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Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Healthcare Jobs Cut with AMN

One company is planning to eliminate almost 200 healthcare jobs across four states. Click here to see more healthcare jobs.

AMN Healthcare
recently announced that it plans to eliminate 190 healthcare positions in California and three other unnamed states. About 40 workers will lost their jobs in San Diego, where the company is based. Some employees will be offered positions in other parts of the company and some will receive severance packages.

The company is eliminating positions as part of its plan to restructure its travel nurse staffing division, according to an article by the San Diego Union-Tribune. Although the healthcare industry is often one considered to be recession-proof, many hospitals across the country are reducing their number of traveling nurses to help save costs.

AMN supplies traveling nurses, traveling doctors and other temporary healthcare workers to hospitals, clinics and physician practices. The company has acquired several smaller competitors throughout the years.

AMN has announced that two of those brands, RN Demand and Preferred Healthcare Staffing, will be phased out. However, the company will continue to recruit temporary nurses through American Mobile Healthcare, NursesRX, NurseChoice, O'Grady Peyton International and Medical Express.

AMN also plans to close its office in Huntersville, N.C. as of April and move its NursesRX recruiting services to Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

San Diego's education and health services industry employed 134,600 workers during December 2008, according to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is up from 134,200 workers during November 2008 and a 2.4 percent increase from last year.

California's education and health services industry as a whole employed 1,738,200 workers during December 2008, up from 1,735,900 workers during November 2008 and a 3.1 percent increase from last year.