In this report, we examine the healthcare staffing shortage across several themes. First, we quantify the extent of the losses occurring, followed by addressing why workers are leaving the industry.
Next, we address the impact of the staffing shortfall on costs. Finally, we examine how medical workforce needs are changing and look at measures healthcare systems can take to stem the tide, increase hiring and retain key employees.
- Staffing shortages in the healthcare industry are at a crisis level, with turnover at an all-time high.
- While the pandemic heightened the scale of the problem, understaffing is a structural issue that
has dogged the healthcare sector for several years.
- Burnout, low wages, feeling overworked and a lack of management support are key drivers of
the exodus in staffing.
- The use of contract workers has driven staffing costs to an unsustainable level and is creating
tension with lower-paid local employees.
- Employee needs have shifted. Flexible work patterns are now an essential requirement.
- Healthcare systems that adapt to the new worker paradigm will have the best success.
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