Hovering crisis in healthcare

June 24, 2022
July 2022 Fast Stats

Our U.S. healthcare workforce is anything but healthy. In addition, it is also shrinking in numbers. For a country still in the midst of a pandemic, these numbers are more than alarming according to a report from the Surgeon General.

3 million

is a projected shortage of essential medical assistants,home health aides, and nursing assistants in the next 5 years.

140,000

is the projected shortage of physicians by 2033.

54%

of nurses and physicians, and up to 60% of medical students and residents, have suffered from burnout. The National Academies of Medicine (NAM) reported that burnout had reached “crisis” levels – in 2019, before COVID.

50%

of U.S. public health workers reported symptoms of at least one mental health condition, such as anxiety, depression, and increased levels of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

1.1 million

new registered nurses are needed by the end of 2022 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Over half a million registered nurses are expected to retire by the end of the year.

8 out of 10

health workers reported in mid-2021 that they had experienced at least one type of workplace violence during the pandemic.

66%

of health workers reported being verbally threatened, and one-third of nurses reported an increase in violence.

New Surgeon General Advisory Sounds Alarm on Health Worker Burnout and Resignation. https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2022/05/23/new-surgeon-general-advisory-sounds-alarm-on-health-worker-burnout-and-resignation.html Accessed on June 16, 2022.

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