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Nantinya, Dokter Dilarang Praktik Pribadi

KOMPAS.com — Menjelang dijalankannya Sistem Jaminan Sosial Nasional (SJSN) pada tahun 2014, pemerintah berusaha untuk menyiapkan kelengkapan fasilitas dan kualitas layanan medis. Nantinya, tidak ada lagi dokter yang berpraktik pribadi di rumah karena semua standarnya adalah klinik.


One-Stop Guide to Nursing Specialties

By Christina Orlovsky, contributor

Even as the total number of registered nurses working in the United States creeps toward three million, the nation continues to face a critical shortage of health care professionals—a shortage that is only expected to worsen as baby boomer nurses enter retirement years. With the average age of the nursing professional at 47 years, the next decade expects to see a large number of retirees from the workforce, leaving a gap that must be filled by new nursing school graduates.

According to the 2006-2007 Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, registered nurses are projected to create the second largest number of jobs among all occupations through 2014.

Combine advancing technology and the ability to treat numerous conditions with the growing number of elderly people who are going to be needing care in the coming decade, and the time is now to be a registered nurse.

Job opportunities abound, the avenues to entry are plentiful and the need is great. But, with so many different avenues to pursue in nursing, it may be difficult to know exactly which specialty to choose. While nurses of all types are in high demand in facilities across the United States, there are a few specialties that are in greater demand than others. Here is a look into five of the most-in-demand nursing specialties.

Critical Care

According to the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, critical-care nursing is “the specialty within nursing that deals specifically with human responses to life-threatening problems. A critical-care nurse is a licensed professional nurse or registered nurse who is responsible for ensuring that acutely and critically ill patients and their families receive optimal care. “Critical-care nurses account for roughly one-third of the total number of nurses working in the hospital setting.

For more information, go to the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN)’s Web site.


10 Tips for Successful Career Planning

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By Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D., www.quintcareers.com

May 27, 2010 – Career planning is not an activity that should be done once — in high school or college — and then left behind as we move forward in our jobs and careers. Rather, career planning is an activity that is best done on a regular basis — especially given the data that the average worker will change careers (not jobs) multiple times over his or her lifetime. And it’s never too soon or too late to start your career planning.

Career planning is not a hard activity, not something to be dreaded or put off, but rather an activity that should be liberating and fulfilling, providing goals to achieve in your current career or plans for beginning a transition to a new career. Career planning should be a rewarding and positive experience.

Here, then, are 10 tips to help you achieve successful career planning.

1. Make Career Planning an Annual Event
Many of us have physicals, visit the eye doctor and dentist, and do a myriad of other things on an annual basis, so why not career planning? Find a day or weekend once a year — more often if you feel the need or if you’re planning a major career change — and schedule a retreat for yourself. Try to block out all distractions so that you have the time to truly focus on your career — what you really want out of your career, out of your life.

By making career planning an annual event, you will feel more secure in your career choice and direction — and you’ll be better prepared for the many uncertainties and difficulties that lie ahead in all of our jobs and career.

2. Map Your Path Since Last Career Planning
One of your first activities whenever you take on career planning is spending time mapping out your job and career path since the last time you did any sort of career planning. While you should not dwell on your past, taking the time to review and reflect on the path — whether straight and narrow or one filled with any curves and dead-ends — will help you plan for the future.


Success Strategies for New Nurses

By Melissa Wirkus, associate editor

Graduating from nursing school is an accomplishment in itself. You now have a sturdy foundation to make your mark in the nursing world and implementing some strategies for success will help you navigate your way to a prosperous and fulfilling nursing career.

Commitment and good organizational skills are strategies that are important to the success of every new nurse, said Karen Siroky, senior director of education for RN.com, the industry’s leading nursing resource provider.

“It is going to take some time to gain all the skills and competencies needed as you start your career. Stay the course,” Siroky advised. “Find an organizational tool to help you track what you need to accomplish during a shift—this could be as simple as a check-off sheet, but with many competing priorities. Jotting information down will assist you in staying on top of key priorities.”

Never stop learning

Kimberly Horton, MSN, RN, FNP, DHA, vice president and chief nursing officer at Mercy Hospital and Mercy Southwest Hospital in Bakersfield, California, said it is important for new nurses to keep a positive attitude about their progress and to always keep learning.


