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The Top Professional Associations For Recruiters

Posted By AAIHR Staff, Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Even though the barriers to entry for the recruiting industry are low, getting started as a recruiter can be challenging. There is no university degree in recruiting and if you want to simply dive in headfirst, navigating all of the challenges of a new industry can be difficult.

That’s why professional associations can be a huge help. A good organization can provide certified training courses, legal and legislative guidance, model documents and best practice templates, annual conferences, and discounts with preferred suppliers. In short, they can give you all of the resources you need to succeed.

The link here will take you to the page for the top professional associations for recruiters. The country and focus of each organization should help you find the right fit.

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The Atlantic: The US is Running Out of Nurses

Posted By Tyler Grote, Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Five years ago, my mother was rushed to the hospital for an aneurysm. For the next two weeks, my family and I sat huddled around her bed in the intensive-care unit, oscillating between panic, fear, uncertainty, and exhaustion.

It was nurses that got us through that time with our sanity intact. Nurses checked on my mother—and us—multiple times an hour. They ran tests, updated charts, and changed IVs; they made us laugh, allayed our concerns, and thought about our comfort. The doctors came in every now and then, but the calm dedication of the nurses was what kept us together. Without them, we would have fallen apart.

Which is just one reason why the prospect of a national nursing shortage is so alarming. The U.S. has been dealing with a nursing deficit of varying degrees for decades, but today—due to an aging population, the rising incidence of chronic disease, an aging nursing workforce, and the limited capacity of nursing schools—this shortage is on the cusp of becoming a crisis, one with worrying implications for patients and health-care providers alike.

You can read the article in its entirety by clicking here.

Tags:  nurse shortage  nursing shortage  the atlantic 

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WSJ: Nurses Are Again in Demand

Posted By Tyler Grote, Tuesday, November 8, 2016

From Melanie Evans of the Wall Street Journal:

After years of relative equilibrium, the job market for nurses is heating up in many markets, driving up wages and sign-on bonuses for the nation’s fifth-largest occupation.

The last nursing shortage more than a decade ago ended when a surge of nursing graduates filled many positions, and the financial crisis of 2008 led older nurses to delay retirement. But as the economy improves, nurses who held on to jobs through the uneven recovery are now retiring or cutting back hours, say recruiters. The departures come as demand...

The story can be read in its entirety by clicking here. Subscription is required.

Tags:  international recruitment  nurses  nursing shortage  WSJ 

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Posted By Tyler Grote, Monday, September 26, 2016


CINCINNATI, OH – The American Association of International Healthcare Recruitment (AAIHR) is gravely concerned by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) intent to deny the authority of the Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy (FCCPT) to issue foreign physical therapy healthcare worker certifications.
This action by the USCIS, in combination with what appears to be a simultaneous move to immediately increase the degree requirement of foreign-educated physical therapists, could dramatically reduce the supply of foreign physical therapists in the United States.

These regulatory changes, implemented without the input of the healthcare community, will negatively impact the quality of healthcare provided to patients across America.
The unilateral changes announced by USCIS will accelerate the shortage of physical therapists, who are already in short supply in the United States. Physical therapists trained abroad are a critical component of the healthcare delivery system in communities across the country.

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) reports the shortage of physical therapists could potentially reach over 27,000 in the United States by 2020, driven by a Bureau of Labor Statistics projected 34 percent increase in demand in physical therapists over the next eight years. This projection assumes that physical therapists trained abroad will continue to immigrate. The USCIS decision will only worsen this shortage.

“Foreign-educated physical therapy professionals play a vital role in the US healthcare system,” said AAIHR President Bill DeVille. “Our clients, especially those caring for our elderly, are already struggling with a growing shortage of physical therapists. This proposed change dramatically decreases patient access to physical therapy services during a documented shortage and an aging population. It is AAIHR’s firm belief that the implementation of the proposal harms our US healthcare system and harms patients.”

In addition, the USCIS’ decision was predicated on a number of potential misunderstandings and inaccuracies. These issues were explained in detail by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) in a September 16, 2016 letter they sent to USCIS. CAPTE is the agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for the accreditation of physical education programs, and they believe that the USCIS decision is “unwarranted” due to the “misunderstandings” that led to the USCIS decision.

