DALLAS, Oct. 20, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Eighty-five percent of hospitals, medical groups, home health providers and other healthcare facilities are experiencing a shortage of allied healthcare professionals, according to a new survey conducted by AMN Healthcare, the nation’s leader in total healthcare talent solutions. Eighty-two percent hired newly graduated allied healthcare professionals over the last 12 months to help address staffing shortages.
The survey of 1,005 healthcare facilities indicates that the majority of facilities are seeking newly graduated allied healthcare professionals in order to address a widespread shortage of therapists, imaging technologists, laboratory technologists, and other allied healthcare providers. Eighty-five percent of facilities surveyed said they are experiencing shortages of allied healthcare professionals “great deal,” “a lot” or “a moderate amount.” Only 15% responded “a little” or “not at all.”
“The national shortage of healthcare professionals is not limited to nurses and physicians,” said Robin Johnson, Divisional President at AMN Healthcare. “Allied healthcare professionals also are in short supply and many facilities are struggling to keep pace with their staffing needs.”
The great majority of those surveyed (80%) said their primary challenge in recruiting allied healthcare professionals is the current labor shortage. Longer times to fill positions was cited as a key staffing challenge by 71% of those surveyed, while 46% said burnout among allied healthcare professionals poses a major staffing challenge.
Rising Pay, Use of Temporary Providers
Healthcare facility managers were asked what their facilities are doing to address the shortage of allied healthcare professionals. About two-thirds (67%) said they are offering additional hiring incentives such as signing bonuses, while 59% said they are increasing pay rates. Fifty-nine percent also said they are hiring temporary allied healthcare professionals to fill gaps on their staffs. Like travel nurses and locum tenens physicians, temporary allied healthcare professionals accept assignments that can range from a few days to up to a year while supplementing permanent staff.
The survey indicates the use of temporary allied healthcare professionals may have increased as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to the pandemic, those surveyed indicated that an average of 25% of their allied healthcare professional staffs were composed of temporary providers. After the pandemic, the average rose to 30%.