Healthcare staffing solutions to combat the national nursing shortage

Healthcare staffing solutions to combat the national nursing shortageSeptember 4, 2014 by Vickie Anenberg

The United States is projected to experience a significant shortage of Registered Nurses in the coming years. By 2022, it’s estimated there will be more than 1 million unfilled nursing jobs throughout the country.

For healthcare facilities, nurse shortages pose several risks. For example, the nurses who are working may experience increased stress and decreased job satisfaction. Also, patients may experience lower quality of care. According to research published in the BMJ Quality and Safety journal, a 2013 study found that higher patient loads were directly associated with higher hospital readmission rates. The study found that when more than four patients were assigned to an RN in pediatric hospitals, the likelihood of hospital readmissions increased significantly. 

Fortunately, Cross Country Staffing provides healthcare staffing solutions to ease the nursing shortage. Whether you need to address a temporary need or fill a permanent position, Cross Country Staffing provides a number of helpful services. Temporarytemporary-to-permanent and permanent placement databases are all full of nurses and highly qualified healthcare professionals.

With more than 39 years of healthcare staffing experience, Cross Country Staffing has an excellent track record of placing skilled professionals. Of past clients, 97 percent say they would rehire the healthcare professional who was placed in their facility by Cross Country Staffing.

It is likely you are already experiencing the early impact of the skilled nursing shortage. If you have yet to encounter this challenge, statistics indicate that it is likely looming on the horizon. If the projected nursing shortage begins to affect your healthcare facility, turn to Cross Country Staffing for solutions. Use Cross Country Staffing’s Solutions Finder to learn more about all the resources and services available to help you proactively ensure your organization is positioned to overcome this shortage.