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SALARY/CAREER SURVEY
BY CYNTHIA SAVER
ASC staffing woes persist in era of increased surgical volume
he past 10 years of data from the OR Manager Salary/
Career Survey reflects many challenges in the healthcare
environment, particularly those associated with
the COVID-19 pandemic. ASC leader respondents report that
staffing difficulties have become particularly challenging.
For example, only 15% of respondents to the 2014 survey
reported increased RN turnover in the past year. This percentage
then ranged from 22% to 30% until the pandemic year of
2021, when it jumped to 49%. In the post-pandemic environment
of 2023, the percentage remained high at 35%.
Staffing woes are not limited to RNs. The percentage of
ASC leaders reporting an increase in open positions for surgical
technologists (STs) compared to the previous 12 months
was only 6% in 2014. Subsequently, the percentage generally
trended upward until it reached a high of 39% in 2023.
Amid surging surgical volumes, these patterns are particularly
troubling. In 2022 and 2023, 56% of respondents
reported increased volume-the highest percentage of the
survey years included in this article (2014-2023).
Here are additional trends, divided into categories. Note:
The public health emergency for the pandemic was issued in
March 2020 and ended in May 2023. Data collection for the
annual survey typically ends in May.
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Surgical volume
Question: In the past 12 months, has the volume of surgical
procedures in your ASC increased, decreased, or remained
about the same?
Change in surgical volume over past 12 months
20%
40%
60%
0%
2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Increased
Decreased
About the same
Comments: Most ASC leaders reported increased surgical
volume in every year except 2019, 2020, and 2021. Note
the surge in volume in the past 2 years. In 2023, only 16%
of respondents reported volume stayed the same, the lowest
figure of the decade.
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20%
40%
60%
0%
2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
STs
RNs
Comments: Reported changes in the percentage of open
positions for the past 12 months followed a similar trend
for STs and RNs. The lowest percentages for an increase in
open positions came in the first year of the survey (9% RNs,
6% STs). In subsequent years, the percentage ranged from
26% to 32% for RNs, before rising to 40% in 2020 and 50%
in 2022. The percentage for STs ranged from 16% to 26%
before hitting 28% in 2021 and 42% for 2022. In 2023, the
figures were 39% for RNs and 43% for STs, the first time in
the decade that STs surpassed RNs.
The percentage of ASC leaders reporting five or more
currently open RN positions peaked at 13% in 2023. The
percentage reporting five or more currently open ST positions
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Staffing levels
Question: Has the turnover rate for RNs and STs increased,
decreased, or stayed the same over the past 12 months?
Turnover rate increased in the past 12 months
20%
40%
60%
0%
2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
RN
ST
Comments: Turnover rates have been consistently higher for
RNs than STs, although the gap between the two has varied.
In 2014, the percentage of ASC leaders reporting an increased
turnover rate was 15% for RNs and 6% for STs, a gap
of 9 percentage points. In 2018, only two percentage points
separated the two groups, but by the pandemic year of 2021,
the gap was 24 points, dropping to 9 in 2022. The smallest
difference (4 percentage points) between RNs and STs came
in 2023. More significantly, 2023 marked the first time in the
survey that more ASC leaders reported a higher percentage of
increased turnover for STs compared to RNs (39% vs. 35%).
Question: Compared with 12 months ago, has the percentage
of open positions for RNs and STs increased, decreased,
or stayed the same?
Percentage of open positions increased in past 12
months
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