The Acuity Team The Acuity Team Wed, 13 Feb 2019 18:04:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Best States for Nurses Thu, 01 Sep 2016 18:39:01 +0000  

Like most segments of the economy, the nursing industry is in a state of significant transition under the weight of major overarching socioeconomic dynamics — from the aging U.S. population and the Affordable Care Act to the student-loan crisis and concerns about the future of key entitlement programs. But such concerns are not unique among recent graduates, regardless of industry.

More specific to nursing professionals are the various day-to-day demands placed on them, such as mandatory overtime, overstaffing, unionization and allegations of systemic disrespect. Despite those challenges, however, aspiring nurses have much to look forward to upon certification. Nursing occupations are some of the most lucrative careers with the lowest unemployment rates in the U.S. In fact, the industry is expected to grow at more than double the rate of the average occupation through 2024.

With such bright projections, WalletHub’s analysts took stock of the nursing industry to help registered nurses, particularly the newly minted of the bunch, lay down roots in areas that are conducive to both personal and professional success. We did so by comparing the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 14 key metrics that collectively speak to the nursing-job opportunities in each market. Below, you can check out our findings, expert commentary on the state of the nursing industry as well as the methodology we used to conduct this report.


Main Findings


Overall Rank State Total Score ‘Opportunity & Competition’ Rank ‘Work Environment’ Rank
1 Washington 59.18 7 7
2 Illinois 57.13 20 5
3 Texas 56.99 3 19
4 Oregon 56.96 17 8
5 Iowa 56.80 4 17
6 California 54.80 5 18
7 Minnesota 54.34 37 2
8 Connecticut 54.14 45 1
9 New Hampshire 53.03 39 4
10 Pennsylvania 52.51 21 16
11 Kansas 52.34 15 22
12 Wyoming 52.00 2 41
13 Wisconsin 51.93 24 12
14 Maine 51.49 22 21
15 Montana 51.46 11 27
16 Colorado 51.25 23 14
17 Rhode Island 51.10 42 6
18 Massachusetts 51.08 47 3
19 Idaho 50.71 14 30
20 North Dakota 50.69 28 11
21 New Mexico 50.56 1 47
22 Alaska 50.01 40 9
23 Virginia 49.11 8 38
24 Indiana 47.97 19 35
25 Maryland 47.83 43 10
26 Michigan 47.64 12 39
27 Arizona 47.54 10 42
28 Delaware 47.31 36 15
29 Florida 47.05 6 46
30 Nebraska 46.68 30 25
31 Vermont 46.54 44 13
32 Arkansas 46.29 25 32
33 Nevada 46.26 9 45
34 Missouri 45.20 34 28
35 Ohio 44.79 27 36
36 West Virginia 44.77 35 26
37 Oklahoma 44.76 18 44
38 Mississippi 44.58 16 48
39 South Dakota 44.51 38 29
40 Tennessee 44.44 33 34
41 Utah 43.98 41 31
42 New Jersey 43.81 46 24
43 North Carolina 43.74 26 40
44 Georgia 43.61 13 50
45 Kentucky 43.26 31 37
46 New York 43.18 48 23
47 South Carolina 40.32 32 43
48 Alabama 39.94 29 49
49 Hawaii 39.54 50 20
50 Louisiana 33.27 49 51
51 District of Columbia 27.41 51 33



In order to identify the best and worst states for nurses, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across two key dimensions, namely “Opportunity & Competition” and “Work Environment.”

First, we identified 14 relevant metrics, which are listed below with their corresponding weights. Each metric was given a value between 0 and 100, wherein 100 represents the most favorable conditions for nurses and 0 the least.

Finally, we calculated the overall score for each state using the weighted average across all metrics and ranked the states accordingly.

