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Monday, May 19, 2008


The Worrisome Health Care Talent Shortage

With the economy on shaky grounds, one of the best traits that a career can provide is job security. This is one of the most enticing aspects of jobs in healthcare. The increasing age and size of the population means that many medical facilities have to regularly make additions to their staffs.

The fact that many in the industry are nearing the age of retirement and there is a limited number of individuals being trained to take their place has caused a shortage workers. When a shortage occurs, jobseekers stand to gain because employers become competitive for talent and new opportunities arise.

One new option for those who are seeking jobs is healthcare are travel positions. This is particularly popular for nurses. With a shortage of workers effecting many medical facilities, employers are now hiring temporary help to maintain standards of care until a more permanent option can be found. Those who have travel jobs in healthcare take on assignments that last anywhere from a few weeks to a year. These individuals may work only at hospitals within a certain distance or they have the opportunity to take on assignments anywhere in the country. Jobs in healthcare of this nature often come with higher wages and paid housing.

Those that would enjoy traveling and have experience in the industry often use the internet as a resource to find out about new opportunities. One company, Onward Healthcare, which provides healthcare staffing solutions throughout the country, has recently launched an updated version of its site,

In hopes of being able to provide better service to those with jobs in healthcare, Onward has conducted numerous usability test. The results are an upgraded navigational structure, a clearer design, and improved search capabilities. New features include a news and resource section, featured jobs RSS feeds, and a traveler photo gallery. Users are also able to apply for jobs in healthcare online via this site, but do not have to do so in order to access the other features of Onward’s website.

“Today’s healthcare professional is in high demand and has numerous choices on the web when searching for a career,” Steve Dobrowski, who is the director of corporate marketing for Onward Healthcare, said in a press release. “Our goal was to provide travel nurse and allied healthcare professionals with a one-top resource that allows them to best maximize their travel experience.”

Those interested in starting this sort of career can find instructional information on the company’s website. Users will also be able to locate information on salary and benefits for those with travel jobs in healthcare.


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