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#MeToo and the Medical Profession

Physician authors Holroyd-Laduc and Strauss write:  “In the era of #MeToo, it is time for physicians to acknowledge that the medical profession is not immune to bullying, harassment and discrimination, and act to abolish these behaviours.” They further ask:  “…why, with the MeToo movement, has there been no complaint against a prominent male physician?”  Published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) August 2018.

Health Care Careers – MDs, DOs and Other Health Professions (NAAHP)

The National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions provides links to organizations involved with a variety of health professions. Look into key information on becoming a physician (under Allopathic and Osteopathic), dentist, optometrist, PT, OT, or selected other health care careers.

Healthcare Employment Projections, U.S. to 2026 (pdf)

Overview of Bureau of Labor Statistics projections by sector and by occupation for the period 2016 through 2026. Ten-year job growth rate for healthcare is projected to top 18%. This compares to non-healthcare expected growth of 6.1%. In the prior ten years, healthcare growth was about 20% to nonhealthcare growth of just 3%. In 2016, healthcare jobs represented 14% of the US economy. While 437,000 new Registered Nurses will be needed, the largest number of new healthcare jobs – a whopping 1,179,000 – will be needed in personal care and home health aide positions. From the NY Center for Health Workforce Studies at albany.edu February 2018; 36 pages

HealthCare Occupations Outlook and Wages – US Dept. of Labor Editor's Pick

Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates that the health care industry will grow 18% between 2016 and 2026, adding 2.3 million new jobs. Home health is the fastest growing, expected to be up by 41%. Home health aides and personal care aides will add over 1.2 million jobs; hospitals, nursing homes and doctors’ offices will all add more than 400,000 jobs by 2026. RN (registered nurse) jobs will grow by 438,000; median 2018 pay was $71,730. Nurse practitioner median pay was over $107,000. See growth rates, 2018 median wages, and outlook information here for more than 40 types of healthcare jobs;  Occupational Outlook Handbook is an excellent resource

Influenza Vaccination for Healthcare Personnel (Joint Commission)

The Joint Commission 100-page monograph outlines rationale and strategies for immunizing health care personnel (HCPs) against influenza – both seasonal flu and pandemic flu. Strategies from research and best practices from others are shared in order to improve vaccination rates (currently estimated around 42% nationally), thereby protecting both patients and staff, and reducing the spread of influenza. Pub 2009

Pandemic Flu Guide for Healthcare Workers – OSHA (pdf)

OSHA’s guide to help hospitals and employees get ready and respond to an influenza pandemic addresses clinical information about influenza, infection control and hand hygiene, employee vaccination, protective equipment, self-triage guidelines if you have flu symptoms, and more. Practical and well-referenced; 103 pages; updated for 2009. Other pandemic publications also at this site.

Wages for occupations in health care (BLS)

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows average salary / wages for hospital RNs ($77,670/year), and other healthcare occupations. Scroll to Table, and sort by Employment to see the largest categories of employees. Average salary for Physicians and Dentists also listed. National employment data updated May 2018

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Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture (AHRQ) Editor's Pick

Survey results from 382,834 hospital staff members (54% avg. response rate) in 630 participating hospitals in 2018 provide a baseline on the patient safety culture in US hospitals. While teamwork within units, and supervisors promoting safety received relatively high marks, handoffs and transitions, as well as nonpunitive response to errors were identified as weak areas. Just half of respondents indicated staff felt free to question the decisions or actions of those with more authority. Less than half of staff were positive about transferring patients from one unit to another (pharmacy and lab staff especially reported this as a major concern), or about hospital units coordinating with each other (Emergency, Anesthesiology and Psych/Mental Health staff ranked this the lowest). ER staff expressed concerns about working in crisis mode too often, trying to do too much too quickly. See Charts 5-1 and 5-2 and Tables 6-1, 6-2 for the overview. Detailed breakouts by position and department are in the appendixes. Published by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, AHRQ, March 2018.

Statistical Abstract 2012: Health Utilization, Expenditures, Diseases

US Census Bureau’s National Data Book presents statistics on health expenditures and insurance coverage, healthcare workforce, injuries, diseases including 5-year cancer survival rates, disability status, nutritional intake of the population, and food consumption. Average hospital cost per day in 2009 was $1,853, or $10,043 per stay (tables 173 & 174); average cost per state is shown. See Health and Nutrition section. Abstract is no longer updated after 2012, but charts may be updated by the government and shown in other websites.

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