Opportunity & Competition – Total Points: 70

  • Monthly Median Starting Salary for Nurses: Full Weight (~7.37 Points)
    Note: This metric was adjusted for the cost of living.
  • Average Annual Salary for Nurses: Double Weight (~14.74 Points)
    Note: This metric was adjusted for the cost of living.
  • Number of Health-Care Facilities per 100.000 Residents: Full Weight (~7.37 Points)
  • Medically Underserved Areas: Full Weight (~7.37 Points)
  • Projected Elderly Population: Full Weight (~7.37 Points)
    Note: This metric measures the projected percentage of the population aged 65 and older by year 2030.
  • Educational Opportunities Based on Quality of Nursing Schools: Half Weight (~3.68 Points)
  • Nursing-Job Openings per 100,000 Residents: Full Weight (~7.37 Points)
  • Number of Nurses per 1,000 Residents: Full Weight (~7.37 Points)
  • Projected Competition: Full Weight (~7.37 Points)
    Note: This metric measures the projected number of nurses per 1,000 Residents by year 2022.

Work Environment – Total Points: 30

  • Mandatory Overtime Restrictions: Full Weight (~7.50 Points)
  • Share of Best Nursing Homes: Full Weight (~7.50 Points)
  • WalletHub’s “Best & Worst States for Working Moms” Rank: Full Weight (~7.50 Points)
    Note: In 2011 there were 3.5 million employed nurses, about 3.2 million of whom were female.
  • Average Number of Work Hour: Half Weight (~3.75 Points)
  • Average Commute Time: Half Weight (~3.75 Points)



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20 of Forbes 25 Meaningful Jobs that Pay Well are in Medicine Thu, 25 Aug 2016 18:00:31 +0000  

Jobs that meets the world’s needs don’t have to pay a pittance–good news for the growing number of professionals who want to take home competitive compensation for doing work that makes a positive difference.

To determine which jobs provide healthy salaries alongside a sense of purpose, compensation data site PayScale asked workers in 482 jobs from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) to provide compensation data and determine whether their work makes the world a better place.

The resulting list is comprised of occupations in which at least 70% of workers derive a high sense of meaning from their work.

While many jobs from which respondents take great meaning are among the lowest paid occupations, a handful of professions deliver salaries in the high five- and six-figures and a sense of contribution.

The annual pay referenced here includes salary or hourly wage as well as bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, and other cash earnings, but excludes equity, retirement benefits, and non-cash benefits.

Yet again, the field with the strongest representation at the intersection of pay and purpose is medical practitioners. Surgeon remains atop the list, with 98% of the field deriving strong meaning from their work and those with titles like general surgeon, neurosurgeon, and orthopedic surgeon bringing home a median annual salary of $306,600.

Anesthesiologists, Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Internists, and Psychiatrists continue to trade off ranks each year, but as a group still round out the top five. Chief Executives remain the sole non-healthcare profession to breach the top 10, with a solid three quarters reporting the feeling that their work makes the world a better place. Median annual salary for these professionals is $128,500.

Jobs like Dentist, Pharmacist, and Optometrist all appear here as well, though occupations from other industries become more common further down the list. Ninety-four percent of Elementary and Secondary School Administrators feel their work, which yields a median annual salary of $77,200, is deeply meaningful.


To view the full list of The 25 Most Meaningful Jobs That Pay Well, click here. 

Fast Company: 7 Habits Of People Who Have Achieved Work-Life Balance Wed, 17 Aug 2016 05:38:56 +0000  

Work might demand that we are always on but some people have managed to have carved out meaningful lives outside of their work. Here’s how…

According to a recent study published by the American Sociological Review, 70% of American workers struggle with finding a work-life system that works for them. For many in the workforce, achieving any type of work-life balance, can seem like a myth, especially when technology has made us accessible around the clock. Time free from workplace obligations seems to becoming ever more elusive.

Despite these realities, there are those that have managed to have carved out satisfying and meaningful lives outside of their work. Here are some of the tools they practice:


Instead of just letting life happen, people who achieve work-life balance make deliberate choices about what they want from life and how they want to spend their time. They talk to their partners, spouses, and others who are important in their lives, and come up with a road map of what is important to them, how they want to spend their time, and commit to following their path.



Work-life balance going off the rails is usually a result of letting things slide as opposed to any kind of intentional choice. People who are good at staying on track make a conscious choice to continually talk to the important people in their lives about what is working or not, and make decisions to change direction if needed. While life happens and situations change, they avoid ending up in a place they didn’t want to be due to drifting along.



