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Navigating the Shift in the Nursing Workforce

Published:October 01, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mnl.2022.09.008
      The last issue’s Career Coaching column discussed the structural shift in the nursing labor market, and that for the foreseeable future, travel nursing will continue to lure nurses away from permanent positions.

      Brooks BA. The nursing labor market’s structural shift. Nurse Leader, in press.

      Many agree that as a result of the pandemic, the nursing workforce is now “different”—different in revised expectations of the work environment, compensation, benefits, their health and well-being, and greater control and flexibility over their work schedule. Couple this with the loss of 100,000 nurses under 49 years of age who left the workforce,
      • Auerbach D.I.
      • Buerhaus P.I.
      • Donelan K.
      • Staiger D.O.
      A worrisome drop in the number of young nurses. Health Affairs Forefront. April 13, 2022.
      plus the current and ongoing nursing shortage, the nursing labor market has indeed shifted. Many organizations find themselves luring travel nurses back to permanent employment, hiring new nursing staff, and striving to retain their current staff, all in an extremely competitive marketplace. Talent acquisition teams are busy.
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      Biography

      Beth A. Brooks, PhD, RN, FACHE, was presented with AONEs Mentor Award in 2017. Dr. Brooks is President & CEO of The Brooks Group, LLC, a Chicago-based career coaching, board advising and strategy consulting firm. She can be reached at [email protected] .