launches a dedicated Healthcare Staffing Exchange, allowing the largest network of staffing firms and recruiters specializing in the healthcare field to collaborate to fill demand

(PRWEB) May 3, 2003, Inc., the leading business to business staffing exchange has launched a dedicated healthcare staffing exchange for staffing firms and recruiters specializing in the placement of healthcare professionals including traveling and per-diem nurses, radiologists, medical technicians, doctors, medical billing and product specialists.

The healthcare staffing field is contending with one of the most significant and threatening shortages in the history of staffing. It is all the more urgent due to the most serious consequences of this shortage, which include diminishing care quality and even fatalities. Although individual firms would be hard pressed to work harder to fill demand there is a new product which may help them meet this challenge. It has been proven that fill rates are increased when staffing firms work together to fill demand. Such a system is called a Staffing Exchange, an idea pioneered by three years ago and now in use by 5,600 leading staffing firms in 20 countries.

Most experienced staffing firms have frequently worked with another staffing firm or a network of staffing firms to fill requirements. Since 2000, the Staffing Exchange has proven to increase fill rates by allowing member firms to work together in the most effective way possible. By giving both parties in a transaction direct contact information and not charging per transaction,’s system has proven to be easy and effective to use. The system is responsible for over 27,000 such placements to date.

Building on its successful staffing exchanges in the information technology and government subcontracting fields, has launched its Healthcare Staffing Exchange with the help of over twenty charter member firms. These firms represent some of the most experienced healthcare placement organizations in the industry including Bestaff, Worldwide Staffing, Mainstream Staffing, Sanford Rose & Associates, Medical Resource Network and many more.

For more information on expanding your network of healthcare recruiters by joining the staffing exchange you may visit or call the company at (847) 621-2800.

Current and Projected Shortage Indicators

According to a July 2002 report by the Health Resources and Services Administration, 30 states were estimated to have shortages of registered nurses (RNs) in the year 2000. The shortage is projected to intensify over the next two decades with 44 states plus the District of Columbia expected to have RN shortages by the year 2020. The report, Projected Supply, Demand, and Shortages of Registered Nurses: 2000-2020, is available online at

According to the latest projections from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics published in the November 2001 Monthly Labor Review, more than one million new and replacement nurses will be needed by 2010. The U.S. Department of Labor projects a 21% increase in the need for nurses nationwide from 1998 to 2008, compared with a 14% increase for all other occupations.

According to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, the number of first-time, U.S. educated nursing school graduates who sat for the NCLEX-RN®, the national licensure examination for registered nurses, decreased by 28.7% from 1995-2001. A total of 27,679 fewer students in this category of test takers sat for the exam in 2001 as compared with 1995.

According to American Hospital Association’s June 2001 TrendWatch, 126,000 nurses are needed now to fill vacancies at our nation’s hospitals. Today, fully 75% of all hospital vacancies are for nurses.

According to a study by Dr. Peter Buerhaus and colleagues published in the Journal of the American Medical Association on June 14, 2000, the U.S. will experience a 20% shortage in the number of nurses needed in our nation’s health care system by the year 2020. This translates into a shortage of more than 400,000 RNs nationwide.

About, Inc. is the leading business to business staffing exchange, which provides a B2B counterpart to popular jobsites and resume banks such as® and®. Registered and screened companies receive real-time notifications of hourly, permanent, project and offshore opportunities from other registered vendors. Member firms list their benched candidates in the search engine and receive warm leads from interested parties. This service includes Resume Pooling® for enterprise-wide internal candidate searching and easy VMS® for simple staffing vendor management and vendor on premise functionality. All three services are offered for one low subscription and there are no per transaction fees. The company recently reported that in excess of 26,000 candidates had been contracted through its services since 2001 representing over $ 650 million in transactions. For more information, contact Inc.: 675 Grove Drive, Suite 109, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007 Tel: 847-621-2800, fax: 831-306-7057, or visit, or email

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