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Welcome to the ShiftMed blog where we discuss everything nursing, from professional insights to healthcare holidays to helpful hints for working with us.

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.  How new nurses thrive in the caregiving culture New nurses have challenges unlike those of their more-seasoned cohorts. As they begin their careers, they will need to: 

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. 

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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