Omaha, NE (May 11, 2015) - The future of nursing is influenced by many factors, from technology to a nationwide nursing shortage to an increase in educational requirements. We recently sat down with Leslie Brown, branch manager of Aureus Medical Group, to discuss these trends and the multitude of opportunities that exist for a travel nurse.
Technology is reshaping travel nursing
Widespread electronic health record implementation has been prevalent across the U.S. ever since the HITECH Act was introduced in 2009. Since then, three-fourths of U.S. hospitals have adopted at least a basic EHR system, according to a recent data brief from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. This means that nurses have become very familiar with EHRs over the past few years.
Brown stated that overall, these innovations have made nursing routines more efficient and safe, especially since EHRs allow medical staff to make fewer medication errors due to online records and scanning capabilities. Additionally, she indicated that interoperability through EHRs has allowed communication between members of the medical team to become much easier.
In order for nurses to remain marketable, they must become "lifelong learners" of this type of technology, according to Brown, as EHRs have become standard in most healthcare settings.
"There is continuing education both online and in the classroom … but EMR training is best done on the job, hands-on. Taking assignments that will teach different EMR systems will be the travelers' best way to learn. Hospitals throughout the country use different charting systems, so the more they learn and know, the more marketable they will be for new assignments," Brown explained.
Another major trend seen in the healthcare industry is the influence of value-based care, which could mean that nurses will be preparing themselves to treat a patient population that is more educated.
Read the full article for more on travel nursing location and specialty trends.
About Aureus Medical Group:
Aureus Medical Group is a national leader in healthcare staffing specializing in the successful placement of Nursing, Advanced Practice, Cardiopulmonary, Diagnostic Imaging, Medical Laboratory, Neurodiagnostics, Radiation Oncology, and Rehabilitation Therapy professionals, as well as Physicians, in hospitals and medical facilities nationwide. With more than 30 years of experience, Aureus Medical offers a full range of staffing options, including national contract (travel), local contract, and direct hire. Aureus Medical is the largest affiliate of Omaha-based C&A Industries, a leading provider of human capital management solutions for more than 45 years.