Ohio healthcare systems lowers hiring age to 16 to address workforce gaps
Mount Carmel Health Systems in Columbus, Ohio, lowered the hiring age of their workers from 18 to 16 to help with recruiting. According to Rachel Barb, the health system’s regional director of talent acquisition, Mount Carmel also aims to inspire the next generation of healthcare workers to consider healthcare jobs, like nursing and surgical tech. Mount Carmel plans to launch the new patient-facing role for those 16 and older in the spring, with training starting in June, according to Becker’s Hospital Review on March 24.
Report Helps Government Leaders Talk about the Value of Digital Transformation
A report from the University at Albany’s Center for Technology in Government (CTG) helps state leaders communicate with other government leaders about the value and practicality of digital transformation. CTG fellow and co-author of the report, Theresa Pardo, says successful digital transformations require identifying the most important values. Pardo points out, for example the interplay of modernization and cybersecurity. “If we could get folks to understand that if you reduce some of the legacy systems, you might actually achieve value with respect to your cybersecurity priorities, because older systems are more vulnerable,” she explains in GovTech on March 25. Read other tools and theory for communicating the value of digital transformation in the report, Digital Transformation and Public Value, A Primer for Government Leaders.
Former Nurse Found Guilty in Patient’s Accidental Injection Death
A jury found a former nurse guilty of gross neglect of an impaired adult and negligent homicide in the death of a 75-year-old patient, to whom she gave the wrong medication to. RaDonda Vaught faces three to six years in prison for neglect, along with one to two years for negligent homicide. The trial drew national attention, with some in the medical profession fearing that the verdict sets a new precedent; after the verdict, the American Nurses Association issued a statement, stating the conviction sets a “dangerous precedent” of “criminalizing the honest reporting of mistakes,” according to OPB on March 26.
Dog Trainer Licensing Board Proposed
The Association of Professional Dog Trainers hopes to get legislation on the docket across the country, starting in New Jersey, that requires the licensing of dog trainers. According to Heather Mishefske, on the Board of Directors for the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, anyone, regardless of education, experience or ability can call themselves a dog trainer. Mishefske explains she envisions a licensing board setting standards of competency for dog trainers, according to WEAU 13 News on March 24.
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