Almost every business and industry nationwide is currently facing a staffing shortage. The healthcare industry is no exception. The American Nursing Association (ANA) has declared the nurse staffing shortage “a national crisis.”
With more patients than nurses, a situation intensified by the pandemic, there has been a dramatic increase in requests for experienced, quality healthcare workers.
"Our growth has increased exponentially as a result of COVID. Especially as a result of the shortage of nurses. It's given us an opportunity to help and be able to fill the demand, " explains Kelly Harned, CEO of ACCESS Nursing in a recent interview for an article in the Journal News-Lohud story, “Lower Hudson Valley Job Market Works to Bounce Back.”
"Our pool of nurses is (still) so ginormous right now that we've been able to, despite the shortage, we've been able to fill the needs," she said.
The nurse shortage is said to be fueled by several different factors, including burnout and the stress brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Another theory is that there needs to be more encouragement and motivation for people to study nursing. "I don't know that we're graduating the same number of nurses that we have in demand," Harned said. "People are looking for experienced quality nurses.”
She adds that due to the full-time nursing shortage, travel nurses have been in high demand and advised that now is an ideal time to start a career as a travel nurse.
ACCESS Nursing Services is currently seeking RNs, LPNs, and AIDES throughout New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts to staff hospitals, private residences, and other healthcare facilities. For more information, visit the ACCESS Nursing careers page.