There are three million nurses in this country to about 800,000 doctors. For employers, that makes these valuable caregivers healthcare’s first line of defense for patients…and their own bottom lines. And that makes skilled nurses more important than ever.
The Horizons of Excellence awards, presented for the first time at this year’s event in Austin, honors those who have raised the bar in our field; organizations from diverse industries with truly forward-thinking approaches to cultivating success through positive business cultures.
The healthcare talent shortage is very real. HR people from top hospitals from around the country talked about it recently at our Bright Horizons Solutions at Work LIVE conference’s People Strategies in Healthcare Forum.
The unrelenting demands paired with literally life-and-death decisions create the conundrum of the healthcare job; engaged employees drive healthcare; but the demands of healthcare drive disengaged employees. And a recent study shows unmistakable signs of trouble. What’s the answer?
National Healthcare HR Week has fueled a lot of conversation about the state of the healthcare workforce. And for providers, there’s ample concern.
Since the 1980s the percentage of computer science degrees earned by women has fallen by more than half, to 18 from 38 percent. “Every company needs technology,“ Melinda Gates told BackChannel, “and yet we’re graduating fewer women technologists. That is not good for society. We have to change it.”
When you’re a top hospital caring for more than a half-million patients 24-7, you need to count on employees. The challenge is making sure they get to work even when care for children and parents breaks down.
Hospitals looking to achieve magnet status need to guide employees through BSN degree programs. But succeeding will take more than educational assistance; it will take a carefully designed strategy that assists with both the financial and physical obstacles of learning and earning.
Why should healthcare employers be so concerned about flex time? Apart from the stress factor is the fact that employees in healthcare must be on the job. Unlike other workforces, nurses and other providers cannot simply pick up their work another day or have their role accomplished in some automated fashion – such as by robot.
Healthcare HR is on the move. The industry is expected to add more jobs over the next eight years than any other segment of the U.S. economy. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about one in four new jobs will be filled by doctors, nurses, lab techs, and other support roles, putting healthcare on track in the next decade to overtake state and local government as the largest employment sector in America.