People who have managed to carve out a work-life balance that works for them don’t just wait to see what time is left over after work. They make a point of planning and booking time off to spend outside of work and powerfully guard this time. While emergencies happen and situations come up that need their attention at work on occasion, they strongly resist any intrusion on this time.



People who manage work-life balance have developed a strong sense of who they are, their values, and what is important to them. Using this as a guideline for everything they do helps them determine what success means to them. They know what makes them happy and strive to get more of that in their lives. While their time may be seen by others as being skewed towards either work or life, it is what they consider balanced that works for them.



People who maintain balance are able to turn off their electronic devices to enjoy quality uninterrupted time doing matters they enjoy. They realize that multitasking is a myth and focus on the task at hand. Having developed the ability to compartmentalize their time, they seek out moments to simply enjoy the experience and savor life. Often they have discovered meditation, music, physical activity, or some other interest that allows them to get away from the pressures of everyday life to relax, rejuvenate, and regenerate themselves.



Many people go through life and get caught up in situations and circumstances that end up controlling them. Those that achieve balance have a defined plan around time frames and are willing to make some sacrifices to get what they want in the end. For example, many entrepreneurs typically plan to spend a substantial amount of time in the early part of their businesses. Those that achieve balance down the road see this as a sacrifice that will allow them to spend extra time and energy in other areas they are passionate about once the business is established.



People who have achieved good balance have a strong support network they can depend upon to help them get through difficult times. They are givers who typically extend themselves to help out in their family circles and communities. They tend to have a variety of interests and are always open to new learning and possibilities. They are curious, open, and want to experience life to the fullest.


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Infographic: 8 Technology Advances that have Transformed Healthcare & Medicine Sat, 06 Aug 2016 17:21:39 +0000

Technology has rapidly disrupted medicine by providing solutions to long-standing problems, such as access to trauma centers and long-term monitoring of healthcare conditions.


Below are our handpicked top eight advances in medical technology that have made once-unimaginable progress for patients and healthcare providers world-wide.


Wearable technology


Patients now have access to wearable health monitoring devices, and other advanced tech products, such as apple watches, to improve their healthcare experience. This is only the beginning of wearable technology, though.


Google Glass, and other smart glasses are becoming popular for their wide benefits, starting with virtual medicine. Up to 30% of Americans do not live near a trauma center, causing problems for doctors to practice procedures and for patients to access equipped care.  Google Glass allows doctors to view those in need, in real time, to assist with diagnostic and specified care.


Smart glasses also improve the in-person doctor patient experience, increasing satisfaction for both.  Real-time education, in person or at a distance is made possible, effective, and efficient with the technology provided by smart glasses.


3-D Printing


3-D printing alone has unquestionably contributed to massive advances in all areas of medicine. Printed embryonic stem cells could one day be used to create tissue that could help test drugs and grow new organs. Organovo has already made hearts beat with printed blood vessels and cardiac tissue. Other scientists have been working on printing cartilage and bones, as well as replacement organs. 3-D printers also assist in the classroom by providing students with life-like models to aid in education.


Digestible Sensors


Digestible sensors are an FDA approved method to convey data and information about patients to their healthcare providers to improve and customize care. It would be ingested by a patient and serve the same purpose as a physical exam, yet provide more specific data. Patients could also view the data on smart phones and computers for self-monitoring. Another important element: they don’t require batteries because they run on energy from the human body so they are completely digestible.


Dental Equipment


Dentists use technology for a number of purposes, including: xrays, 3-D models and graphics, dentures, implants, and air compressors for bonding veneers.  The patient experience is also improved with long term data storage that dentists can use to monitor teeth condition over time.


Electronic Health Records


More than 80% of hospitals are currently using electronic health records (EHR) to unify and store patient information and records. One primary function is integration, which allows doctors to access all patient data (pharmacy, orders, documentation, etc.) in one system. This makes the patient experience more cohesive and increases efficiency for the health care providers. Before EHR, time was lost for doctors at new jobs, as they were learning the new systems because all hospitals used different systems to save data. With EHR this is not the case.


