Within your hospital, you are going to need at least one hospitalist. This is the person that is going to be caring for people while they are hospitalized. If you are short on this position, your patients who are staying overnight may not be getting the level of care that they need or that they expect. This means that your hospital is going to drop dramatically in terms of quality.
The job search for a hospitalist can take two weeks or longer. This is because you have to advertise the job opening and wait for resumes to come in. You cannot begin reading the resumes right away because you want to get plenty in and give everyone the opportunity to apply. Not only will you have external resumes but you will also have internal resumes for people who are looking to move up within the hospital.
Since the healthcare industry is growing, more and more people are studying in school to become a hospitalist. As a result, you will have more and more people seeking jobs within the hospital. You could end up with 1000 resumes or more for a single job opening. This could take you days in order to reach the bottom of the pile. Even if you have advanced technologies such as an applicant tracking software program, it is going to take you a while to dig through all of the resumes and find qualified individuals.
Once you have the qualified individuals, you will need to conduct a preliminary interview to find out more about each person. You will need to find out what kind of experience they have as a hospitalist and what their personality is like. By sitting across from the applicant, you can get a good idea as to what their bedside manner is – and this is critical for the type of position that you are hiring for.
All said and done, the job search could take a minimum of two weeks – and this is if you have the time to dedicate solely to the job search. You probably cannot wait this long to fill a hospitalist position. The solution is to work with a job recruiter. Finding a job recruiter that specializes in healthcare will simplify the process so that you do not have to do the search on your own. All you have to do is supply the recruiter with the job description, tell them how much you want to pay for the position and then let them do their job.
Within a few days, the recruiter is going to supply you with several names and phone numbers. You will be able to call these individuals and schedule a final interview. You will also be able to see the resume and all of the details the recruiter has supplied for you – and each and every one will be qualified for the hospitalist position.
It is no secret that childhood obesity is fast becoming an epidemic. Last estimated by statistics Canada in 2011; 1.6 million children were overweight or obese. When obesity levels rise, our children face a sick future. Chronic yet very preventable diseases such as cardiovascular disease, certain types of cancer and Type 2 diabetes are increasingly becoming an everyday reality.
Self-sacrificing parents spend their precious time packing healthy lunches for kids while feeling too pressed for time to cook for themselves. Whilst they encourage participation in fun fitness activities for their kids, the parents themselves wait in the bleachers, sit on the sidelines, and prove that, for adults, a sedentary lifestyle is the norm.
Every aspect of a child’s personality is heavily influenced by what he or she sees and experiences from an early age. Eating and exercising habits are no different. That is why there is only one true cure for childhood obesity. Parents must lead by example and get fit and get healthy with their kids.
The Journal of The American Medical Association demonstrated that parents that were reinforced to take part in a child’s healthy weight loss by following the same exercise, the same behaviour and the same nutrition changes as their children had kids that lost more weight compared to children that were reinforced to eat healthy and exercise without parent involvement (up to 11.2%). The most encouraging aspect of the study showed that the parent/child group kept the weight off for up to 10 years (Epstein, Valoski, & Wing, 1990). In other words, when both children and parents actively changed their unhealthy lifestyle, children lost weight and kept if off, thus reducing the risks of long-term health issues associated with childhood obesity.
Parents who join family exercise such as going on family bike rides, playing tag or jumping rope together, create warm family memories that make fitness a fun way of life instead of an adult chore that might be pushed aside. Nowadays, more and more exercises are designed to encourage family unity while getting fit. A perfect example is the growing number of family fun runs. Both children and parents can take part in small 1 or 5 kilometre runs or walks. Holiday themes make these events especially exciting for children while involving parents in the “learn to run” process too.
When it comes to nutrition, feeding healthy meals to kids is not enough. Children should be actively involved in helping their parents find healthy and delicious recipes. Kids can help in the kitchen with the cooking process and watch as their parents enjoy the same nutritious meals that they do. If possible, dinners should be spent with the family at home. Direct discussions about weight loss should be avoided, yet both parents and kids can openly discuss the health benefits of their favorite foods.
The important thing to remember is that your children are watching you. By showing your kids that you too lead a healthy and fit lifestyle, parents have the power to shape the lifelong healthy habits of their children. They can conquer childhood obesity and give their children the vibrant future they deserve.
I recently attended a career progression course on childhood obesity, and some of the information was quite shocking.
We need to seriously look at this problem, as a society, together, and sort it out.
My worry is that if we don’t all take responsibility for this problem, the future of the next generation, and ones after that is very bleak.
In fact it will come to a point where parents will out live their offspring!
Speaking as a father, and a human, this cannot be allowed to happen.
It amazes me that we really concentrate on academic subjects at school like maths and science, which we should by the way, but not to the complete detriment and ignorance of other aspects of life.
It’s no good being potentially the greatest scientist on the planet and not reaching the age of 30 because of a metabolic disease?!
We should also have a big emphasis on cooking, and teaching kids and their guardians about food and ingredients. What to look out for, and things to avoid.
We need to be overhauling the whole system in my opinion from the top down.
It starts with the information we receive from the government regarding their guidelines on healthy diet and eating patterns which should be changed.
Advertising is a major problem, especially when they are targeted at children. They have a lot to answer for. I know they have a job to do for big conglomerates but maybe they should take a good hard look at themselves with regard to their products.
Again this can be changed by government guidelines on advertising and hitting the big corporations hard, but I’m afraid money is the root of the evil there.
You will notice that most foods aimed at children are full of artificial rubbish and sugar to improve taste, even down to the labelled ‘health cereals’.
The packaging is bright and colourful and very attractive and appealing; very clever. They always mention the good stuff in the product, and seem to disregard all the nasty elements that are hampering our kids health.
The other problem of course is convincing our kids to play the latest computer game and therefore halting exercise in favour of the screen entertainment.
All these things add up to a massive problem that is then transferred to the next generation.
For example, I make a concerted effort to take part in physical play with my son. If he sees me lazing around all day playing computer games, guess what, he’ll be doing the same.
I got my 21 month old copying me performing burpees the other day, and he was in stitches, (as was I).
He always uses me as a climbing frame too, he is very active naturally, but he also wants to copy daddy.
There must be a direct correlation between a child’s exercise patterns and their parents activity levels.