A new report shows hospitals are difficulty in finding certain staff positions while shortage looms in the horizon of other jobs. Vice President of Workforce Judy Warmuth of the Wisconsin Hospital Association says demand for health care continues to rise.
The W.H.A just recently released a report that shows Physical Therapists and Pharmacist jobs are difficult to recruit. Warmuth attributes the extensive education required as a factor. Few schools in Wisconsin that offer these programs of study. Warmuth says recent graduates of these programs often leave the state for more “exotic locales”. Currently, Warmuth says staffing levels of nursing are adaquate given numerous graduates entering the field. One other factor, she says, is the flexibility of nurses being able to work part-time. However, she concedes there is growing lack of experienced nurses in hospitals in Wisconsin.
With nursing being a position staffed 24-hours Warmuth believes hospitals will continue to provide adaquate service. But she says Pharmacy and Physical Therapy are most likely to experience a decline in service for the patients.