Nursing Career News

A study done by the U.S. Bureau of Health Professions indicates that by 2020, the U.S. nursing shortage will grow to more than 800,000 registered nurses. How can we put a serious dent in stemming this dangerous tide unless nurses take an active role in seeking possible solutions to the problem? This blog will attempt to openly discuss and address major issues confronting the nursing profession, health care issues, and nursing education.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Interesting Nursing News Items

Pandemic flu training urged for health workers
LONDON (Reuters) - Researchers called for more training, better equipment and counselling on Tuesday after nearly half of health workers questioned in a U.S. survey said they would not report for work during an influenza pandemic.
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Wal-Mart to Offer More Health Coverage
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Monday it will relax eligibility requirements for part-time employees who want health insurance, allowing an additional 150,000 workers to gain coverage if they choose.
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My Thoughts....

Avian Flu: Most of the healthcare employees that indicate they wouldn't go to work if we get hit with a bird flu epidemic are non-nursing staff. That should definitely send a clear message to hospitals that they had better start providing more on the job training about health basics, handwashing, isolation procedures and rationale, and other subjects as well as looking into obtaining protective gear such as micron filter masks, isolation suits, etc for all employees, not just thouse involved in clinical duties.

Walmart's Health Insurance: It's a step in the right direction and I'm glad to hear that more employees will have the chance to have some insurance coverage. On the other hand, how many low paid employees will be able to meet the high out of pocket deductable?

Your thoughts?

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