Medicine is one of the most sought-after professions in India. Becoming a doctor is a dream shared by countless students across the country. It is considered the most respected profession. However, with fierce competition, getting into a medical school is no easy task. With so many students competing for a limited number of seats, getting into a good medical college requires a lot of hard work and patience.
When it comes to choosing a medical course, there are plenty of choices available to the students. Here are some of the main courses you can opt for-
MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery)
MBBS degree makes you a doctor in allopathic medicine. It is the most popular medical courses in India. MBBS degree equips you with the knowledge required to treat sick patients. There is a huge demand for qualified doctors in India. Most medical students complete MBBS course and pursue post graduate level studies (MD or MS).
BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery)
BDS course imparts knowledge about caring for teeth, gums and tissues in the mouth. It also involves cosmetology in which the dentists improve the overall look and appearance of the person with cosmetic dentistry procedures. Orthodontics (straightening and aligning of teeth and jaws), Periodontics (deals with gum diseases) and Endodontics (root canal jobs) are some of the main specializations available to the aspiring dentists. Dentists are high in demand across the country.
BHMS (Bachelor of Homeopathic Medical & Surgery)
Homeopathy is an alternative system of medicine with millions of followers in India and across the world. It is considered one of the most holistic systems of medicines. In homeopathy, the eating habits, sleep, dreams and family history of diseases is taken into account.
BAMS (Bachelor of Ayurvedic medicine and Surgery)
Ayurveda is one of the most ancient medicine systems that originated in India. This system of medicine is used to treat a wide variety of common as well as chronic diseases. After completing BAMS course, the students can pursue post graduate program in Ayurveda.
Apart from these four, there are many other medical courses that students can opt for. These include Bachelor of Physiotherapy (BPT), BOTH (Bachelor of Occupational Therapy), BSc. Nurs. (Bachelor of Science, Nursing). When it comes to taking admission in these courses, the students have to appear for competitive examinations. In Maharashtra, for example, MH CET (Maharashtra Common Entrance Test) can help you gain admission into various medical courses.
Accidents are always unpredictable. Sometimes, our own health problems lead to accidents. For instance, a person can encounter cardiac arrest due to some other health issues as well, which may result in death if not treated rightly on the right time.
Often, when people come across such victims in emergency they become more anxious about how to help the other person since they have no knowledge of CPR or First-aid. Delay or improper treatment further aggravates the condition of the victim.
There are several types of other injuries, which often take place in school, office or place of work, which could be fractures, cuts, lacerations, chemical burns, amputations, bruises, contusions, soreness, pain, heat burns, tears, strains and more. In such scenarios, lacking knowledge about CPR or First-Aid could be dangerous for the victim to survive with the pain or illness he or she might be suffering with.
Sometimes, people having half-knowledge or poor knowledge attempt to treat victims. For instance, some people apply heat to the burnt area that aggravates the burn. Some make a mistake of inducing vomiting to a person who has swallowed poison. Another mistake include using sponge rubbing of alcohol over the body down with fever, and more that can have serious repercussions in the longer run. However, these mistakes can only be prevented if one has the right knowledge of CPR and First-aid.
With the help of first-aid training programs and CPR classes, you can help anyone fighting with a difficult or deadly condition. Life is uncertain and any small mistake made during the rime when the right treatment is to be given to the injured person can have serious consequences on the life of the victim.
With the right first-aid training and CPR certification, you can be confident of dealing with yourself and even others whom you feel require your assistance. Even less, but right knowledge of these programs can help people go a long way in saving life of other individuals who become the victims of uncertain death or improper diagnosis.
We never know where our next second would take us. Whether we have an existing illness or not, accidents can never be predicted. However, in critical conditions, delay in medical help often leads to death of the victim. In order to prevent a dying victim offering CPR is the smart way out. If you have even the basic knowledge of CPR skills, you can always be confident enough to help and save the life of a victim. Wit certain number of chest compressions and airway breathing, you can work to restore the function of heart and brain, till medical assistance arrives.
