What is a staffing shortage?
A staffing shortage occurs when there is a lack of employees within an industry.
Healthcare often sees staffing shortages for physicians and nurses. As more people in the U.S. age, there will be a need for more healthcare providers to provide care. If there are not enough providers, there will be a staffing shortage.
Staffing shortages can occur for a number of reasons, including the aging workforce and worldwide health emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic.
Why is preventing staffing shortages important to healthcare?
Preventing staffing shortages is important because it decreases physician burnout and improves patients’ quality of care.
Promoting healthcare providers’ well-being, funding medical education and streamlining medical processes can help address staffing shortages in healthcare.