Sunday 23 April 2017

A&E nursing jobs officially hardest to fill, nearly two-thirds still available two months after first advertised

Photo: Getty
Photo: Getty

Kathy Armstrong

Almost two-thirds of A&E nursing posts remain available two months after they were first advertised.

The number of jobs to available nursing staff is 4:1, new figures have revealed.

Of the Ireland-based nurses who are hoping to work overseas, over three-quarters are looking for jobs in either the UK or the US.

The figures were released by Indeed today, as they highlight the nurse shortages facing the HSE.

While A&E nursing roles were the hardest to fill, Dialysis Nurse jobs were in second place, with 50pc still being available after 60 days.

The other unpopular job postings that weren't snapped up after job days were for Learning Disability Nurse, 44pc,  Endoscopy Nurse, 35pc, and Home Care Nurse, 29pc.

In sixth place was Post Anaesthesia Care Unit Nurse, 27pc, followed by Community Nurse, 26pc and Cardiac Nurse, 25pc.

Clinching ninth and tenth place respectively were Mental Health Nurse, 24pc, and Psychiatric Nurse, 21pc.

(Stock photo)
(Stock photo)

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Despite political uncertainty in the UK and the US, they remain the most popular places for Irish nurses who want to work abroad.

Almost 40pc said they want to work in the UK, 38pc said the US and 11pc noted they would like a nursing job in Australia. 

Indeed’s EMEA economist, Mariano Mamertino spoke about the challenges facing our health service.

He commented: "Indeed’s data shows that many Ireland-based jobseekers are searching for nursing jobs in the UK. This bucks the overall trend we have seen since the UK Brexit referendum where the number of Europeans searching for jobs in the UK has plummeted.

"This raises obvious concerns for the HSE which is actively recruiting to fill nurse vacancies in Ireland."

He added: "What’s clear from our analysis is that the current supply of nurses isn’t keeping pace with demand, resulting in serious shortages across a range health specialisms."

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