Survey: Facilities have 13.9% vacancy rate for registered nurses

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The average vacancy rate for registered nurses at healthcare facilities was 13.9%, an online survey of 151 healthcare recruiters found. Bernard Hodes Group conducted the survey between April 22 and Oct. 1, 2003.

The results showed vacancies averaged 15.7% for occupational therapists, 14.6% for physical therapists, 14.4% for speech language therapists, and 14.2% for respiratory therapists.


Registered nurses had the highest turnover rate at 15.5%, followed by occupational therapists at 14.9%, and respiratory therapists at 14.2%. About 80% of survey respondents worked in acute-care facilities.

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