Posts from September, 2011

Ambulatory Surgery Centers Face Nursing Shortage

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, September 12th, 2011

The need for nurses in ambulatory surgery centers is  expected to rise over the next 12 months.

Already operating room nurses are in short supply in many areas, rural and urban. It can be hard to find an OR nurse even when offering top dollar. It is predicted that  ASCs will have to rely more on OR technicians to do some peri-operative work.

The aging nurse workforce could be a boon for ASCs that traditionally rely on a part-time workers. As nurses age, the ones who can afford it are going move to part-time work.

ASCs will be competing against hospitals, which tend to offer higher salaries and valuable extra benefits and sometimes sign-on bonuses.Some nurses prefer working in a hospital over an ASC because they can get longer shifts with time-and-a-half pay.  ASCs attract nurses by showing how they are different from the hospital, offering a steady workweek with no weekend work, which would appeal to many nurses.

As the nursing shortage looms, nurse recruitment will be in the forefront again.

To learn how I can help you recruit the nurses you need and retain the nurses you have, contact me.

$71.3 million in Grants to Educate and Retain Nurses

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, September 6th, 2011

In July HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced $71.3 million in grants to expand nursing education, training and diversity.

Nursing workforce development programs, reauthorized by the Affordable Care Act, are the main source of federal funding for nursing education and workforce development. These programs bolster nursing education from entry-level preparation through the development of advanced practice nurses and prepare faculty to teach future nurses.

“These awards reflect the critical role of nurses in our healthcare system, and our ongoing commitment to attract and retain highly-skilled nurses in the profession,” said Secretary Sebelius.

Awards include:

Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention ($10.9 million 33 awards)Strengthens initiatives that expand the nursing pipeline, promote career mobility for nurses, prepare more nurses at the baccalaureate level, and provide continuing education training to enhance the quality of patient care. The Affordable Care Act modified the program to enhance its focus on activities that help improve nurse retention.

Nursing Workforce Diversity ($3.6 million 11 awards)Increases nursing education opportunities for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, including racial and ethnic minorities underrepresented among registered nurses. Grants support educational opportunities for students to become registered nurses and opportunities for practicing registered nurses to pursue a baccalaureate degree in nursing. The Affordable Care Act amended the program to include support for advanced nursing education preparation, diploma and associate degree nurses entering bridge or degree completion programs and accelerated nursing degree program students.

Nurse Faculty Loan Program ($23.4 million 109 awards)Assists registered nurses in completing graduate courses to become faculty.

These are excellent opportunities to help recruit and retain nurses in the United States.

To learn how I can help you recruit the nurses you need and retain the nurses you have, contact me.