Our NAHCR IMAGE 2015 Conference Experience
- Article by: Heather Venkatesh
The Health Career Center exhibited at the National Association for Health Care Recruiters (NAHCR) IMAGE Conference, July 21-24 in New Orleans, LA. We also presented a session entitled New and Shifting Healthcare Roles of the Future.
More than 40 exhibitors and 125 attendees were present at IMAGE 2015. At our booth, we celebrated our new identity and encouraged hard-working recruiters to relax and rejuvenate at our in-booth spa. Licensed massage therapists provided complimentary foot, neck and back massages.
Upwards of 30 recruiters attended our educational session on Friday morning: New and Shifting Healthcare Roles of the Future. The session emphasized the evolution of existing healthcare roles and creation of new roles resulting from the changes happening in healthcare. From the C-suite to the staff level and beyond, roles are being developed and skill sets are shifting to provide greater operational efficiencies, reduce cost and improve delivery of care.
In the session, we focused on the top areas impacted by the changing healthcare environment:
- Leadership and C-suite – roles, skills needed and changing management structures
- IT – increasing need for development and clinical informatics
- Primary Care – shifts in responsibilities and team-based care
- Care Coordination – evolving roles and titles
We also explored the changing supply and demand trends for nurses and advanced practice nurses. Finally, attendees learned how organizations are utilizing transitional care management roles to meet patient education needs and reduce readmissions.
The IMAGE Conference provides a rich learning environment for current and aspiring healthcare recruiters, with information on cutting edge recruitment practices and strategies to develop them into invaluable strategic business partners at their organizations. This year’s conference included an excellent educational agenda with new topic offerings and new speakers. In addition, there were several social events, offering opportunities for all attendees to get reacquainted with old friends and meet new ones.
Next year's NAHCR IMAGE Conference is July 12-15 at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. More information can be found here.