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News spotlight: Economy leads to job shortage for nurses

Nurse Leader Insider, April 13, 2009

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The economic downturn has led to a scarcity of available jobs and an abundance of job-hungry people across the U.S., which according to The Washington Post, is now affecting even the nursing profession.

With nurses postponing retirement and others returning to the workforce, many healthcare facilities today are no longer battling the nursing shortage. As a result, few slots are open for the upsurge of nurses applying in recent months, aside from those for acute care and emergency department nurses.

Some hospitals with low vacancy rates, such as Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville, MD, are seeing an increased number of seasoned nurse applicants offering to take refresher courses and work modified schedules. High numbers of nurses experiencing job hunting difficulty are also pursuing volunteer work within hospitals.

Source: The Washington Post



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