27 Aug Why is the Healthcare Industry Struggling to Find Qualified Candidates?
The healthcare industry has been struggling for several years to fill positions with qualified candidates as older healthcare workers leave the industry. But why is this such a struggle for places like hospitals and healthcare facilities?
You would expect that the industry of providing care and life-saving treatments to others would be a popping industry, with too many people applying for positions, but is that the case?
For years, the healthcare and medical industries have been projecting shortages of healthcare workers, up to 105,000 by 2030 if qualified applicants do not start showing up to open positions in the industry.
But what exactly is causing this deficit? One study from 2018 showed that out of a survey of 200 hospital hiring teams, almost 31 percent reported that they could not find enough qualified candidates to fill open positions promptly.
Hospital Human Resource Departments Do Not Prioritize Hiring
This could be due to the process that human resource departments in hospitals are doing when it comes to dealing with certain aspects of the hospital’s functioning, including hiring. Out of the same 2018 survey, the majority of hospitals reported that hiring came third on the list of important duties of their human resource reps.
The top two objectives on the lists of the human resource departments were training and compensation. Although these two factors of the human resource job are important and need to be done for the hospitals to be run smoothly and legally, they are preventing new hires from getting into the hospital to start training and begin working.
In this sense, the human resource departments are self-sabotaging in a kind of way. This is not to say that the human resource departments need to completely change their hiring methods, but hospitals should take a look at the process that hiring happens in their facility.
Higher Education Makes it Difficult to Become a Healthcare Professional
Another reason that hospitals could be struggling to find qualified applicants or simply enough applicants to fill the positions they need to have filled, is that the industry of higher education has made it much more difficult to become a healthcare professional.
Colleges and universities are in a constant battle between each other to see who has the most exclusive and prestigious programs for career paths like law and medical practitioners. This makes the programs only accept the best of the best instead of every qualified student. Through this practice, the higher education industry leaves hundreds of eager and capable students with nowhere to learn the things they need to know to become a healthcare worker.
The lower number of students entering these types of programs means that after the program is complete, there are even less qualified graduates because there will be dropouts who decide that healthcare is not for them.
This means that there are fewer graduating classes with high numbers of graduates with majors in some form of the healthcare industry. So, there is a higher amount of jobs open to qualified and inexperienced workers, but simply not enough qualified (or new) workers to fill these positions.