Tuesday, July 1, 2008

New York Needs Healthcare Professionals

The Healthcare Association of New York State (www.hanys.org) conducts periodic surveys on issues affecting the Healthcare profession in that state.

One recent HANYS study showed that 80% of reporting hospitals indicated a nursing shortage. No surprise there since the federal Bureau of Health Professions projects a shortage of New York nurses of nearly 37,000 by 2015.

Quoting a recent press release from HANYS to announce findings:
The health care needs of “baby boomers” are growing. New York State’s population age 65 and older increased by 25% between 1980 and 2000.

According to a recent article in the Times Union, the labor shortage and workforce dilemma in New York's health care system does not stop at nurses.

The article explored the incentives that hospitals were offering to potential hires as a way to attract Respiratory Therapists to the profession. In one case, students from Hudson Valley Community College were learning how to use high tech breathing equipment while working with patients in intensive care at Albany Medical Center Hospital. These students are getting their tuition paid by the hospital in exchange for future employment contracts.

Another recent HANYS study, "Falling Short: A Workforce in Decline," shares the following statistics:
- 82% of New York hospitals report difficulty finding lab technicians
- 79% reported that pharmacists and physical therapists are hard to find
- 63% reported that nursing positions were the most difficult to fill
- 34% found it difficult to find imaging technicians

The Bureau of Labor Statistics is projecting that Health care industry will generate 3 million new wage and salary jobs between 2006 and 2016, more than any other industry.

Vocational programs and career training that result in certificates or associate degrees offer great alternatives to get the required training quickly.

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