Between calming down the stressed out parents of sick children and figuring out how to juggle physicians' busy schedules, physician practices need employees with emotional intelligence. Still, it's not easy to hire for emotional intelligence, reports Harvard Business Review.
It's been 167 years since Elizabeth Blackwell, M.D., became the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States. Today, with the ranks of female physicians inching closer to 50 percent, practices are recognizing the benefits of a gender-diverse workforce, according to an article from The (Kansas) Morning Sun. Nonetheless, not all female physicians are satisfied that the culture of medicine has truly supported women doctors, particularly with regard to motherhood, according to a post from the KevinMD blog.
Amid nationwide concerns about hospital violence, Massachusetts healthcare workers have often gotten the worst of it, such as a murder-suicide involving a cardiac surgeon at Brigham and Women's Hospital last year. Now, according to Boston.com, Bay State nurses are organizing to demand improved protection from what increasingly feels like healthcare's new status quo.
Strategies to engage more value-conscious patients and consumers are among eight key healthcare trends that will develop over the next five years, according to a new report issued by the American Hospital Association's Society for Healthcare Strategy & Market Development and the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Financial challenges top the list of concerns for community hospital CEOs for at least the fourth year running, according to the American College of Healthcare Executives' annual survey.
As intelligent and talented as physicians are, their professional skill set does not automatically lend itself to strong leadership. By overcoming common traits that inhibit solid leadership, physicians can improve their odds of success as they take on increased responsibility for their teams, according to an article in Forbes.
State medical boards aren't doing enough to protect patients from physicians known to have engaged in sexual misconduct, according to a Public Citizen report published by PLOS ONE.
The rising number of graduates from U.S. medical schools, driven in part by efforts to stem the ongoing physician shortage, is expected put the squeeze on international medical graduates (IMGs) looking for residency slots in the United States, according to an article in Medscape. This raises questions for both students and the medical industry regarding where IMGs will fit in the shifting healthcare landscape.
There is more to hiring employees than determining how well they will perform, especially in healthcare. A highly skilled doctor who nonetheless treats coworkers poorly, for example, is likely to cost your practice more than he or she generates, according to an article from Harvard Business Review.
The looming nursing shortage and questions about just how severe it's going to be continues to prompt concern among hospital leaders and healthcare industry watchers.