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Are Virtual Visits More Efficient?

by Tera Tuten on August 18, 2014

virtual-visits-soliantFor several years now, virtual medicine has been starting to meet the primary care needs of remote, rural, and underserved communities.

But now it may also be an efficient alternative to in person treatment of basic medical problems.

Several companies are hosting online doctor visits where physicians and patients interact by phone or the Web.

The appointment proceeds similarly to how a face-to-face visit works: the patient describes symptoms and the doctor creates a prescription.

The big difference is that there’s no wait time, no travel involved, and visits can be completed within 15 minutes.

But are such visits getting everything done that an in-person experience needs to? [click to continue…]

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9 Effective Nursing-Friendly Charities

by Tera Tuten on July 28, 2014

effective-nursing-charities-soliantIf it’s all you can do to find the hours to volunteer your time to a good cause, but still want to help make a difference in a medical cause on a larger scale than day-to-day work, don’t worry…

There are dozens of charities well-aligned to advance the ideals of nurses and their patients, on a global scale.

Here are 9 of the most effective charities that are especially meaningful for nurses and other healthcare professionals.

Such charities are formally categorized as effective when they spend at least 75 per cent of their budget directly on programs, have open-book status for disclosure of their financial information, and – most importantly – by the amount of good they do through the extent of help they offer to people: [click to continue…]

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A Look at the Nurse Practitioner Salary Explosion

by Tera Tuten on July 15, 2014

Soliant-blog-nurse-practitioner-salariesOver the last decade, the number of nurse practitioners working in the U.S. has exploded from an estimated 97,000 to more than 189,000.

According to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, these NPs are working in all areas of specialization.

Thanks to the triple-headed healthcare challenge that includes sweeping reforms, the looming doctor shortage of 2020 (and-beyond), and the skyrocketing medical needs of baby boomers, nurse practitioners are more in demand than ever: That’s good news if you’re already in this field and better news if you’re considering going into it. [click to continue…]

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Are There Too Many Specialists?

by Tera Tuten on July 1, 2014

Soliant-Are-there-too-many-specialistsWith a projected shortage of 45,000-90,000 primary care doctors by the year 2020, it’s no wonder we’re worried these days about whether there are (or will be) enough MDs for primary care.

So are there too many specialists in the U.S.? Here’s a look at both sides of the coin: [click to continue…]

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Soliant-2020-doctor-shortageThe American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) estimates that within the next six years, the U.S. will face a shortage of more than 90,000 physicians.

What’s more, that figure is expected to climb to 130,000 by 2025.

Here’s a look at five ways we might be able to cope with 90,000 fewer MDs than we thought we needed in the next few years:

1. Use remote medicine

Telehealth (or telemedicine) is being touted as one potential means of coping with the expected physician shortage.

Health monitoring equipment with web-based applications allows people to receive care from the comfort of their own homes, reducing doctor visits and patient expenses by linking people in remote areas to doctors in larger centers.

This can cut travel time and costs for patients by up to 58%, according to a study published in Telemedicine Journal and e-Health. [click to continue…]

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How to Wade Through 200,000+ Nursing Job Postings

by Tera Tuten on April 1, 2014

On average, there are 5,000-6,000 nursing-related jobs posted on this site on any given day.

A recent study by Wanted Analytics found nursing to be the most in-demand job in America, with estimates of the number of U.S. nursing jobs open in a year reaching into the hundreds of thousands.

While Soliant adds the handy advantage of having access to a personal recruiter that can work with you on your job search, it’s also important for you to know who you are and what you want, in order to separate the job posting wheat from the chaff.

To that end, here are 5 tips for wading through one of the largest professions for job postings in the U.S.: [click to continue…]

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