Demographics will alter healthcare staffing

From Modern Healthcare:

Despite all the ongoing efforts to expand the healthcare workforce, industry experts say it’s time for employers to realize that demographic trends are not going to allow them to maintain their existing staffing patterns in coming decades,according to a new American Hospital Association study.

If current trends persist, researchers project workforce shortfalls of 109,600 physicians by 2020, and of 260,000 full-time-equivalent nurse positions by 2025—during a time when many other major U.S. industries will also be experiencing labor shortfalls. A new report from the AHA, Workforce 2015: Strategy Trumps Shortage, says hospitals need to find ways to retain their existing workforces while attracting newly educated workers.

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