Twin Cities' health care organizations are paying closer attention to diversity and inclusion, and their efforts are paying off. Two experts outline how diversity recruitment has changed, and how to become more attractive to employers.
Carmen Henke first had the urge to work with new babies when she was visiting her father at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina. She was 11 or 12 and spent a lot of time there, sometimes taking a break to peek into the newborn nursery.
They may have a high degree of independence, evaluating risk factors, treating wounds and educating and for these mostly elderly patients, who may be a risk for heart attack or stroke. Their work can also help ease patients' pain and prevent amputation.
They may move locally or around the country, usually working 13-week stints in hospitals, nursing homes or clinics. And the market for their services is picking up after the recession, according to one local agency.
Minnesota's many medical device and related health care companies employ a range of workers. Engineers and business analysts are in demand, as are accountants, actuaries and people with informatics backgrounds.