healthcare staffing decisionsThe Affordable Care Act is still a primary driver of changes in the healthcare staffing industry, and will continue to spur change well into the upcoming year.   Professional services / consulting firm, Ernst and Young’s New Horizons Healthcare Industry Report looked at current trends in the healthcare field.  Forbes Magazine recently featured an analysis of how these trends may carry forward into the next year. Many industry-watchers, including those at Candidate Direct, agree that — as hospitals move toward a value-based model of care –  RN’s and allied healthcare professionals will play an increasingly vital role. Here’s just a few of the trends that are expected to affect healthcare staffing decisions in the next year:

  • Reliance on patient-care teams

    • Teams can expand the range of caregiver interaction from being primarily physician-based to include advanced practice RN’s, physician assistants and other allied professionals. Teams are able to broaden the scope of care provided and offer a lower-cost alternative to physician-focused care.
  • Emphasis on patient engagement

    • With increased attention to preventive care, ongoing wellness programs, and chronic disease management, new categories of healthcare specialties are emerging. RN’s who are trained in motivational coaching and behavior modification can be essential to improving patient lifestyles, thus reducing emergency room visits and improving long-term patient outcomes. Skilled practitioners may eventually train non-medical personnel to support and monitor positive ongoing patient behavior.
  • Medical care through technology

    • Electronic medical records are expected to increase the accuracy and mobility of record-keeping, but EMR is not the only technological development afoot in the field. Online medical consultations with patients, in which the initial contact is often with an RN, are on the rise. Remote patient monitoring is another development that can free up caregiver time, while, ideally, improving response time in a critical situation. RN’s and allied healthcare professionals who have the abilities and interest in working with these new technologies will find their skills increasingly sought-after.

Many of the healthcare staffing trends for 2014 point to increased reliance on registered nurses and allied professionals — and an associated shift in hospital staffing decisions. Healthcare providers who are considering such changes in the upcoming year, whether permanently or on a trial basis, will find workforce management systems like those offered by Candidate Direct to be be an invaluable resource.

Says Sue Higgins, Director of Product Development at Candidate Direct, “A workforce management system can be an ideal tool for sourcing experienced staff quickly — and keeping costs in check. Many providers use our WMS  to test adjustments in staffing levels — so they can reach the right mix for their organization — without the initial commitment to permanent full time hires.”

One Response to “Healthcare Staffing Trends for 2014”

  1. Medical Staffing Says:

    These are all positive changes; but, you are absolutely right about how that shift will affect medical staffing. With nurses still in short supply, I expect that recruiters will be in even higher demand.

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