Essentially, USCIS’ decision to terminate FCCPT accrediting these international programs is largely based on assumptions around required coursework hours and degree titles. However, the comparison of degree “titles” or credit hours is irrelevant. Titles and credit hours vary by institution.

Content, depth and scope of the international program are the relevant considerations. The Coursework Tool (CWT), which the FCCPT uses to evaluate foreign physician therapy education programs is based on this premise. Thus, the USCIS decision to terminate FCCPT accrediting these international programs based on assumptions around required coursework hours and titles is inappropriate.

“This is a high-priority issue for the AAIHR and we are working diligently to resolve it with all stakeholders to minimize the impacts on both patient care and healthcare costs,” said DeVille. We are committed to maintaining a high level of quality and educational equivalency in the foreign- educated physical therapy workforce.”

Tags:  APTA  fccpt  physical therapist  type 1  uscis 

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Bismark Tribune: Nursing Faces Critical Job Shortage

Posted By Tyler Grote, Monday, April 25, 2016
Updated: Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Sweeping changes stand on a precipice for hospitals and health systems. An aging population is driving a need for more nurses, health care is moving out of the walls of hospitals and technology is creating more jobs in this sector.

The projected employment of registered nurses is expected to grow and so, too, are shortages in the field.

National shortages are expected to result from a surge of baby boomer nurses retiring in the next decade. At the same time, more nurses will be needed to account for a growing number of people who are accessing health care as a result of federal health care reform.

By 2020, there will be 1.6 million job openings for nurses in the U.S.

To account for current and projected shortages, hospitals in the state are getting creative in their hiring practices, including recruiting international nurses as well as younger nurses.
Technology also is expected to impact nursing jobs, with more outpatient centers and fewer hospital stays. Technological innovations are making it possible for people to live longer, creating a need for more nurses in long-term care facilities and assisted-living facilities.

“Yes, technology may reduce the need for or demand for particular types of jobs, but, at the same time, it can open up other types of jobs,” said David Flynn, an economics professor at the University of North Dakota. “Everyone seems to think technology means that we’re putting people out of work and there’s no opportunity for them to find work anywhere else, and that’s very depressing,” he said.

There are about 700 registered nurse openings in the state, with 112 positions open at Sanford Health, said Jan Kamphuis, chief nursing officer at Sanford.
Through 2020, North Dakota will have 4,430 registered nurse openings, according to a recent report from Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.
As the population grows in Bismarck and North Dakota, that translates into a growing need for nurses at Sanford Health and CHI St. Alexius Health.
“All of our volumes have increased in the medical center. We broke our volume for deliveries, for ER patients, for surgical; our volumes in the clinic are bigger. That takes more staff when you have growth,” Kamphuis said.

To read the article in its entirety, click here.

Tags:  Bismark  nursing shortage  Silver Tsunami 

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Georgetown University Study: Nursing Supply and Demand Through 2020

Posted By Tyler Grote, Monday, April 18, 2016
Updated: Tuesday, April 12, 2016

This Georgetown University Study highlights the supply and demand of nurses through 2020. Depending on your location, the results may surprise you. The nursing shortage isn't everywhere - some cities, because of proximity to multiple nursing schools and hospitals, aren't feeling the shortage. But as this study will confirm, the shortage does exist. Click to read the report in its entirety. 

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Tags:  2020  nursing shortage  nursing supply 

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SIA: H-1B visa cap reached within first week on Thursday

Posted By Tyler Grote, Monday, April 11, 2016
Updated: Friday, April 8, 2016

From Staffing Industry Analyst:

The cap for H-1B visas for highly skilled temporary foreign workers for the upcoming federal fiscal year was again reached within a week, US Citizenship and Immigration Services announced Thursday.

The visas are capped at 65,000 per year, plus another 20,000 for holders of advanced degrees, for a total of 85,000. USCIS will now use a computer-generated process, also known as the lottery, to randomly select the petitions needed to meet the caps.

