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1 Health Care Career Trends
Lenora Cook, RN, MSN, PhD Johnson County Community College Dean, Health Care Professions & Wellness Division Good Morning! I am Dr. Lenora Cook, the Dean of Health Care Professions and Wellness at Johnson County Community College. Before I present the expected changes in health care, I would like to tell you about my pathway into health care. I grew up on a farm and while I enjoyed that life, I wanted to be a doctor. As I progressed through school, I did not have anyone experienced in higher education to help me prepare for entry into college. By the time I reached high school, I felt that medical school was out of my reach for a variety or reasons. I entered Colorado State University to begin m journey as a physical therapist. That adventure was short lived. My father was in a farming accident and my brother left for the Viet Nam war and I was needed to help the family. Years later the desire to enter health care was still there. I entered a nursing program 60 miles from home. In addition to the commute, I had 2 teenage daughters to care for, school, and a job. I can tell you how fulfilling it was for me to have a profession that allowed me to truly make a difference the lives of other people. Once I completed my associates degree in nursing and entered the health care field, I felt like I needed to know more. I enrolled in a baccalaureate program for nursing, when I completed that, I still felt like I needed to know more, so I enrolled in a graduate program. After that my daughters said Mom when are you going to stop? I did for a while. While I was going to school I worked in a small rural hospital (which I loved) and an intensive care unit (which I loved). And then it happened!!!! I happened to see a former nursing instructor. She asked what I was doing. When I told her she very emphatically told me I needed to teach nursing. I gave it some thought and began my teaching career alongside my beloved nursing instructor. But know I needed to know how to teach so you guessed it I entered Colorado State University – this time it was for a doctorate in education and community college leadership. I tell your this story because in my experience as a nurse and a nurse educator I know 3 things Health Care is a very rewarding career – Almost daily you are told thank you for helping someone There are a lot of students, like myself, that do not have the resources and family support to enter and successfully complete the educational process to become a health care professional. There has been and continues to be a need for healthcare professionals. – NEXT FACTS AND STATISTICS ON THE NEED FOR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS

2 Facts & Statistics The population of Kansas is projected to grow 14% between 2010 and 2040. During this time the 20 to 64 years of age will grow only 6% million million The over 65 age group will increase by 71% ,717 ,257 Source: Center for Economic Development & Business Research at Wichita State University, retrieved October 21, 2013. Demand for more healthcare professionals Increase number of elderly individuals New developments for the treatment of more medical conditions Within the healthcare professions 2 occupations are expected to add a substantial number of jobs Registered nurses – increase by 711,900 Home health aides – increase by 06,300 Source: Career Guide to Industries, 2012 Edition BLS, retrieved October 21, 2013.

3 Facts & Statistics In addition to the increase need we will also see healthcare professionals retiring and leaving the workplace. In fact, between now and million health workers will be needed to fill new jobs and to replace workers who leave their jobs across all employment sectors. Source: Career Guide to Industries, 2012 Edition BLS, retrieved October 21, 2013

4 Top Projected Health Care Related Growth Occupations for the Kansas City area, 2012-2017
Nursing Aides…HS or equivalent -->Post-secondary Licensed Practical Nurses…Post-secondary Registered Nurses…Associate’s Degree Dental Hygienists…Associate’s Degree Radiologic Technologists…Associate’s Degree Medical Records & Health Information…Associate’s Clinical Laboratory Technicians…Associate’s Respiratory Therapists…Associate’s Veterinary Technologists…Associate’s Narrowing in even further here is the information for the Kansa City area

5 Local Medical Center’s Top 10 Most Difficult to Fill
Medical Records Coder –& Health Information Technologist Histology Technician Home Health Aide Certified Operating Room Electroneurodiagnostic Technologist Cath Lab Technologist Echo/Vascular /ECG Technologist Occupational Therapist Physical Therapist January 2009 Data Where is the greatest need? Why do you think these would be hard to fill? A cardiovascular technician serves as a member of the cardiology team, performing cardiac catheterizations, angioplasty and electrophysiology. They assist physicians performing invasive cardiovascular procedures. Responsible for equipment during procedures, the cath lab tech monitors readouts, alerting the doctor to anything appearing abnormal. Read more :  Histology Technician is an allied health professional who prepares tissue specimens of human and animal origin for a pathologist to examine fordiagnostic, research, or teaching purposes. Histologic technicians process sections of body tissue by fixation, dehydration,embedding, sectioning, decalcification, microincineration, mounting, and routine and special staining. Educationalpreparation is usually months for an associate degree. Echo/Cascular technician conduct tests on pulmonary or cardiovascular systems of patients for diagnostic purposes. May conduct or assist in electrocardiograms, cardiac catheterizations, pulmonary-functions, lung capacity, and similar tests.

