Hospitals Report Lowest Number Of Nurse Employment Openings In Years

  1. Job vacancy rates at some area hospitals are the lowest they've been in years, and nurse shortages-at least for now-have disappeared.

    In a sign of how much today's employment landscape has changed, the area's largest hospitals have less than 50 positions open for full- or part-time nurses, which is an average of less than 4 percent.

    The Ohio Hospital Association said the vacancy rate statewide for nurses was 4 percent in 2010, the most recent year for which data was available. That's down from 6.2 percent in 2009 and is down considerably from previous years when the statewide vacancy rate was in double digits, OHA spokeswoman Mary Yost said.
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  3. by   Rose_Queen
    And yet, I'm willing to bet that it's not because they are fully staffed; it's because they are choosing to make empty positions disappear. I work on the open heart surgery team. Full staff has always been 6 STs and 6 RNs. Three people must be on call from end of shift to beginning of next shift, plus three more "back-up" call people for two hours past end of shift. Recently we did have one extra nurse, so when we lost one to disability everyone understood why he wasn't replaced. However, we've since had one nurse terminated and another has submitted their resignation. At this point, we don't know if we'll be allowed to replace them. What does this mean for the remaining four RNs? We'll basically have some call pretty much every other day. Yeah, it's real safe for patients to have nurses that, while unlikely, could have worked 48 of the last 72 hours. That's also no way to achieve staff satisfaction and retention.