The US hospital workforce: 5 key trends

Kelly Gooch - Print  | 

The American Hospital Association has released a new report summarizing key hospital workforce trends.

For the report, the association examined self-reported data from hospital members as well as data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and structured interviews with hospital executives from organizations of different sizes, focus and geographic regions. The report is also based on a literature review of recent research on workforce trends.

Five takeaways:

1. U.S. hospitals and health systems treated 143 million people in emergency departments and provided 623 million outpatient visits in 2018.

2. More than 6 million people work in full- or part-time jobs at U.S. hospitals.

3. U.S. hospitals support 17.3 million jobs annually, including jobs at healthcare facilities and jobs at other businesses that hospitals purchase goods and services from.

4. Hospitals across the country are working to address healthcare workforce shortages by offering incentive programs, employing telehealth and artificial intelligence and other technology.

5. U.S. hospitals are addressing workplace violence by installing cameras and security call buttons; limiting access to work areas to people with badges; limiting guest hours; installing metal detectors; increasing police presence; and implementing de-escalation training and emergency preparedness, among other steps.

Read the full report here.


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