Hospitals Need to Step Up Hiring to Keep Up With Demographics

There will be a shortfall of 109,600 physicians by 2020 and 260,000 full-time nurses by 2025.  Demographic trends will not allow hospitals and other healthcare providers to maintain their current staffing patterns, according to a new American Hospital Association (AHA) study.

Assuming current trends remain the same, the researchers say that there will be a shortfall of 109,600 physicians by 2020 and 260,000 full-time nurses by 2025.  This will occur at a time when other industries will experience similar employee shortfalls.  The study, entitled Workforce 2015:  Strategy Trumps Shortage, notes that hospitals will have to retain their current employees while bringing in new physicians and nurses to provide necessary services.

“Hospitals and health systems need to rapidly implement these strategies, learn early implementation insights, and share successful practices.  Employers in other fields face the same challenges and are likely to use similar strategies,” the AHA study notes.  As an example, hospitals and other healthcare providers must redesign workflows by seeking employee input.

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