Small and medium healthcare providers filled vacant registered nursing jobs faster in the 2003 calendar year or their most recently completed fiscal year than a year earlier, according to a survey by the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration, Chicago. The median number of days needed to hire an RN by healthcare providers with up to 999 workers fell about 18% -- to 45 days in 2003 or the most recently completed fiscal year from 55 days in the previous year, according to the human resources survey, now in its third year. Providers with 1,000 to 2,499 employees experienced similar relief: The median days needed to recruit RNs at midsize organizations fell to 49 from 60. Large healthcare providers, with 2,500 or more workers, saw the median increase to 61 days from 60. The data, compiled by Health Forum, included responses from 91 small, 75 medium and 94 large providers. The survey was conducted between January and May 2004. More information is available for purchase online. -- by Melanie Evans
RN hiring eased for all but largest providers
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