Dueling Opinions: What to do about the workforce crisis
Staffing issues continue to challenge all healthcare sectors, especially demand for nurses, as the COVID-19 pandemic has led to burnout and is driving more workers into early retirement.
From a provider perspective, what do you think should be some top priorities for strengthening the healthcare workforce?
Dr. David Gifford: We have shortages at all levels. Nurses, administrators, social work, physical therapy, pharmacy. It takes a whole team to care for the complicated elderly. We need to create incentives for people to work in this sector because everyone is competing for staff. That includes being able to pay higher salaries, but we also need to create better child care so people can work.