Daily Archives: January 15, 2018

Shortage of Nurses Means High Costs for Rural Hospitals

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A recent article published by Reuters.com detailed the effect the United States’ nurse shortage is having on financially-strained communities, especially in the former rust belt communities and coal towns.For these communities, the lack of local nurses forces them to rely on recruiting “travel” nurses, or nurses who come to live and work in the town on a temporary basis.  While this approach can help to cover the immediate shortages, it comes at a significant cost.  Charleston Medical in West Virginia, for example, spent $12 million USD during 2017 on travel nurses.  In order to attract and retain qualified nurses, the center must offer especially desirable conditions and perks.  At Charleston Medical, these include tuition reimbursement.  Perks offered by other hospitals include repayment of student loans, subsidized or free housing, and career mentoring.  Nationwide, these extra incentives add up to billions spent every year in order to recruit and retain nurses, totaling $4.8 billion USD in 2017.  The alternatives – shutting down certain departments or compromising patients’ safety – are not possibilities.

Hospitals in major urban centers suffer less of a strain.  In addition to being located in attractive locations for living, many hospitals in large metropolitan areas benefit from associations with universities or other sources of funding.  Hospital partnerships are also more common in densely populated areas. Rural hospitals, on the other hand, bear the brunt of the nursing shortage and must compete with these bigger, better funded, and more attractive institutions just to stay afloat.

 

Based on the Reuters.com article “Short on Staff: Nursing Crisis Strains US Hospitals” published Oct. 2017.

Nursing Job Search Tools

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A vast number of job opportunities exist for nurses of all degrees and levels of experience. For nearly every geographic region, population group, and specialty, it is possible to find a satisfying job as a nurse. Ranging from specialty job search sites to major international search engines, a nursing degree gives you a world virtually free of barriers, as you are in demand everywhere and by everyone.  Sometimes the sheer number of opportunities can make it hard to know where to start.  Whether you are just out of school or a seasoned nurse, the following is a list of nursing job websites that can help to orient your job search.

Indeed:  A major career and job search engine, thousands of jobs are posted every day to Indeed.com.  Highly searchable and with the ability to create an account, upload a resume, and apply to many jobs with just the click of a button, Indeed truly makes the job search process simple and accessible.

Monster.com:  Perhaps the most well-known job board, Monster.com is an industry leader in job postings and job search capabilities.  Similar to Indeed in its searchability and application functions, Monster.com is an important asset to include in any concerted job search effort.

Veterans Affairs:  Do you have a passion for working with veterans of the US armed forces? The Department of Veterans Affairs is the largest employer of health care workers in the United States.  In general, jobs with the VA pay quite well, and with such an extensive network, you have a lot of different types of opportunities to choose from.

Medical Solutions:  For the more adventurous nurses or those who want to relocate, Medical Solutions “From Sea to Shining Sea” nurse job posting board provides a plethora of opportunities for nurses who prefer changing scenery and environments to a more stationary position.  Searchable by job title, specialty, and state, this site is an easy-to-use platform for travel-oriented nursing jobs.

These sites are all great starting places to land your first, second, or third job and beyond, as well as to advance your career. Even if you are in a stable job where you are happy and satisfied, it is recommendable to peruse job search engines periodically to keep up with trends in your industry, salary expectations, training requirements, and the like so that you can prepare yourself for that next big step in your career, whatever it may be.