In addition to this, with CPR knowledge, you would deal with the victim in the right manner unlike those who use the wrong treatments due to lack of medical knowledge. Whether it is about being calm in the situation or trying to understand the psychology of a child victim or rightly performing the chest compressions, all this you would achieve with CPR training.
This just in from the CommonWealth fund: New 11-Country Survey of People 65 and Older Finds Those in U.S. Are Sickest and Most Likely to Have Problems Paying Medical Bills, Getting Needed Health Care.
Commonwealth Fund Survey Underscores Importance of Medicare for Older Adults; Finds U.S. Does Well on Helping Patients with Chronic Illness and Access to Specialty Care.
Dated November 19, 2014 Thank you http://www.commonwealthfund.org/
Here are 40 statistics on surgery center staff wages, salary and hours per case by geographical location, according to VMG Health’s ASC Intellimaker Survey 2011. Complements of Becker’s ASC REview. It covers West, Southwest, Midwest, Southeast, and Northeast for staff nurse, tech staff, administrator staff and Administrator. Click here to see the survey results
In their weekly newsletter, the “Periop Insider” has a great article titled “5 Traits of a Perioperative Leader“.
The five traits covered are 1. Honesty, 2. Forward looking, 3. Competency, 4. Inspirational and 5. Intelligence. The narrative gives credit to Vangie Dennis, RN and Administrative Director of Spivey Station Surgery Center in Jonesboro, Georgia and Consultant Brenda Ulmer, RN of Snellville, GA and a Past President of AORN. Both gave fabulous thoughts regarding insight for all Nurse Leaders.
I encourage all nurses both in leadership and in staff roles (because staff nurses all do spend time being leaders) to read the article with an open mind toward improvement of self and sharing with others.
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You will want to check out Healthcare Purchasing News for a great article about Operating Room systems. They are talking about OR workflow optimization carving order from chaos.
All Surgical Services (Perioperative Services) people involved in the work flow of the Operating Room should read this article.
It covers intuitive systems to help improve patient safety and meet quality goals, provide comprehensive utilization data analysis and bench-marking capabilities, increase throughput and case volumes and improve physician, staff and patient satisfaction. See the whole article at http://www.hpnonline.com/inside/2014-02/1402-OR-Scheduling.html
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Did you know that a hospital is one of the most hazardous places to work? In 2011, U.S. hospitals recorded 253,700 work-related injuries and illnesses, a rate of 6.8 work-related injuries and illnesses for every 100 full-time employees. This is almost twice the rate for private industry as a whole.
OSHA created a suite of resources to help hospitals assess workplace safety needs, implement safety and health management systems, and enhance their safe patient handling programs. Preventing worker injuries not only helps workers—it also helps patients and will save resources for hospitals. Download the overview* and explore the links below to learn more about the resources available.
More information here: https://www.osha.gov/dsg/hospitals/
|Check this out, thanks to the Periop InsiderSeven steps to attract and retain perioperative staff|
|Every hospital knows it’s going to have perioperative nursing turnover. What it does to proactively address that turnover could be the difference between having and not having the right nurses it needs. Here are seven steps that can help your organization evaluate and support new hire and retention processes. Read more|
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The U.S. health care sector accounts for 8 percent of the national carbon footprint — the medical industry hasn’t exactly had a reputation for environmentally sustainable practices. Now, though, health care workers are cleaning up their act.
Recent advances in the sector, aimed at reducing energy use and waste, have helped steer medicine in a more earth-friendly direction, says Jane Weldon, who teaches health care administrationcourses at the University of Phoenix Madison Campus. Here are a few of the latest green innovations coming to a health care facility near you: http://www.phoenix.edu/forward/perspectives/2012/07/5-ways-health-care-is-healing-the-planet.html
A survey finds 65% of healthcare employers find recruiting nurse to be difficult in some way ( see the survey at CareerBuilderResults).