Remote Monitoring


Close to 3 million people use home monitoring systems and tools to reduce un-need time spent in hospitals and doctors offices, and allow patients to have real-time insight into their own health status. The applications are wide, from simple nutrition, up to heart condition monitoring. This data can also be transmitted, in real time, across far distances so that doctors can monitor their patients healthcare from remote locations.


Electronic Aspirin


For patients who suffer chronic migraines, cluster headaches, and other debilitating chronic head or facial pain, electron aspirin is life changing. Doctors implant a permanent nerve stimulating device in the upper gum on the side of the head normally affected by the headache. When head pain is coming the patient uses a remote tool that he or she places on the cheek nearest to the implant, affecting the SPG nerve bundle that causes pain.




Nanomedicine involves the smallest, nano-sized, devices for a variety of applications in medicine. Some applications include imaging the internal organs, microsurgeries, controlling the release of hormones, enzymes or other therapeutic chemicals at selected sites, and monitoring of glucose and other levels.



The Acuity Team: July Newsletter Tue, 26 Jul 2016 04:13:46 +0000 The healthcare industry is growing and we are too.  Acuity is hiring Talent Acquisition Specialists to work with our corporate team to help healthcare services providers find dedicated, passionate staff members.


We are also attending the following upcoming conferences:


HCAF (Home Care association of Florida): August 2-3
HCAF Vector LogoThe Home Care Association of Florida is the premiere trade association for the home care sector in Florida. HCAF, formerly Associated Home Health Industries of Florida, was founded in January 1989 and is a non-profit association dedicated to serving Florida home care providers and their vendors. HCAF exists to provide representation, communication and advocacy for these providers, and to give them the information they need to deliver high quality, cost effective services to patients and clients in their home.


Florida Association of Community Health: August 1-2
fachc+logoSince 1981, the Florida Association of Community Health Centers, Inc. (FACHC) has been the leading state advocate for community-based health care programs. Focusing on Florida’s Federally Qualified Community Health Centers, the Association plays a vital role in educating federal, state and local policymakers about issues relating to health care and the role of the health centers. The primary mission of FACHC is to improve access to quality health services by bringing together agencies, legislators and key persons able to affect health care services.


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At Acuity Professional Placement solutions it is important to us that each of our employees feels valued for the hard work they do every day.  Each of our staff members goes above and beyond, and, for that, we celebrated our Employee Appreciation day at Adventure Island on July 22, 2016.




Time: Top Healthcare Jobs You Can Get Without a Four-Year Degree Wed, 20 Jul 2016 03:48:46 +0000

For many reasons, a four-year degree may not be the most feasible option for you.  Degrees for many healthcare careers are costly and time intensive. Many also require a keen interest in the sciences.  Contrary to popular belief, if you don’t have a four-year degree you may not have to write off health care jobs just yet.


Time’s Martha White shares various healthcare roles that don’t involve a four-year degree in her article Top Healthcare Jobs You Can Get Without a Four Year Degree.

The healthcare business is booming. Between an influx of newly insured people and an aging population, it’s a field with lots of potential. Last year, the Brookings Institution found that the industry had a whopping 22.7% growth rate, compared to a measly 2.1% increase for the rest of the labor market. 

If you don’t think you have the time or money to invest in a healthcare job, think again. Medical professionals aren’t just doctors and nurses. A full 38 of 100 ranked as the best jobs of 2014 by US News & World Report are in healthcare. And here’s the best part: roughly two dozen of those don’t require a four-year degree.

“The biggest point here is the fact that with some education beyond high school, you can find yourself in a position where you really like what you’re doing,” says David Twitchell, an expert panelist with the Society for Human Resource Management and medical HR professional.

Some of these jobs require an associate’s degree, completion of a certificate program or a state license. The requirements vary by job as well as by state, but whether you just need a dependable job or plan to make a career of it — even if you never got past that embalmed frog in your high school biology class — there’s a top-ranked healthcare job that could work for you.

(MORE: And the Best Job in America Right Now Is…)


What if all I have is a high school diploma?

