The State of Healthcare 2023

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What to Expect in 2023

The COVID pandemic has drastically changed the landscape of healthcare, resulting in severe staffing shortages that directly correlate with poor quality patient care. Consequently, facilities nationwide are increasingly dependent on travel nurses and allied health clinicians for support.  

Why is there a shortage? 

  1. Baby boomer healthcare providers are retiring earlier than expected (AMN
    • The current average age of an RN is 52 years old (NCSBN)
    • Prior to the pandemic, it was estimated that 1.1 million new RNs would be needed to replace the baby boomers retiring (ANA
  2. Many nurses and allied health clinicians are opting for a career change (Incredible Health
  3. New RN graduates are feeling especially overwhelmed and inadequately oriented to their new jobs, resulting in record numbers of new grads quitting the profession within a year (Ulupinar & Aydogan, 2021
  4. Younger nurses experienced a “trial by fire” environment (Becker’s Hospital Review

Shortage Influences

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Emotional & Physical Fatigue

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Unsafe Staffing Ratios

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Lack of Ancillary Staff

Without addressing these factors, the healthcare staffing shortage will only get worse. Based on a 2022 survey of over 2,400 RNs, 34% of nurses surveyed said they would likely leave their roles by the end of 2022 (Incredible Health). One study by the American Nursing Association found that 69% of respondents younger than 25 suffer from burnout, more than double the rate of older participants. As a result, by 2025 the US will be short 2.1 million nurses, according to NSI.  

The ultimate result of staffing shortages of nurses and allied health clinicians is a decline in the quality of patient care. With unsafe staffing ratios, nurses feel they cannot provide adequate care, therefore risking license revocation.  

Travel Nurse and Allied Clinician Implications

Traveling nurses and allied health clinicians are in high demand due to the staffing shortage. As a FlexCare traveler, your S1NGLEPOINT Recruiter will assist in ensuring you understand the current reality of the industry and provide you with the resources needed to navigate it smoothly. Additionally, our Clinical Support team is available to speak with you about any concerns you may have while on assignment. 

FlexCare is here to support you through every step of your travel career. Are you feeling the weight of the staffing shortage? Review our self-care tips and connect with your S1NGLEPOINT Recruiter for information about the resources available to you as a FlexCare traveler. 



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Edeli Kinsala
Edeli Kinsala, RN, BSN, MBA, Vice President of Clinical Services

With a nursing career that spans almost four decades, Edeli Kinsala brings a wealth of experience to FlexCare. Starting her career in med/surg, telemetry, and trauma ICU, Edeli has held a range of positions, such as Director of Nursing, Chief Clinical Officer, and CEO, to name a few. Her exposure to various healthcare settings – acute care, long-term acute care, skilled nursing, drug/alcohol rehab, psychiatric/behavioral health, and travel staffing – enables her to deeply understand the needs and challenges of nurses and clinicians in different environments. Above all, Edeli's philosophy of caring for people and doing the right thing aligns perfectly with FlexCare's core values.