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How Nurses Can Prevent Falls

How Nurses Can Prevent Falls

September 20-24th is Falls Prevention Awareness Week! It’s no secret that falls are serious, even life threatening, especially to adults over the age of 65+.  

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New Nurses Can Navigate a Changing Healthcare Environment

For healthcare jobs, the going looks good: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts growth until 2029, as the profession adds roughly 2.4 million new jobs to serve an aging U.S. population.  

But new nurses today are entering a brave alternative world: Medicine is rapidly developing, and COVID-19 has provided unprecedented challenges to hospital systems worldwide over the past year.  

Today’s complex healthcare systems need nurses who can navigate various demands, gain leadership skills, understand legal and ethical issues, and have a solid commitment to addressing disparities across diverse populations.  

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How Nurses Can Gain Job Satisfaction

Better staffing of nurses has been a dilemma for hospitals lately: They need to choose between reducing or limiting direct labor costs and providing better care quality. Some hospitals reduce nurse staffing to minimize cost. But studies show that nurse staffing is reportedly influential in hospitalized patients’ prognoses and safety and hospitals’ financial performance. Further, they show that hospitals with better nurse staffing can alleviate nurses’ workload, attract nurses to practice, and diminish workplace injury and illness rates. 

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ShiftMed and HomeCare.com partner with Nurses Against Racism to deliver Scholarships to Minority Nursing Students

Health Care Workers Receive Scholarships to Assist with National Nursing Shortage

MCLEAN, Va., July 21, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — ShiftMed, LLC and HomeCare.com, two leading on demand nurse staffing platforms, are proud to announce that four scholarships have been awarded to Black nursing students in partnership with the Nurses Against Racism coalition. The collective, which addresses racial inequities and lack of BIPOC representation in the healthcare industry, chose four Black nurses to award $2,000 each to cover education and advancement costs in their pursuit of a nursing career.

Scholarship recipients were chosen based on the submission of a personal essay on their vision of a career in nursing. With over 125 applicants, the ShiftMed and HomeCare.com teams selected Destiny Ashley (New York, NY), Kamoy Beagle (New York, NY), Rayin Jordan (Fremont, OH), and Salematou Diallo (Philadelphia, PA) to be the coalition’s inaugural winners of the Nurses Against Racism scholarship. All awardees were drawn to nursing because of a personal experience with family:

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HomeCare.com Nursing Scholarship Winners

HomeCare.com Nursing Scholarship Winners

In May of this year, ShiftMed, LLC and HomeCare.com, the sister on-demand staffing platforms addressing health care worker shortages nationwide, partnered with the Nurses Against Racism coalition and announced the HomeCare.com Nursing Scholarship. The scholarship provides equitable opportunities for prospective Black nurses to excel in their studies. All prospective nursing majors, CNAs, LPNs, or RNs were eligible to apply for this scholarship. 

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Next-Day Nursing Pay: No-one Else Has It

There is a staff shortage in many hospitals, assisted living facilities, rehab centers, and skilled nursing facilities. Many nurses and certified nursing assistants (CNAs) have been hesitant to work due to the pandemic. Those that are working are juggling many tasks as hospitals double down on shifts and assignments for staff. It has been reported that in ICUs, many nurses have to focus on three patients instead of the standard two.

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Is There a Nursing Shortage?

A dynamic nursing shortage is already underway for registered nurses. It’s happening locally, nationally, and globally. Unfortunately, it’s already starting to impact medical and care facilities—a problem that will continue to grow without a recruitment and retention plan.  

As a counterpoint, the demand for skilled nurses is growing. An American Association of Colleges and Nursing (AACN) fact sheet notes that “according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Employment Projections 2019-2029, registered nursing (RN) is listed among the top occupations in terms of job growth through 2029. The RN workforce is expected to grow from 3 million in 2019 to 3.3 million in 2029, an increase of 221,900 or 7%.” 

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