There are entry-level jobs, even in medicine. They don’t pay a lot, but if you’re young or just want to get imagesyour foot in the door, you can be a home health aide or personal care aide. “There are a lot of people who are choosing to be home as opposed to in some kind of an assisted living facility,” which drives demand for aides, says Jada Graves, senior careers editor at US News & World Report.

“A personal care aide is a healthcare position, technically, but it’s much more of a companion than someone who needs to do serious nursing,” Graves says.  The job might entail preparing meals, helping a patient with dressing and bathing or taking them to the doctor. A home health aide can be a little more involved in the medical aspect of caring for patients, although they’re still overseen by nurses. Aside from aide jobs, it’s also possible to get an entry-level medical assistant or secretarial position with just a high school degree.

What if I need a job soon?

Aside from the jobs mentioned above, there are other healthcare jobs you can qualify for fairly quickly. clockBecoming a massage therapist generally takes about 500 hours of training — which can just take a matter of months — and may require getting a state license. Dental assistant is another job with a fairly short on-ramp. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, some states don’t even have formal educational requirements.

Another option is becoming an emergency medical technician; training for the basic level generally takes less than six months. You can become a phlebotomist with about a year’s worth of training, Twitchell said — although it goes without saying that you have to be comfortable with blood and needles.


What if I want a job that can be a stepping stone to a better career?

Almost all of the jobs that take two years or less of training could potentially fit the bill if you’re willing to put in the time, money and effort to further your education, but Twitchell points out the path is sometimes long and winding.

For instance, going from a pharmacy technician to a pharmacist requires getting a doctorate degree. The same is true for physical theray assiistants who want to become physical therapists, Twitchell says, and going from an occupational therapy assistant to therapist requires a master’s degree.

“It’s not uncommon for someone to start off as a certified nursing assistant and go back to school to become a registered nurse. It’s like an entry point,” Twitchell says. Or, you could put in roughly a year of training and enter the field as a licensed practical nurse, Graves says. Even experience as a respiratory therapist — which often means successfully working in high-pressure settings like hospital ERs — could dovetail with advancement towards a nursing degree.  And if you want to go further than an LPN, you can go back to school for a bachelor’s degree and work towards becoming a registered nurse.


What if I’m not really good at science?

shutterstock_320256224Becoming a medical assistant or medical secretary might be an option, Twitchell says; although you might need to learn the medical jargon, especially if you’ll be transcribing or taking dictation, think of it more as acquiring a new language. This work tends to be more clerical; you’d be doing tasks like managing schedules, confirming appointments, greeting patients and so on.

Although massage therapists need to know about kinesiology (the science of how people move), Graves says the training is a more well-rounded approach than you remember from science class in school. And personal care and home health aides have a fairly low academic bar to entry, there’s not a lot of science in the day-to-day work. “These are fields where compassion is sometimes much more important,” she says.


What if I don’t want to deal with patients?

Would it make a difference if the patients were furry? If so, maybe being a veterinary technician — for which you’d need to earn an associate’s degree — is more your speed, provided you don’t mind getting well-acquainted with a pooper-scooper.

If you’re more mechanically minded, consider becoming a medical equipment repairer, where skills in engineering or technology are more important. Maybe you’d be better off repairing the machines that diagnose illness and injury rather than fixing patients themselves.



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For doctors who take a break, coming back can be tough Thu, 07 Jul 2016 04:14:52 +0000 Doctors, and other medical professionals, have a much harder time readjusting after taking time off work than any other profession. Anna Gorman, from Kaiser Health News, a USA Today network news organization, shares the causes and implications, and why it is worth investing in bringing back formerly trained medical professionals.


After taking a 10-year break from practicing medicine to raise four sons, Kate Gibson was ready to go back to work.

The family practitioner had been reading about a shortage of primary care doctors and knew she could help. But when Gibson, 51, applied to work at her former hospital near Los Angeles, she was turned away. She’d been out of clinical practice too long.

“I really thought it was not going to be that hard,” she said.

Like many professionals, physicians take time off to raise children, care for sick family members or to recover from their own illnesses. Some want to return from retirement or switch from non-clinical jobs back to seeing patients. But picking up where they left off is more difficult in medicine than in most careers.