24% of healthcare employers indicated they needed to hire experienced nurses, not new graduates. Thoughts? Posting job descriptions instead of writing a “job posting” will turn off “experienced nurses’ while the “new graduates” have the extra time and may apply for any job that is listed for a ‘Nurse”. Better writing should limit the new graduates applying for the experienced nurse positions. You’ll also want to look at the job boards you are posting on. Some have an objective of getting any traffic and getting anybody to apply just to raise their numbers – substituting quantity for quality and that wastes your resources.
22% of healthcare employers are challenged getting nurses trained in a specialized area. Thoughts? See above. Also the “outsourcing” has created many small firms that want to attract trained nurses but they are not able to afford the preceptor training and education larger facilities have. This makes skilled nurses more scarce then in past years. Developing and retaining skilled staff will continue to be a challenge.
19% of healthcare employers believe their organization is not able to offer competitive pay. Thoughts? Somehow an organization needs to be competitive including in the “pay” category. Everyday I see the results of not being competitive. This morning it was three hospitals being purchased by a larger hospital system.
11% of healthcare employers indicate a lack of graduates with nursing degrees. Thoughts? This 11% needs to talk to the 24% that stated they “need to hire experienced nurses, not new graduates” as they must be getting the applications the 11% needs.
In summary, surveys are fine but we need to learn from them. I run many targeted job boards and am willing to help anyone write a job posting. All my postings require only one small payment to run the posting for as long as it takes for you to find the candidate that is right for you.
Nurse Positions therefore are becoming more and more specialized making it difficult for healthcare employers to clearly target a specific nurse skill required.
Here are some sites to try for targeted job postings:
Three areas of interest were recently surveyed by Career Builder CB Report regarding healthcare hiring and vacancies.
Overall, 59% of employers cited at least one negative effect of extended vacancies. The negative effect of vacancies begins with erosion in employee morale. 36% of employers believe morale suffers because existing staff is overworked. Secondly, 20% of employers believe patients get less attention. Thirdly, and fourthly, at 11 and 10 % respectively are higher voluntary turnover and more mistakes in administration of patient care. A distant fifth at 4%, believe increased lawsuits may result. Only 41% agree that extended vacancies have not impacted their health care organization.
Thoughts? Seems 59% of employers have work to do. They will need to learn why vacancies are becoming extended vacancies. Time to examine where the job postings are not performing and where to try out new job postings. Here are some sites to try for targeted job postings:
The second area is a separate survey that indicates the barriers to filling healthcare positions. These barriers include:
- applicants not having any relevant experience (47%)
- applicants having salary requirements that are too high (42%)
- applicants having less than 3 years relevant experience,
- not having the proper education or experience and/or lacking good communication skills work schedule/hours are not desirable (38%)
And 30% of employers state they lack the training resources to get inexperienced workers up to speed.
Thoughts? Could the writing for job postings be improved? I see many job postings with what appears to be an HR job description. Could we improve the job posting? If I am searching for an Operating Room Nurse Manager the person I am looking for if I am an ambulatory surgery center only doing eyes is quite different than the Operating Room Nurse I am looking for to work with my general OR with 18 rooms at a Level I Trauma center. Everything is probably different: education, experience, salary, soft skills, even the opportunity to advance in the organization is different.
Many of us expect to attract the best applicants and have them go right to an online ATS application that might take an hour to complete while the applicant has no idea if the job really will pay them in a range that they are interested in. Could this be part of the reason so many applicants are not qualified? Or their salary requirements are higher than the range? Are we missing well qualified candidates because they will not “apply” because they “think” the salary will not be where they need to be? Are we missing candidates because the applicant will not apply until they learn more and we do not offer a way for them to learn more as part of the posting? There are other reasons of course, but the point is we need to reflect on the ads we post and what we are asking candidates to do – Would you do it?
The third area is “Why is Recruiting Nurses a Challenge? This will be covered in a separate post.
This space is reserved for healthcare professionals to write about the job process in healthcare. Write about what you like or dislike but most importantly what can be done to improve the process of matching employees to jobs they are interested in.
We want to hear from both sides. Candidates can tell us how employers could improve. Employers can tell us what candidates could do to improve the process.