Monday April 21, 2014
Medical Laboratory Professionals Week 2014: April 21-25
Medical laboratory professionals do most of their work behind the scenes. They typically don't work directly with patients, but the results of lab professionals' work often determine up to 70 percent of all medical decisions.
If you seek a high-impact health career that combines technology and life science, yet doesn't require frequent patient interaction, a career in a medical lab may be a great fit for you! If you seek a career in a medical lab, you could join a workforce of more than 300,000 workers at a variety of education levels and pay ranges.
According to the Department of Health and Human Services, via the American Society for Clinical Pathology, industry demand for additional medical professionals is out-pacing the number of people being trained in the field.
National Medical Laboratory Professionals' Week is April 21-25, according to the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science
(ASCLS), so this is a great time to learn more about these careers and the roles of medical laboratory workers who provide such valuable information to providers for patients.
Medical Laboratory Career Profiles:
Friday April 4, 2014
Is healthcare hiring coming back to life after a disastrous few months?
It's not quite back to its glory days, but a gain of 19,000 jobs in March is promising. Perhaps it's safe to remain cautiously optimistic?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its monthly employment situation update today, and while hospital hiring is still a bit sluggish, ambulatory care added the majority of new jobs.
Hospitals grew by just 4,000 jobs in March, after having lost about 10,000 over the previous three months.
Among ambulatory care settings, home health care grew the most in March, adding 8,500 jobs. Medical offices and outpatient care centers each added about 4,000 new jobs for the month, according to the BLS.
Offsetting the hospitals' 4,000 new jobs, was a loss of 4,000 jobs in nursing care and residential care facilities.
The unemployment rate for healthcare is at 4.0 percent, down from 5.0 percent in March of 2013. Meanwhile, the nation's overall unemployment rate remained at 6.7 percent with an addition of 192,000 nonfarm payroll jobs.
Monday March 31, 2014
April is Stress Awareness Month, and one major source of stress is often one's career. Healthcare professionals deal with many stressful situations at work, and it can be difficult to decompress and avoid carrying the stress home after hours.
Long hours, sick patients, worried family members, increasing workloads, and staff cutbacks are just a few things that may contribute to the level of stress healthcare workers experience on a regular basis. Sometimes stress can become so overwhelming that healthcare professionals may even experience complete burn-out. Or, stress may lead to physical health problems that could also impact your career and life.
How do you prevent job-related stress from having serious repercussions on your personal and professional life?
Monday March 31, 2014
One of the most common questions I receive from readers is: "which healthcare professionals are getting hired the most"? Readers and job seekers often want to know which health careers offer the most stability.
Industry demand changes from time to time, but a few trends have been holding up over the past few years. This week, Modern Healthcare outlined several "hot hiring areas" within the healthcare field that are remaining strong due to industry trends and changes.
Many of these areas are ones I've highlighted here in recent months as being most "in demand" among health careers. According to this week's Modern Healthcare article, the following are a few types of healthcare professionals that are most needed by many employers today and in the near future:
In addition to those professional roles, the following skill sets are also being sought by many hospital systems and healthcare employers, according to Modern Healthcare:
- Management and leadership - especially nurse managers and physician leaders
- Problem solving
- Conflict resolution
- Strategic planning