In medicine, change occurs quickly. Drugs, devices and surgical techniques that were standard a decade ago may now be obsolete. Or a returning doctor’s skills may simply be rusty.

“My hands feel like those of an intern,” said Molly Carey, 36, an Ivy-League educated doctor who recently enrolled in a Texas retraining program after four years away from patients.

After extended leaves, doctors must convince medical boards to reissue their licenses, hospitals to grant admitting privileges and malpractice insurers to provide coverage. Only a handful of programs around the country are set up to help physicians brush up on their skills, and they can cost doctors tens of thousands of dollars.

“Medical schools do a fantastic job graduating brand new medical students,” said Humayun J. Chaudhry, president of the Federation of State Medical Boards. “But what about people who have already graduated and need to get some retraining? There is a clearly a dearth of those kind of training programs.”

Policymakers and professional organizations are pushing to make the process less burdensome and costly – in part because it may help ease shortages of primary care doctors.

Getting experienced doctors to dust off their white coats is cheaper than starting from scratch, said Robert Steele, director of KSTAR physician programs at Texas A&M Health Science Center. He oversees a mini-residency program at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, in which returning doctors divide their time between seeing patients and attending classes.

“They just need polishing up to practice safely and competently,” Steele said.

Patient safety advocates argue that minimum standards should be set to ensure that doctors coming back after a hiatus are providing the best care possible. As it stands, no nationwide standards or requirements exist, and states have different requirements.

“Patients would like to think that any doctor who is seeing them or doing procedures on them is at the height of their career,” said Joe Kiani, founder of the Patient Safety Movement Foundation. “If a doctor has been out for a while, they are not.”

Reliable numbers of how many doctors suspend their practices aren’t available, but theAmerican Medical Association estimated in 2011 that 10,000 doctors could reenter practice each year.

The Federation of State Medical Boards wants states to create a standard process for physicians to show they have the skills to return to medicine..The American Academy of Pediatrics and the AMA also are trying to remove obstacles for doctors who want to return to work after taking time off.

After hitting a wall with her former employer and others, Gibson enrolled in an online retraining program in San Diego, which cost her $7,000. She spent four months completing the courses last year and a week shadowing a family physician. Then she took a written exam and was evaluated during mock visits with “patients” played by actors.

In the end, she received two certificates — one from the program and one from UC San Diego School of Medicine for 180 hours of continuing medical education.

“I definitely felt more confident,” Gibson said.But she still wanted more hands-on clinical training. So she recently started a paid fellowship at the USC Department of Family Medicine, seeing patients under the oversight of other doctors.

Former medical school professor Leonard Glass created the San Diego program, called the Physician Retraining & Reentry Program, in 2013. Besides retraining primary care doctors, the online program has attracted specialists who wanted to switch to primary care and restless retirees.

“Some are simply tired of being retired,” he said. “It’s sort of an itch to go back to taking care of people.”

Several retraining programs are run by hospitals, including Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. There, participants spend between six weeks and three months seeing patients under the supervision of other physicians, then discuss their cases in an exit interview to demonstrate what they learned.

The Cedars program costs $5,000 a month. Leo A. Gordon, who runs it, said some doctors who call to inquire are angry about having to spend the time and money. But he said others are simply appreciative that “there is a way to get back in the game.”

Hospitals set their own requirements for doctors to get credentials and privileges, but doctors who have been out of practice for more than two years generally must show that they are competent to see patients. Having a certificate from a reentry program helps.

“I was a double board-certified physician licensed in several states, said Jeff Petrozzino, 50, who trained in pediatrics and neonatology. “You would think I would be able to get a job.”

But he ran into difficulty returning to clinical practice after spending several years doing health economics research.

When he finally did get an offer at a medical center in New Jersey, he said both the job and the state medical license were contingent on him getting retrained. He completed a three-month program at Drexel University College of Medicine in 2013, where he was surprised to discover many other doctors in a similar situation.

Petrozzino said he was grateful for the program — but given the hassles of re-entry he would advise doctors to plan carefully before taking breaks from their practice.

