Aging Population Increasing Opportunities in Dialysis Employ


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Aug 31, 2012
In the last several years there have been countless reports detailing the labor shortage experienced by the healthcare industry. Now more than ever, hospitals and health clinics need more new workers in order to keep up with a demand that rises as the baby boom generation hits retirement age and becomes America’s senior citizens. And with life expectancy increasing every year, things only portend future worker shortages. Just as a reference point, consider the life expectancy of the average American male. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the average life expectancy for an American man in 2004 was 75.6 years. The most recently released numbers in late 2010 indicate that number has jumped to 79.9 years. That’s quite a significant increase in such a short amount of time. The longer life expectancy means more health-related issues among older Americans, greater demand for healthcare services, and fewer workers to supply that demand. Nowhere is this more evident than in the area of dialysis employment. Dialysis and Age In case you’re unaware, dialysis is a process in which the blood is filtered in order to remove impurities. It is intended for people who are suffering from renal (kidney) failure or diseases like diabetes which interrupt the proper functioning of the kittens. Unfortunately, who are the most likely in our society suffer from renal failure or diabetes? Older Americans. Recent statistics show that the vast majority of new dialysis patients in the U.S. are over the age of 50. As these patients grow older they will undoubtedly require more varying treatments in addition to continued dialysis. And the longer they live, the longer their treatments are required. All of this spells disaster for the healthcare industry if they cannot fill all of their open dialysis employment opportunities. But it stands to be a boon for workers in terms of job availability, salary and benefits, and long-term stability. Dialysis Employment and Obamacare Proponents of the 2010 federal health-care legislation believe the law will make the complete regimen of healthcare services, including dialysis, available to all Americans when it’s fully implemented in 2014. If so, experts suggest the need for dialysis workers will increase greatly. Critics on the other hand, contend that the legislation will actually reduce the availability of dialysis services because the government will be unable to pay for all those who need it. Regardless, the healthcare law has no real impact on the dialysis worker shortage currently in existence today. Hospitals and healthcare facilities are racing to find new workers both as dialysis technicians and nurses. As America gets older and more in need of such services it’s unlikely that demand for workers is going to be reduced anytime soon. If you’ve been considering a career in health care but don’t have the time, money, or interest in becoming a doctor, why not consider a career as a dialysis technician? You can be certified in most states in less than six months and you’ll make a good living. Search for Dialysis Nursing Jobs and Dialysis Technician Employment at Foundation Medical Staffing. Foundation Medical Staffing specializes in staffing Dialysis Nurses, Hemodialysis Nurses, Dieticians, Managers and Patient Care Technicians. Share Bookmark on Delicious Recommend on Facebook Buzz it up Share on Linkedin Share via MySpace Share on Orkut share via Reddit Share on identica Share with Stumblers Share on technorati Tumblr it Tweet about it Print for later Bookmark in Browser