In addition to rising demand for qualified, experienced nurses in
many current specialties, there also is rising demand for new and emerging nursing roles, such as care coordinator, health coach and other clinical jobs.
Travel nursing can play an important role in helping hospitals,
health systems and other healthcare facilities successfully respond
to rising demand, said Ralph Henderson, President of Healthcare
Staffing at AMN Healthcare. AMN was one of the first institutions
to record the surge in demand in mid-2014, which was eventually
validated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics this month when it
looked back at 2014 healthcare job growth.
In the short-term, nurse staffing companies can help provide for
immediate need. In the longer term,
healthcare providers need to
engage workforce planning by assessing both immediate needs and
long-range concerns, Henderson said, by leveraging any analytics or
predictive insights that are available. But many hospitals and health
systems do not have that capacity, because they are so focused
on patient care, he said. They may need to identify partners with
strategic workforce planning expertise to help make informed
decisions and implement strategies quickly, Henderson said.
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