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Avoiding Pitfalls in the Recruiting Process

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AS HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF, the national health care system faces another nursing shortage crisis. Vacant full-time positions in acute care facilities alone number 120,000, a figure projected to continue climbing at an unprecedented rate, with long-term and permanent effects.1 One nursing labor economist, Peter Buerhaus, forecasts that this is only the beginning.2 Some organizations, desperate for help, are recruiting registered nurses from countries as far away as the Republic of the Philippines and Indonesia. Legions of traveling nurses and agency personnel have no difficulty finding work.1 According to one survey, specialty unit positions, such as those in the NICU, had the highest vacancy rates and were the hardest to fill in 57 percent of the hospitals.3

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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2004

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