“Careers are interrupted or derailed for various reasons,” he said. “The system does not readily allow for re-entry.”

Kaiser Health News (KHN) is a nonprofit news service covering health policy issues at the federal and state level. It is an editorially independent program of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.


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Job Interview Checklist Tue, 28 Jun 2016 15:42:46 +0000 You have put in hundreds of hours of schooling. You have spent your nights and weekends studying and preparing for internships and residencies, learning skills to help and save lives. You may have even exercised those skills in a job or two since you entered your career field.


Now, you are preparing for your next job interview, and we’re here to help you succeed.


Below you’ll find our top seven strategies that will help you land your next job.  We’ve also added in a bonus: if you’re preparing for a phone interview, keep reading past the first seven tips for specific strategies to sound professional and prepared on your phone interview.



Research the company


First go to the website. Look at every page to learn about the history of the company, principals, philosophies, etc. Gain as much information as possible. You want to know if you are qualified, but you also want to know if you agree with their ideals.  This will give you the ability to speak their language and understand the minutia of the institution or practice. If they are active on social media, you can also look at their profiles to see how they interact with their following. Take caution when considering whether to follow them on social media: review your own profile and make sure that you look professional. If not, be sure to set your profile as private incase they investigate you.


Next, look up the person who is going to interview you (if you know this based on the information you were provided about the interview process) on the company website and Linked in – if they aren’t on Linked in, try Twitter or Facebook.


Know the basics


You want to sound confident and sure of yourself in the interview.


If the interviewer says, “What is your availability,” and you say, “ um, well, I guess it depends on… I’m not really sure right now…” you will sound disorganized and unprepared. Know when you are availability, how many hours per week you want to work, the minimum amount you expect to earn, the top amount you think you deserve to earn, and the benefits that you need to live. Knowing the basics about yourself takes little preparation and allows you to sound prepared to take the job.


Mock interview


If you were going to learn to play tennis, how would you practice? You would likely get a racket and a ball and find a tennis court (and possibly an instructor).


The same concept applies to interviewing.  Practice exactly the way you are going to play. Find someone to ask you sample questions and practice answering exactly as you would in the interview. Making mistakes is a good thing – it will help you practice how you will handle mistakes if it happens on the day of the interview.


Here are a few questions you may encounter at your next job interview:


  1. Strengths and weaknesses
  2. Job responsibilities that you excel at (when/where you performed)
  3. Team/leadership skills
  4. Anything outside of resume
  5. What makes you different? What can you share that no one else would ever say? What is different about your experience or story?
  6. Where do you expect to be in two years? Five years?
  7. Are you interested in professional development?
  8. When have you experienced a stressful or uncomfortable situation in the workplace?
  9. Describe the most difficult day you have ever had at work.


Practice with strangers


Anytime you talk to someone new they ask you the basics. They want to know what you do, where you’re from, how you became interested in your profession, where you want to go with your life, etc. This is a perfect opportunity to practice your interview skills. When you go to the grocery store, the bank, or anywhere you see strangers, talk to them.  When you are at the airport, take your headphones out and meet someone new.


TIP: If you ask someone a question they are likely to respond with their answer then say, “what about you?” This gives you an opportunity to ask a question that you want to practice answering.  It also gives you a chance to pick up tips or ideas for how to structure your own answer (or what not to say) by listening to others’ answers.


Pre-interview routine


Know what it takes for you to feel comfortable on the day of the interview.  Take out any room for error. Get a good night of sleep. Eat breakfast (avoid any foods you have never eaten!).


If you only implement one strategy from this list, this is the one: wake up and show up early.


There is absolutely no excuse for tardiness. Especially at an interview! If you can’t make it on time to an interview you are telling the interviewer that you are not reliable. Not to mention, you are up against other candidates who probably showed up on time. Do not give them an upper hand. Do yourself a favor and start out on a good note.



The worst mistake we see interviewees make is over-talking. The interviewer will give clues and hints as to what they are looking for if you listen.  If you over talk you may appear desperate for the job compared to the other applicants. Listen carefully and respond articulately and succinctly.


Follow up


Always send a thank you email. Don’t ask for anything in return, just show gratitude.


