Monthly Archives: November 2012

New Case Management Link Directory & Training Listings at Find Healthcare Careers

As we move into a new realm of healthcare and healthcare management, it looks like an increase in case managers, both RN and non, will occur as we all try to manage the move towards universal healthcare. At Find Healthcare Careers, one of the Professional Association Link Directories we have built to help is forCase and Risk Management, a directory with national and state chapters of professional associations in case and risk management.

For those looking to get into case and risk management you can also look at the results from the Find Healthcare Careers Education Database HERE

New Physical Therapy Professional Association Directory at Find Healthcare Careers

As we continue to work and build Find Healthcare Careers to be the leading resource for healthcare jobs and careers, its time to notify people of some new content – the Physical Therapy Professional Association Directory has been updated, listing out chapters by state, as well as national links. If we are missing something please let us know!

Nurses picket at Harborview in Seattle

More than 300 union nurses, technicians and other health-care workers marched in front of Harborview Medical Center Wednesday, saying they need higher staffing levels to adequately care for patients and more money to recruit and retain staff.

Members of SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, at a loud, spirited rally, said nurses are forced to either forgo breaks in their 12-hour shifts or leave colleagues with a double load of patients — an unsafe situation.

Five members of the Metropolitan King County Council have asked the Harborview board to resolve the labor dispute in a “fair and expedient manner.”

Councilman Larry Gossett, who spoke at the rally, said staff there are paid 20 to 30 percent lower than their counterparts at other hospitals.

Although Harborview is owned by King County, it is managed by the University of Washington through UW Medicine. Tina Mankowski, associate vice president for medical affairs at UW Medicine, said in a statement: “We are and remain committed to patient safety and to the successful resolution of our collective bargaining initiative.”

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3 profiles of New York City Nurses During Hurricane Sandy

I’ve come across three different profiles of New York Nurses during Sandy this week – such courage, skill and training shown here – especially in younger nurses – I think serves as the perfect story for why people are nurses.

The hospitals sit on First Avenue in Manhattan a block from the East River, which was pounded by waves that would eventually flood streets and subway tunnels. About the time the nurses lay down, the main power went out, and generators took over. But the auxiliary power would last only for a while.

“Around 11 o’clock a nurse came in and said there was going to be a total evacuation,” said Thewes, who has lived in New York for 13 years and worked at NYU Langone Medical Center for two years

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Quick, a registered nurse at New York University’s Langone Medical Center, was among the hundreds of health care personnel who helped evacuate the hospital after all the generators failed. According to Associated Press reports, the downtown Manhattan hospital lost power after heavy flooding from Hurricane Sandy. When the backup generator failed, flashlights were distributed and the hospital began to evacuate its 260 patients on “med sleds.”
The daughter of Dr. Leonard Quick, at Ohio Eye Associates in Mansfield, Ashley said her career goal was to work in the health field. “I’ve always liked helping other people and am interested in the science aspect of medicine,” she said. “I spent a lot of time going to the office with my dad as a kid.” After moving to San Diego for two years to work in a hospital, Ashley journeyed to New York about a year ago to start her schooling as a nurse practicionor and to be closer to family.
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When she finished her shift at around 8 p.m., Brown heard that the pediatric Intensive Care Unit, in another part of the building, had lost electricity and that the backup generators had failed. With no other choice, she and a handful of nurses hefted battery-powered monitoring equipment up nine flights of stairs to the unit.

The stairwell was black and the nurses used flashlights or cellphones to light their way. “I was scared, but I knew we needed to take care of things,” Brown said. Brown said she stayed near Bracha Goldress, a veteran nurse who stayed calm and knew what needed to be done first and what could wait. “I drew off her strength and courage,” Brown said. “At points where I was scared, I knew she was right next to me and I got the feeling that everything was going to be OK because she was there,” Brown said.

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