The Nursing Shortage

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The number of new nursing graduates entering the workforce is increasing. But, they are not enough to stem the rising shortage of nurses.  How can we have an increase in nurses but still not have enough?

Factor #1 – The Retirement of Baby Boomer Nurses with Experience
Just as so many people in the rest of the country, many nurses are moving toward retirement. Many experienced nurses are retiring and healthcare facilities are having a difficult replacing them. In fact, the percentage of nurses over the age of 40 has risen from 46% in 1980 to 70% in 2008.

Factor #2 – Today’s Healthcare Creates New Nursing Jobs
Not only are nurses retiring, but the growth of our evolving healthcare system continues to create new positions with requirements beyond the expertise of new grads and entry-level nurses.

Factor #3 – The Lack of Experienced Nurses
As experienced nurses leave and new positions grow, the number of nurses with needed qualifications become harder and harder to find. As an employer, you want and need experienced nurses to fill growing vacancies. The question is…how do you do that?

Solving Staffing Problems with RPO

Filling positions with temporary staff is one solution. Not the best option, obviously, but a functional short-term alternative for making sure patients receive the care they need.

The ideal solution is to fill jobs with permanent nurses who have the required experience and qualifications. This is possible with Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO). The RPO provider is able to provide recruitment expertise and incorporate a variety of strategies in finding ways to combat recruiting challenges such as:

  • Staffing shortages
  • Hard-to-fill positions
  • The lack of qualified candidates

How RPO Works for Employers

As the employer, you report the openings you need to be filled to your RPO Company. They source applicants with specified credentials and provide you with a selection of the most qualified candidates. Then, you hire the one that best meets your need.

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