Hospital Administrators Challenged

Hospital administrators are a busy bunch, and they’re the first to agree that our country is suffering from a severe shortage of healthcare staffing talent. A new survey finds that 86% are currently recruiting physicians and 89% are recruiting nurses.

It is the rare hospital administrator who finds physician recruiting “not particularly difficult or challenging,” as a limited 5.6% bragged. The vast majority — 93% — think physician recruiting is either “extremely difficult and challenging,” or “somewhat difficult and challenging.”

And the great search for nurses is not much easier for these hospital administrators.

Nurse recruiting was rated as either “extremely difficult and challenging” or “somewhat difficult and challenging” by 85.7%, compared to the 13% who think it’s “not particularly difficult or challenging.”

Just what type of nurse are these administrators searching for? Baccalaureate (BSN) training is the preferred choice, at 53%, but 11% are searching for nurses with just two-year associate degrees. Over 35% indicated they had no preference either way.

In fact, one CEO anonymously wrote in that at his hospital, “We hire every nurse who submits an application. The problem is very serious and I do not see it improving.”

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Over 96% of administrators agreed that “the United States has too few nurses,” while 82% of administrators agreed that “the United States has too few physicians.”

AMN Healthcare, Inc., a temporary healthcare staffing company and a nationwide provider of travel nurse staffing services, conducted the 2007 National Physician and Nurse Supply Survey, on behalf of the Council on Physician and Nurse Supply.

The survey was mailed in February 2007 to 5,000 hospital administrators located in all 50 states.

The survey includes results from the 402 completed surveys that were received by the response date of March 7.

Elaine Rigoli has nearly 15 years of experience managing content and community for various B2B and consumer websites. Elaine has written thousands of business and technology articles and has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal and eWeek, among other publications.

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1 Comment on “Hospital Administrators Challenged

  1. In a recent informal survey at a Hospital HR department I found the number of vacant and highly technical positions to be probably as high as the RN positions if not higher. I doubt if healthcare will function in this country if these positions are as vacant as the nurses and physisians. I’d love to see some real empirical numbers on this situation nationwide.
    Boomers–that demographic bubble like a pig in a python– are approaching retirement and old age. The U.S. refuses to engage the healthcare reality like every other first world country has, and instead of offering universal care of any kind we continue to move toward more exclusionary care. And the annual rationing of visas for professional technical workers are gone the first day of release every year. We will either hit a brick wall very fast, or we will all be flying to India for healthcare in the coming years, and think it’s a great deal.
    Someone should start a national organization for the small percentage of the US population who actually see things like this and want to do something about it (as opposed to denial and obfuscation) so we all don’t feel alienated, something like “SANE US.ORG.” All non-members are immediately and suitably identified.

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