Who will take care of you in the next 10 years?
By 2020, an additional 250,000 public health workers are needed to dodge a workforce shortage.
|18.4%||Projected job growth in SWPA region in healthcare & social assistance (2012-2022).|
|PA Department of Labor & Industry's Center for Workforce Information and Analysis|
The primary driving force in this looming crisis is the aging of the Baby Boomer generation: Today, there are more Americans over the age of 65 than at any other time in U.S. history. Between 2010 and 2030, the population of senior citizens will increase by 75 percent to 69 million, meaning one in five Americans will be a senior citizen; in 2050, an estimated 88.5 million people in the U.S. will be aged 65 and older. ("The US is running out of nurses," The Atlantic, February 3, 2016)
More than 290,000 Baby Boomers in Pittsburgh's tristate region are eligible to retire in the next decade. This will result in a significant shortage of skilled employees across many sectors including IT, business and finance, healthcare and life sciences, energy, and advanced manufacturing. Also in this timeframe, economic growth is expected to create 50,000 new positions, adding up to nearly 340,000 open jobs. This gap is already exacerbated by a continuously shriking pipeline of would-beworkers emerging from our education system.
Pitt-Greensburg is at a tipping point. Our future annual enrollment in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) majors is conservatively projected to increase by a minimum of 20% over the next five years.
Current nursing standards recommend the following nurse-to-patient ratios:
Intensive Care Unit:
1 nurse for every 2 patients
Telemetry/Progressive Care Unit:
1 nurse for every 4 to 5 patients
1 nurse for every 5 to 6 patients
The ratio of patients to nurses will drastically increase over the next decade if the predicted shortage of nurses becomes a reality.
The addition of a new state-of-the-art Life Sciences Building to the campus has broader implications for Westmoreland County and the region.
The addition of an undergraduate satellite nursing program at Pitt-Greensburg brings the Pitt School of Nursing program to Westmoreland County. This allows more students to be enrolled and to graduate from this program, which is consistently rated among the top 10 nursing programs in the United States. Nurses will graduate with BSN degrees and potentially be employed at healthcare facilities in our region.
As Pitt-Greensburg builds its healthcare and health sciences programs, more students can choose to enroll and graduate, creating a supply of trained, qualified workers to help combat the looming shortage of healthcare workers.
The region’s aging population will be cared for by highly qualified individuals.
New income will be brought to and retained in the region.
Below are available naming opportunities for the Life Sciences Building Construction and Smith Hall Renovation project. Naming opportunities are payable over five years. Click here to see a larger version.
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