September 1, 2007

OR staffing picture worsens, with RN vacancies, open positions up

By: Cynthia Saver, RN, MS

OR nursing leaders are facing a worsening shortage of staff, particularly RNs, according to the 2007 annual OR Manager Salary/Career Survey. In the survey's seventh year of including staffing issues, the number of open positions and vacancy rates rose in contrast to last year, when the shortage seemed to be easing. Nearly two-thirds (65%) of respondents said it was difficult to recruit experienced OR nurses, and the average number of open RN positions more than doubled.

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