Beginning October 1, 2013, open enrollment begins for the Affordable Care Act. On January 1, 2014, that coverage will be effective, bringing thousands of additional patients into the Nevada health system. With more patients comes the need for more doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals.
Doug Geinzer is the chief executive officer of Las Vegas Heals, a non-profit organization made up of healthcare professionals, consumers, educators and other members of the community committed to improving the delivery and access and healthcare in Southern Nevada. He has spent 12 years working in healthcare recruiting and is committed to help fill the need for quality healthcare in Las Vegas.
How is the Affordable Care Act going to effect Southern Nevada?
“With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, there will be a large shift of care from hospitals and clinics to the home healthcare space. Instead of patients spending more time in the hospital or long-term care centers, they will be transitioning home faster and needing the assistance of nurses, home health aids and personal care assistants. This change is going to open the door for employment for all levels of healthcare.”
What types of healthcare jobs do you think will be in demand?
“Nevada already has a shortage of registered nurses. The state is only second to California in having the lowest number of registered nurses to population. There will be a great need for nurses of all levels, including registered nurses with bachelor’s degrees from two and four-year programs. Next in line are LPNs or Licensed Practical Nurses, which typically only require a two-year program. There will also be an influx of entry-level jobs that include CNAs (Certified Nursing Assistants), HHAs (Home Healthcare Aids) and Personal Care Assistants.”
Do you have any advice for people looking to get into the healthcare industry?
“Start out by working in one of the entry-level positions to find out if you like it. Many of these entry-level nursing positions only require a certificate program. From there, you can pinpoint which area of healthcare you want to focus on (pediatrics, radiology, etc.) and pursue your degree. The workplace in healthcare is not limited to hospitals. Professionals at every level are needed in the doctors’ offices, long-term acute care centers, skilled nursing centers, hospices and home healthcare.”
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