Long Predicted Surge in Healthcare Demand has Begun

November 7, 2014


At the beginning of Q3 2014, a remarkable change began in healthcare, a change many of us had been predicting, but its suddenness was still surprising. After a long period of tepid demand for contingent healthcare workers, orders for nurses — the largest segment of the workforce — abruptly surged upward, and within two months, surpassed pre-recession levels.

There was no single precipitating event; it wasn't a fluke. Demand surged in nearly all specialty areas and geographic regions. Healthcare providers we hadn't heard from in years were on the phone saying they needed nurses. And as weeks passed, the surge has continued. Currently, demand for healthcare professionals is more than double the rate at the beginning of the year and has surpassed pre-recession levels.

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