25,000-worker shortage seen for Chicago-area hospitals by 2020

  1. 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.
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  3. by   Judee Smudee
    "Continue improving working conditions" "Continue", what is continue, as far as I can see they have not even started.
  4. by   oramar
    Just put the retention number one of the list and you will get my vote. What is the use of churning out new grads that go in front door and out the back?
  5. by   curlyfries
    I am sure there are other things but number one, have funds for students who are going into nursing!
  6. by   RN4NICU
    Quote from curlyfries
    I am sure there are other things but number one, have funds for students who are going into nursing!
    Recruitment into the profession is great but without equal, if not greater, retention efforts, it does little to help. Without a huge focus on retention, the new nurses will leave the field due to poor working conditions, like those who came before them, which would defeat the entire purpose (Hello! Where do they think the 'shortage' came from? There are plenty of people with nursing licenses out there who refuse to go anywhere near the bedside because of working conditions). So getting people into nursing should be a concern, but it should not be number one on the list. JMO.