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Ambulatory Surgery Centers Face Nursing Shortage

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, September 12th, 2011

The need for nurses in ambulatory surgery centers is  expected to rise over the next 12 months.

Already operating room nurses are in short supply in many areas, rural and urban. It can be hard to find an OR nurse even when offering top dollar. It is predicted that  ASCs will have to rely more on OR technicians to do some peri-operative work.

The aging nurse workforce could be a boon for ASCs that traditionally rely on a part-time workers. As nurses age, the ones who can afford it are going move to part-time work.

ASCs will be competing against hospitals, which tend to offer higher salaries and valuable extra benefits and sometimes sign-on bonuses.Some nurses prefer working in a hospital over an ASC because they can get longer shifts with time-and-a-half pay.  ASCs attract nurses by showing how they are different from the hospital, offering a steady workweek with no weekend work, which would appeal to many nurses.

As the nursing shortage looms, nurse recruitment will be in the forefront again.

To learn how I can help you recruit the nurses you need and retain the nurses you have, contact me.

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