From Nephrology News & Issues – September 2014

The health care industry has always seemed to be recession-proof. People always need to be taken care of in the inpatient and outpatient environment. But the recession several years ago was tough for all job sectors, including health care. And although the country has climbed out of it (see record highs on Wall Street) it was rough going for the nursing profession as hospitals closed or merged.

Now with ObamaCare, the addition of millions of previously uninsured Americans to the health care system through the passage of the Affordable Care Act, coupled with the aging baby boomer population, has created new opportunities for nurses.

“Healthcare is a growing industry, and registered nurses (RNs) with specialized experience are very marketable,” says Sarah Stevens, an account executive with the nurse staffing firm Fortus Healthcare Resources.

A recent study suggests that by 2022, over 500,000 RN jobs will be available. This growth is due, in part, to a large number of retiring nurses expected in the next few years. For more experienced RNs, the job market has remained strong. Their skills have been sought after by the medical profession. In nephrology, nurse practitioners are taking on a larger role in physician practices, and gaining more responsibilities. There are even a few independent dialysis clinics run by nurses in the country.

What is the role of the traveling nurse in keeping dialysis clinics open and operating smoothly? There are a number of companies that offer temporary nursing dialysis services. We talked with Jeremy Enck, vice president of sales at Fortus, to give his assessment of the job market for nursing and how the traveling nurse fits into the equation. The company also places dialysis technicians, renal dietitians, nephrologists, clinic administrators, and social workers.


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