Warning over shortage of endoscopy nurses

Warning over shortage of endoscopy nurses, Nursing Times (June 16, 2016)

A shortage of specialist nurses is compounding a capacity crisis in endoscopy, a leading nurse in the field has warned.

Endoscopy nurses and healthcare support workers are “often missed out” in discussions about how to improve endoscopy capacity in the NHS, according to Irene Dunkley, a nurse consultant in gastroenterology and endoscopy. (Read more…)

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Health care workers needed as demand grows

Health care workers needed as demand grows, The News-Review (May 15, 2016)

An aging population coupled with substantial increases in health care insurance enrollment is driving up the demand for services in many communities across Oregon, particularly in rural areas. That has health care providers steadily expanding services and working steadfast, often creatively, to ensure an adequate number of health care workers are available to deliver care.

“Health care demand has spiked in recent years,” said Chris Guastaferro, executive director of the Area Health Education Center of Southwest Oregon, a nonprofit that works to improve health in underserved or unserved communities in the region. “This influx of new patients comes at a time when there are already not enough health care providers to meet growing community needs, especially in our rural areas. (Read more…)

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Mental health crises rising among Coos County children, teens

Mental health crises rising among Coos County children, teens, The World (April 30, 2016)

COOS COUNTY — Suicide attempts and other psychological crises among Coos County children as young as 4 are on the rise, and Bay Area Hospital isn’t equipped to deal with them.

In 2011, Bay Area Hospital logged 27 child psychology consultations and six admissions. By 2014, the last year for which statistics are available, those numbers had grown to 101 consultations and 62 admissions. (Read more…)

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Northwest faces nursing shortage, report says demand will grow

Northwest faces nursing shortage, report says demand will grow, KATU (April 25, 2016)

Oregon and Washington will be short a combined 13,000 registered nurses by 2025, a federal report finds.

The report, released by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), predicts Oregon will need about 6,000 more nurses than it will have trained by 2025. (Read more…)

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Oregon feels the strain after health care overhaul floods the system with Medicaid enrollees

Oregon feels the strain after health care overhaul floods the system with Medicaid enrollees, The Oregonian (July 23, 2014)

PORTLAND — Low-income Oregon residents were supposed to be big winners after the state expanded Medicaid under the federal health care overhaul and created a new system to improve the care they received.

However, an Associated Press review shows that an unexpected rush of enrollees has strained the capacity of the revamped network that was endorsed as a potential national model, locking out some patients, forcing others to wait months for medical appointments and prompting a spike in emergency room visits, which state officials had been actively seeking to avoid. (Read more…)

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Oregon faces critical dentist shortage, report shows

Oregon faces critical dentist shortage, report shows, Oregonian (June 23, 2014)

Oregon suffers from one of the most severe dentist shortages in the country, according to data released today.

A Pew Charitable Trusts report to be released Tuesday reveals that approximately 17 percent of Oregonians live in a dentist shortage area and therefore likely won’t receive adequate dental care. Oregon ranks 10th worst in the nation for dentist shortages. (Read more…)

 

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Lack of faculty prolongs state nursing shortage

Lack of faculty prolongs state nursing shortage, Portland Business Journal (April 27, 2012)

Interest in nursing careers is at an all-time high, with Oregon colleges turning away about 50 percent of qualified nursing school applicants.

Yet the state still faces a major shortage of registered nurses, especially in the areas of long-term and geriatric care, hospice care and public health. (Read more…)

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