As Health Care transforms, experts say they are hiring new health care workers – but not necessarily with the same job descriptions. Freelancer Vickie Elmer reported Sunday in the Washington Post (SOURCE) :
Maybe you never will work as a nurse or a doctor because you get dizzy each time you see blood. Yet health care looks like a smart second career, especially with the health-care overhaul potentially pumping in millions of new customers and jobs.
“We are hiring clinicians, physicians, certified nursing assistants, medical coders, billers, all kinds of people,” said Michelle Lee, chief executive of Alexandria-based STG International, which provides medical and professional staff and services. STG manages clinics for the Veterans Health Administration, provides Head Start training and recruits candidates for many government jobs.
Many people filling those jobs arrive with no background in the medical sector, Lee said. What they have is a commitment to help people feel better or to work with patients. They also might appreciate the prospect of long-term job security and an array of career options. A labor shortage could develop within eight years, with health-care jobs going unfilled unless baby boomers and others embrace them, according to a recent report by several academics and Civic Ventures, an organization that advocates education and employment opportunities for people 55 and older. (CONTINUE….)