For years – if not decades – healthcare has been the go-to profession if someone wanted to be sure they had job security.

While that’s true still in certain healthcare careers (such as nursing and primary care, according to a USNews.com article), others, according to the article, are already seeing layoffs due to “healthcare reform, changes in reimbursement methods, government cuts, and hospital debt.”

The article noted that hospitals already are cutting back on staff. This will have a positive impact on the need for healthcare travelers as hospitals look to temporary workers such as traveling nurses, OTs, PTs, speech therapists, pharmacists, and other allied healthcare professionals to come in for short assignments, when staffing needs are critical.

The article predicts that hospital layoffs should continue; meaning that jobs in healthcare no longer as secure as they once were.

However, according to the article:

  • Baby boomers soon will be flooding the system as they get older, requiring the hiring of more healthcare professionals and para-professionals to care for them.
  • The American Academy of Physician Assistants said 63 more PA education programs are being developed in the U.S., adding to the 181 programs already educating the more than 7,000 new PAs entering the workforce every year.
  • IT workers in healthcare also will be a “hugely growing area as well.”
  • If currently looking for work, the article recommended that healthcare professionals look to specialties such as primary care, long-term care, public health, and behavioral health.
  • Healthcare will increasingly look to professionals other than physicians to provide care, such as mid-level providers (nurse practitioners and PAs). The article reported, however that Mount Sinai Careers noted that the shortage of doctors would reach 92,000 by 2020 (layoffs will continue in the near term).
  • Nurses soon will be retiring in great numbers “a tsunami of RN retirements.”
  • The experts noted that hospitals could expect as many as 4 million additional patient visits in the next decade (2013-2023).
  • Healthcare will become more accessible to patients as providers move to clinics (both retail and medical) and other settings, such as schools, the workplace, and homes.
  • Care is moving to wellness and prevention.
  • Team-based care models will see a large increase.
  • Technology advances (such as the change to EHR), as well as the increase in the aforementioned alternative care settings will require allied healthcare professionals (particularly nurses) to do more.

If you’ve ever thought of becoming a healthcare traveler, 2014 is a great year to explore this career option. Hospitals, medical clinics, therapy centers, etc. need you! Follow this link to learn how to get a hold of us. the recruiters at MedPro Healthcare Staffing today to learn more.