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News by Topic: Health occupations

Oct 13, 2021 - Video report on nursing shortages and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on those shortages, focusing on the rural Hendry Regional Medical Center in Clewiston, Florida. Offers perspectives of nurses and emergency department leadership, and addresses burnout related to COVID-19 patient care and the role of traveling nurses in filling staffing needs.
Source: PBS News Hour
Oct 8, 2021 - Discusses the new Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, which is located in a small town in Oklahoma. Operated as a collaboration between OSU and the Cherokee Nation, it is the first tribally affiliated medical school in the United States. The school will focus on producing physicians to practice in rural and tribal communities.
Source: Scripps Media via KJRH-TV
Sep 30, 2021 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is seeking comment on a new data reporting module regarding HRSA's Community-Based Workforce for COVID-19 Vaccine Outreach Programs, which engage in locally tailored efforts to build vaccine confidence and bolster COVID-19 vaccinations in underserved communities. The proposed information collection will collect monthly progress report data to allow HRSA to identify how the funding is being used and ensure that high-need populations are being reached and vaccinated. Comments are due by November 1, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 28, 2021 - Discusses the assistance that traveling nurses offer to rural hospitals that are experiencing nursing shortages, but notes the high cost and long-term financial challenges of responding to the shortage. Describes the increase in early career nurses taking careers as traveling nurses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Source: WGEM
Sep 15, 2021 - Describes how the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing nursing workforce shortages in rural hospitals.
Source: NBC News
Sep 14, 2021 - Notice of amendment from the Department of Health and Human Services to expand the scope of authority for licensed pharmacists to order and administer, and qualified pharmacy technicians and pharmacy interns to administer, FDA authorized, approved, or licensed COVID-19 therapeutics. This amendment will be effective September 14, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 3, 2021 - Announces funding of more than $116 million to support community health worker (CHW) programs in the first of a 3-year, $348 million program. Funding will support states, tribes and tribal organizations, localities, territories, and other community health service providers as they address disparities in COVID-19 related services, chronic disease, and community needs including access to healthcare, mental health services, and food security.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Sep 1, 2021 - Notice from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) seeking comment on an information collection regarding the H-1B Registration Tool. USCIS will use the data collected through the H-1B Registration Tool to select enough registrations projected to meet the applicable H-1B cap allocations and to notify registrants whether their registration was selected. Comments are due by November 1, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 1, 2021 - Highlights nurse workforce shortages in rural hospitals and the challenges of recruiting nurses in the face of the COVID-19 Delta variant. Discusses state legislative actions to respond to staffing shortages, hiring incentives, and salary increases. Notes that 60% of areas that experience shortages of health professionals are rural.
Source: Stateline, Pew Charitable Trusts
Aug 18, 2021 - The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is seeking comment on an information collection regarding forms used for the H-1B and H-1B1 nonimmigrant programs. USCIS is creating unique forms tailored to specific nonimmigrant classifications. Comments are due by October 18, 2021.
Source: Federal Register