Fact Sheet

AHA Workforce Survey Results

June 5, 2001

Until now, studies have focused on the need for more health care workers in 2010, 2020 and beyond. Left unanswered was the number of positions - such as registered nurses, pharmacists and lab technicians -- hospitals have been unable to fill today. To help the public better understand the problem America's hospitals are facing today, the AHA this spring surveyed rural and urban hospitals to collect a snapshot of America's current health care staffing needs.

  • Click here to download the entire survey results.
  • Click here for AHA press release on the survey results

The survey results from 715 hospitals confirmed that the problem is already impacting hospitals across the country every day. The survey found specifically that:

Hospitals have up to 168,000 open positions - 126,000 of those positions are for registered nurses.
In hospitals, a large share of positions remains unfilled.
  Of hospital vacancy rates
  • pharmacists 21%
  • radiological technologists 18%
  • laboratory technologists 12%
  • registered nurses 11%
Both urban and rural hospitals are feeling the effects of staff shortages. In general, rural hospitals have larger percent of open positions.
The workforce shortage is getting worse and affecting access to care.

Immediate action needs to be taken to help alleviate this situation, and the AHA has specific recommendations to address this issue.

For more information, please contact Christina Pearson or Amy Lee at 202/638-1100


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