Nurses Returning Amidst Surge: Healthcare Job Growth Soars to 32-Year High

Authored By:

Geir Arnhoff, CEO of Dossier

Geir Arnhoff


In a recent analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data by Altarum, the healthcare sector has experienced an unprecedented rate of employment growth, marking a significant milestone not seen in over three decades. Throughout 2023, healthcare employment expanded by an impressive 3.9%, surpassing the growth rate of all other industries by more than 2.5 times.

What makes this surge particularly remarkable is that it harkens back to a time not witnessed since 1991, highlighting the resilience and vitality of the healthcare workforce. This growth trajectory underscores the indispensable role of healthcare professionals and the increasing demand for their services as a response to ongoing healthcare needs and the restoration of pre-pandemic care levels.

One of the driving forces behind this remarkable resurgence is the return of nurses to the workforce. As Altarum’s analysis suggests, the replenishment of nurses and hiring to offset the attrition caused by burnout during the ‘Great Resignation’ of 2021 and 2022 has significantly contributed to this upward trend. The anticipation of a return to normalcy in healthcare demand post-pandemic has also played a pivotal role in bolstering job growth within the sector.

Reskilling & Retraining Through Digital Competency Platforms

As nurses return to the workforce, there is a pressing need for reskilling and training. This is where digital competency platforms, like Dossier, can play a crucial role in creating a more sustainable and resilient healthcare workforce. 

We provide healthcare organizations with tools to enhance skills development and streamline training processes. With the ability to adapt to evolving industry demands and bridge skill gaps effectively, digital competency management platforms empower healthcare professionals to thrive in a rapidly changing landscape.

As we enter 2024, the healthcare industry is poised for continued growth and transformation. The resurgence of job opportunities not only signals a promising future for healthcare professionals but also underscores the vital importance of investing in the ongoing development of skills and competencies. With the support of digital tools like Dossier, healthcare leaders can confidently navigate these skills and training challenges, ensuring their workforces are equipped to deliver exceptional care to all who need it.

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