By Mike Wood
The United States is on the brink of a nursing shortage of epic proportions. More than 1 million nurses will reach retirement age within the next 10 to 15 years and more than 55 percent of registered nurses are currently reported to be age 50 or older. In 2018, the American Nurses Association estimated there would be more registered nurse jobs available through 2022 than any other profession in the country. There simply aren’t enough people currently in the nursing profession to fill the anticipated openings, which places a major strain on our country’s healthcare system.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2018 also projected that an additional 1.1 million nurses would be needed to avoid a further shortage. The good news in all this is that employment opportunities for nurses are projected to grow at a faster rate than all other occupations through 2026. But, what can healthcare facilities do now to fill vacant nursing positions?
In some cases, facilities turn to staffing agencies. This typically involves a stressful back-and-forth of phone calls to find the right clinician for the job. And, right doesn’t just mean available. It means interested in the role, available, and that they meet the necessary criteria. The process is complicated further when a clinician with a specialized skill set is needed. Without a convenient platform to view a clinician’s credentials, healthcare facilities have to rely on stressful phone calls or job board postings to find out which clinician is the best “fit for shift.” Finding the right “fit for shift” used to be a blind process — like trying to find a needle in a haystack. Unfortunately, it sometimes resulted in an assigned clinician who was unfit for the job. However, with connectRN, we remove the guesswork and provide facilities with transparency throughout the matching process.
Unlike traditional staffing agencies, connectRN’s app lets nurse managers select from a pool of vetted clinicians that have expressed interest in a shift on a single, digital platform to find the individual best “fit for shift.” Nurse managers can view each clinician’s unique credentials in an organized pool, giving them complete control over the staffing process and ensuring that they hire the most qualified clinicians for the job.
At a time when healthcare facilities are feeling the pinch caused by the nursing shortage, connectRN provides them with the much-needed elements of choice and transparency.