Recruitment Competition for Registered Nurses Heating Up
Isn’t it enough that hospital recruiters have to deal with an ongoing nurse shortage without having to compete with fast growing healthcare sectors such as physicians’ offices, public health, home care, or alternative care centers such as skilled nursing, intermediate care, rehabilitation, and assisted living facilities? And even countries like the U.K. are getting in on the act by recruiting American nurses to shore up their own healthcare workforce shortage.
U.S. News rates RNs as the 2nd Best Job in Healthcare
A major reason why U.S. News rated Registered Nurse jobs as the 2nd Best Job in Healthcare is the high demand. Nursing jobs are some of the hottest positions available in the current healthcare job market. With increased competition in nurse recruitment, it can be difficult for hospitals to attract, recruit, and on-board experienced medical professionals quickly and cost-effectively.
The Department of Health and Human Services predicts that by 2020, the country will be experiencing a nursing shortage of 1.1 million nurses – a 36 percent shortfall!
Survey: Recruiting and Retaining Nurses a Major Challenge
A 2013 HireRight Employment Screening Benchmark Survey found that a main challenge for healthcare organizations is attracting and retaining medical staff. Nearly half of the respondents (49%) reported that recruiting and retaining experienced healthcare employees was a major challenge with 23% including entry-level workers as well.
Further, a Harris Interactive poll found that 48% of open nursing jobs take an average of six weeks to fill and in 20% of the cases, jobs remain vacant for 12 weeks. The survey further found that 47% of hospital hiring managers are unable to recruit applicants with relevant experience. An additional struggle for 38% of healthcare organizations is finding applicants willing to accept job offers with an undesirable work schedule.
Temporary and Travel Nurses Shore up Staffing Levels
One area that has experienced significant growth, according to the Harris survey, is temporary and contract healthcare workers with nearly a third (27%) of respondents indicating this as their goal – a 12% increase over the previous year.
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