Nurse.com Releases its 2014 Jobs Outlook
Elaine Stephens, RN, MPH, FHHC, NAHC’s Executive Vice President, quoted on nurses’ changing role in community health
September 29, 2014 11:01 AM
Nurse.com, an online website for professional nurses, recently published it 2014 jobs outlook for the profession. NAHC’s Executive Vice President, Elaine Stephens, RN, MPH, FHHC, was quoted in the report discussing the changing role nurses play in the home and in community-based settings.
According to the report:
“Because they required so much autonomy, community settings were once seen as the sole province of experienced nurses. New graduates, the view held, would not have the confidence to take care of patients in their homes or supervise others in a long-term care setting. In long-term care, “we used to tell [new graduates], ‘Go to the hospital and work a year and then you can come back,’” Lori Gutierrez, BS, RN-C, DON-CLTC, CBN, a clinical development specialist with Chamberlain College of Nursing in Arizona and clinical educator with the American Association for Long Term Care Nursing, said. Now, she said, some hospitals are suggesting new grads get nursing experience somewhere else first. “It’s funny how the tables have turned.”
Healthcare reforms designed to keep patients out of the hospital are expected to create more growth in community healthcare settings. Home health is predicted to be the fastest growing segment of nurse employment, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, increasing 55% between 2010 and 2020.”
When it comes to mentoring and orientation, many home health agencies have started to offer such programs in order to attract qualified nurses, according to the article, which quoted Ms. Stephens:
“In the past 10 years, some home health agencies have added orientation and mentoring programs for new graduates, Elaine D. Stephens, RN, MPH, FHHC, executive vice president of the National Association for Home Care and Hospice, said. The Visiting Nurse Service of New York, which started its new grad program in 2000, offers a year-long paid internship that includes field-visits, shadowing and classroom work. Visiting Nurse Association of Boston began a residency program two years ago in partnership with a local nursing school.
As jobs shift to the community, more home health agencies will be considering similar programs, Stephens said. “We need nurses from all areas,” she said.”
The key findings of the report – across all settings for nurses – is that demand for skilled nurses will continue to rise, the setting will continue to shift away from the hospital to home and community-based settings and the roles nurses play will continue to change.
To read the full 2014 Jobs Outlook, please click here.