Overcome Workforce Shortages in Health Care

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Strategies and recommendations to

Overcome workforce shortages

And Improve Employee Morale.

MIDDLEFIELD HOSPITAL

MARCH, 2011

Prepared for: Board of Directors, Middlefield Hospital Prepared By: Deepthi Tandra (CEO), Middlefield Hospital

This report details strategies and recommendations to overcome the workforce shortages and improvement of employee morale of Middlefield Hospital. The Middlefield Hospital is a 50-bed tertiary care facility and has an integrated health system, provides full array of inpatient and outpatient services. Though it has a reputation for providing quality care, it turns out that the hospitals employee turnover rate exceeds 20% and there are over 100 nursing vacancies. It has also been found that the following facts may be responsible for impacting the workforce shortages.

• A new hospital has recently opened in your market area that has produced competition for Middlefield Hospital. • Employee morale has deteriorated over the last 12 months. • Essex University (a local college) is considering eliminating its nursing degree program because there is continual difficulty in recruiting well qualified instructors. As the new chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Middlefield Hospital, I would suggest the following recommendations and strategies to overcome the nurse shortages and improve employee morale.

First of all, if Essex University eliminates the nursing degree program, the problem of nurse shortages might even get worse in coming years. Since the university is facing difficulties in recruiting well qualified instructors, strategies should be developed to attract qualified instructors. Also, the hospital can implement a strategy by collaborating with Essex University and attracting the students to work in Middlefield by providing financial aid to those students who work in the hospital after their graduation. The students get to know more of the hospital environment and...
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