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Experts Predict Future of Registered Nursing Will Include Evolving Skill Set and Broader Work Environment

As opportunities in the nursing field are evolving, so too are the skills and work environments associated with the field, says an article published September 12 on the online industry portal

In her front-page feature, staff writer Cathryn Domrose details some of the notable shifts predicted for Registered Nurses (RNs) and the nursing field as a whole.

According to Domrose, these desirable and versatile skills include: the talent to shift between working independently and in collaboration with other health personnel; critical thinking abilities; training and expertise in elder care and knowledge of the healthcare system operations.

Domrose quotes industry expert Linda Tieman, RN, MN, FACHE, executive director of the Washington Center for Nursing and board president of the Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers, who anticipates growth in the area “community health” work field.

Domrose article also cites figures provided in the 2010-2011 edition of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, including 22 percent expected growth in the RN industry from 2008 to 2018; however, the rate at which nurses are hired is likely to vary specific among healthcare industries.

For example, Domrose says that while “hospitals employ about 60% of all RNs,” this number is predicted to drop due to anticipated factors like “technological innovations,” “healthcare reform,” and “cost-cutting trends” that “provide incentives to take care of more people in the community.”

The article identifies several sectors that the BLS expects will offer increasing job opportunities for nurses. Specifically, RN jobs are expected to increase in physician’s offices by 48 percent, while home health positions are predicted to offer a 25 percent increase. By comparison, RN positions at hospitals are anticipated to grown by just 17 percent.

Domrose also addresses the effect of the country’s expanding population of aging baby boomers on the nursing field. In particular, she points to “nursing workforce researchers” who say a larger segment of older Americans with “multiple chronic conditions” will likely create an increasing number of community care and hospital patients.

Finally, Domrose describes how some industry-insiders are analyzing the role of recent healthcare reform, including how its focus on “coordinated care” and prevention may produce similar priority shifts in the country’s healthcare model—from hospital to more community-based care.

Changes in the country’s population and healthcare landscape will require more specialized and trained professionals, such as Sacramento RNs and San Francisco registered nurses. Learn more about training for a role as a Santa Clara RN at Unitek College, today!

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Major San Francisco Hospital Charged With Discrimination by California Nurses Association and Filipino Community Groups

Filipino community organizations and a leading state nurses association are charging San Francisco hospital California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) with “systematic discrimination,” due its reported ongoing practice of discouraging the employment of Filipino nurses.

In a press release issued on August 19, the California Nurses Association (CNA), an advocacy group comprised of healthcare professionals like San Francisco registered nurses and San Jose RNs, announced it had filed a complaint with the San Francisco Human Rights Commission. A corresponding letter charged Sutter Health and its affiliate CPMC hospital “with employment discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, and national origin.”

Along with calling for an SF Human Rights Commission investigation into CPMC, the professional organization, which represents Sacramento RNs and other registered nurses, filed a class action grievance against the hospital and Sutter Health for contract violations related to discriminatory hiring practices. The California Nurses association also asked Sutter Health to demand CPMC “cease and desist” employment discrimination.

According to last Thursdays announcement, the CNA was joined by more than two dozen leaders of Filipino organizations and community groups in calling for a meeting with the hospital’s CEO Warren Browner and the Sutter Bay West Bay Vice President of Nursing Diana Karner. The groups are also demanding CPMC “publicly renounce its discriminatory practices, and commit to equal opportunity regardless of race or national origin.”

In a press conference last Thursday, CNA revealed testimony from former CPMC nursing professionals, including supervisors with first-hand experience of the discrimination against Filipino nurses. In onestate from the hospital’s former Critical Care Services director, the VP nursing director Karner reportedly advised him “not to hire any Filipinos.”

As further evidence, CNA provided a list of current employees at the CPMC-operated St. Luke’s hospital. The documents show that before February 2008, about 65 percent of the hospital’s registered nurses were Filipino; however, after February 2008, Filipino nurses comprised only 10 percent of the facility’s RN staff.

In the CNA press release, the supporting groups Filipino Community Center and the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns expressed their concerns against Sutter Health and CPMC through spokesperson Terry Valen.

“Our community needs access to healthcare and good jobs.  Sutter/CPMC’s discrimination against Filipino nurses is another blatant example of the abuse that Filipino migrant workers face in the United States,” Valen said.

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