Healthcare Employment Down 524,000 Since COVID Hit

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Healthcare Employment Down Since COVID Hit

Healthcare Employment Down 524,000 Since COVID Hit

Since COVID-19 hit, healthcare employment is down.

We circulate a lot of articles around Challenger, mostly dealing with medical education, technology in education, certification changes, and - did I mention medical education?  Today's medical news brief looks at healthcare employment figures and trends since the pandemic.

One article that gave us pause started with a picture. Guys in camouflage making hospital beds.

National Guard Troops help hospitals due to COVID overload

Read the article: How National Guard Members Are Helping Hospitals on the Brink During Delta Surge - ABC News

Meanwhile, another story came across our desks, which, if you dig into it, says healthcare employment is down 524,000 since COVID hit.

Read the article: Healthcare Lost 17,500 Jobs in September Amid Ongoing Labor Shortage - Healthcare Finance

If you dig around the Bureau of Labor Statistics site, you'll find that the bulk of that 524,000 in losses are in skilled nursing and nursing facilities. But still, it looks like hospitals may be down over 100,000 clinical staff.

And then you have labor cost articles:

Read the article: Hospitals Paying $24 Billion More for Labor During the COVID-19 Pandemic - Healthcare Finance

McKinsey's promotion for its 'Nursing in 2021' study cites a 22% number for nurses planning to leave employment in the next year, and in other articles you find similar breathtaking statistics, which vary from state to state.

Before the last COVID wave hit Louisiana, the state had 6,000 open nursing jobs and 40,000 employed in the state, a 13% shortage.

At the same time, nursing schools in the state (and across the US) are still rejecting over half of qualified applicants, because they don't have the faculty, the physical plant, or access to clinical environments for training.  Online medical education solutions for such programs can help, but they can only do so much!

Please stay healthy this winter!

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