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Jan. 16, 2009
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From the Desk of the ASHHRA Executive Director

Dear ##FirstName##,

We are pleased that ASHHRA will be offering an opportunity for members to network and share resources through our Online Community, launching at the end of the first quarter. Look for e-mails describing how you can be a part of and get engaged with your professional colleagues!

We also want you to know that we "heard" you tell us, through our recent member survey, that you are interested in having ASHHRA resources at your fingertips and our services delivered at low cost. In that regard, we are offering two Webinars later this month that are of vital importance to you. The information on each is as follows:

When: Wednesday, January 21st at Noon CT
Topic: A Legislative Update in light of the new administration
Facilitator: Carla Luggiero, AHA, Sr. Associate Director, Federal Relations and another
Price: FREE
To Register: Click here

When: Wednesday, January 28th at Noon CT
Topic: Economic Crisis and the Impact on Hospitals
Facilitator: Caroline Rossi Steinberg, VP of Trends Analysis, AHA
Price: $29.99
To Register: Click here

Please see the ASHHRA Web site for more details at

In the first week of February, with a date to be determined, Roger King of JonesDay, and Jim Trivisonno of IRI Consultants will be presenting a Webinar on the "card check" or Employee Free Choice Act, which most surely will be taken up with the 111th Congress. We know you will want to be a part of this Webinar to learn how hospitals will be affected by this new legislation. There will be time for your questions to be answered at this Webinar.

ASHHRA wants to be your first choice in bringing you the most important information and resources you need as a health care HR professional.


Cathy Sewell
Executive Director, ASHHRA

Diversity Training - Should You Bother?
from Personnel Today
Employers who merely pay lip service to diversity do so at their peril - the penalties for getting it wrong can be harsh. It may often be viewed as one of the so-called "tick box" topics that HR rolls out as a matter of course, but equality and diversity training can easily come back to bite apathetic employers. More

Whippersnappers in the Workplace
from The Globe and Mail
Older people don't twitter, they don't like a good challenge and they definitely don't warm to change. If president-elect Barack Obama - set to become one of the youngest presidents in U.S. history - makes any of these assumptions when he takes office next week, he'll have sorely underestimated the graying Congress, experts say. More

Surgeon Shortage Pushes Hospitals to Hire Temps
from The Wall Street Journal
When someone doubles over from stomach pain, the general surgeon is the one who performs an appendectomy. Gallstones? The general surgeon removes the gallbladder. Breast and colon tumors and hernias are also matters for the surgeon's scalpel. Now the economic and cultural forces reshaping U.S. medicine are prompting an exodus from this once venerable field, creating a growing market for temporary surgeons-for-hire. More

Was Nurse With MS Fit to Work?
from the St. Petersburg Times
Patricia A. Price's supervisors said they watched in sadness as multiple sclerosis eroded the registered nurse's job performance. Lapses in memory. Mistakes. Confusion. Price disputed that. More

For a Happier Workplace, Skip Politics
from The Washington Post
The presidential inauguration this month could rekindle the passions that surrounded last year's hotly contested election, requiring managers to restate policies on politics in the workplace. "I recommend that employers nix political discussion at work. It's not just the inflammatory nature of political disagreements, it's the time that is involved in these discussions, and the distraction they cause, that are inappropriate at work," said Susan Heathfield, who runs a management consulting firm in Michigan. More

Black Women Most Affected by STDs, Says Study
from CNN
In spite of prevention efforts, new cases of some of the most common sexually transmitted diseases are going up, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The report, "Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance 2007," also said that women and minorities in particular are more likely to have sexually transmitted diseases, or STDs. More

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