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The New ABCs of Medical School: Anatomy, Biochemistry, and Cooking

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High-Value Care Increasingly Becoming Core Part of Med School Curriculum

High-value care has been added to curricula for many aspiring physicians

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Wichita’s nursing shortage over – for now

The decades-long nursing shortage in Wichita appears over – at least temporarily.

Graduating nursing students are finding fewer job openings and more competition from experienced nurses who have stayed on or returned because of the economic downturn. And even as the demand for nurses slows, the supply continues to grow as more training slots at more schools open up.

It’s forced job applicants, and especially new graduates, to look harder, take less desirable shifts or specialties, or travel to find work, say nursing school administrators.

“They may love pediatrics or want intensive care, but they may not get their first choice,” said Betty Smith-Campbell, chairwoman and professor at Wichita State University’s School of Nursing.

It’s not right to call it a glut, they say. It’s more of stabilization between supply and demand. There are still hundreds of job openings in the Wichita area for nurses of all types. Via Christi alone said it has 64 job openings for registered nurses at its hospitals.

And hospital and nursing school officials say the signs pointing to a long-term nursing shortage are irrefutable. Over the next 18 years, 10,000 baby boomers a day will turn 65. And even as the population skews older and sicker, more nurses will retire, creating what one estimate says will be a 500,000-nurse shortfall by 2025.

It’s because the demographics are so powerful that many in health care were caught by surprise by the disappearance of the nursing shortage in the last few years. The state funded a sharp increase in nursing training slots starting in 2007. The number of non-traditional schools offering nursing training continues to rise. More local students are being admitted to and graduating from nursing schools than before the recession – at the same time fewer nurses are retiring.

“We really want the economy to pick back up,” said Anita Mills, Butler Community College’s dean of nursing, allied health and early childhood education. “The last things we want is for our graduates to get out and not find a job. It’s been decades since we’ve had this conversation about nursing jobs. It really is different now.”

Supply and demand
Hospital administrators and nursing educators said Wichita has a history of seeing the number of nursing applicants swell whenever the aircraft industry lays off. Often, they said, spouses look to return to work or shift to full time to make up for lost wages. At the same time, though, during this recession, hospitals have seen patient counts fall as people opt to put off procedures for financial reasons.

Wesley Medical Center hired less than a third of its applicants in 2010 and 2011, said chief nursing officer Kathy Neely.

The hospital has just 12 openings for registered nurses.

“We’re being more selective these days,” she said. “We’re seeking candidates with higher degrees, a BSN (bachelor of science in nursing) rather than an associate’s degree.”

Via Christi Hospitals Wichita this week had 64 openings posted, but only some are for new nursing graduates.

Via Christi said it is bucking the national and local trend of paring back on hiring, said Linda Goodwin, Via Christ’s chief nursing officer. Last year the hospital group committed to adding 100 full-time nurses at its St. Francis and East Harry campuses while it trimmed administrative staff.

“We’re hiring more (nurses) than in 2008,” she said. “We are rededicating ourselves to patient care.”

RN vs. LPN
The nursing situation mostly affects hospitals, acute care facilities and the two- and four-year registered nurses who staff them, said Jan Wilson, director of nursing for Wichita Area Technical College.

WATC trains licensed practical nurses, which is a one-year program. LPNs serve a different market and have been less affected by the downturn, she said.

“The hospitals hire LPNs when they can’t get enough RNs,” she said. “So our graduates aren’t seeing as many opportunities there. But LPNs are the backbone of the long-term care industry and that hasn’t been affected. In fact, that has only increased with several new facilities opening recently.”

At the same time that demand for registered nurses has stabilized, the number of nurses graduating from local nursing schools is growing.

The number of students entering two- and four-year nursing programs in Kansas rose from 2,191 in 2006-2007 to 2,608 in 2010-2011, a 19 percent increase. The number graduating from nursing programs in Kansas rose 32 percent between 2007 and 2011.

The Kansas Legislature committed funds in 2007 to support additional nursing training. Wichita State University, for one, expanded from 160 slots in 2007 to 350 slots today in traditional classroom programs, an accelerated 14-month program and an online program to boost associate degree nurses to bachelor’s degrees.

Traditional private and for-profit colleges have also continued to churn out new graduates. And Wright Career College, a nonprofit school based at Towne East Square, is now seeking approval to open a registered nurse training program.

