Nursing recruitment is an on-going commitment in the healthcare industry. In general, it should be part of strategic planning initiatives on an annual basis for healthcare entities. The shortage of nurses stresses our existing workforce, leading to turnover and impacts the patients we serve, leading to lower outcome achievement.
It is no surprise that we are experiencing a nursing shortage that will continue to grow. We have known this for years. Recruitment and retention strategies for our nurse workforce need to be prioritized, and these activities need to be budgeted annually.
Although heroic and much needed, nursing is not an attractive career for many because of the stress and limited advancement available in many organizations. Recruitment is important, but retention and making nursing a role that more individuals want to do is vital. The nursing shortage is not going away, and top agencies will need to think outside the box when designing their organization and recruiting nursing talent.
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Darcey Trescone, RN, BSN, is a Healthcare IS and Business Development Consultant in the Post-Acute Healthcare Market with a strong background working with both providers and vendors specific to Home Care and Hospice. She has worked as a home health nurse and held senior operational, product management and business development positions with various post-acute software firms, where her responsibilities included new and existing market penetration, customer retention and oversight of teams across the U.S., Canada and Australia. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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