What Causes a Nursing Shortage?

The United States is experiencing a severe nurse shortage. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Registered Nurses are among the top occupations for predicted job growth, with employment expected to expand by 12 percent, from 3 million jobs in 2018 to 3.4 million jobs in 2028.

The first cause of the shortfall is that Baby Boomers are aging and increasing the country’s need for healthcare. According to the United States Census Bureau, by 2030, all baby boomers will be above the age of 65. This will increase the size of the elderly population to the point where one out of every five inhabitants will be of retirement age.

Because of the aging population, more nurses are retiring and leaving vacancies. Every year since 2012, over 60,000 registered nurses have left the job. More than 70,000 registered nurses will retire each year by the end of the decade. Baby-boomer RNs will number 660,000 in 2020, nearly half their peak in 2008.

On the opposite end of the scale, there are insufficient new nurses entering the profession to replace vacancies. According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, approximately 64,000 qualified candidates were denied admission to nursing programs by U.S. nursing schools during the 2016-2017 academic year.

In addition, a study published in the American Journal of Nursing indicated that nursing shortage has led to overworked, anxious, and unsatisfied nurses, driving 13 percent to quit professions within a year and 37 percent to report feeling “ready to change professions.”

Hospitals and other healthcare institutions must move swiftly to address the current nursing shortage.

An Answer to the Nursing Shortage

Recruiting nurses from the Philippines can be used as a long-term solution by hospitals and other healthcare facilities who are experiencing a nurse shortage. In the early 2000s, using this strategy to fill open positions was widespread practice, but due to the Great Recession in 2008 and the subsequent 2007-2008 visa processing delays, many recruiting initiatives had to be curtailed or discontinued.

Fortunately, during the past ten years, processing times for visas have significantly decreased. Before moving to the United States, foreign nurses can take the NCLEX RN exam at testing facilities across the globe. As government policies continue to shift toward using visas to consciously bring in highly talented workers who will remain in the United States permanently, this expedites the immigration process.

Direct Hire Nursing Recruitment from the Philippines

JV Global Nurses offers direct hire nursing recruitment from the Philippines. We provide full-time, long-term nurses who join a healthcare employer’s regular staff once they move to the United States. Since there are no staffing fees or markups, this method helps the healthcare employer get the most out of the money they spend on hiring.

Additionally, JV Global Nurses handles all immigration-related logistics associated with employing nurses, including finding and screening candidates, assisting the hiring process, managing immigration papers, confirming credentials and licenses, and organizing relocation.

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