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A new study debunks the negative perception about the quality of temporary nurses that still persists within hospitals even though a majority of hospitals use staffing firms to supplement their nurse requirements.
Prof. Linda Aiken, director of the
According to Aiken, 75% of hospitals participating in a study said they use supplemental nurses. Still doubts over the quality of these nurses persist. Aiken's study shows that on average supplemental nurses are more qualified and the majority of them work in primary jobs in hospitals. They are also more likely to be specialty certified.
Despite the negative attitude, continued shortage of nurses and physicians bodes well for the healthcare staffing industry. Shortage of registered nurses in the