2023 Healthcare Executives Workforce Survey Highlights Surge in Demand for Workforce Marketplace Platforms

2023 Healthcare Executive Workforce Trends Survey: Highlights surge in demand for workforce marketplace solutions

Health system executives weigh in on the key factors affecting their staffing decision-making and strategies for 2024 

McLean, Va. — September 27, 2023 - ShiftMed, a leading provider of healthcare workforce solutions, has announced the findings of its 2023 Healthcare Workforce Trends Survey, shedding light on the evolving landscape of healthcare staffing in the U.S. The survey, which collected responses from 130 healthcare executives across the country, highlights the industry's growing interest in alternative staffing models and the challenges health systems face when relying too heavily on travel nursing.  

With health systems continuing to face significant staffing shortages, executives are carefully considering where to invest their resources to address personnel gaps while staying within budget as they plan for 2024. The survey’s findings provide insight into the workforce decisions of healthcare leaders and reveal key trends that will shape the future of the healthcare workforce. 

Key takeaways from the survey include: 

  • The Rise of Alternative Workforce Models: 98% of healthcare executives are either currently using or considering at least one alternative staffing model. These models include on-demand workforce management marketplaces, third-party agencies, and internal labor pools. This significant trend indicates a shift towards more flexible and innovative solutions. 

  • Flexibility for Nurses: Almost 70% of healthcare executives believe in providing nurses with the flexibility to work wherever and whenever they want, demonstrating a growing emphasis on accommodating the changing preferences of the healthcare workforce. 

  • Preference for Workforce Marketplace: Among healthcare leaders exploring alternative workforce management solutions, top priorities include full-time recruitment (77%), credentialing and onboarding (70%), internal employee float pools (52%), and education technology (41%). 

  • Challenges with Travel Nursing: Healthcare executives identified two significant challenges when utilizing travel nurses: 

    • 66% stated that travel nurses were too expensive to train and maintain. 

    • 45% found that travel nurses disrupted the company culture and the dynamics of employed staff. 

"Our team at ShiftMed is dedicated to providing practical workforce solutions that directly tackle the challenges revealed in this survey," said Todd Walrath, CEO, and founder of ShiftMed. "We’re committed to equipping health system executives with the tools and resources they need to create a resilient and efficient workforce. Our platform is designed to deliver crucial support to our hospital partners, enabling them not only to adapt to evolving staffing demands, but to thrive.” 

ShiftMed’s platform streamlines recruitment, scheduling, and onboarding for its healthcare partners. Its network of over 350,000 skilled healthcare professionals enables facilities to easily and quickly fill open shifts, minimizing disruptions caused by staffing shortages.  

ShiftMed has forged partnerships with notable technology partners including UberHealth and Dignity Health Global Education to provide transportation and education resources to support its pool of healthcare professionals in accessing essential resources they require. 

For more information about how ShiftMed can assist your healthcare facility in optimizing its workforce, please visit www.shiftmed.com

About ShiftMed  Healthcare facilities are addressing staffing needs and reducing overall expenditures with ShiftMed, which combines innovative workforce technology with the largest W-2 workforce marketplace. ShiftMed connects over 2,000 healthcare systems to 350,000 credentialed nursing providers and gives facilities the ability to manage an entire workforce ecosystem more efficiently in one platform. For more information, visit www.shiftmed.com.  

Media Contact:  

Sara Batchelder 

AM Public Relations for ShiftMed 


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