasks remain in the top three uses for technology in most offices.

Photography
Many offices have to take photos of people and clients every day for identification and communication. In the old days this required an actual camera and lots of film development. Today a photo can be had with a button push. The image turns into a digital file and can immediately be translated to an ID card or personal file. Even with Polaroid cameras film photos were still a pain to manage and size properly for tracking folders. So digital images were a big boost for administrative photographing.

Your business needs to be prepared with the best administrative technologies. These are just a few examples that should be taken advantage of. No matter what kind of facility you run, these can help streamline and make your daily tasks go more smoothly.

 

 

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking and gardening. For more information contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan

 

The viewpoint expressed in this article is the opinion of the author and is not necessarily the viewpoint of the owners or employees at Healthcare Staffing Innovations, LLC.

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Identifying Autism in Infants

by Tina Matteo-Bohl, RN

A pediatric nurse is what I always wanted to be, and so I became one! It wasn’t until “later in life” when I finally received those letters, RN, and what an accomplishment it was! It was also the same time I met my husband and our story quickly became like that of the childhood song, ”First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby in a baby carriage”.

When I became pregnant with our son Jack, many worries flooded my head. We decided that no genetic testing would be done and we would be blessed no matter what the outcome. What happened is something I never imagined and our parenthood journey soon faced many obstacles and emotions.

Being a nurse who has only worked in pediatrics, I have seen many healthy and not so healthy children. Getting pregnant at 42, I thought about those things that could result due to my advanced maternal age. Such worries as Down syndrome, congenital defects, and premature birth to name a few. However, our son is born and the doctor tells us our son is perfect! No defects, no congenital anomalies and no Down syndrome. We were ecstatic, until… .at 6 months of age I sensed something was “just not right” with Jack. I found myself questioning many of his behaviors and his lack of interest to my husband or me. Maybe because I am a nurse, I am trying to find something that just simply isn’t there? So I decided I would keep these thoughts to myself and tell no one, not even my husband. I decided to take the wait and see approach and see what if anything would happen.

Two months later, my sister asked and questioned Jacks behavior. She noticed on several occasions his lack of interest to the world around him. Her words, “Do you think Jack might have Autism”? As much as it hurt hearing that word autism, it was autism I had thought and questioned these past few months.

BUT, maybe he is deaf? Yes, he passed his newborn hearing screen, but maybe something happened and he is DEAF! Maybe Jack is not aware of the world around him because he can’t hear it! Jack still is not responding to his name and at this point we are saying his name hundreds of times a day. One day I decide to test his hearing for myself. Jack is watching his favorite program and I mute the television followed by turning the volume to maximum capacity. He has zero response. He continues to watch the television as if nothing has happened. Next I take pots, pans and wooden spoons and bang them as loudly as I can, and still no response. I whistle, its loud and piercing, no response.

At other times, I notice Jack making funny hand and feet movements that are strange to say the least and I think seizures? I record these “strange behaviors” and take Jack to a neurologist. The neurologist watches the videos and tells me “these are stereotypical movements, nothing to be concerned about”. Though I hang on to the doctors’ words, (nothing to worry about), my gut continues to tell me something more is going on. Jack hardly cries, has little to no eye contact, zero, and let me stress zero separation anxiety. He shows no excitement when he sees me, my husband, or any person for that matter. He doesn’t point, imitate behavior, or babble.

After frantically taking Jack to his pediatrician (he is 9 months old at this point), Jack gets his hearing re-tested and the results reveal normal. It was at that moment that I knew Jack has autism.

He is still very young, and I am told no, it’s too soon to diagnosis him with autism. He is still developing and perhaps he is just delayed. I think to myself, why are the doctors not hearing or responding to my concerns? Jack is showing nearly all of the red flags of autism, yet several doctors dismiss me. I work with parents’ everyday and discuss childhood development and its stages, yet I am being told to wait? Wait for what?

Play therapy began for Jack to help with social interaction, the routine well baby visits continue, the developmental screenings occur (MCHAT and ESQ), and he fails them, all of them. Finally, at his 18-month well child visit, Jacks pediatrician agrees and tells me Jack is showing numerous behaviors of autism, yet, she cannot diagnosis him. It is a continued wait game until Jack gets an appointment with a developmental pediatrician who gives him the diagnosis, AUTISM.

More waiting occurs before intensive therapy begins. There are numerous screenings, LOTS of waiting and many tears. What if my concerns were heard and action taken sooner? Why must there be such a wait time? Why is insurance coverage such a hassle? Why does my son have autism???

Jack will be 5 years old October 20, 2011 and he is making great gains. He receives ABA therapy, ST, and OT 4 days a week.

 

Tina Matteo-Bohl  is a military wife, a school nurse, and a mother.

 

The viewpoint expressed in this article is the opinion of the author and is not necessarily the viewpoint of the owners or employees at Healthcare Staffing Innovations, LLC.

 

 

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What to do about RSV

by John Botrell, RRT from the Respiratory Therapy Cave Blog

Bronchiolitis, otherwise known as Respiratory Syncycial Virus (RSV), is a condition common in children that have symptoms very similar to asthma, and is most common between November and April.

