American healthcare workers’ confidence levels remained fairly consistent in the second quarter of 2013, according to the Q2 Randstad Healthcare Employee Confidence Index.
Confidence levels among healthcare workers decreased by one-fifth of a point, to 54.3, in the second quarter of 2013. The online survey was conducted in April, May and June of this year by Harris Interactive on behalf ofRandstad Healthcare, among 188 healthcare workers (ages 18 and older), including physicians, healthcare administrators and other healthcare professionals.
Serious Labor Shortages Underscore Need For Key Talent
“Healthcare workers are in high demand, with the sector experiencing some serious labor shortages. For example, healthcare information technology specialists such as medical coders and healthcare consultants for large IT projects, are in high demand within the field due to the implementation of ICD-10. Employers have to find innovative ways to compete for top talent,” said Steve McMahan, Executive Vice President of Randstad US.
Hiring for RNs Up 13 Percent From Last Year
A March report by Wanted Analytics indicated that over one million jobs were posted for healthcare-related occupations, representing a three percent year-over-year increase in hiring. Registered nurses led the country in the most job ads, up 13 percent when compared to March of 2012. However, critical care nurses had the highest year-over-year growth with 34 percent more jobs posted online this year than there were last March, according to Wanted Analytics,” McMahan continued.
Affordable Care Act Will Continue To Drive Demand For Caregivers
Even with the recent delay of the employer mandate provision of the (ACA), many healthcare organizations can’t pause due to other time-sensitive, mandated initiatives, such as the implementation of ICD-10 and the rigorous requirements to transition to electronic medical records by 2015. This, coupled with the ongoing issue of trying to augment nurse and physician staffing levels with the coming impact of the ACA, is creating challenging times for most.”
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