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Posts from January, 2012

Nurse Recruitment and Nurse Retention Blog: Healthcare Industry Growth on the Rise

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, January 25th, 2012

Stable growth in the healthcare industry means good things in terms of nurse recruitment and nurse retention. The healthcare industry is one of the nation’s fastest-growing, surviving the economy’s drastic plunge in 2008 and prospering in the years since. Between 2007 and September 2011, while total U.S. non-farm employment plummeted 4.7%, employment in the healthcare industry actually grew 8.8%. healthcare industry photo

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that healthcare and social assistance, along with professional and businesses services, will generate 8.2 million jobs by 2018, more than half the increase in total employment.

The healthcare industry is stable, it’s growing, and it’s not going away. This is an important fact to share with your nursing professionals. Your nurse retention strategy needs to include sharing positive news about the healthcare industry. Nursing professionals need to be reassured that their hard work will pay-off in the long-term.

To learn more of my nurse recruitment and nurse retention strategies and/or to have me speak at our facility to improve morale, retention and recruitment, contact me.

Healthcare Jobs: Ambulatory Care Jobs Double

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, January 18th, 2012

I’m always thrilled to hear of healthcare jobs on the rise – especially within the nursing profession. Driving growth in ambulatory services is a number of factors. Technological advances have enabled a greater number of health problems to be treated by outpatient doctors and nurse practitioners.

A boom in nursing care, as record numbers hit retirement age, and a clinical emphasis on preventive care, help spawn thousands of jobs within the nursing profession – including nurse specialists and therapists.

Healthcare jobs projected to increase most in coming years include many in the nursing profession: registered nurses (RNs), nursing aides, licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses, reports The Bureau of Labor.

The outlook for healthcare jobs is positive according to Labor. Healthcare jobs continue to outpace employment sectors manufacturing and construction and are expected to number 344,000 by year’s end, a level of growth not seen in four years.

There is much hope for nursing professionals seeking jobs.

To learn more of my nurse recruitment and nurse retention strategies and/or to have me speak at your facility to improve morale, retention and recruitment, contact me.

Qualified Nursing School Applicants Turned Away

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, January 11th, 2012

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) reported an increase in nursing school enrollment throughout the past decade, yet qualified nursing school applicants continue to be turned away from colleges and universities.

AACN reports that in 2009, nursing schools rejected nearly 55,000 qualified applicants. Faculty shortages, budget constraints, and increasing job competition from clinical sites all contributed to the limited number of graduates.

Who do you know who would make a great nurse educator? How can your hospital work with area colleges to help educate and train nurses?

To learn more of my nurse recruitment and retention strategies and/or to have me speak at our facility to increase morale, retention and recruitment, contact me.

 

Healthcare is Back in Business!

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, January 4th, 2012

 Travel nurse agency, American Traveler, announced in October a year-over-year increase of 56 percent in nurse job employment, which included both staff RN positions and travel nurse jobs. The increase, said Clinical Resource Manager, Deborah Bacurin, RN, is due to larger healthcare employers rebounding from recession and hiring travel nurses again, along with a sprouting up of ambulatory outpatient centers across all 50 states.

“It looks like healthcare is back in business,” Bacurin said. “The demand for ambulatory nurse jobs has skyrocketed and almost half of all jobs created in September went to healthcare.”

Bureau of Labor numbers confirm what Bacurin says. Hospital job growth in the first nine months of 2011 is four times what it was in all of 2010. Moreover, 42 percent of new jobs last month were healthcare jobs.

There is much hope for nurses looking for jobs as nurse recruitment increases.
To learn more of my nurse recruitment and retention strategies and/or to have me speak at your facility to increase morale, retention and recruitment, contact me.