How Hiring International Workers Can Help Address Health Care Staffing Shortages
AHLA thanks the leaders of the Labor and Employment Practice Group for contributing this feature article.
- September 01, 2023
- Elissa Taub , Siskind Susser PC
- Christine E. Fabin , Husch Blackwell LLP
The health care worker shortage is a nationwide public health emergency. Despite the pandemic’s decline, the U.S. health care system is still struggling to hire and retain physicians, nurses, and other allied health care professionals. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, a shortage of up to 124,000 physicians is expected by 2034.The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that “[a]bout 203,200 openings for registered nurses are projected” per year, over the next decade. The issue is arguably one of the most complex challenges facing the industry, and studies show that the insufficient supply of U.S. health care workers is worsening. While admittedly there is no quick fix to solving the shortage, one immediate option is hiring international workers via employer-based immigration sponsorship.
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