Hospital CEOs Anxious--Doctor and Nurse Numbers Low

Hospital CEOs Anxious--Doctor and Nurse Numbers Low

by Scott Hutchins, Project Manager | May 16, 2007
A survey conducted on behalf of the Council on Physician and Nurse Supply by AMN Healthcare, the nation's largest healthcare staffing company, indicates that 82% of hospital CEOS believe that a physician shortage is currently a serious problem, while 96% believe that a nurse shortage is now a serious problem. Only three percent believe that there was no shortage of doctors, and less than one percent believes that there is no shortage of nurses.

A majority of respondents (54%) prefer their nursing students to have a baccalaureate degree, and 86% report that finding suitable nurses is daunting. Even more difficult, according to the survey, is finding physicians, which 94% of respondents find a challenge, and 81% of CEOs are seeking them; 74% are seeking specialists. Eighty-nine percent are seeking nurses.

Richard Buz Cooper, MD, co-chair of the Council, believes that it is a "profound mistake" to reduce funding for physician and nurse training, which the federal government has proposed reducing for the 2008 budget. The Council recommends that Congress look for ways to allay the shortage.

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To obtain a copy of the Council on Physician and Nurse Supply's 2007 National Physician and Nurse Supply Survey, call the Council at 215-746-3177.

About the Council on Physician and Nurse Supply
The Council on Physician and Nurse Supply is an independent, multi-disciplinary group dedicated to studying trends in the demand for physicians and nurses and to proposing ways to better align training capacity with the nation's needs. It is based in the University of Pennsylvania's Leonard Davis Institute of Health Care Economics. Funding for the Council is provided by AMN Healthcare.

AMN Healthcare is the largest temporary healthcare staffing company in the United States. The company is the largest nationwide provider of travel nurse staffing services, locum tenens (temporary physician staffing), physician permanent placement services and also a leading nationwide provider of allied healthcare professionals.