Nurse Recruitment: Physician and Nurse Vacancy Rates Increase

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, July 23rd, 2015

Physician and nurse vacancy rates in hospitals have increased dramatically from 2009 rates, according to AMN Healthcare’s Clinical Workforce Survey. What does this mean for nurse recruitment and nurse retention?

Hospital executives indicated a 17.6% vacancy rate for physicians, up from just 10.7% in 2009. The vacancy rate for nurses increased even more, from 5.5% in 2009 to 17%.

nurse vacancies Additionally, the survey found that 78% of hospital executives believe there is a national physician shortage, and 66% believe there is a shortage of nurses also.

Susan Salka, president and CEO of AMN Healthcare, believes the shortages are going to become more acute. “We are expanding access to healthcare and restructuring the delivery system to improve quality and reduce costs at the precise moment when a wave of physicians and nurses is set to retire,” she said. “It will take new, collaborative and innovative staffing models to ensure our workforce is aligned with the goals we all want to reach.”

To learn the most effective ways to improve nurse recruitment and nurse retention, visit SelfCare for HealthCare™. Contact me today to get a plan in place to keep your facility out of these shortages.

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