BONUS: Phone Interview Tips


Phone interviews are often more stressful than face-to-face interviews. They don’t give you an opportunity to make eye contact and use gestures as a way to establish rapport. Don’t worry: we are here to help you prepare for your next phone interview with these 5 tips:


  1. Test your microphone: have someone else listen to you or record yourself.
  2. Practice some of the questions from the above list on the phone.
  3. Ensure that you are going to be in a quite space. Practice your interview in that space and make sure that you can be heard clearly without background noise.
  4. If they called you, ask for a call back number incase you get disconnected.
  5. At the end of the interview be sure they have your resume and ask for next steps
The Acuity Team: June Newsletter Tue, 21 Jun 2016 16:07:38 +0000 Our staff is dedicated to growth. Over the last month, we’ve been busy helping health care providers find safe, growth-oriented jobs, and helping health care facilities find dependable, hard-working staff.


logo-parallonWe’re always looking for partners, so we were thrilled this month to partner with HCA/Parallon as a preferred vendor and with Covenant Care Hospice to work exclusively in filling hospice positions in their new Inpatient Hospice Facility.


We have also expanded our reach at Providence Hospital in Mobile, Alabama, Capital Medical Regional Center in Tallahassee, Florida, and Northside Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida.


downloadIn an effort to reach more hospice professionals, we attended the Florida Hospice: Hospice Works conference on June 2 – 3. This year’s conference focused on leadership, human resources, marketing, HIM, quality & compliance, finance, IT, and fund development, and we were proud to share our knowledge about staffing in health care.


Finally, our corporate staff is quickly growing to help serve more and more medical professionals and facilities, so we have relocated to a larger office, with more meeting space and conference rooms, in Sarasota, Florida. Our new address is: 2201 Cantu Court, Suite 110, Sarasota, FL 34232

Stats and Facts about Medical Careers Wed, 15 Jun 2016 22:03:25 +0000 Medical careers have never been in higher demand. With the aging population of baby boomers, and the changing political landscape, as well as increasing access to health insurance, all heath care providers, including nurses, physicians, OBGYNs, hospice care takers, anesthesiologists, dermatologists, and more, are in need.


Healthcare is the largest industry, showing the highest amount of growth of any other field, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employing 14 million people in 2006, the healthcare industry is projected to add about three million more jobs by this year, 2016, according to the BLS.


While there are hundreds, if not thousands of different types of medical jobs, the infographic below gives an overview of the average annual salary, job ranking, number of jobs per field, and expected growth rate for physicians, dentists, nurse practitioners, physical therapists, registered nurses, and physician’s assistants.


medical job statistics


From the infographic, you can see that registered nurses make up the largest population of health care providers, while, predictably, physicians can expect the highest salary. Regardless of what healthcare field you are interested in, all health care fields are expecting a minimum of 14%, and up to 40% growth over the next 10 years.


Here is a breakdown of the information that is presented in the infographic:


• The median annual wage for healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (such as registered nurses, physicians and surgeons, and dental hygienists) was $62,610 in May 2015, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations in the economy of $36,200.
• Good jobs are those that pay well, challenge us, are a good match for our talents and skills, aren’t too stressful, offer room to advance and provide a satisfying work-life balance. Even though there is no one best job that suits each of us, U.S. News’ list of the 100 Best Jobs of 2016 are ranked according to their ability to offer this mix of qualities
• Medical jobs are in high demand as the growth rate due to the increased demand for healthcare services by the growing age population (including baby boomers) increases. There is also an increasing access to healthcare and emphasis on preventative care, leading to more healthcare jobs.
• Employment of healthcare occupations is projected to grow 19 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 2.3 million new jobs. Healthcare occupations will add more jobs than any other group of occupations. This growth is expected due to an aging population and because federal health insurance reform should increase the number of individuals who have access to health insurance.


In health care, your job choices are endless and there are careers for those with varying levels of education ranging from a high school diploma to an associate’s, bachelor’s, masters, or professional degree. Regardless of where you fall in the spectrum of education or experience, you can find a career in medicine. If you need support in finding your next medical career contact