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The quotes below are from employers in this industry: Health Care

They are talking about this topic: Occupation-Specific Skills


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Employers note that new hires are able to diagnose separate conditions, but have difficulty synthesizing multiple morbidities. Employers expect that new hires possess strong clinical skills to deal more appropriately with multiple morbidities.

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"We are seeing students coming in with weak clinical and judgment skills. Sometimes it's up to a year before we can actually trust them to be on the floor on their own. And I would say that the people around me, in the southern end, would probably echo that because I know the directors have all got that problem." Central
"I agree with everything they've said about the soft skills because I see all of that, too. And the graduates that we are getting are coming in with pretty weak clinical skills, as well." Central
"I think that the nurses I'm hiring have good technical skills, but they don't always know how to put it all together. They know how to go out and assess for this, and this, and this. They know if they see edema, and they know if they see weight gain, but they aren't able to put it all together, 'Okay, they've gained weight and they have edema, so that means that we need to look at certain possibilities of what's going on here.' We need to follow up with that, and not just document what we saw. So, they have the skills to do the assessment, but then to put it all together and to follow-up with doing something with that assessment is sometimes lacking. And I think that might go along with communication skills." Central
"I think what is happening is, again, a lot of us are in adult services and the clients that are coming to us are very complex today. These folks are sick, and they are chronically sick. It's not an acute state anymore, and there are seven diagnoses of very clinically-complex patients. And nurses coming out of college understand what diabetes is, and they understand what COPD is, but they don't understand how those things tie together. And if you have seven diagnoses, they can't comprehend how to function in that capacity of that many chronic illnesses." Central
"Back to the question of, 'In three years, which skills do you want to see people coming in with?' Another respondent mentioned the multiple morbidities. I think that if students were to get better skills while in school for managing multiple morbidities, then they would be a little more confident in their job skills when they get here. And another thing that we haven't talked about yet today is managing chaos effectively. An acute care nurse will have two to four, maybe six, patients on their care load. My nurses will have 28. That is a chaotic eight-hour shift. And if you are not able to keep all of those balls in the air you are going to go nuts.

Employer 2: The ultimate multi-tasking.

Employer 1: Yes. And it's really a skill. Some people do it really well, and some people can't."
"But coming in and orientating to a position, we expect that they're going to have the clinical knowledge as a foundation. And then how they're applying that knowledge and utilizing the tools—it's probably a little bit less, there isn't quite as much technology. There's becoming more, I think, in the home care center and stuff with some of our telemedicine that we're doing now. But there's a little bit in senior services. But certainly in the hospital, they'd have a week or two of just orientation and training on equipment and electronics." Southeast
"They come in with a clinical background, so it's just reinforcing it and teaching them how to use the system and the ways that we work and different things." Southeast