Leadership Is Needed to Address Healthcare Staffing Shortages

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Posted: Jun 18, 2022 12:01 AM

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Advances in healthcare science and technology offer great hope to the afflicted, but those dreams will not be realized unless there are enough qualified healthcare workers to deliver such services. The fact is staffing shortages affecting hospitals are now critical. For the first time in 18 years personnel issues, rather than financial challenges, were listed as the top concern by hospital CEOs in the 2021 annual report of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). The COVID pandemic, meanwhile, has highlighted the extent and complexity of the problem and should serve as a wakeup call that that there is a dire need of better solutions. 

While there is a broad need to fill healthcare positions, shortages in some fields stand out more than others. Eighty-five percent of CEOs surveyed reported that the shortage of medical and lab technicians was a concern. Next were physical and respiratory therapists at sixty-seven percent and the need for various physicians came in

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