Meeting the nurse staffing challenge: Recruitment tips
The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted nurses to rethink their careers and reinforced the need for healthcare and nursing leaders to shift their approach to nurse recruitment and retention. A 2021 survey by the American Nurses Foundation found that 18 percent of 22,316 respondents planned to leave their current position in the next 6 months. When the data are sorted by nurses working in hospitals (8,524), that percentage rises to 21 percent. These pandemic-related staffing problems are intensified by factors that existed before COVID-19 and that still plague leaders. For example, hospitals in rural areas continue to struggle more with nurse staffing than those in urban locations. Generational differences also exist, with Generation Zers and Millennials more likely to leave positions compared to Generation Xers and Baby Boomers. The exodus of bedside nurses takes its toll on remaining staff and, in some cases, quality of care.