If you’re a healthcare manager, you certainly know that there’s a shortage of qualified healthcare workers in the job market. But what’s causing this shortage and is there anything that can be done about it. It’s helpful to understand the underlying reasons as well as what you might be able to do to attract top talent to your facility. There are a variety of solutions that can help you source and hire good healthcare professionals for your team. Let’s take a closer look.
Lower enrollment in educational programs.
There are many things that are impacting the academic aspects of healthcare workers. There are fewer instructors in some places, which means enrollment is down strictly because there aren’t the programs in place to accept all candidates. This can lead to a major shortage, both now and in the future.
Increasing retirement of experienced nurses.
There is also going to be a big exodus from the nursing arena soon. Many older nurses are finally in a position to retire, but there aren’t enough younger nurses set to take their places. Some facilities are creating incentives to keep their experienced nurses on staff, but that isn’t a solution with long term benefits.
More people needing elder care.
Another struggle that we’re having is the increased need for nursing professionals for elder care. People are living longer and that means they need advanced care as they age. While traditional nursing homes are still in existence, there is also a movement toward assisted living facilities that create a more home-like environment.
Increased stress leading to turnover.
Nursing, and many other healthcare support positions, tend to be very high stress. This means that if a healthcare professional isn’t able to create a good work/life balance, they may suffer from career burnout and this leads to high rates of turnover in essential positions. Facilities would do well to focus on quality of life to retain top nurses.
Are you concerned about the shortage of healthcare talent available for your hospital, clinic, or facility? Contact the team at Fortus Healthcare Solutions Staffing Agencies in Upstate NY to learn more today.