From left to right are Yvonne Goldsberry, Ph.D., Maria de Garcia Padin, MD, and Marie-Elizabeth Ramas, MD, FAAFP.

Growing collective effort to solve NH’s healthcare workforce shortage

New Hampshire’s health care – A force to be reckoned with

The news has been plentiful about the healthcare workforce shortage. We hear about this deep-seated problem on the national level as well as here in New Hampshire. According to National Nurses United, there are 4.4 million registered nurses in the United States but only three-million are currently working. This could well speak to pandemic-related burnout, but in truth, the healthcare workforce shortage has been a pressing problem for years.

Closer to home, the NH Hospital Association has documented more than four years of increasing vacancy rates for registered nurses, licensed nurse assistants, medical technicians and more. The average Granite Stater increasingly struggles to find primary care doctors accepting new patients and often must wait months for specialty care. Additionally, a Helms & Company survey conducted for the Home Care, Hospice and Palliative Care Alliance, indicates nearly all agencies providing homecare in the state have had to turn away prospective patients due to ongoing staffing shortages. The same dynamic is evident in New Hampshire’s long-term care facilities.

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