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The Nursing Shortage: Where Are We Now?

Written by Rose Torrento on Tuesday, August 04, 2015 Posted in Industry News

As the increased population ages and the Affordable Care Act takes effect, there will be a greater need for healthcare professionals. But, even as the need grows, healthcare organizations will still have to maintain quality of care and control costs.

For all of these reasons, medical facilities are now turning more than ever before to contingent healthcare workers. And the need for such workers will only continue to grow.

Using contingent workers allows healthcare employers to fill gaps in service, reduce the amount of overtime for their regular staff and keep a handle on costs. Plus, contingent workers have the skills needed to keep the quality of care at a high level.

Short-term healthcare personnel are also an effective way of handling emergency situations when there is a spike in the number of patients who need care. Temporary employees can help with the increased patient demand, as well as relieving hospital personnel who are nearing their work-hour limits. Using these short-term employees is also cost effective.

More businesses overall are using contingent workers. It offers companies more flexibility with their workforce in an uncertain economy. Many firms today are reluctant to hire full-time workers because the economy is still so soft.

Moreover, more contingent workers are now educated, experienced professionals who choose this option because they enjoy the independence and flexibility it offers. Since the recession, there are even more professionals available to work on a contingent basis.

This allows hospitals to bring in people who, for the most part, can hit the ground running; people who have the needed experience and expertise. Contingent workers are sought after for short-term projects, where they can come in and get up to speed quickly, thus filling a need and allowing the healthcare facility to avoid the expense of hiring a full-time employee.

Another advantage of using contingent workers is that they bring a fresh perspective. Often, organizations become used to doing things a certain way, with a certain way of thinking. A contingent worker, who has experience with a number of providers, can bring a different viewpoint or new ideas that might have been overlooked by the regular staff at the medical facility.

If you are a healthcare organization in need of short-term professionals, the agency that can offer you the best in service is Health Providers Choice. For professionalism, quality, and integrity, we are unmatched. Give us a call today.

About the Author

Rose Torrento

Rose Torrento

Rosemarie Torrento has worked in health care for more than 26 years, beginning as a registered nurse in 1988. Early in her nursing career, Torrento worked as a freelance contract nurse before accepting a position in nursing administration. During her 17-year tenure in that role, she oversaw nursing employment and travel nurse contracting at a Level 1 Trauma Hospital in Michigan. Understanding the challenges travel nurses faced, Torrento founded Health Providers Choice Inc. (HPC) in 2003. Through Torrento’s extensive experience and her role as President and CEO, HPC provides travel placement of registered nurses and allied health professionals to hospital systems nationally.