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Health Professions in the News: Training Timeline: Becoming a Physician Assistant

Health eCareers (June 24, 2019)

"What's the cost to be a . . . ?" That's one of the main questions on the minds of the US high school graduating class of 2019, along with anyone thinking about a change in careers. Little wonder; for those pursuing careers requiring a 4-year college degree, average student loan debt is now over...

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Health Professions in the News: Exploring the Difference between a Career in Family Medicine and Internal Medicine

Health eCareers (June 17, 2019)

Both family physicians and internal medicine physicians, or internists, are main primary care physician types in the United States. Their patient populations overlap to some degree, as do their primary responsibilities. However, family physician jobs aren’t identical to internal medicine jobs, though...

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Health Professions in the News: Medical Interpreters Bridge Crucial Gaps Between Patients and Providers

California Health Care Foundation (June 13, 2019)

Sonny Le recalls the first time in his career as a medical interpreter that he thought he was going to faint. The Oakland-based Vietnamese translator was in a hospital at an appointment with a client when a labor and delivery care team paged him to rush across the complex to the operating room...

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Health Professions in the News: Committed Physician Recruits Young People to Diversify Health Care Workforce

California Health Care Foundation (May 16, 2019)

Like all emergency department physicians, Jocelyn Freeman Garrick, MD, treats patients suffering from broken bones, chest pain, infections, and a host of other ailments. But she also makes time for a second, unpaid job that sets her apart from her peers: The no-nonsense doctor from Oakland’s Highland...

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Health Professions in the News: California’s Nurse Practitioners: How Scope of Practice Laws Impact Care

California Health Care Foundation (May 2, 2019)

Nurse practitioners (NPs) are registered nurses who have completed additional education to prepare them to deliver a broad range of services including the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illnesses. They are one of four categories of advanced practice registered nurses, with the others...

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Health Professions in the News: Top Highest Paying Nurse Practitioner Jobs

Health eCareers (April 30, 2019)

Most nurse practitioner salaries average around $100,000 to $124,0000 annually. However, there are a few which stand out from the crowd with average annual salaries of more than $100,000 per year. One specialty even comes with an average annual salary over $120,000. Read the full story here.

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Health Professions in the News: The NP Career Brings Great Opportunity, But What Are the Challenges?

Health eCareers (October 30, 2018)

Like any job, the nurse practitioner career presents challenges.  What challenges might you face in a career as a NP? Read the full story here.

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Health Professions in the News: California’s Nurse Practitioners: How Scope of Practice Laws Impact Care

California Health Care Foundation (September 6, 2018)

California is 1 of 28 states — and the only western state — that restricts NPs by requiring them to work with physician oversight. A large body of research has linked such restrictions to a lower supply of NPs, poorer access to care for state residents, lower use of primary care services, and greater...

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Health Professions in the News: 6 Ways Geriatric Medicine Practitioners Can Ease the Load of PCPs

Health eCareers (July 9, 2018)

It’s no secret that primary care physician jobs are expected to increase in number over the next decade. There is already a shortage of primary care physicians in some parts of the country, and that shortage is expected to become more acute as more Americans reach retirement age. The enormous Baby...

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Health Professions in the News: Physician Conundrum: Independent Practice or Health System Employee?

Health eCareers (June 11, 2018)

Physician jobs, in general, are plentiful, and there is a shortage of primary care physicians in many regions. So, for many, obtaining employment as a physician currently isn’t as challenging as choosing which employment model to pursue. Most non-medical people envision physician jobs as they were...

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Health Professions in the News: Opinion: Gov. Brown’s Online Community College Plan Could Solve Nursing Crisis

Times of San Diego (May 5, 2018)

Though controversial among brick-and-mortar and old-school thinkers, the online-only community college could be the legacy that eclipses his father’s legendary University of California expansion. Open to all. Possibly free to all. And unrestricted by the academic calendar. Read the full story here.

