And four more news items for physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and CRNAs to peruse this week.
- An Easier.com article highlights the top qualities hospital leaders and practice managers seek in a family nurse practitioner (FNP). According to the American Nurses Association (ANA), the attribute regarded as most important by healthcare executives is professionalism. It is so significant that it can determine whether a candidate lands the job, and if so, how quickly an offer is made. Seven additional sought-after traits are also identified in the post.
- A ClinicalPainAdvisor.com article features findings from a Medical Economics report on stressors unique to female physicians, such as pay gap, returning to medicine after the birth of a child, and taking on additional work at home. Burnout—considered the most pressing issue facing primary care by 71 percent of the practicing female doctors cited—is a great concern, too, and is heightened when a provider feels marginalized and/or underappreciated.
- As reported by Healthcare Informatics, a recent MediaPro survey reveals 24 percent of physicians are unable to recognize email phishing scams. Additional findings show eight in 10 healthcare employees are not prepared to protect against everyday privacy and security threats. Report writers conclude, apart from training for HIPAA compliance, an all-inclusive approach to awareness education is needed to remedy the situation.
- Last week, David O. Barbe, MD, MHA, president of the American Medical Association (AMA), highlighted “Congressional Check-Up, A Guide to Physician Advocacy” in an AMA Wire post. The guide provides tips for doctors on how to make lawmakers aware of their thoughts on pending legislation and policies. Suggestions include meeting with a legislator in person (when possible), making patients the center of your conversation/account, and having knowledge on counter-arguments to your view.
- Also covered in an article published by AMA Wire is a study conducted by AMA researchers in collaboration with Partners HealthCare. The research builds on a 2016 AMA survey and is geared to furthering the understanding of doctors’ decisions to adopt—or not adopt—new digital health solutions. It finds physicians have concerns about efficacy and evidence base, and are tentative about the technology’s bearing on payment, liability, and quality of care.