6 Operating Room Technician

7 Electroneurodiagnostic (EEG) Technologist – Coming to JCCC in Fall 2015 – pending approval

8 Occupational Therapist

9 Cath Lab/ Echo/ECG Technicians

10 Physical Therapy


12 Industrial Organizational Psychologist
Study cognitive, emotional, and social processes and human behavior. An Industrial Organizational Psychologist observes how people relate to one another and their organizational environment. 53% increase in job openings $83,850 annual salary Although psychologists typically need a doctoral degree or specialist degree in psychology, a master’s degree is sufficient for some positions. Practicing psychologists also need a license or certification.

13 Home Care Aides Personal Care Home Health
Help clients with self-care and everyday tasks, and provide companionship 49 % increase in jobs $19,910 annual salary Help people who are disabled, chronically ill, or cognitively impaired by checking their vital signs, changing dressings, and assist with medication under the direction of a nurse or other healthcare practitioner. 48% increase in jobs $20,820 annual salary Some states only require on-the-job training; other states may require formal training that can be completed at community colleges, vocational schools, home healthcare agencies, and elder care programs.  Home health aides are not required to have a high school diploma; they receive most of their training on the job from experienced aides or nurses. Classroom training, lectures, and workshops may be required depending on employer.

14 Diagnostic Medical Sonography 46% increase in jobs

15 Occupational Therapy Assistants help patients with therapeutic activities
Occupational therapy assistants and aides help patients develop, recover, and improve the skills needed for daily living and working. Occupational therapy assistants are directly involved in providing therapy to patients, while occupational therapy aides typically perform support activities. Both assistants and aides work under the direction of occupational therapists. Duties Occupational therapy assistants typically do the following: Help patients do therapeutic activities, such as stretches and other exercises Lead children who have developmental disabilities in play activities that promote coordination and socialization Teach patients how to use special equipment; for example, showing a patient with Parkinson’s disease how to use devices that make eating easier Record patients’ progress, report to occupational therapists, and do other administrative tasks Occupational therapy aides typically do the following: Prepare treatment areas, such as setting up therapy equipment Transport patients Clean treatment areas and equipment Help patients with billing and insurance forms Perform clerical tasks, including scheduling appointments and answering telephones 43% increase in jobs - $53,240 annual salary

16 Physical Therapist Assistants help patients regain movement and manage pain
What Physical Therapist Assistants and Aides Do Most physical therapist assistants and aides work in offices of physical therapists, hospitals, and in a variety of settings that facilitate physical therapy. Physical therapist assistants (sometimes called PTAs) and physical therapist aides work under the direction and supervision of physical therapists. They help patients who are recovering from injuries and illnesses regain movement and manage pain. Physical therapist assistants are involved in the direct care of patients. Physical therapist aides often do tasks that are indirectly related to patient care, such as cleaning and setting up the treatment area, moving patients, and performing clerical duties. Duties Physical therapist assistants typically do the following: Observe patients before, during, and after therapy, noting their status and reporting to a physical therapist Help patients do specific exercises as part of the plan of care Use a variety of techniques, such as massage and stretching, to treat patients Use devices and equipment, such as walkers, to help patients Educate a patient and family members about what to do after treatment Physical therapist aides typically do the following: Clean treatment areas and set up therapy equipment Wash linens Help patients move to or from a therapy area Do clerical tasks, such as answering phones and scheduling patients 41% Increase in jobs $ 52,160 annual salary

17 Genetic Counselor 41% increase

18 Physician Assistant 38% increase

19 Medical Assistant 35% increase Pharmacy Technician 32% increase Assist physicians to care for patients in the clinic or outpatient setting by changing dressings, drawing blood, taking electrocardiogram and vital signs. Help licensed pharmacists dispense prescription medication to customers or health professionals. Taking medical histories Explaining treatment procedures to patients Preparing patients for examination Assisting the physician during exams Collecting and preparing laboratory specimens Performing basic laboratory tests Instructing patients about medication and special diets Preparing and administering medications as directed by a physician Drawing blood Taking electrocardiograms Removing sutures and changing dressings

20 Dental Hygiene 30% increase in jobs
Dental Clinic on Campus Oral Health On Wheels

21 Dental Assistant 29% increase

22 Paramedic/Mobile Intensive Care Technician (MICT ) 23% Increase
Paramedics administer advanced life support treatment in emergency situations and transport injured or sick persons to medical facilities. Paramedics receive about 2,000 hours of training.

23 Registered Nursing 19% increase
Practical Nursing 25% increase

24 Respiratory Care Advances in technology and training are allowing respiratory therapists to take on more patient-care responsibility, acting as a physician extender in the growing field of respiratory care

25 Thank you for your interest in healthcare.
Questions? Thank you for your interest in healthcare. Dr. Lenora Cook

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