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WellStar, Deloitte, Northside, Grady, Piedmont doing most hiring

Nearly one-half of the top posting companies last month were healthcare employers. Simply Hired said the companies doing the most hiring locally were WellStar Health System (1), Deloitte (2), Northside Hospital (#3), Grady Healthcare (#4) and Piedmont Healthcare (#5). Openings for nurses nationally were up 13 percent last month.

The occupations in top demand included information technology; office and administrative, software development (web and computer); nurses, sales representatives (excluding retail); medical therapists, technicians and assistants, business compliance and operations (including logistics and supply chain); financial specialists (including accountants and tax professions); and motor vehicle operators for bus, taxis and delivery service drivers.

Nationally, job openings were up 3 percent. But not all industries were hiring. Occupations that saw the biggest drop in hiring included psychologists (-12.65%); social scientists (-10.69%) and water vessel operators such as sailors and captains (-13.54%).

2014 March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Winners Announced

16 of the most outstanding nurses in Georgia were honored during the 5th annual March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Awards in early November.

Through Nurse of the Year Awards, the March of Dimes recognizes nurses who demonstrate exceptional patient care, compassion, and service. Whether serving as a health care provider, educator, researcher, or chapter volunteer/advisor, these nurses have played a critical role in improving the health of Georgia’s residents.

“Dating back to the polio era, nurses have played a critical role in advancing the mission of the March of Dimes,” said Sheila Ryan, State Director of the March of Dimes Georgia Chapter. “Forty-thousand nurses volunteered for the Salk polio vaccine field trials in 1954, the largest medical investigation of its kind ever conducted. Today, nurses serve as volunteers, fundraisers and advisors to the March of Dimes. Nurses are critical to the mission of improving the health of babies –and are key in comforting families. We are proud to see how the profession of nursing has dramatically grown and changed and are honored to give recognition to Georgia’s nurses who are heroes in the medical community.”

The sold-out event, co-chaired by Janis Dubow, Vice President, Quality Improvement and Chief Nursing Officer of Northside Hospital, and Deborah Roegge De Vita, March of Dimes Georgia Chapter Board Member, had over 600 attendees and raised over $170,000, making it one of the top Nurse of the Year events in the country.

Event partners included Northside Hospital, Grady Healthy System, UnitedHealth Group, AmeriHealth Caritas, BDR Partners and McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Emory University’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Atlanta Magazine and CBS46.

Nurse of the Year Awards are given annually in approximately 16 award categories. More than 800 nurses were nominated in Georgia and of those, 240 were selected as finalists. Award recipients were announced at a special awards gala held on Saturday, November 1st at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta, Buckhead.

The award recipients were determined by a distinguished selection committee comprised of health care professionals who screened the nomination forms in a blinded review process. A complete list of finalists is available on the March of Dimes website at: marchofdimes.org/Georgia.

The 2014 Nurse of the Year Award Recipients in Georgia are: (see box text)

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