Rae Ellen Douglas of Kaye/Bassman Quoted in WorkLife Careers.com Article
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Rae Ellen Douglas of Kaye/Bassman Quoted in Work Life Careers.com Article Dallas, Texas, 3/25/2013: By Megan Fox Arcticle published on March 25, 2013 at Work Life Careers
Recruiter Roundtable: Healthcare Industry Jobs
We’ve collected a panel of over 10 healthcare recruiting experts to discuss industry trends, job search tactics, and career development strategies to provide an insider’s look at the current healthcare job market in detail.This is the first in a series of three pieces (and a fairly long post!), but for those of you seeking healthcare jobs, it’s worth a read! Our next two posts will come out on the next two Mondays, so keep an eye on our blog!
What are the trends you’re seeing in the healthcare industry currently and where is the future of the industry headed?
Cindy: I see that there is a strong demand for skilled and experienced healthcare workers. Education and certification is another requirement with a Bachelor’s or Master Degree preference. It seems that there are not enough candidates to fill these positions.
Ann: The future is really bright – especially if you are willing to work overseas which can be an ideal career growth strategy. Western educated and trained healthcare workers are in very high demand around the world. Education is crucial – many employers are looking closely at education credentials. A 4-year bachelor degree is necessary for most licensing authorities around the world. It is widely believed that nurses with a BsN have greater critical thinking skills crucial for the level of responsibility that nurses have. The other big trend in healthcare is technology, as all hospitals are under pressure to become more efficient. Anyone seeking a job in healthcare should take any opportunity to learn about new technology.
Barbara: The reforms in the US healthcare system that have allowed more people to have access to healthcare have also created an ever-increasing demand for health-related services. This in turn is creating a significant demand for more healthcare professionals, both physicians and non-physicians. Training programs are working diligently to open up more spots for trainees, but as many of these programs receive federal and state funding to facilitate operations, training opportunities are not opening at the pace they should be to meet hiring demands.
Rae Ellen: In order to respond to healthcare reimbursement changes, there is increased focus on hospitals entering into partnerships with organizations which were solely competitors ten and fifteen years ago. Downward pressure is effecting everyone in healthcare from physicians, acute care hospitals, and IT, to long term and skilled facilities. They are all told the same thing: do the same or more with less resources.
What are some healthcare jobs with an increased demand, and which jobs in healthcare are becoming extinct?
Cindy: From what I am seeing there is an increased demand in the nursing field especially in Management and Directors. I am seeing less opportunities for Technicians but there are still many and wouldn’t consider it extinct. The trend is to have licensed, certified and educated technicians.
Ann: Jobs in specialist areas with a sub specialty are in increased demand, e.g. pediatric oncology, oncology/BMT nurses. Nursing informatics posts are more in demand as hospitals move into using smart technology. Home Health Care Nurses are also in strong demand due to the aging population and shorter hospital stay lengths. In especially high demand are nurses and healthcare professionals who have worked at Magnet credentialed facilities.
Barbara: I have seen a dramatic increase in needs for additional doctors and supporting staff (RNs, Physicians Assistants, and Allied Health professionals). In regards to physicians, primary care providers are always needed because they concentrate their practice on general medicine; the “bread and butter” of most institutions. Specialists, on the other hand, are recruited on an as-needed basis, usually when there is a demand created by patients or when a resignation or retirement occurs. Because there are generally less specialists available in a particular field, recruitment is often competitive.
Rae Ellen: Jobs with increased demand are health information management as well as care management. These roles have a direct impact not only on hospital systems, outcomes, and the bottom line but also the patient experience. Consulting roles in clinical integration and outcomes management is in high demand as is revenue cycle for both permanent and contracted placement.
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