Nurses are essential to any healthcare team. They play a vital role in patient care and perform important tasks such as patient observation, medication and treatment administration, and medical documentation. But with its current nursing shortage, the United States is failing to meet the growing need for nursing care, which has led to understaffing in the healthcare industry.
Understaffing in the healthcare industry
Nurses are in greater demand than ever before due, in part, to aging baby boomers and fewer adults applying to nursing schools. In fact, the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 26 percent increase in job growth for nurses from 2010–2020, which is greater than average. Also, as the Affordable Care Act continues to unfold and more Americans search for healthcare, the demand for medical professionals, including nurses, is expected to increase.
The bottom line? Hospitals and healthcare facilities are becoming understaffed.
The negative effects of understaffing
Understaffing is detrimental. Staff can become overworked through increased patient loads and longer hours, causing burnout and employee turnover. Also, patient care can suffer, resulting in decreased patient satisfaction and a worsened facility reputation. Staffing partners are one solution to help alleviate the burden of understaffing, especially through the services of travel nurses.
Advantages of travel nurse supplementation
Travel nurses are highly qualified, experienced professionals, available for temporary supplementation of a medical staff. Consider the following advantages of temporary staffing with travel nurses:
The staff is the most important factor in the care a hospital or facility provides its patients. By drawing on the services of travel nurses, they can supplement and preserve their full-time staff.
HPC Nursing consistently exceeds the expectations of its clients with placement of high-quality, experienced and dedicated travel nurses. Contact one of our recruiting specialists today to learn how we may assist you. We look forward to hearing from you!