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Fast-Growing Hospital Jobs

Lena J. Weiner, for HealthLeaders Media, June 16, 2014

As healthcare continues to transform, the jobs within hospitals and health systems also continue to change. Recruiters who understand these changes are best equipped to compete to hire workers.

It's no secret that the way we do healthcare in this country is changing, and this means, of course, that the jobs needed to support hospitals and health systems are going to change right along with it.


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"Things are evolving— the emphasis is moving more to outpatient and community health management," says Marcia Faller, chief clinical officer at San Diego-based AMN Healthcare, which operates several staffing and recruiting lines of business including Merritt Hawkins.

"Over the next five years, we will see many roles move from existing in hospitals go to outpatient or community settings," she said. The entire care delivery model is changing—and the jobs are changing with it." In fact, they're falling into three distinct categories.


1. Nurses and Coders
There are certain kinds of folks you just can't run a hospital without. Nurses are one of them.

By sheer volume alone, the largest demand for a single profession in healthcare is for nurses, which take up nearly half of a hospital's annual salary budget," says Faller.

The demand is even higher for APRNs, says Jill Schwieters, President of Cielo's healthcare division, an arm of the global talent acquisition and management solutions firm. Nurse practitioners, "can function as an extender to physicians," she says, performing many of the same functions of a physician when there isn't one available.

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6 comments on "Fast-Growing Hospital Jobs"


Wade Mckibben (7/17/2014 at 1:03 AM)
Assistants have no educational requirements? Since when?....here in Ga you have to have college level education to he a medical assistant, physician assistant etc. Even if it's a 6 month certification, they most certainly do not take someone from "off the street" Mrs. Tolman....

Deanna Tolman (6/23/2014 at 5:28 PM)
Medical assistants have no education requirements, no license, no certification, and can be hired off the street. Although some of them take a course at a "college," speaking about this "health care professional" in the same sentence as registered nurses, who have a college degree with a great deal of science behind their certification and licensure, is pretty insulting. Doctors hire medical assistants instead of nurses because the better-educated nurses expect a real salary, instead of the just-above-minimum wage that is paid to M.A.s Just because you put someone in scrubs, does not make them the doctor's "nurse."

Rusty (6/22/2014 at 8:35 AM)
I agree that we should never be referred to as physician extenders. Although we rely on physicians to refer or consult for patient care that is beyond our scope, the services for which we are well trained and prepared are performed independently and are not an extension of a physician, but performed as an other primary care provider. Even primary care providers that are in fact, physicians refer to specialty as the need arises, or consult with other physicians- but do not serve as an extender to the consult physician.