The Healthcare Staffing Report Headline News (9.27.10 – 10.1.10)

This weeks headline news stories from The Healthcare Staffing Report. Here is a list of this weeks top Headline News: Monday: Nursing Shortage Postponed Until Further Notice Tuesday: SEIU Wins Some – Loses Some At Midwest Hospitals Wednesday: Staffing Agencies Struggle to Find Good Candidates Thursday: War Nurses Struggle with PTSD Friday: Healthcare Reform Will…

My Interview on Staffing Talk

Last Friday, Gregg Dourgarian of Tempworks Staffing Software and the blog Staffing Talk had me on his call in show. We discussed several topics such as ShiftWise Healthcare Vendor Management, the current economic state of the healthcare staffing industry, the social media application foursquare, Social Media Marketing (SMM) and staffing agencies and my blog Staffing…

Should Hospitals Focus on Eliminating Their Agency Staff?

It's a question that never seems to go away. Can hospitals truly eliminate all of their agency usage? Perhaps a better question is – should they? From a management perspective, the healthcare staffing industry seems to be one of the last to see the usage of temporary labor as being negative. By now we've all…

Is there a nursing shortage or not?

Apparently, it depends on who you ask these days. According to some articles, there are 100,000 registered nursing positions currently open at hospitals across the country and new grads are confident in their job search. Other articles are suggesting that the shortage is still so drastic that the only way to solve it is through…

Signs of Spring?

I know it isn't news to say this economy is no picnic – but I’ll say it anyway. It’s no picnic. In recent posts I shared information on some of the reasons for the decline in available jobs in healthcare staffing.  However, lately I’ve been seeing some signs that suggest some improvement in jobs and…

Are you prepared for the next downturn?

Unfortunately I could not make the Staffing Industry Executive Forum this year.  Having a 3 month old has grounded many of my travel plans (he’s worth it).  After speaking with a few of the attendees it sounds like it was a good conference.  I’m sure there were many interesting discussions surrounding the economy. This morning,…