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Tags:  H-1B  visa 

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New Guide, Schooling Options for Occupational Therapists

Posted By Tyler Grote, Wednesday, April 6, 2016

The team at Accredited Schools Online has just put together a new guidebook for occupational therapists and schooling options available to them. It is an in-depth guide that offers information about schooling required, career options and facts about entering into the career field. All of this and more can be found here:

For more information on this program, contact Accredited Schools Online:

Tags:  guidebook  occupational therapists  OT schools 

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Bureau of Labor Statistics Projections Reveal Rapid Healthcare Growth

Posted By Tyler Grote, Wednesday, March 30, 2016

For release 10:00 a.m. (EST) Tuesday, December 8, 2015 USDL-15-2327 Technical information: (202) 691-5700 • • Media contact: (202) 691-5902 •

EMPLOYMENT PROJECTIONS — 2014-24 Healthcare occupations and industries are expected to have the fastest employment growth and to add the most jobs between 2014 and 2024, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. With the increase in the proportion of the population in older age groups, more people in the labor force will be entering prime retirement age. As a result, the labor force participation rate is projected to decrease and labor force growth to slow. This slowdown of labor force growth is expected, in turn, to lead to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth of 2.2 percent annually over the decade.

This economic growth is projected to generate 9.8 million new jobs—a 6.5-percent increase between 2014 and 2024. The projections are predicated on assumptions including a 5.2 percent unemployment rate in 2024 and labor productivity growth of 1.8 percent annually over the projected period. Highlights of the BLS projections for the labor force and macroeconomy, industry employment, and occupational employment are included below.

Labor Force and the Macroeconomy  The civilian labor force is projected to reach 163.8 million in 2024, growing at an annual rate of 0.5 percent. (See table 1.)  The labor force continues to age. The median age of the labor force was 37.7 in 1994, 40.3 in 2004, 41.9 in 2014, and is projected to be 42.4 in 2024. At the same time, the overall labor force participation rate is projected to decrease from 62.9 percent in 2014 to 60.9 percent in 2024.


 The labor force participation rate for youth (ages 16 to 24) is projected to decrease from 55.0 percent in 2014 to 49.7 percent in 2024. The youth age group is projected to make up 11.3 percent of the civilian labor force in 2024 as compared with 13.7 percent in 2014. In contrast, the labor force participation rate for the 65-and-older age group is projected to increase from 18.6 percent in 2014 to 21.7 percent in 2024. This older age group is projected to represent 8.2 percent of the civilian labor force in 2024 as compared with 5.4 percent in 2014.

 Labor force diversity is projected to increase, with white non-Hispanics making up 59.6 percent of the civilian labor force in 2024, compared with 64.6 percent in 2014.


 Real GDP (2009 chained dollars) is projected to grow at an annual rate of 2.2 percent, from $16.1 trillion in 2014 to $19.9 trillion in 2024.

 Within GDP, medical services will continue to grow as a share of nominal personal consumption expenditures. This category is projected to account for 18.0 percent of consumption in 2024— higher than its 16.7-percent share in 2014 and 15.0-percent share in 2004

Tags:  AAIHR  BLS  nursing shortage 

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Economists: Lift Restrictions on High-Skilled Immigrants

Posted By Tyler Grote, Thursday, March 10, 2016

According to an article recently published by Staffing Industry Analyst (SIS), a large segment of economists believe that restrictions on high-skilled immigrants should be lifted. In the most recent National Association for Business Economics (NABE) survey, conducted semi-annually, the majority of economists expressed believe that the federal government should lift restrictions on high-skilled immigrants.

The NABE March 2016 Economic Policy Survey summarizes the responses of 252 NABE members:

  • 79 percent of respondents are in favor of the federal government lifting restrictions on high-skilled works.
  • The level of support equals support from last year as well
  • Just 15 percent of respondents oppose lifting restrictions on high-skilled workers.

AAIHR will be monitoring the political climate of the H1-B program, as the topic will undoubtedly play a role in the next presidential election. Click here for presidential candidate Donald J. Trump's position on H-1B visas.

Tags:  h1-b  immigration  NABE  SIA  visas 

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