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Healthcare Shortage Requires Creative Thinking

February 13, 2007, Nashville, TN

A critical shortage of healthcare workers forces creative thinking by those who staff and those who educate the healthcare workforce. and RTTemps/RNTemps announce a partnership effective February 1, 2007 that addresses those issues by providing a flexible option for healthcare workers to pursue college degrees utilizing online education.

RTTemps/RNTemps provides temporary staffing of Respiratory Therapists, Registered Nurses and other healthcare workers to organizations in 50 states. provides a non-traditional option for people pursuing college degrees in the United States. Although the companies address different concerns, there were some immediate connections. Both companies are owned by women, both began over 19 years ago, and both were born out of a desire to meet a particular need.

There is a growing demand for those already working in healthcare to move up into positions requiring additional qualifications. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics states, �More than 1.2 million new and replacement nurses will be needed by 2014 and demand for respiratory therapists is expected to increase much faster than the national average for other occupations through 2014.�

However, once a healthcare worker enters the field, their work schedule makes it difficult to attend class. RTTemps/RNTemps fills positions at all levels in many types of organizations, from large university hospitals, to community clinics, to corporations that provide healthcare services. Being able to continue to fill those positions requires further educating the current workforce. The partnership with will allow employees to study at home on their own schedule, pass proficiency tests at local testing centers, and transfer passing scores into degree programs at over 3800 accredited colleges and universities.

"Many factors affect the difficulty in meeting the demands of the marketplace. RTTemps/RNTemps and have joined hands to creatively meet the educational needs of the marketplace. " says Debra Moore, President of