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Hospitals turn to more contract nurses

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A stronger economy and millions of new insured patients spawned by the Affordable Care Act are leading hospitals to hire more contract nurses from staffing agencies until they can find and hire permanent nurses, says a Forbes.com post.

Meanwhile, FierceHealthcare says: “Ten years ago, experts … were predicting a dire nursing shortage 10 years from now. New research still projects a shortfall of nurses in 2025, but says the size of the shortfall–an estimated 4 percent — will be less than predicted┬áin the past.

”Still, the looming shortage will hit some providers harder than others. In the next three years, the Department of Veterans Affairs will need nearly 40,000 registered nurses to meet growing veterans’ healthcare needs,” the health-news service reported.

 

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