This month, signonsandiego.com posted an article about how the economy has temporarily eased the nursing shortage in California. The article talks about how the days of sign-on bonuses and higher wages for nurses have given way to days of new grads having trouble getting interviews.
According to the article hospitals have stopped hiring due to postponed staff retirements, a dramatic increase in the number of uninsured patients and declines in elective surgeries.
AMN concurred that demand for their travel nurses fell significantly in late 2008 and early 2009 at hospitals.
However, Health Leaders posted an article this month suggesting just the opposite was true…for allied healthcare professionals. According to this article 60% of all allied professions are experiencing a shortage in California. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports 69,000 more clinical lab scientist and 68,000 more medical lab technicians will be needed by 2012.
Meanwhile, education programs in the state are not keeping pace with this demand, suggesting a more significant shortage is coming. Many hospitals are discussing the signs of shortage and citing their reliance on staffing suppliers to meet their needs. Some of them are even taking on new grads.
It's interesting to see how the economy is affecting different parts of the country and how the need for certain professions vacillates. If you're an allied healthcare professional or a supplier of such – sounds like it's a good time to look West.