Mainstream Media Acknowledges Shortage
A reader e-mailed me recently with a link to a Los Angeles Times article about the shortage of allied healthcare professionals. She was excited the mainstream media is "finally paying attention to the laboratory professional shortage." Here's a highlight from the article:
Yet despite the decent pay, to meet the need for clinical laboratory scientists -- median wage, $32.36 an hour -- the state would have to produce 559 percent more graduates in that field alone in the next six years, the study found.
"Laboratory sciences are just critical to our delivery of healthcare in an acute-care hospital," said Roger E. Seaver, president and chief executive of Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital in Valencia. "But they are out of sight, out of mind."
The factors driving the shortages are similar to those behind the nursing shortage, experts say.
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