If you haven’t noticed, there are a lot of help wanted ads for local nursing jobs, particularly certified nursing assistants. “There’s a massive shortage of labor in the industry,” said Jessica Buhler, recruitment specialist for Riverside.
“Attracting and retaining nursing staff is a multi-faceted problem, particularly at the lower levels of the career path,” Buhler explained. Overall, the labor pool is strained by the fact that a lot of the baby boomers were nurses but now they’re retiring and moving into assisted living and nursing facilities. We don’t have enough people going through the [nursing education] programs. And it’s going to take some time for the millennials to catch up and move into nursing. So, that will likely drive a shortage for the next two to three years,” said Buhler.
Even with that, Riverside doesn’t have much trouble staffing urban facilities. The difficulty is mainly getting CNAs and LPNs in rural settings, she said. “I think the issue for the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula, in particular, is we don’t have a lot of people who want to go out to those facilities because they want to be closer to their home or to bigger cities.”
“Money is also a driving factor,” she admitted. And that leads some rural nurses to commute to cities where they can earn more, although, after a few years they tend to come back and look for work closer to home too.
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