Healthcare Staffing Crisis Impacts Hospitals and Facilities: What to Do?

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Written by
Miranda Kay, RN
December 15, 2022

COVID Pandemic - Turned the Spotlight on the Healthcare Staffing Crisis

It's practically old news now, media reports of nurse staffing crises and personal stories of nurses and clinicians struggling with burnout and exhaustion at their jobs. The pandemic spotlighted these stories of the realities of healthcare workers agonizing over their work and the challenges they face. Yet, the pandemic isn't solely responsible for the state of healthcare staffing today. It exacerbated it. Consequently, it brought industry and civilian attention to it.

The truth is healthcare staffing has been a struggle for both clinicians and administrators for years. And it's not only nursing shortages that they're facing. Nursing assistants, physical therapists, physicians, paramedics, and other allied healthcare workers are all facing unprecedented demand.

Statistics on Healthcare Staffing Crisis

Healthcare Technology Provides Medical Staffing Solutions

Despite the serious staffing challenges facility and hospital administrators are facing, the pandemic also accelerated the development and adaptation of healthcare technology. With the increasing evolution of the Nurse Licensure Compact, the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, and the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact, we are likely to see an increase in the use of telehealth to reach MUAs (medically underserved areas) and short-term contract work for traveling clinicians and per diem (PRN) nurses and allied health workers.

How PRN Staff Mitigate Clinician and Nurse Staffing Issues

Turnover is an expensive cost for hospitals and facilities, and unfortunately, it often becomes a cyclic problem that is challenging to interrupt. Filling position vacancies takes time, money, and energy, and when your facility is facing multiple vacancies at the same time, hiring one at a time may imperil your new hire as they become overwhelmed with the work burden before you can hire enough staff to fill the vacancies.

As your facility works on long-term recruitment and retention strategies, you must simultaneously address today's staffing issue, which cannot wait a month or two for the hiring process. The best way to do that is to use PRN staff to shore up your shift vacancies, creating manageable and safe nurse-to-patient ratios so that the full-time staff you have aren't so overburdened that they leave and your new hires aren't immediately overwhelmed.

Using PRN staff will show staff and potential new hires that your facility values their well-being, and create an adequately staffed working environment, thus relieving some of the pressure and stress on your staff.

How to Use Nursa

When you choose to use Nursa, you prioritize patient care and your nursing staff. Here's how it works.

  • Download the free Nursa app.
  • Register your facility with Nursa.
  • Post open shifts for CNAs, LPNs, RNs, and other allied healthcare workers.
  • Review your applicants for posted shifts.
  • Select your preferred candidate.
  • Pay only for shifts worked.
  • Repeat as needed.

Nursa harnessed technology to make contracting PRN nursing staff easier and more affordable. It's not a paid subscription, there are no limits or quotas for the number of shifts to post, and your facility only pays for shifts that are worked.

Using Nursa, you can reach talented clinicians that your HR department recruiters cannot. Why? Because any clinician anywhere can search for PRN jobs on Nursa. Nurses who have retired but want occasional work instead of a staff job use Nursa. Nursing students already CNAs or LPNs can only commit to part-time positions but use Nursa to find shifts that fit their class schedules. Clinicians in nearby cities or towns use Nursa to find local travel jobs. Use Nursa to cast a broader net and take care of your staff.

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Blog published on:
December 15, 2022

Miranda is a Registered Nurse, Medical Fact Checker, and Publishing Editor at Nursa. Her work has been featured in publications including the American Nurses Association (ANA), Healthcare IT Outcomes, International Living, and more.

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