The modern process of finding the right nurses, physicians and allied professionals for a healthcare enterprise is almost completely different from just a decade ago. Using the old techniques are like driving a horse-and-buggy on the freeway: You won’t get where you need to go.

By 2024, healthcare will be the largest employer in the nation, with job openings due to growth and replacement needs totaling nearly 5.2 million, including more than 1 million nurses, 1 million technologists and technicians, 300,000 therapists and almost 300,000 physicians and surgeons, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. BLS data also show a widening gap between job openings and job hires in healthcare. At the end of 2015, there were more than 1 million job openings in healthcare but only about 550,000 job hires.

That gap of unfilled jobs, which has been growing since 2014, is a superheated competitive environment for quality healthcare professionals that has been labeled a “war for talent.” With shortages increasing for all types of healthcare professionals, this scenario will continue for years, and healthcare providers need the most advanced sourcing methods available to staff their facilities with quality professionals.

“Unmet demand for quality healthcare professionals is becoming a major challenge for our healthcare system,” said Landry Seedig, AMN Healthcare Division President, Nursing. “Hospitals, health systems and other healthcare providers are facing an unprecedented situation where demand for services is increasing but so are shortages of practitioners to provide those services. That’s why we’ve developed the industry’s most advanced system for sourcing the talent they need.”

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