Healthcare’s growing crisis Need for workers providing patient care is requires immediate attention
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A convergence of trends is producing a real crisis in healthcare: a growing shortage of front-line, low-paid workers providing our early, basic and long-term patient care.
Many things discourage people from working in nursing homes, in-home care, disability services, group care, assisted living, hospices and hospitals. Low pay is a major reason but also poor work conditions, weak career ladders and lack of training opportunities.
Sadly, it seems like society devalues this work. Health professionals, like physicians, are generally paid well. Yet it’s lower-paid workers, like certified nurse assistants, whom patients see more often and trust as a lifeline.