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The Ultimate Cheat Sheet on Hospital Careers

Jul 1, 2015

pic Searching endlessly in the paper, online, and through other outlets is not only tiring, but it is time you’re wasting. You could be spending your time putting in hours, caring for patients, and loving what you do; all while making money. Through this cheat sheet, you can find out the secrets to finding the ideal job, in your neighborhood, where you love to be every day.   Narrow Down Your Search Narrow the career search down to some of the positions you feel the best suited for. Use keywords to conduct the search to get better results overall. Another way to narrow the search down is through your city, town, neighborhood, or desired radius. Only view the positions open by you, so you do not have to worry about skimming through the others that are entirely too far for you to commute to every day.   Stick with One Website When you search over multiple websites, chances are that you’re missing something during the search. When you use one website to scour through hundreds of open positions, you’re putting yourself in a better situation to view each and every one. There is no jumping around; they are right in front of you. Bookmark the website, and keep coming back each time a new position is listed. This also ensures that you do not apply for the same position through a different website multiple times.   Know Your Strongest Skills Knowing where your strongest skill is can ensure that you choose the best career. Go over your resume, and try to view yourself in specific hospital positions. Those you’re interested in can be applied for, with a better chance of getting them, and those that you do not feel strongly about can be forgotten. If you feel that your patience and/or bedside manner are strong, list them on the resume. The hospital will want to know your skills; it is up to you to let them know about them.   Show Up At the Hospital When you view the position online, and you apply; bring a resume in a few days after. Showing the initiative to get the position makes you a stronger candidate than others that might have applied. Showing everyone that you’re ready and willing to take on the position makes you look much better in the eyes of the hiring human resource staff.   Strongly Showcase Your Hospital-Minded Skills Since you’re going for a position within a hospital, you want to ensure that all of the skills or past history pertaining to this specific career are strongly showcased. When you put your resume together, having these skills bolded, at the top of the list, and talked about the most is key. You want your resume to shine in front of all others.   Customize Your Cover Letter When you’re applying to different hospitals, or even different careers, personalizing and customizing them to each specific hospital and position is a must. This shows that you took the time to create one-of-a-kind copy that suits the needs of the hospital to which it is going. It shows that you took the initiative to provide them with the information they requested, but that you’re committed to doing the job.   Clean It Up Make sure your resume has no typos, errors, or other problems that might exist without you knowing it. Run it through a spell check, a grammar check, and even have someone else look it over for you. The more easily it can be scanned and read, the better your chances of finding the ideal position that you want to be in at the hospital.   Don’t Wait, Act on It When applying to positions you truly want, make sure to call them and follow up about the particular position. Like mentioned before, showing up and taking action puts you in a better position to get the job. Someone that can take the time to follow up is someone the hospital wants on their team. Having a career in a hospital is a rewarding one; do not take months to find the perfect job that matches your skill set. Find one today through a website that can truly make your hospital career search more productive and effective.  

OSHA's Crackdown on Nursing Safety

Jun 30, 2015

images A recent NPR report tells that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has decided to crack down on an industry with a long history of workers with special work-related healthcare issues. The surprise is that industry is the healthcare industry itself. NPR reports that nurses and nursing assistants suffer more debilitating back and arm injuries than any other occupation. Such injuries are caused primarily by lifting and moving patients, the report says. Many nurses end up having to undergo orthopedic procedures, and many quit the field due to injury.

Big Issues in 2015

Jun 29, 2015

images In the wake of Supreme Court rulings on various aspects of the Affordable Care Act, Becker's Hospital Review has published a list of "The 8 Biggest Healthcare Issues in 2015 So Far." And not surprisingly, all of those issues are either directly or indirectly related to the ACA. It's a thought-provoking list, inasmuch as Becker's provides a largely spin-free look at the real fallout from the ACA -- the good, the bad, and the stuff that just doesn't even make sense.

A Little Empathy

Jun 24, 2015

Boxwood_PS_Street_signs_Empathy At the Hospital Impact website, blogger and healthcare professional Thomas Dahlborg recently posted an interesting column about "the need for empathy in healthcare." It's almost hard to wrap your head around the story Dahlborg relates: while visiting a large hospital in the Midwest, he and the resident chief nursing officer (CNO) engage in a wide-ranging discussion on policy and patient care. Dahlborg relates his own experience to the CNO, telling of how he learned with time that providers must often go the extra mile in order to connect with patients. That a "difficult patient" may be suffering from any number of problems related to his/her background and environment, and that those problems may explain why, for instance, he/she has trouble maintaining a dietary regimen. Or refuses to exercise. Or reacts badly to certain overtures from staff.

The Doctor is Out

Jun 22, 2015

images Changes in healthcare are putting a new spin on an old practice. The humble house call, it would seem, is a thing again, according to a recent Associated Press article. AP details how Medicare has completed the first year of a three-year study to see whether home-based care -- including house calls -- can save money over traditional hospitalization. The answer so far seems to be a resounding "yes," as Medicare revealed that it saved more than $25 million in the first year.

Toward a More Educated Nursing Work Force

Jun 19, 2015

Nursing_students In 2010, the Institute of Medicine set forth an ambitious goal in its "The Future of Nursing" report: By 2020, the IOM called for 80 percent of registered nurses in the United States to have at least a bachelor's degree. In a recent Becker's Hospital Review post, BHR checked in with Dr. F. Patrick Robinson, dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences at Capella University, to see where the U.S. stands vis a vis that goal.

More on Healthcare Job Growth

Jun 18, 2015

OrderStatistics We recently looked at some of the latest healthcare job statistics, including the news that there were 910,000 job listings in the healthcare industry in the U.S. in April, versus only 513,000 new hirees added to payrolls. Now let's look at the spin some industry observers are putting on those stats. "Health care is a job seeker's paradise," reported Money Talks News. Bloomberg Business noted that healthcare help-wanted ads "have been on a tear."

How to Discourage a Doctor

Jun 15, 2015

woman-216988_640 Becker's Hospital Review just re-shared a 2014 op-ed from Indiana University prof Dr. Richard Gunderman entitled "How to Discourage a Doctor." The piece is a tongue-in-cheek (i.e. fictional) recounting of a doctor who accidentally picks up an eyes-only bureaucratic missive detailing how to keep physicians in their place, constrained by the misguided directives of bean-counting hospital administrators.

A Closer Look at Healthcare Job Growth

Jun 12, 2015

images Our friends at the Bureau of Labor Statistics have issued another round of monthly and yearly data, and some more characteristically optimistic predictions to accompany it. And yes, healthcare jobs seem to be continuing in a strong upward growth trend. Looking at the big picture, the U.S. added 280,000 jobs in May, and 47,000 of those were in healthcare/social assistance. That represented a slight uptick from April, when the industry added around 45,000 new jobs.

New Generations; New Trends

Jun 10, 2015

untitled Healthcare blogs are full of the raw numbers and broad strokes related to the changing face of healthcare in the U.S. -- how millions more Americans will have access to care through the ACA, but may be confronted by provider shortages numbering in the hundreds of thousands. But what about the specs -- the micro-trends and the demographic figures that accompany the raw data? A recent consumer survey by PNC Healthcare look at ways in which a changing population will affect healthcare delivery models moving forward.