Healthcare In-the-News - May, 2011

May 23

Physician Turnover Rate On The Rise

As the economy perks up, it appears that rates of physician turnover rise with it. For the first time since 2008, physician turnover has increased, reminding medical groups of the delicate balance between physician supply and demand. HealthcareFinanceNews

California Hospital Switches Back To Primary RN Model

Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital in California is abandoning the "team nursing" model and readopting the "primary registered nurse model" to allow nurses to have more direct interaction with their patients. The hospital is poised to complete its transition by Sept. 30, 2013. The Signal (Santa Clarita Valley, Calif.)

Private Practices Have Higher RN Retention Rates, Survey Finds

A CareerBuilder analysis found that registered nurses worked an average of 3.3 years at physician offices before changing jobs, while they only averaged 3.1 years at general hospitals and 1.8 years at long-term care facilities. The survey found 49% of nurses said staffing levels and advancement opportunities are factors for retention, 40% cited work overload, and 35% mentioned salary. American Medical News

Healthcare Workers Report Below-Average Tenure, More Frequent Turnover

Every other year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics surveys workers regarding their tenure in their current jobs. According to, the healthcare industry experienced higher than average turnover. About Healthcare Careers Guide

Checklist Assesses Hospital Social Media Policies

Media accounts of social media gaffes should create awareness, but not fear among healthcare organizations. Experts recommend having a strong social media policy and checklist to guide leaders. HealthLeaders Media

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