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While hiring employees to work at your hospital or health system likely does not involve Match Day’s pomp and circumstance (save for a nice lunch with a new hire or cake in the break room), hiring the right people involves matching talented people to the staffing needs of your hospital.

To help healthcare recruiters and HR professionals stay abreast of the latest trends, the Health Career Center released a comprehensive report using resources from the American Hospital Association and other trusted sources. Here are supply and demand trends from the 2015 Healthcare Talent Acquisition Environmental Scan.

According to this year’s scan:

  • Of the 147 million total job candidates in the United States, almost 10 percent are in the healthcare field.
  • There are 21 candidates for every job opening.
  • New Jersey is the state that has the easiest time filling healthcare positions; Alaska is the state where it’s hardest to fill such jobs.

When looking at the Registered Nursing (RN) segment, these statistics shift:

  • There are 2.7 million RN job candidates in the United States.
  • Nursing is the nation's largest healthcare profession: A whopping 18.6 percent of healthcare job candidates are RNs.
  • Yet, there are only 14 candidates per RN job opening.

What does this mean? The nursing shortage is a grim reality. On average, RN job postings last 50 days before the positions are filled, which greatly contributes to workforce vacancy time.

If you’re recruiting RNs, you may have better luck on the East Coast. In states like New Jersey, West Virginia, Illinois, Pennsylvania and New York, the RN supply is on pace with demand. The West Coast, though, is a different story. Nevada, Arizona, Alaska, Colorado and Oklahoma are the states where it’s most difficult to fill RN positions.

When it comes to finding suitable candidates, social media plays a significant role — but there is a somewhat surprising statistic in this category. According to the Healthcare Talent Acquisition Environmental Scan:

  • 52 percent of job applicants use LinkedIn
  • 26 percent don’t use social channels at all

Most healthcare job seekers will tell you that networking and relationships are the best way to find a job, and the scan indicates that 23 percent of job seekers say keeping in former colleagues is effective in forming relationships, while 19 percent say membership in professional societies and associations is the best way to develop those relationships. Seventeen percent say conferences and seminars are the best networking method, according to the scan.

Even in a social media world, the best connections are still the old-fashioned handshake and a friendly word.

This post originally appeared on the Health Forum Diggin' the Data blog on March 20, 2015.