It’s more common in children because their airways are smaller and more susceptible to narrowing. Usually it occurs within the first two years, with it’s peak at 3-6 months.This condition presents nearly identical with asthma, and is often treated or misdiagnosed as such. Read More…

 

John Bottrell is a licensed respiratory therapist who also lives with allergic asthma. He has blogged about his profession at Respiratory Therapy Cave since 2007. He was a featured asthma and COPD writer for healthcentral.com from 2008 to 2016. His love of history inspired him to create Asthma History, where he writes about the history of lung disease, which includes asthma and COPD. John was born and raised in Manistee, Michigan, and has lived and worked in Ludington, Michigan since 1997. He is an avid Detroit Tiger, Lion and Pistons fan. He loves playing fantasy baseball and football. Most of all, he enjoys spending time with his wife and four kids, three of whom also have asthma and allergies. John is currently a moderator and writer for COPD.net.

 

The viewpoint expressed in this article is the opinion of the author and is not necessarily the viewpoint of the owners or employees at Healthcare Staffing Innovations, LLC.

 

 

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Atrial Fibrillation

by Jason Lucas, PhD, PA-C

PA training was all encompassing, or so I thought. I soon discovered that was not entirely true and found my passion in the cardiovascular arena. As I have grown in the profession, there are a few areas of real interest. Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a fascinating disease that is often downplayed in the general populations. I remember back in school, we… Read More.

 

Jason Lucas, PhD, PA-C is an experienced national speaker on cardiovascular diseases. He obtained his Physician Assistant degree in 2001 and has worked in the cardiovascular disease area ever since. Jason attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham and received his PhD in Cardiovascular Physiology in 2009. Jason went on to work as a field scientist for a medical device company before returning to clinical practice where he currently works as the Lead Extender for Piedmont Heart Institute on the Critical Care Cardiology Service and the Co-Director of the Mercer-PHI PA Residency Program in AdvancedCardiology. Jason enjoys spending his free time with his wife and three children in their home just outside of Atlanta, GA. He will be discussing AF at the Skin, Bones, Hearts & Private Parts conference in San Antonio, TX this September.

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Odd Jobs for Nurses and other Healthcare Professionals

by Patrick Cardone, R.N., MSN, MBA

An interesting thing about working in healthcare is that despite the fact that there are nearly unlimited options for employment, when I tell people that I am a nurse, inevitably I get the same question. “Oh really, which hospital do you work for?” Now granted, this is typically a question from those who work outside of the healthcare profession, but I think it speaks to a larger theme. Many people simply do not know about the vast array of options that are available to nurses and other healthcare professionals outside of acute care.

In my personal career I have worked in hospitals, in the field for hospice and home health, in government as a healthcare fraud investigator and an Assistant Inspector General, and finally in managed care, culminating in my current role where I enjoy working from my home office and traveling to work with facilities and clients in the western United States. In addition to my personal career, I have had the opportunity to work with other nurses who have worked in prehospital settings, in the Philippines setting up international operations, and even those who have coordinated research projects in Europe and elsewhere across the globe. The point being that there are nearly infinite possibilities available for healthcare professionals like you that are interested in exploring roles outside of the traditional acute care setting.

While certainly not an all-inclusive list, options available to healthcare professionals include:

  • Occupational Nurse/EMT
    • Promoting OSHA safety regulations or maybe caring for company employees with illness or injury emergencies.
  • Oil Rig Nurse/Medic
    • Working offshore or in remote locations to provide initial and/or emergency healthcare services to workers.
  • Camp Nurse
    • Provide care to attendees of various sports, outdoor, team building camp retreats
  • Flight Nurse/Medic
    • Both rotary and fixed wing medical transport options are available.
  • Cruise Ship Nurse
    • Responsible for passenger and/or employee care for illness and injury on the ship. Typically responsible for accompanying any patient that would need to be Air-Lifted to the nearest hospital.
  • Expedition Nurse
    • Caring for party members who may become ill or injured during a wilderness, Arctic or even diving expeditions.
  • Military/Government
    • There are both service member and civilian opportunities
    • Did you know that a search of the official jobs website of the United States Government revealed over 1,500 jobs for nurses, more than 1,300 jobs for physicians nearly 100 jobs for respiratory therapists and numerous positions in other areas of healthcare?
  • Motorsports nursing
    • Combine your love of racing with your love of nursing and you may have found a match made in heaven.

Want to get out of direct patient care? Consider these options:

  • Healthcare Fraud Investigator
    • Government and private sector investigator opportunities exist.
  • Utilization Management
    • Often a work-at-home opportunity
  • Nurse Educator
    • Educating nurses, patients and future nurses
  • Informatics
    • Evaluating and implementing IT applications for healthcare organizations
  • Legal Nurse Consultant
    • Working with attorneys and legal departments to bridge the understanding gap between medical charts and application of the law.

While some of these positions are rare and difficult to find, they all illustrate a point that nurses and other healthcare professionals are only limited by their imagination when it comes to career opportunities. Some unusual options require cross training, specialty experience such as critical care, and still others may require additional schooling or even a second college degree but the bottom line is that you are not just limited to the local hospitals for employment. I for one intend to spend my summers in the mountains and my winters in the desert from now on as I have the flexibility to do so as a result of expanding my horizons to find the perfect fit for me.

 

Patrick Cardone is a clinical consultant for one of the largest managed care organizations in America. Patrick studied at Grand Canyon University where he received a BS in Nursing, an MS in Nursing and an MBA.

 

The viewpoint expressed in this article is the opinion of the author and is not necessarily the viewpoint of the owners or employees at Healthcare Staffing Innovations, LLC.