Posts from January, 2010

Why Do You Want to be a Nurse?

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, January 29th, 2010

nursingstudentI just read the the U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics says we’ll need 24% more nurses in the next 6 years! Mindful of the worst job market in more than 25 years, many students enrolling in colleges and universities are considering majors that they believe will land them stable careers…that’s why many choose nursing.

But it takes more than an interest in a stable career to make a good nurse. It takes the heart of caring.

When we “seasoned” nurses entered the profession up-teen years ago, we did so because of the profound desire to help people. As I travel, helping hospitals to recruit and retain nurses, I hear many different reasons why the “new” nurses enter the profession. Too often “helping people” is too far down the line on their list.

We all need to encourage people to enter our service of caring, remembering just that…it is a service for caring. Make sure the “new” nurse has that heart.

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Recession or Not..We Are Still Short of Nurses

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, January 3rd, 2010

busynurseDespite the recession, most hospital executives believe there are still too few physicians and nurses in the United States, and the shortages will grow worse if access to healthcare becomes universal.

In a survey of 285 hospital chief executive officers conducted by AMN Healthcare, the nation’s largest healthcare staffing company, 95 percent of hospital CEOs said there is a shortage of physicians in the U.S., 91 percent said there is a shortage of nurses. While the short-term economic environment may have affected their recruitment and retention efforts, the long-term problem will be the need for thousands of more healthcare professionals that don’t exist today.

Over 24 percent of CEOs said the economic downturn caused them to decrease nurse recruiting efforts over the last six months, The majority, at least 64 percent, said recruiting efforts at their hospitals over the last six months had not changed.

In the next six months, 89 percent expect to maintain or increase nurse recruiting efforts. As a nurse motivational speaker and expert in nurse recruitment and retention, I can help now. Please contact me to see how I can help you recruit the nurses you need, and retain the best you have.