Nursing Shortage Over? And What That Might Mean for Staffing

nurseStaffing Industry Analysts recently released their 2015 Healthcare Staffing Growth Assessment report.   Here’s a summary of their findings:

  • Healthcare staffing continues to experience tremendous growth due to the Affordable Care Act and an improving economy.
  • Currently, it is difficult to predict the longer-term results of the current trends.
  • And, interestingly, they’re no longer projecting a nursing shortage through 2025.

In 2002, the HRSA predicted a shortage of more than 800,000 registered nurses by 2020. Since then, encouraged by good pay and job security, the number of graduating nurses soared to meet the predicted shortage. In fact, there may be an excess of 340,000 nurses by 2025 – but not necessarily.

The study assumes nursing graduation rates will remain constant, which is typically not the case. The study also doesn’t factor in the growth in nursing demand from new healthcare delivery models, which require nurses to take on additional responsibilities.

Finally, while some states may experience a surplus of nurses, others will experience a shortage – which means travel nurse staffing can play an important role in bridging gaps.

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TRC Staffing in Jacksonville, Florida provides short-term and long-term, temporary and permanent staffing services for job candidates and employers. We’d love to hear from you!

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