How Do We Solve The Nursing Labor Shortage?
Since the pandemic, our nation’s hospitals remain chronically short-staffed. This causes a myriad of issues for both hospital administrators and other hospital staff alike. A short-staffed hospital means many employees work without breaks and face difficult decisions constantly throughout their shift. These exceedingly difficult working conditions lead to severe burnout among nurses and many of them have quit and are quitting in droves. How do we fill these jobs and ease the strain on our current hospital staff? Many have turned their eyes overseas to recruiting international healthcare workers, here’s what that means for the U.S.
Turnover Rates Have Increased Dramatically
According to a 2022 report from Nursing Solutions, Inc. “During the past year, hospital turnover increased by 6.4% and currently stands at 25.9%” (see report here). Not only does this supremely high turnover rate affect the morale and functionality of the hospitals, but it also leads to large financial losses for the hospitals themselves. From the same report, “Each percent change in RN turnover will cost/save the average hospital an additional $262,300/yr.”. Hospitals are having an increasingly difficult time recruiting and maintaining staff.
Recruiting From Overseas May Help
Recruiting healthcare workers from overseas may be exactly what we need to help fill the gaps in our nursing shortage. If done ethically and with due diligence, hiring nurses internationally can prove fruitful. In the words of Pae Junthanam, a nurse from Thailand who moved to Billings Montana, “”I am far from home, but I feel like this is like another home for me” (article here).
We Can Help Recruit!
At NTG Staffing we specialize in healthcare recruiting and offer a myriad of services from talent selection to payroll and paperwork services. Whether you’re looking to recruit healthcare staff or you’re a highly-skilled candidate, we at NTG Staffing would love to help you solve your recruitment problems. Contact our team today to take the next step for your business our career.