How do you think this will affect your nursing life and others?
Nov 10, '13
by BrandonLPN, LPN
I find the whole cocept of "trickle down" economics a bit offensive.
We need more $10-$12 customer service an hr jobs in this country like a hen needs a flag.
I'm not so sure that the decline of acute care will lead to the only health care job growth being at the very top (providers, NPs, PAs) or the very bottom (MAs, UAP). There will still be a need for middle-ish income jobs like LPN and floor RNs. Rarely mentioned is sub-acute, rehab and skilled nursing. They stand to see explosive growth in an environment where acute care inpatient hospitalization is discouraged as being too expensive or too inefficient.
The decline of hospital inpatient stays doesn't mean a decline in inpatient nursing, just a realingment of where those jobs are going to be.
It seems very possible to me that Obamacare will lead to growth in the skilled nursing field. Many traditional med/surg patients can be adequately cared for much more cheaply in a sub-acute facility.
Last edit by BrandonLPN on Nov 10, '13