Nurse.com makes list of 4 most popular job boards for nurses

Nurse.com’s unique wealth of resources and ability to place the right nurses with the right employers are why the site is one of the top job boards for nurses, according to Recruitment Advisor. 

The Aug. 13 article by Mary Hiers, “The 4 Most Popular Job Boards for Nurses,” lauds Nurse.com’s easy-to-find job listings and prominently featured job search tool. Additional features that were highlighted include Nurse.com’s resume creator for nurses and its free career PROfiles, which act as a nurse’s virtual filing cabinet for

U.S. News Collects Data for Online Grad Nursing Programs

While citing a recent increase of distance education programs, U.S. News & World Report has announced that 2015 rankings will be expanded and that data collection has started for its 2015 Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs report.

U.S. News states that in two years, the number of distance education programs that schools self-reported to the publisher increased by more than 40 percent.

“Thanks to the growth of online nursing degree programs, students can advance their careers in one of the most

Press release: Nurse.com receives NAHCR IMAGE Media Award

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HOFFMAN ESTATES, ILL. Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) — Nurse.com has received the 2014 NAHCR IMAGE Media Award for its coverage of a registered nurse who volunteered to serve in Afghanistan and deliver care in a remote region of the country.

The Nov. 11, 2013, article, written by freelancer Heather Stringer and assigned by National Editor Sallie Jimenez, is titled: “Deborah Lynn Redman, RN, wins international honor for her work with women in Asadabad.”

NICE Provides Guidelines on Safer Staffing Levels for Nurses in U.K.

New guidelines, to advise the National Health Service about safe staffing in England, focus on effective management measures, patient safety and workforce applications.

According to the announcement released by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, when each registered nurse cares for more than 8 patients, this indicates a signal to check that patients are not at risk of harm. 

The NICE guidelines state that patient needs must come first when making decisions about safe staffing

Nurse.com Brings Recruitment Strategies, Shaker of Salt to NAHCR

Nurse.com members kicked off the week by donning Margaritaville-inspired shirts and talking recruitment strategies at the National Association for Health Care Recruiters annual meeting July 22-25 at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando, Fla.

The theme of this year’s event was “Vision of Excellence in Health Care Recruitment.” Nurse.com decked out its booth — an annual tradition — with a Jimmy Buffett decor, providing a warm, welcoming invitation to engage exhibit hall attendees on topics in the industry, sharing business solutions — and even some laughs —

Hospital Report Adds New Data and Emphasizes Patient Safety

The annual “Best Hospitals rankings” from U.S. News features added new data and greater emphasis on patient safety for 2014, according to the new report.

In its 25th edition, patient safety metrics accounted for 10% of each hospital’s overall score, in most specialties — twice as much as in past years. The role of hospital reputation fell 5% in the report, determined through a national survey of medical specialists.

“With an estimated 400,000 deaths occurring in hospitals

NLC Works to Reduce Uninsured Rate of Children and Families by 50%

The National League of Cities awarded grants and technical assistance to eight U.S. cities, helping to implement local outreach efforts to enroll children and families in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

The Cities Expanding Health Access for Children and Families initiative will help cities implement comprehensive campaigns to enroll children and families in Medicaid and CHIP and reduce the uninsured rate for children and families by 50% in each of the cities, according to

Study: Size of RN Workforce Surpasses Forecasts

As reported by Nurse.com

The size of the RN workforce has surpassed forecasts from a decade ago, growing to 2.7 million in 2012 instead of peaking at 2.2 million, according to a study published on HealthAffairs.

Much of the difference is attributed to an increase in the number of new nursing graduates. But the study also suggests the size of the RN workforce is sensitive to changes in retirement age, given the large number of baby-boomer RNs now in the workforce.

The researchers — Peter I. Buerhaus, RN, PhD, FAAN, Valere Potter Professor of Nursing and director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Health Workforce Studies in the Institute for Medicine and Public Health at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tenn.; David I. Auerbach, MS, PhD, policy researcher at RAND Corporation, based in Santa Monica, Calif.; and Douglas O. Staiger, John French Professor of Economics and chair of the Department of Economics at Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H. — found that in the period 1969-90, for a given number of RNs working at age 50, 47% were still working at age 62 and 9% were working at age 69. In contrast, in the period 1991-2012 the proportions were 74% at age 62 and 24% at age 69. This trend extended nursing careers by 2.5 years after age 50.

Earlier projections suggested that the number of RNs in the workforce would grow until 2012 and began to taper off as baby-boomer RNs left the workforce. Instead, the nurse workforce grew by 2.9% annually from 2000 to 2012, surpassing its 2.6% annual growth from 1990 to 2000. Assessing current demand for RNs and how this affects previous shortage forecasts is difficult, say the study’s authors. “However, it is certainly possible that demand will grow in the near future because of the coverage expansions resulting from the Affordable Care Act, projected physician shortages, and population growth and aging,” they said. “Should the demand for RNs increase, that could precipitate shortages of such skilled caregivers.”

The growth in the workforce, according to the study, can be attributed to the following:

• The annual output of U.S. nursing education programs doubled over the past decade, increasing from roughly 74,000 in 2002 to 181,000 in 2012.

• Slow economic growth following the recession of 2007-09, which has kept some RNs in the workforce.

• The recession, and its lingering effects, may have temporarily delayed the retirement of older RNs because of income security reasons.

Data on the age and employment of RNs were obtained from the Current Population Survey, the American Community Survey and the Census Bureau.

Read the study: http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/early/2014/07/10/hlthaff.2014.0128