AACN: Nurses with Bachelor’s Degrees Are More Likely to Secure Jobs Sooner after Graduation

 November 18, 2010 – New data from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) show that graduates of entry-level baccalaureate (BSN) and master’s nursing programs are much more likely to receive job offers at the time of graduation or soon after than graduates from other fields. A national survey of deans and directors from U.S. nursing schools found that 65% of new BSN graduates had job offers at the time of graduation, which is substantially higher than the national average across all professions (24.4%). At four to six months after graduation, the survey found that 89% of new BSN graduates had secured job offers.
“Despite concerns about new college graduates finding employment in today’s tight job market, graduates of baccalaureate nursing programs are securing positions at a significantly higher rate than the national average,” said AACN President Kathleen Potempa. “As more practice settings move to require higher levels of education for their registered nurses, we expect the demand for BSN-prepared nurses to remain strong as nurse employers seek to raise quality standards and meet consumer expectations for safe patient care.”


Gerontology Overview


Gerontology is the branch of science that focuses on what happens to us as we get older. Gerontologists study how aging affects us mentally, socially and physically. People are living much longer than they used to, which is creating new opportunities for health workers who specialize in caring for elderly patients.

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As people get older, their bodies change. Bones become more brittle. Muscles lose their tone. The immune system doesn’t work as well. As a result, older people are more likely to suffer from health problems, including both acute (sudden, severe) and chronic (ongoing) conditions.

Older people are more likely to experience heart disease, arthritis and diabetes. Their risk of cancer and certain mental health issues increases. Even common conditions, like colds and broken bones, take longer to heal.


Registered Nurse (RN)


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Registered Nursing is among the Top Ten Occupations with the Largest Job Growth.

Registered Nursing (RN) requires a large base of knowledge used to assess, plan, and intervene to promote health, prevent disease, and help patients cope with illness. They are health educators and advocates for patients, families, and communities. When providing direct patient care, nurses observe, assess, and record symptoms, reactions, and progress, which provides the basis for care planning and intervention. They have a unique scope of practice and can practice independently, although they also collaborate with all members of the healthcare team to provide the care needed by each patient as an individual.

Nurses’ roles range from direct patient care and case management to establishing nursing practice standards, developing quality assurance procedures, directing complex nursing care systems, conducting clinical research, teaching in nursing programs, as well as practicing in many other invigorating settings.


Career in Nursing



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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Registered Nursing is among the Top Ten Occupations with the Largest Job Growth.

Nurses promote health, prevent disease, and help patients cope with illness. They have a unique scope of practice and can practice independently, although they also collaborate with all members of the healthcare team to provide the care needed by each patient as an individual. Nurses are hands-on health professionals who provide focused and highly personalized care. The field has a wide range of career opportunities, ranging from entry-level practitioner to doctoral-level researcher.

Nurses also serve as advocates for patients, families, and communities. They develop and manage nursing care plans; instruct patients and their families in proper care; and help individuals and groups take steps to improve or maintain their health.


Nurses Again Ranked Most Ethical of Professions in Poll

December 5, 2012 – The public continues to rate registered nurses (RNs) as the most trusted profession according to this year’s Gallup survey that ranks professions based on their honesty and ethical standards.

“This poll consistently shows that people connect with nurses and trust them to do the right thing,” said ANA President Karen A. Daley, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN. “Policymakers should do the same as they debate crucial budget decisions that will affect health care quality and access for millions of Americans.”

Registered nurses are increasingly being recognized as leaders in transforming the health care system to meet the burgeoning demand for prevention, wellness, and primary care services with a focus on improving quality and managing costs. In addition to their clinical expertise, they are being sought out to serve in a variety of leadership posts on bodies developing policy recommendations related to a wide-range of health care policy issues.


Nursing: Then and Now

The nursing profession, as a whole, as well as the role of the nurse have evolved dramatically over the past several decades. I personally have witnessed the changing face of nursing during my 30+ years in the profession. Gone are the days when nurses were thought of as little more than helpers or assistants for physicians. Today’s nurses are healthcare professionals in their own right, playing an important and vital role in providing excellent healthcare.

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