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Talent Acquisition
1.2 million
BLS projects
vacancies for
registered nurses
through
2022.
from 47.8 million people to 88 million. Many of these
individuals are going to spend a portion of their golden
years utilizing healthcare services or confined to hospitals
for short-term stays. However the number of physicians
and other clinical care professionals available to treat
this growing volume of people cannot keep pace. For
example, BLS projects 1.2 million vacancies for registered
nurses through 2022.
The physician workforce is similarly expected to decrease
by somewhere between 61,700 and 94,700 people
through 2026, with significant shortages in many surgical
specialties, according to a 2016 study by the Association
of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). As healthcare
utilization increases, the patient-doctor ratio will rapidly
dwindle. " If currently underserved populations utilized
healthcare at the same rate as the rest of the population,
an additional 40,100 to 96,200 physicians would be
needed (in 2026), " the study stated.
Toss in an expected 8.6 percent growth in the overall
U.S. population, from 319 million to 346 million people
by 2025 and the lopsided nature of the supply-demand
equation becomes painfully evident and extremely
concerning. " The physician shortage is real. It's
significant, and the nation must begin to train more
doctors now if patients are going to be able to receive
the care they need when they need it in the near future, "
says AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD.
The problem isn't just a dwindling supply of medical
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professionals colliding with a growing cohort of people
needing healthcare. Doctors and nurses can find jobs
outside hospitals, often with better terms and conditions.
" With the upswing in the economy, nurses can now
choose from a variety of career paths that often lead
away from providing direct patient care, " explains Buffy
Stultz White, senior vice president, recruiting strategy
and operations, at Cross Country Healthcare.
Better hours, salaries, and lower stress levels are
compelling nurses who've previously chosen a hospital
setting to careers in telehealth, insurance, and other
alternatives, she adds. " With nurses comprising the
largest group of healthcare professionals, a lack of
qualified nursing staff can have a greater organizational
impact than shortages in other fields. "
Another factor adding to the talent shortages is the
upswing in the economy. " With the economy improving,
more people can afford healthcare, which makes them
more apt to go to the doctor, " says Dan White, president
of Workforce Solutions, a division of RPO provider AMN
Healthcare.
The consequence of the stark and growing imbalance in
supply and demand has been intense competition for skill
sets in the healthcare sector. " Talent is the key initiative
for any healthcare organization, no matter where you
are in the country, " says Marsh. " We're all fighting for
the same pools of highly skilled people. But good people
always have options. "
RPO alone cannot solve the shortage in nurses, doctors,
and non-clinical professionals that are essential in the
healthcare industry. But it can help, says Jill Schwieters,
president of Cielo Healthcare. " RPO offers healthcare
facilities expertise and access to great recruiters, great
recruitment processes, and great technology, " she
asserts.
Schwieters has personal experience coping with the
sector's talent recruitment challenges-she's the former
regional vice president of human resources at Wheaton
Franciscan Healthcare: an integrated healthcare delivery
system with nearly 25,000 employees in four states.
" Too many hospitals look for a quick fix to a problem
that requires a sustained response, " she says. " Instead
of throwing money away on external search agencies,
RPO is a cost-effective and highly sustainable recruiting
strategy, presenting the means to find, attract, and hold
onto great talent. "

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