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Nurse Recruitment News: Healthcare Hiring Increases

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, March 12th, 2013

As government hiring lessened and contracting spending tightened, the healthcare industry emerged as the chief driver of job growth, and nurse recruitment is on the rise.

The shift could be seen in the hiring patterns of some of the eastern region’s largest employers: major contracting firms Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, General Dynamics and Computer Sciences Corp. shed a combined 5,104 local jobs last year.

Meanwhile, some of the biggest names in healthcare added jobs on a large scale: Northern Virginia’s Inova Health System added about 1,000 positions in 2012. Children’s National Medical Center expanded its workforce by the equivalent of 349 full-time workers. In nursing roles alone, MedStar Washington Hospital Center added 200 positions in the past 18 months.

The strength in healthcare hiring was critical in propelling that region’s overall economic growth.

The health sector has been increasing nationwide as the huge baby-boom generation ages and spends more on care. Demand is expected to surge even higher as the Affordable Care Act extends health insurance to millions of Americans who did not have it.

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