A new survey of more than 120 post-acute and long-term care organizations paints a vivid picture of the dire staffing situation industrywide:
- Respondents say they’ve experienced an average 12% decline in employment, all have staff vacancies, and 30% are limiting move-ins because of staffing shortages.
- 94% say they have unfilled openings for certified nursing assistants (1,844 vacancies), 94% have openings for licensed vocational nurses, 22% need registered nurses, and 90% have significant openings for dietary, laundry, and housekeeping staff.
- 76% of respondents say they are using more overtime pay and double shifts to compensate for staffing shortages than they did a year ago.
- Reasons given for vacancies include the inability to compete with other employers (70%), lack of applicants (63%), or having no qualified applicants (54%).