According to the Connecticut Department of Labor (DOL), there are currently 1,700 open nursing positions in Connecticut. For context, that's moreÂ than the next two job categories combined of available positions for software developers and retail cashiers.The DOL dataÂ does not include personal care aides,Â nursing assistants and other ancillary workers in the health services industry, according toÂ Alexander Soule of the Connecticut Post.Â Soule spoke with Mary Jane Williams, chair of government relations for the Connecticut Nursing Association, who expressed growing concern about the state's nursing situation:
â€œI find that ... frightening as a nurse and a consumer of health care,â€ said Williams.Â â€œNurses everywhere â€¦ rank staffing as their biggest issue in hospital settings.â€
Williams alsoÂ reportedly told state legislators last spring that a 2007 legislative mandate for hospitals to set up committees to monitor nursing staff levels has been largely ineffective because of nurses being unable to spare the extra time to participate after completing 12-hour shifts.
The Connecticut nursing shortage isn't ending anytime soon.
Hospital adminÂ needÂ long-term interim solutions until we start producing more nurses to meet demand because the cost of nursing turnover can be extraordinary. Travel nursing works, but it's not only expensive, it's justÂ a short-term fix.International staffing is an approach rapidly growing in popularity. PassportUSA, a program of Health Carousel, specializes in recruiting foreign-educated nurses and placing them where they're needed most.Ever consider international staffing? Here's the quick scoop: all international nurses arrive with a BSN. They must pass rigorous English language exams like TOEFL or IELTS. Their bedside manner is incredible, and most encouraging, PassportUSA has an 86 percent full-time conversion rate.If you need nurses ,consider all of your options. Because the cost of nursing turnover is extraordinarily high. Click the button below to read moreÂ on just how much nursing turnover is costing hospitals.