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
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.”