Shortage Fears for Doctors, Nurses, Health Aides

Shortage Fears for Doctors, Nurses, Health Aides

The United States faces a shortage of hundreds of thousands of positions in healthcare in the coming years, the global healthcare staffing consultancy Mercer says.

“Few other industries are racing the clock to find a future-ready workforce like today’s health care administrators,” Jason Narlock, senior consultant with Mercer, told CNN.

Mercer says the U.S. will need to hire 2.3 million new healthcare workers by 2025 in order to adequately take care of its aging population. But a persistent shortage of doctors, nurses, lab technicians and other industry workers threatens that need.

Mercer found the largest number of new job openings – 423,200 – will be for home health aides.

The company also revealed that hospitals are so desperate to recruit and retain nurses they’re offering perks and incentives, including “five-figure signing bonuses,” according to CNN.

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