Guide: Post-Pandemic Healthcare Staffing & Labor Market Trends

Last Updated on April 24, 2024

Infographic: Post-Pandemic Work Trends in Healthcare Staffing

The healthcare industry has faced unprecedented challenges since the arrival of COVID-19 in the United States in 2020, including changing hiring strategies and labor market trends. Almost four years later reveals an ongoing impact of those post-pandemic work trends. However, in the face of ongoing shortages and surging expenses, how can facility leaders attract and retain the critical workforce needed to optimize healthcare delivery?

Now more than ever, facilities require detailed insights and critical action items for healthcare employers in this transformative landscape. From nurses’ rising hourly wages to the states with the highest shortages, uncover today’s emerging labor market trends in CareerStaff’s guide for employers.

Discover Key Post-Pandemic Work Trends in Healthcare

For healthcare facilities, it’s essential to stay ahead of the curve in hiring top talent. However, even after the pandemic, facilities continue to face a new set of unique workforce challenges.

Some key trends include almost a million nurses leaving the workforce post-pandemic, carrying into today. This continues creating new challenges in attracting a new generation of healthcare talent, especially in some of the most vulnerable U.S. states.

blue gradient U.S. map highlighting states with fewest registered nurse labor per capita in 2023
States with less than 31,000 RNs employed as of August 2023. Source: NurseJournal

The average salary for a clinical worker also rose by almost 10% during that time, including therapists, techs and nurses. However, as salaries rise a new generation joins the workforce as RN and LPN turnover continues to increase.

blue hourglass infographic of RN post-pandemic work trends from 2021-2022
Source: Fortune

In addition, a significant portion of nurses near retirement age. The baby boomer generation, born between 1946 and 1964, will have all reached the age of 65 by 2029. However, this happens at a time when the average age of nurses continues to decrease as older nurses leave the workforce — at even faster rate.

CareerStaff’s guide for healthcare employers encompasses these labor market trends and much more. Discover essential post-pandemic work trends and insights, like:

  • The most in-demand nursing specialties for employers, from Long-Term Care to Med/Surg.
  • The staggering healthcare pay rates years into the pandemic.
  • The current rate of pay of travel nurses receive and how fast that rate continues to grow.
  • Nurse burnout, disengagement trends, and more.

Why These Post-Pandemic Work Trends Matter

Post-pandemic, how can healthcare employers prepare for these emerging labor market trends? Actionable strategies span from expending career development opportunities to investing in workforce technology:

blue infographic illustrating strategies for healthcare hiring and recruitment

But that’s not all Discover what employers can do today to cope with these challenges. Download our guide today for details on how to:

  • Improve your facility’s ability to attract and retain talented workers.
  • Take the steps to offer a culture that rewards, engages and retains workers.
  • Expand career development opportunities to improve not just appeal but clinical skills.
  • Improve flexibility by offering remote work options for certain clinical roles, and more.

Every healthcare leader understands that there are significant challenges, and opportunities, in the current crop of post-pandemic work trends. With more than 30 years of expertise, CareerStaff can deliver the experience, expertise and resources for healthcare employers to stay ahead of the curve.

Contact us today to learn more about how our healthcare staffing and workforce solutions can help your organization. Or simply take a deep dive into our expertise by downloading your free guide on post-pandemic work trends today.