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Hospital CEOs concerned about physician and nurse shortages

Physician Practice Advisor, May 16, 2007

More than two-thirds of hospital CEOs view physician shortages as a serious problem, and more than three-fourths view nursing shortages as a major issue, according to a survey of more than 400 hospital CEOs conducted by the Council on Physician and Nurse Supply.

Significant findings from the survey include the following:

  • 86% of hospital CEOs surveyed are currently recruiting physicians
  • 89% are currently recruiting nurses
  • Of those recruiting physicians, 80% are seeking primary care doctors while 74% are seeking specialists
  • 94% of responding CEOs said recruiting physicians is difficult and/or challenging
  • 86% indicated that recruiting nurses is difficult and/or challenging
Only 2.4% of responding hospital CEOs said that there is no shortage of physicians in the U.S., and less than 1% said that there is no nurse shortage.