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Extended Vacancies Taking Toll On Majority Of Health Care Organizations, According To CareerBuilder Survey

Why is Recruiting Nurses a Challenge? Despite a surge in graduation rates from nursing schools nationwide, a majority (65 percent) of health care employers in the CareerBuilder/Harris survey stated that recruiting nurses is difficult. A lack of new graduates with nursing degrees was the least common answer:

  • I need to hire experienced nurses, not new graduates – 24 percent
  • I need nurses trained in a specialized area – 22 percent
  • My organization isn't able to offer competitive pay – 19 percent
  • Lack of graduates with nursing degrees – 11 percent

Sixty-two percent of employers say they plan to hire healthcare workers and provide additional training.  Of those employers currently hiring nurses, 41 percent say they're only looking for experienced nurses.

Survey MethodologyThis survey was conducted online within the U.S. by Harris Interactive© on behalf of CareerBuilder among 216 health care hiring managers and human resource professionals (employed full-time, not self-employed, non-government) between May 14 and June 5, 2013 (percentages for some questions are based on a subset, based on their responses to certain questions). With a pure probability sample of 216, one could say with a 95 percent probability that the overall results have a sampling error of +/- 6.67 percentage points.  Sampling error for data from sub-samples is higher and varies.

*The secondary study was conducted online within the U.S. by ORC International© on behalf of CareerBuilder.  ORC surveyed 556 healthcare employers working in acute care hospitals, a home healthcare environment or in a skilled nursing facility between March 25 and April 10, 2013. With a pure probability sample of 1,059, ORC estimates a 95 percent probability that the overall results have a percentage sampling error of +/- 4.4 for employers and +/- 4.2 for employees. 

About CareerBuilder®CareerBuilder is the global leader in human capital solutions, helping companies target and attract great talent. Its online career site, CareerBuilder.com®, is the largest in the United States with more than 24 million unique visitors, 1 million jobs and 50 million resumes. CareerBuilder works with the world's top employers, providing resources for everything from employment branding and talent and compensation intelligence to recruitment solutions. More than 10,000 websites, including 140 newspapers and broadband portals such as MSN and AOL, feature CareerBuilder's proprietary job search technology on their career sites. Owned by Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE:GCI), Tribune Company and The McClatchy Company (NYSE:MNI), CareerBuilder and its subsidiaries operate in the United States, Europe, South America, Canada and Asia. For more information, visit www.careerbuilder.com



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