Mills, with Butler Community College, which trains associate-level registered nurses, said she’s concerned about the number of students now, although she said she doesn’t intend to cut back slots at Butler, at this point.

“We have a professional and ethical responsibility to make sure there are opportunities out there for them when they graduate,” Mills said.

Long-term
Longer term, the shortage will return with a vengeance as soon as the economy turns up, or maybe sooner, say educators.

Not only will the baby boomers fill up ever more hospital beds as they age, many of those nurses who worked through the recession for financial reasons will depart. And suddenly, the shortage will grow acute.

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Pitt State hosts Nursing Career Day

College nursing programs across the country are on the front lines in the battle against the nation’s nurse shortage, and Pittsburg State University did their part Thursday to help the cause.

More than 50 high school students — some local, others from as far away as the Kansas City area — visited PSU to take part in Nursing Career Day, an annual event aimed at providing information about Pitt’s nursing program to prospective students.

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Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics is Hiring: OR RNs

Due to major expansion, Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics are currently seeking full-time RN candidates at both our Main campus located in KC, MO as well as our Children’s Mercy South location in Overland Park, KS. Nurses will have the opportunity to scrub and circulate and work in an all RN staffed OR. All positions will have call responsibility. Positions at CMS will be scheduled 4 10 hour day shifts. Candidates for positions at CMS must live within a 30 minute response time and be willing to train at the downtown campus. Children’s Mercy offers competitive salary and benefits including certification reimbursement. For more information and to apply on-line, please go to http://www.childrens-mercy.org/careers
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Doctors donate $200,000 for new KU Medical Center simulation center

Books and lectures are yesterday’s medical learning tools.

Today, Kansas University Medical Center students use high-tech mannequins and equipment to hone their skills.

Prospective surgeons, for example, can do a laparoscopic gall bladder removal without ever touching a patient. Instead, they use hardware that presents a real-world scenario.

Dr. James Kindscher, professor and chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology at the School of Medicine, said medical simulation has been around for at least 10 years, but the technology has improved during the past few years.

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Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics is Hiring RNs

Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics is a comprehensive pediatric medical center which is the only free-standing children’s hospital between St. Louis and Denver. We are consistently ranked among the leading children’s hospitals in the nation, and we were the first hospital in Missouri or Kansas to receive the prestigious Magnet designation for excellence in patient care from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. We provide state-of-the-art care for children from birth to age 18 who come to us from throughout Missouri and Kansas and beyond. In addition to the clinical expertise provided by our pediatric specialists, Children’s Mercy is also a leader in providing pediatric medical education to the physicians and nurses of the future and in conducting cutting-edge pediatric medical research to discover the treatments and cures of tomorrow. And Children’s Mercy is nationally recognized for our innovation in creating a family-centered environment that is focused on the unique needs of hospitalized children and their families.

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US Army - Kansas and Missouri Regions is Hiring Nurses

As a member of the Army Nurse Corps, you’ll be given opportunities of a lifetime! Your role as an Army Officer will afford you the chance to care for your patients in a variety of settings. Army Nurses have autonomy to practice nursing in a way that is unmatched by civilian health care facilities. Your professional judgment will be the driving force behind leading your nursing team to provide full spectrum patient care.

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US Army - Kansas and Missouri Regions is Hiring

As a member of the Army Nurse Corps, you’ll be given opportunities of a lifetime! Your role as an Army Officer will afford you the chance to care for your patients in a variety of settings. Army Nurses have autonomy to practice nursing in a way that is unmatched by civilian health care facilities. Your professional judgment will be the driving force behind leading your nursing team to provide full spectrum patient care.

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Nursing Department Improves Quality and Patient Satisfaction With Culture Change

In 1998, The University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, KS, was faced with a patient satisfaction rate in the fifth percentile, turnover rates that were through the roof, and the reality of an organization that was losing market share.

As part of the organization’s strategy to turn the hospital around, nursing set out to change the culture of the department. A renewed commitment to quality improvement, nursing excellence, and staff engagement—along with a six-part strategic plan—effected culture change that transformed the organization. Since 1998, the hospital has seen a 60% decrease in turnover, a 65% increase in inpatient admissions, and more than 200% increase in revenue.

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