25,000-worker shortage seen for chicago-area hospitals by 2020
chicago-area hospitals project that their worker shortages could increase tenfold by 2020, leaving them short as many as 25,000 employees, according to a new report. the metropolitan chicago healthcare council believes more state money is needed to attract, retain and educate healthcare professionals.
chicago tribune, sept. 22, 2005
from: caring for the future:
a plan for meeting metropolitan chicago's growing health care workforce needs
investing in the health care workforce
addressing the shortage requires a major coordinated effort among health care providers, the education community and government and business leaders. the metropolitan chicago healthcare council (mchc) believes that, to address the current and projected health care workforce shortage in this region, illinois must:
- increase by 50% the number of nurses and health professionals trained by 2010 statewide by investing $40 million to $50 million to develop new faculty and expand education and training programs. an estimated 2,000 of these new workers will be needed in the eight-county metropolitan chicago region each year.
- increase recruiting and support for health professions candidates.
- reduce regulatory barriers to expanding the health workforce.
- continue improving working conditions to reduce turnover and increase job satisfaction.