Monthly Archives: June 2012

New York Times looks “R.N. to B.S.N.” – Search Programs at Find Healthcare Careers

The New York Times has taken up the case of the RN to BSN requirements in a new article HERE given that New York Stare is steps closer to requireing a BSN for license renewals for nurses. Remember, the Find Healthcare Careers Education Database has over 10,000 education listings, as well as one of the largest “R.N. to B.S.N.” listings.

Schools like Drexel have seized the opportunity. Its online R.N. to B.S.N. program began in the late 1990s with a few dozen students and today has 650. Over all, its College of Nursing and Health Professions has doubled over the last decade, to about 2,400 students, making it one of the nation’s largest.

“There are several hospitals in our region, like Abington, that will hire nonbaccalaureate nurses but give you a certain number of years to finish the baccalaureate, and some that won’t even interview you without it,” said Gloria Donnelly, dean of the nursing college.

Such policies are limited to a small fraction of the nation’s more than 5,000 hospitals — while no definitive count exists, they tend to be teaching hospitals in major metropolitan areas — but the number is rising fast. Hospital and nursing school officials say most hospitals insisting on bachelor’s degrees began doing so in the last five years, like Abington, a suburban hospital north of Philadelphia, which adopted its policy in 2010.
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Hebrew National in a pickle (and not the kosher kind!) Sued for deception

I’m not sure where in healthcare this fits, but somehow needed to be share.

ConAgra sued for alleged deception

* Eleven consumers fault meat processing procedures

* ConAgra says stands behind Hebrew National brand

By Jonathan Stempel

June 18 (Reuters) – ConAgra Foods Inc has been sued by consumers who contend that hot dogs and other products sold under its Hebrew National brand are not kosher.

The lawsuit alleges that meat processing services provided to ConAgra by privately held AER Services Inc fell short of the standards necessary to label Hebrew National products as kosher. As a result, they said, ConAgra misled consumers and was able to charge premium prices.

Eleven individual consumers filed their complaint in May in Minnesota state court. ConAgra moved the case this month to a federal court in St. Paul. The lawsuit was reported last week by American Jewish World, a publication based in Minnesota.

According to the complaint, Omaha, Nebraska-based ConAgra marks Hebrew National packages with a “Triangle K” symbol, and represents that the contents are kosher “as defined by the most stringent Jews who follow Orthodox Jewish law.”

But the plaintiffs said in the complaint that AER supervisors “did little or nothing” to address employee complaints that the meat processed for ConAgra was non-kosher. They also said Skokie, Illinois-based AER fired or threatened retaliation against those who complained.

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More Upgrades, or is it time to cut back?

My father called me this morning, at around 720, to tell me I HAD to read the piece in the journal today, and so off I went. And what a read it was – in the age of everyone trying to produce the newest and best way to do anything, this was the perfect piece to step back.

I don’t want more options. I want fewer options. There are 60 buttons on my remote control and I have used 12 of them. Sometimes I hit the wrong button and a tiny screen pops up in the corner of my big one, and I can’t get rid of it.

Which brings me to “Law and Order,” arguably the most successful television franchise ever. “Law and Order,” in reruns at almost every hour of the day or night, is as relentlessly repetitive as a metronome. Every episode begins the same way—a body is found. This discovery is followed by a few ominous musical beats, the same ominous musical beats every episode. Two detectives go from place to place. We know that because each place is announced with the same musical cue, plus words on the screen tell us exactly where they are. Or I should say, more importantly, the words tell us exactly where we are. At between 27 and 29 minutes past the hour, a bad guy is arrested and the show switches from law to order.
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Healthcare Jobs Search on Social Media – is 6 percent worth paying attention to?

Healthcare Finance News has a new look up at the rise of social media and mobile searching for clinicians. Susan Salka, the president of AMN Healthcare, was interviewd, saying ““We’re hearing more and more appetite to be able to access jobs- and service-related information. We go beyond that and our clients go beyond that when it comes to how they use social media to manage their online reputation. We use all of these to connect clinicians and clients with general healthcare industry information.” The article goes on to say that “Six percent of the respondents who used social media for job searching said they were able to find a new job, up from 3 percent in 2010.”

While its great to see some growth in social media job searching the six percent goes to show what I, and others have thought – while a good tool, healthcare job searching is not happening on social media, and not where all the focus should be with your social media and mobile media. a Search through twitter right now shows the same thing – mentions of jobs and postings are all more spam, auto genetated and not the place to be sourcing candidates. The study did state that one of the more popular sites (behind Facebook) was Linkedin, which remains the only place were sourcing a hard to fill position could be possible. Most Social Media can be a way to drive passive job seekers to your site, but its still not where people are searching for work.

Our Tedx Take – An Apple a Day…

By: Umang Desai

We all remember hearing the idiom “an apple a day will keep the doctor away;” a cliché which has elements of veracity. It’s true that the luscious fruit contains many helpful antioxidants, vitamins, and phenols, which have a double effect on cholesterol (reduces bad cholesterol and increases good cholesterol). Low in calories yet high in phytonutrients that prevent neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, the apple truly is a great ally to medical professionals.

These factoids are likely old information and you might be wondering why I’m spouting the benefits of an apple. As I’ve suggested in the past, it’s time health care professionals start thinking outside the box. Sure I rattled off several effects of edible apples, but how many of you think about another form of apple when you hear that adage?

Two weeks ago, I was speaking with a pediatric surgeon about the current challenges in health care and what some potential solutions may be to increase quality while reducing costs. We focused on reaching out and delivering high quality information to the patients while being cognizant of the current fiscal pressures many health systems are facing today. A few ideas were tossed back and forth, but the conversation was a great starting point: what could we use to teach and better inform our patients while using fewer FTEs and resources?
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