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Health Professions in the News: 12 Healthcare Jobs With Most Growth Since 2007

Becker's Hospital Review (March 12, 2018)

The healthcare industry boasts 12 of the jobs across all industries that saw the most growth from 2007-17, with home health aides having the highest growth rate, according to online job finder platform CareerBuilder. CareerBuilder based the data on Emsi, the job finder platform's labor market analysis...

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Health Professions in the News: Reducing Red Tape For Traveling Nurses

California Healthline (February 21, 2018)

Lauren Bond, a traveling nurse who is working a temporary job at the UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica, has held licenses in five states and Washington, D.C. She maintains a detailed spreadsheet to keep track of license fees, expiration dates and the different courses each state requires. The 27...

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Health Professions in the News: In a First for California, Nurse Practitioners to Deliver Primary Care without Physician Supervision

California Health Report (January 22, 2018)

Nurse practitioners, who hold masters or doctorate degrees in nursing, can diagnose patients, prescribe medication and admit patients to the hospital. Yet in California, they typically work under the supervision of medical doctors despite their years of training.  Ballard-Hernandez is an exception...

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Health Professions in the News: What's Trending Now: Micro-Hospitals

Health eCareers (January 22, 2018)

An established buffet restaurant is in your town. They have everything: Chinese, Italian, a salad bar, fried chicken, breakfast food and sushi covered in bacon. You know you'll find something you like within the first three minutes of walking through the door.   But a newer Chinese restaurant has...

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Health Professions in the News: Getting Into Medical School Is Becoming Harder

U.S. News and World Report (October 31, 2017)

Soaring applications to medical school are making it more difficult for candidates to get accepted. Between 2006 and 2016, the number of applicants to U.S. medical schools increased by more than 35 percent, rising from 39,108 to 53,042, according to Association of American Medical Colleges admissions...

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Health Professions in the News: Millennials Embrace Nursing Profession — Just In Time To Replace Baby Boomers

California Healthline (October 27, 2017)

The days are long past when the only career doors that readily opened to young women were those marked teacher, secretary or nurse. Yet young adults who are part of the millennial generation are nearly twice as likely as baby boomers were to choose the nursing profession, according to a recent study...

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Health Professions in the News: Healthcare Industry to Create 4 Million Jobs by 2026

Modern Healthcare (October 27, 2017)

The healthcare industry will continue to drive the nation's employment growth through 2026 by adding around 4 million new jobs, accounting for about a third of total job growth, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data released earlier this week. Read the full story here.

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Health Professions in the News: Med Schools Adding Integrative Medicine Courses

Health eCareers (September 5, 2017)

Aspiring physicians expect to sit in medical school courses that focus on anatomy and biochemistry. But at many schools, they can also learn about unconventional treatment options like acupuncture, hypnosis and herbal remedies in courses on what's known as integrative medicine. Experts say it's important...

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Health Professions in the News: California Community Colleges Helping Address Nursing Shortage

California Forward (August 17, 2017)

Internationally-trained nurses face a difficult barrier to practice in California. The California Board of Registered Nursing requires that, in specific courses, both classroom instruction and clinical practice must take place concurrently. In some nursing schools overseas, they are offered in consecutive...

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Health Professions in the News: Infographic: Registered Nursing by the Numbers

Health eCareers (July 26, 2017)

What are the most in-demand registered nurse specialties according to healthcare employers? Where do RNs work? How much do RNs make? And are they happy? Find out in our everything RN infographic. Read the full story here.

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Health Professions in the News: Nursing Specialists Can Earn More Than Some Doctors

U.S. News and World Report (July 17, 2017)

Before college, Brittany Sherwood thought she would study a pre-med major, go to medical school and become a doctor. "During my first semester of college I was planning on doing pre-med, but I got a 'B' in Bio 101, and I started doing a little research and realized there was a different way to end...

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Health Professions in the News: Healthcare Drives Yearly Job Growth

Modern Healthcare (January 6, 2017)

Healthcare created more jobs than any other sector in 2016, helping to drive total annual job growth to 2.2 million, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Read the full story here.

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