Where are all the nurses?

In October, NZ Aged Care Association chief executive Simon Wallace said this year about 940 aged care beds closed or weren’t operational and warned that many more such closure may be on the way.

Reports from Business and Economic Research showed a need to build 15,000 aged care beds by 2030 and another 24,500 retirement units by 2033.

Earlier this year, Aged Care commissioner Carolyn Cooper said the loss of hundreds of rest home beds was causing a “bed block” in public hospitals – when patients couldn’t be discharged because they had nowhere to go.

And the recent announcement of the closure of a carehome in Auckland due to staffing shortages, has only highlighted the depth of this burgeoning crisis.

We could go on presenting different statistics showing the same result, but the fact of the matter is that there is indeed a workforce crisis within the aged-care sector.

We hear about it every day in our conversations with facility managers and it’s not just confined to New Zealand.

The World Health Organisation estimates a shortfall of 15 million health workers globally by 2030.

A new report from BNZ highlighted the desperate need for workers across the entire healthcare sector. Its survey found that 75 percent of healthcare providers were facing staffing shortages.

News reports suggested that the staffing shortage at hospitals and aged-care facilities was so acute, that nurses were working double and even triple shifts to plug gaps.

So, where are all the nurses?

Earlier this month, the government announced further details in the sector agreement on care workers’ residence pathway. This pathway provides care workers who are paid $28.25 an hour to be eligible to gain residence after 24 months.

DeoCare welcomes this news, as it provides internationally qualified nurses a solid foundation to consider New Zealand’s aged-care sector as their next career destination – in what is, a very competitive global market.

Throughout the year, we have advocated for facilities to bring on board nurses with international experience, who have completed or are on the path to completing their CAP. These nurses will not only provide focused and quality care to patients but will also help prevent burnout of existing staff.

While there may not be an immediate solution to all the facts mentioned above, we certainly know that DeoCare can help fill part of the gap with our CAP ready, NZ trained caregivers and nurses who are available for placement in New Zealand, right now.

Our staff is passionate, open to permanent and temporary positions in aged care, disability, mental health, and hospitals throughout New Zealand.

Get to know a few of them.

At DeoCare, we place great value in providing a solutions-focused approach to recruitment.

Our experience makes us passionate about connecting caring employers to caring people which means we go the extra mile to find good quality, reliable staff.

Visit our FAQs page to find out more about the recruitment process, how we screen candidates and our scope of internationally qualified nurses.

If you would like to recruit and attract staff to grow your organisation, get in touch with us and we’ll help you find the right person from our pool of career-focused healthcare professionals.

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