The 2015 Healthcare Recruiting Trends Survey found that although demand for health care services is predicted to increase in the next 10 years — particularly in outpatient settings — the supply of health care providers will simultaneously decrease with shortages of qualified physicians and nurses also predicted in the next 10 years.
Staff turnover, a projected physician shortage and the effect of the Affordable Care Act’s new policies are the top three concerns for health care employers, according to a new survey of recruiters and other human resources professionals from a variety of health care settings, conducted by Health eCareers Network, a recruitment company.
Of the employers surveyed, 73 percent said they expect to have the same or more job openings in 2015 than in 2014.
Employers are also concerned about a high degree of worker turnover and challenges related to the continued rollout of the ACA.
Specifically, 30 percent of respondents said staff turnover is their biggest concern for hiring and recruiting in 2015, and 29 percent say a projected physician shortage is at the top.
The most difficult positions to fill are physicians and surgeons, followed by registered nurses, physician assistants and nurse practitioners. Within the physician recruiting space, respondents noted that they have the most difficulty hiring for family medicine.
Further, while it was expected that the ACA would result in the creation of specific new roles in the health care industry, recruiters say jobs are necessitated more by implementation of the legislation and the resultant increase in demand for care than by specific ACA mandates.